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Old 04-02-2014, 03:29 AM   #196
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Small bags I think I might be short. Can I use something on the bottom layer? Maybe black sand?
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:05 AM   #197
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Small bags I think I might be short. Can I use something on the bottom layer? Maybe black sand?
You can absolutely layer the bottom with something fine grain and it will stay on the bottom. Some kind of sand or Black Diamond if you wanted a cheaper option esp since the ActivFlora is so black, the black diamond wouldn't look off underneath if any got pulled to the top.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:43 PM   #198
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I received my substrate today. I was still on the fence with whether or not two bags would be adequate for my 20 Long, and to my delight it is perfect for my needs as I only plan on having foreground and moss in this shrimp tank. I didn't have to dip into the substrate bags I purchased for my 40B which is great.

Just some pictures. Substrate slopes slightly from left to right. 2.5" to 2.1" in depth. I don't plan on filling the tank for a while as I want to shred some fissidens and dry start some drift wood and lava rock. I will update on thoughts when I get around to doing it.

Substrate is jet black, and I love the look. Prettiest plant substrate I've seen to date.

Setup includes a few ounces of laterite on the bottom layer, osmocote plus, flourish tabs for some of the nutrients lacking in the new osmocote, and BW Bebi through the substrate which is why the top layer has a brown sprinkling.

Plants:
Fissidens on rocks and wood
Java moss on cholla wood
christmas moss on pebbles
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Downoi
Blyxa Jap







Moving what I received from another member on these forums from my grow-out pictured here:

Downoi:


S. Reps & Blyxa:



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Old 04-05-2014, 08:35 AM   #199
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Nice, Can't wait to see it grow!
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Old 04-06-2014, 01:13 AM   #200
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Worked on the tank a bit more with recommendations from other forum members. The substrate is easy to shape and make hills. Now that I've added more hardscape, i'm above 3 inches in some spots.

Some pictures of dry start progress. All hardscape on the right side is covered in ground fissidens.









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Old 04-06-2014, 02:39 AM   #201
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Looks really good!
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:02 AM   #202
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Another update.

Still loving the substrate. Best I've used so far, but time will tell.

Needed to remove Blyxa from the grow out tank since it was taking over so I moved up my time frame for filling the Activ-flora tank. Luckily the Fissidens took to the dry start fairly well and about 60% had stuck to the rocks and wood.

This is a few minutes after filling the tank. Almost no cloudiness.







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Old 04-10-2014, 03:11 AM   #203
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If anyone is still looking for Activ-flora I found it on DreamAquatic for $15.15 a bag. Shipping was only around $11 to IL.
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Good to know, thank you Hornet!
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:08 PM   #205
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Just FYI, Thatpetplace is getting a shipment next week according to the rep for World wide imports.



BTW, Shremph that looks amazing! The black substrate really makes the green POP!!!!

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Old 04-11-2014, 03:15 PM   #206
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If anyone is still looking for Activ-flora I found it on DreamAquatic for $15.15 a bag. Shipping was only around $11 to IL.
Thanks for this post. Count me in on a converter about to try Activ-Flora. Just picked up 4 bags from DreamAquatic for a new Mr. Aqua 48g build I'll be doing as soon as the tank arrives.

I'm doing a quasi-Iwagumi/dutch tank and I'm curious how well this will speed up the carpeting of the tank.
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Has anyone confirmed the free shipping is only if it less than 150 lbs? Just wanted to confirm?

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Has anyone confirmed the free shipping is only if it less than 150 lbs? Just wanted to confirm?
If it's over 150 pounds just place 2 orders, that is what tahtpetplace customer service said to do. That way you get free shipping.
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If it's over 150 pounds just place 2 orders, that is what tahtpetplace customer service said to do. That way you get free shipping.
Thanks
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:54 PM   #210
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I can confirm that because that's what I did good luck
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