I've always liked black fluorite but you have to dose root tabs for other nutrients other than iron. Pool filter sand is pretty cheap I think and if you're diligent with the siphon can look really clean, but once again you really need to dose it for nutrients. There's also always mineralized top soil as well, I haven't had experience with it but you could ask plenty of people about it I'm sure they'd be happy to give you more information on it.
I was doing a lot of research today and read that also about the root tabs. I'm wanting darker for sure. I like the looks of that, either dark brown like the Flourite or black like the Eco, decisions decisions! On my 120 I used Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss on the bottom than a thick layer of the red SMS,no CO2 but was dosing Excel and the plants were growing like weeds. I have more reading to do to make up my mind, maybe ill make a post in the substrate section. Thanks for your information so far.
Nice!! Keep the pictures coming!
I will for sure once the build and materials start coming along. Thanks!
A darker substrate might look very nice. I've used ecocomplete and both red and black fluorite in my tanks. ADA Aqua Soil is highly recommended although I haven't used it myself. Good luck with the tank and especially with your health issues. I spent many months in a hospital myself so I know how you feel.
Hmm, forgot about the ADA stuff, been a couple years and its amazing how much I forgot in that time. And thanks, so far they done a million tests on me including spinal tap, smears, and all kinds of CT scans with dyes in my brain and abdomen etc and they have found nothing, but yet I still get 104.x fevers, glands in throat pop out my neck like crazy, and nothing kills it but time it seems. Anyways thats another subject that I hope I never ever have to deal with again. Hopefully they got you figured out. Stay healthy! Thanks again.
The Marineland 150 tall tanks at Petsmart are around $450 with glass tops a 4' perfecto light and the stand is about another 175 or so. If I could it would be an Eheim 2262 at 900 pgh or the FX5 with 450 to 600 gph, can't remember. I can't wait to see what you do with the tank, spending money is just so much fun and it's even a little fun to watch other people spend theirs too, good luck fellow 150er.
Thanks man, I am excited to get started and it will be soon, just need to pace myself with the money spending, I always go overboard fast and cannot do that this time which is going to be interesting for me. I'm use to going full boar get it done type of thing! In my line of work I need to get things done in a timely manner so others can move forward with their work after I am complete. I will be posting updates/ pictures for sure.
Thanks everyone again!!