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Interested to see your results.

I looked at some pics of the various ActiveFlora colors, and it seems to me I've seen a visually identical product in the past, sold overseas, and made from expanded shale. If I remember correctly, as that was years ago when I was looking at cheap alternate substrates. I did find a US-based aggregate manufacturer (Haydite) who sells and ships bonsai-grade expanded shale, plus a semi-local reseller. And one(!) person who tried it in a planted tank, reporting remarkable results. But the sample I obtained didn't look at all like what other photos showed, it was just way too ugly to consider using.
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Huh, interesting. Well idk how long this stuff has been around, at least 4 years I believe but no one ever seems to talk about it. I just find it so odd that something thats visualy so unifrom and apealing in color not to mention great (personal) results isn't talked about as much. Another LFS has started carrying it by me as well now. Will def be swapping some plant clippings to start building a stock pile of it in preperation for my rack system I wish to start someday. :-P

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How big are the "Rocks" that make up the substrate? How do carpeting plants do in this?
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Coldwater King: Which substrate are you referring to? Eco-Complete varies in size from grain to grain vastly where ActivFlora is the size of the smallest pieces in Eco-Complete. The "finer" the substrate the easier it is to plant as well as carpet. Hope that answers your questions.

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Heck, you've nearly got me sold on ActivFlora. I don't mind the look of Eco-Complete, but I do prefer the all-black look of the ActivFlora. And it's definitely been a pain in the arse to keep plants rooted in Eco-Complete, since it's so lightweight.

Of course, now I have to find the stuff, since I don't see it (in black, anyway) on Amazon...
That pet place has it in stock for $18 plus shipping. This stuff is hard to find.
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I was referring to the activ-flora, I really like how this substrate is matching up to the so called amazing eco complete (nothing against eco complete but it is just praised in such a huge way).
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$18+ shipping 0.0! I'm excited to pay $20ish with my discounts. Beats the heck out of $35 for Eco-Complete hah. Not to mention I find ActivFlora a far superior substrate.

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That pet place has it in stock for $18 plus shipping. This stuff is hard to find.
Which pet place?
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Had a PM request to make a video and figured I'd also post it here

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Which pet place?

It is a online store, that pet place/that fish place.
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It is a online store, that pet place/that fish place.
Ah, you were being literal, thanks. thatpetplace.com I'll check them out!

Edit: Out of stock.

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This thread must have spurred some buying Maybe they'll get more in. Hope they fill my order.
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That sucks I was going to buy some.
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I am very interested to see the feed back about ActiveFlora over the next few months. I will be setting up a 265 in April, and was going to go with Flourite Black Sand, but now ActiveFlora might be another option.
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My LFS has about 10 bags of the black ActivFlora in stock, so I'm going to pick up a few today at lunch. Since it's a long weekend, that should give me plenty of time to rescape my tank at home!

Is there a way to do this without having to re-cycle the tank? I think I've read about putting an amount of the original substrate in a bag (like panty hose or similarly breathable) to bring the bacteria colonies forward to the new tank? My tank is small, 6 gallons, so I don't have a huge amount room, but I could make room for a decent amount of it, certainly.
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