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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-11-2011, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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CaribSea Tahitian Moon Sand black vs. flourite black sand

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Has anyone used this as a cap, or substrate.

I'm looking at this and flourite black sand, but many say the black sand isn't truly black.

It's going to have MTS underneath it, so I'm not worried about nutrients as much as I am look.
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I have flourite black sand and its pretty black. For what its worth I also have pool filter sand in another tank and in my opinion I like the pool filter sand tank better, strictly on a color basis, it seems more natural.
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Alright, it'd certainly be cheaper. I like the way black pops against the colors of fish, though. Does your PFS get algae on it bad?
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Coal slag sand blasting grit (Black Diamond/Black Magic). $5-$10 for a 50 lb bag. Makes a great black cap or main substrate for wwaaaayyyy cheaper
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I have it as a cap over MTS and it is black...and looks good.

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I have the Tahitian moon black sand in my 29, its all black and looks good. I havent tried the the fluorite.
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the black moon sand seems really small. Should I worry about this compacting over time? Or will is stay loose as long as I do regular movement of the sand?
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the black moon sand seems really small. Should I worry about this compacting over time? Or will is stay loose as long as I do regular movement of the sand?
Umm yeah the lower layers may compact a bit if you have a ~3"+ thick substrate but it doesn't seem to be bad or anything, i have about 2.5" and all my plants/roots are doing fine, I poke around once a month or so. The top inch or 2 has always been pretty loose and not compacted at all, it's just the very bottom of it.
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Okay thanks, due to my budget being a lower one. I think I'll go with PFS as a cap for now. Because quite honestly, spending 100$ on sand, just doesn't seem sensible.
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Umm yeah the lower layers may compact a bit if you have a ~3"+ thick substrate but it doesn't seem to be bad or anything, i have about 2.5" and all my plants/roots are doing fine, I poke around once a month or so. The top inch or 2 has always been pretty loose and not compacted at all, it's just the very bottom of it.

HolyAngel, are you using the sand exclusively? If so, are you using root tabs or something similar for fertilization?

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Doesn't say anything about root tabs in her journal...If it's a low-tech tank, they aren't as essential..


EDIT**** Just read, she recently upgraded her lighting to a odyssea t5ho.. She's going to need some root tabs :P
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HolyAngel, are you using the sand exclusively? If so, are you using root tabs or something similar for fertilization?
Been using root tabs since I started the tank as well as the flourish line of ferts

And yes I've been using the Tahitian moon sand exclusively in my 29 ^^

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i use black diamond in three of my tanks and i like it little harder to clean the gunk off the top because it is so light but its cheap enough if you do need to add more later on if you siphon to much out of the tank i also use 3-4 inches of it in my tanks so far in almost a year i have no problems with it compacting but i also have a few different loaches that love to burrow in the sand my horsehead loach loves to burrow the most
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