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Black Tahitian Moon in low-light/tech setup

So I did a search here on tanks that use this substrate, and I saw that quite a few of you (or, more then I expected) are quite successful at keeping plants in Black Tahitian Moon sand.

I was just wondering, for those who do/did use it, any suggestions or tips on keeping plants in this sand? This is my first attempt at a planted tank. Been in the hobby for over 15 years, but only recently got the planted tank bug.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
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I don't have TMS in my tanks, but ColorQuartz which is very similar.

I find it's very easy to plant in, holds stems down very easily.

You just need to make sure to supply balanced nutrients in proportion to your light level.





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Thanks for the reply!

Glad to here it. New substrate was not in the budget. How thick did you lay it out in the tank?
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My 75 is mostly colorquartz and another type of black sand, with a bit of flourite mixed in for looks.

I'm running CO2 and adding fertilizer, and the stem plants have been growing great. The one sword I have (ozelot sword or something like that)hasn't gotten very tall, but it has been spitting out new leaves consistently.


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FSM, thanks for the info.

I know I'll end up fertilizing, but I won't get into co2. I'm gonna keep it as low-tech as possible. I'm contemplating adding a small amount of "complete" type substrate, but we'll see.
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FSM, thanks for the info.

I know I'll end up fertilizing, but I won't get into co2. I'm gonna keep it as low-tech as possible. I'm contemplating adding a small amount of "complete" type substrate, but we'll see.
Try not to mix. I have a mixed substrate tank and it just drives me nuts now... gonna have to change it out soon.


If you want the sand, go for it. If you can find a local supplier that still has black colorquartz, it would definitely be cheaper for your too.

For substrate nutrients.... well I know a guy...
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When I had my 29 gallon with TM I bought some root tabs in the substrate around the plants that were heavy root feeders, other than that I dosed dry fertilizers as the estimated index dosing says to do and my plants took off. I used CO2 as well but if you have a smaller tank you can always use DIY CO2, or do none and go easy on fertilizers so you don't have a algae bloom.
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You want 2-3" of substrate.

And if you mix all black substrates IMO it looks fine.

I don't care for substrates of different colors mixed together, but that's all just personal preferences.





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I used TMS in my 20H lowtech tank. No co2, no ferts, just a 24" t5ho dual fixture. Everything grew in that tank. swords, ferns, lily, multiple rotala species, anubias.
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Thanks guy/girls!!...

I guess I'll stick with TMS... I didn't use the whole bag, so I'll add a little more to what I have to get a thicker base (great... lots of washing to do...).

After the initial acclimatization of the plants, I'll try my hand at dry and liquid fertz.
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