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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-04-2004, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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does anybody here use onyx sand? on the website, it said that it was better than laterite and gravel and maybe even better than fluorite. is there any truth to these postulations??comments, good things about it, bad things about it? BTW how do you go about filling a tank with a plate?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-05-2004, 01:37 AM
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I have Onyx sand in one tank. It works well. Would I use it again? Nope. I would use Eco-Complete.
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I think the tank filling with a plate you are refering to means to put your substrate in then set a plate or dish or whatever on the substrate and then dump the water onto the plate while filling the tank. This keeps the flow from digging a big hole in your substrate.

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I have it and I like it. Use a paint filter to wash it really good before putting it in the tank or it will dust up really bad.

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I'll agree with Rex on the Eco-Complete, but I still use Onyx sand in a few tanks just for something different. I usually mix it with Tahitian Moon black sand for a "salt & pepper" look.
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I use it in two of my tanks. So far it's been excellent but not really sure for the long run. I heard many bad things that caused by using sand substrate but I hope not the Onyx. I really like the look and my carpet plants seem to like it more than Flourite (my other tank).
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and i see that its much less expensive than fluorite. what a catch

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I bought my sand from a rock landscaping store and only paid 8.50 for 20 pounds! if you look through thr phone book or find out where the local nurseries getheirs you can save alot of money
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-10-2004, 04:45 AM
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the sand was tahitian moon and is goreous. 75 gal with 1 convict 1 pleco and two tiger oscars :P
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if i took everything out of my tank and just put an oscar in there, would he be happy?

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