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Thread: (Cheap) Substrate??

  1. #21
    I went to Stone Forest, and I believe I mixed their gravel with a bag of fluorite from PetSmart (http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2753891). Considering the size of the tank though, I don't know that the 1 bag of fluorite is enough to make a difference.

    I guess if money was no object, one could get stuff like NatureSoil http://www.oliver-knott.com/natureso...087573ab0.html or Amazonia http://www.adgshop.com/Aqua_Soil_Amazonia_p/104-021.htm, but for the rest of us . . .

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by theaquarist View Post
    I guess if money was no object, one could get stuff like NatureSoil http://www.oliver-knott.com/natureso...087573ab0.html or Amazonia http://www.adgshop.com/Aqua_Soil_Amazonia_p/104-021.htm, but for the rest of us . . .
    Besides there are so many other things to spend on for this hobby, like filter and lights, that are a must. Plants can adapt to substrate.

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
    Besides there are so many other things to spend on for this hobby, like filter and lights, that are a must. Plants can adapt to substrate.
    Yes, my plants adapted perfect to that substrate. Its hard to plant HC in it, but HC is already hard to plant, lol.
    For my new 125 I decided to give the diamond blasting sand a try.

  4. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by nalu86 View Post
    For my new 125 I decided to give the diamond blasting sand a try.
    Where are you going to buy it?

  5. #25
    Northrn tools marietta. I bought 6 bags of 50 pounds... Have 4 over... I tought I needed that much for a 125... lol

  6. #26
    I used Turface for my 120 (1 50 lb bag was enough) about $15.

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by Pierre View Post
    I used Turface for my 120 (1 50 lb bag was enough) about $15.
    Can you post a pic of your tank? I never saw a tank with Turface.

  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by nalu86 View Post
    Can you post a pic of your tank? I never saw a tank with Turface.
    Here it is. I started the tank on Aug. 14 for cycling on its own. Added food pellets on a daily basis.
    50 lb. Turface All Sport + 15 lb. Flora Core.
    Used some cycled water with two emperor bio wheels. Both bio wheels came from already cycled tanks.
    Added a CF-500UV Canister Filter with UV9W Sterilizer - 525 gph on the 29th of Aug.
    Tank was cycled on Sept. 3rd and started to add a few fish at that time.

    Still adding more fish progressively and I'm thinking of CO2 system down the road.
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  9. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by Pierre View Post
    Here it is. I started the tank on Aug. 14 for cycling on its own. Added food pellets on a daily basis.
    50 lb. Turface All Sport + 15 lb. Flora Core.
    Used some cycled water with two emperor bio wheels. Both bio wheels came from already cycled tanks.
    Added a CF-500UV Canister Filter with UV9W Sterilizer - 525 gph on the 29th of Aug.
    Tank was cycled on Sept. 3rd and started to add a few fish at that time.

    Still adding more fish progressively and I'm thinking of CO2 system down the road.
    Cool, will try this when I set up a next tank.
    So turface, is a clay material? Is it heavy? Where can I find it?
    can I use it as a cap for a soil tank?

    thx

  10. #30
    The only place you can find it is at the John Deere - I used the All Sport which was not too big. If you want I can bring a sample at the next meeting. Here is the John Deere warehouse where I got it:

    • 2425 Weaver Way
    Doraville GA 30340 USA
    Phone 770-242-0607
    Email rmoody@johndeerelandscapes.com

    Note that I prewashed it first as it can be dusty. But as you pointed out it is calcified clay. I read some potential issues with pH and water hardness, but I added some crushed coral (about 6 table spoons) in the filter and my pH has been very stable at around 6.6 - 6.7.
    Let me know if you have more questions.
    Last edited by Pierre; 10-08-2011 at 05:13 PM.

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