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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-02-2010, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Which do you prefer?

In my 29 gallon medium/high light tank with pressurized or DIY CO2 I want to have an aqua soil base, and on top of that I want some sort of black sand. Does anyone know where I can find the cheapest, and how much of it would I need to make maybe 1 1/2-2 inches depth, i don't want to aqua soil to get washed around in the tank.
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3M colorquartz, if you can find it. Where in Georgia are you? I bought some from a place in Tucker, but the manufacturer has discontinued it and I don't know if they'll still have any available.

$20 for a 50 lb bag, which is more than enough.

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pressurized if you can afford it is the best way to go. over time the sand will mix. since you dont need a lot i would go with flourite black sand.

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3M colorquartz, if you can find it. Where in Georgia are you? I bought some from a place in Tucker, but the manufacturer has discontinued it and I don't know if they'll still have any available.

$20 for a 50 lb bag, which is more than enough.

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3.../Products/Buy/
I am having trouble finding the answer, but how big of a size difference is it between T and S grade? I found a place somewhat close to me that sells both, one is $25 and the other $30 a bag. They actually advertise it as aquarium gravel. Figured I'd use that for my 150g.

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T grade is about 1mm in size while S grade is .5mm in size.

T grade would be a better size for you but S grade will work as long as take care of the compaction issues you could face.

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T grade works for me.

Thank you for your response! I want *some* texture to the substrate. Not gravel but not dust either. With Bichirs and Cories, T grade sounds great.

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S grade is uniform and tiny. I haven't used T grade but I think it would work better.
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T grade is great. Both holds a slope well and also is great for hanging onto plant stems.

S grade is super fine, like "sugar sand" at the beach.

Make sure you rinse it really well, it was one of the dustiest substrates I've ever used LOL

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