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Black substrate sand vs gravel

I have the tahaitin Moon product but it has left several scrat ches in the front glass which I am not happy about I was thinking to switching to black gravel so not to easily create more damage and to stop getting cuaght in the aquaclears impellars necessitating cleaning impelllars or even replacement. Please post replys and photos of black only substrates that would look great but eliminate these problems. Thanks!
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Eco-Complete is black and I have never had any trouble with it.


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Could always try Flourite black sand, not quite as dark but still good I think.

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You're going to run into the same issues no matter which of these substrates you pick. Rocks, gravels, and fired clays are all very hard and will definitely scratch glass if you're not careful.

I've never had issues with substrates getting caught up in my AC impellers however- that might be be from not rinsing well before use, or are you sure it's not tiny snails (which is what tend to get caught up in mine...)?

ADA Amazonia may be an option to consider, since it's a softer balled clay-like substrate. It's brown, not black, however.

There's photos of lots of different black substrates in this thread: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/su...ns-w-pics.html





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well Thanks but the tank has been up for 11 yrs I guess over time some scratches are inevitable and yes I am careful! Its just happens while trying to clean the glass
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