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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-28-2013, 04:42 AM Thread Starter
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Brightwell Aquatics substrate

Look what I got today!


10 pounds of Rio Escuro XF. Looks pretty dang sweet in the bag. Here's a pic of the grain size.

Expensive, but I think it'll be worth it. This stuff was only around for a brief time, but all the info I could find on it was positive. Hoping it's not going to be regretted.
I'll likely use it in a future shrimp tank build.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-28-2013, 05:19 AM
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Very cool. Where did you get it from?
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Does it buffer?

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Makes me want to walk down the street and buy a bag of Borneowild substrate. Too bad I can't take it back.

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Re: Brightwell Aquatics substrate

Yes, it is said to buffer down into low 6's. I got the last two bags of black from a seller here on Tpt. Not sure if it's proper to mention here. He still has the brown version. From what I've read, this substrate buffers like other products out there, but doesn't break down into mud like some. The little bit of info I did find came with glowing reviews, so I thought I'd try to publish my experiences with it.

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Yeah this stuff is great. I've read up on it and it's had glowing reviews. It's very pricey though and I can't with confidence say its better than amazonia. But, its nice to try out a variety of brands out there.
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Re: Brightwell Aquatics substrate

That's the reason I went for it, to try something new. I'll document my build when I get enough funds to start it.

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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-28-2013, 10:25 PM
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I am looking forward to see how your experiences go with this soil.

It looked like an interesting but expensive option. It is a shame that they stopped carrying it so quickly.
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I have this in my blue velvet tank. It doesn't leach ammonia like amazonia. I got mine on the Bay
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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-16-2013, 06:21 PM
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From what I've learned talking with Chris Brightwell this substrate is sourced from Japan and is essentially very similar to ADA substrates. I, too, hope they start selling it again.

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Good news! The Vulcanit series is going to be sold again. I'm not quite sure exactly when, but it will be back in stores at some point. Will keep you updated.

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I looked for that substrate everywhere 8 months ago and couldn't find it. When did Brightwell stop making it?
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looking for an update. Also hoping to hear when the substrate will be on sale. This stuff is supposed to have been the bees knees.
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post #15 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-26-2013, 10:47 PM
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I like active soil that buffer and doesn't turn to mud: Brightwell, Oliver Knott, UP Aqua, and Azoo (but doesn't buffer as low as other)

ADA is old stuff they need to or soon will change their product that doesn't leech and turn to mud after couple years.
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