A Viable Substitute
So, first things first
Hello all, I am called Brandone. I work in a pet store in Texas, and have a few tanks myself. I look forward to learning from you all, and sharing what bits of knowledge I have.
Now that the formalities are over...
I am starting a 55 gallon, and have some inhabitants of the Clown Loach persuasion patiently waiting. Their 20 gallon is not going to suffice much longer! (and yes, I know they can outgrow a 55 gallon :-)
My issue is drastic - 3M no longer manufactures ColorQuartz! Horror of horrors! What's a guy to do? Find a viable substitute, of course. Unfortunately, I'm not extensively knowledgeable about different freshwater substrates.
This will be a planted tank, as is my 20 gallon, so I need something the plants can push their roots through. And I prefer white, if given the choice. I like the size of the T-grade (at least from what I've read, T is the choice grade by the majority), and have heard some iffy things about traditional aquarium sand with filtration, cleaning, toxins building up underneath, et cetera.
So, any ideas would be most awesome! Thank you!