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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2011, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Black Pool filter sand + Eco-Complete

Looking for a cheap route to go for my substrate in a low tech 55. Most of my plants will be column feeders growing on driftwood like anubias, java fern, and mosses. I'll have a few root feeders like crypts and rotala, but for the most part CEC isn't that important.

My questions:

1.) Will this work for my described area and what ratio should I mix the 2.

2.) No pool supply stores around here have black pool filter sand... anyone know of a supplier online.

I know of black fluorite sand, but it's frickin' expensive for a low-light tank.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2011, 12:07 AM
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You are gonna struggle finding black sand. Tahitain moon, estes, and flourite sand are about it (with a few others i've forgotten. Eventually your eco will probably all end up on top of the sand, so be aware of that but other then that you should be good.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2011, 12:27 AM
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Tahitain moon isn't that cheap either.. It's $20 for a bag that covers a 10G tank.
Do you have any bottom dwellers? You can go with crush lava rock. It's a bit sharp though.

You can try the 'turface master soil'. They're grey.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2011, 04:25 AM
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For $20 bag you might as well just stick to 100% eco complete. I'm in the same boat as you and I think I'm just going to bite the bullet and buy a few more bags. My local Petco sells Eco-Complete for $19.99/bag.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2011, 07:45 PM
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there's black sand at tractor supply company if you have one.

I got a 50lb bag for around $8..... I have 100lb in my 90g tank.

also petco has a special for eco complete $16 a bag with $5 shipping only!!!
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-28-2011, 06:32 PM
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there's black sand at tractor supply company if you have one.

I got a 50lb bag for around $8..... I have 100lb in my 90g tank.

also petco has a special for eco complete $16 a bag with $5 shipping only!!!

TY so much ... was looking at the moon sand this weekend DREADING having to buy it. Called my local Tractor Supply and they have 40/60 grit of black sand.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-18-2012, 07:01 AM
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Do you notice how 'green' pool parts and pumps and filters and all seem to cost you as well! Becoming green at a cost! I think you should keep sand to a minimum!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-18-2012, 05:12 PM
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I've never seen, nor ever heard of, black pool filter sand.
White, various shades of beige/light brown, even grayish - but never black.
I think you'll have to find some other suitable black sand product.
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