There are a few clubs that I know in Cali related to planted tank. I'm sure there are more. There are COAST & SCAPE in socal (LA - San Diego area), and SFBAAPS in northen cali (SF - Sacramento area).
I've looked around but found the closest one is in SF; which is 2 hrs away from were I live. If there's a club by the lodi - stockton - manteca area, please send me a link! I've been looking to join one for a long time!!
i like my fss it took my ph from 7-7.5 down to 5 when it was now. now that its breaking down after little over a year it is still around ph of 6-6.5 have not tested it in quite some time and i dont use ro water so im sure that has something to do with it. its not leaching anything else but is time to change it cause its getting pretty dusty.
I've got fire reds and oebt's on eco complete. The fire reds are breeding like crazy but the oebt's not so much. I've seen berried oebt's before but never any babies. Could something be predating on the oebt babies? Or is it possible they just can't survive on the eco complete? I also have guppies and ottos in there. And here's a really far fetched idea. Could the fire reds be predating on the oebt babies?
For CRS ADA. Best quality in general. Hold PH longer.PH will be 5.5-6.2
For tigers I'll pick Azoo Plant Grower Bed Substrate It will keep PH in 6.5.looks very nice
They have black and brown. For blue tiger I'm using brown substrate. For Red and TT –black.
FSS is the last in my list. I'm sorry but they have to fix their quality control first.
I was actually thinking about completely redoing my 55 gallon. I'd have to take all the eco complete out and donate it to a buddy. I think someone mentioned here, the bad thing about using darker substrates with oebt is they seem to blend right in and you can't see them so well. I like your idea about using a lighter substrate to make them stand out. I was originally planning on using the malaya aqua soil. But now I think I may have to check out this azoo plant grower bed substrate in the brown color. Thanks for the tip.