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Has anyone used or is useing it now.Turface mvp has changed to turface all-sport.I will be getting 3 50 lb bags.Would like some input on this for substrate. Thanks
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I heard it's good, what aize tank do you have???????? That's a whole lot.

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currently looking for a co2 system,i have plants,shrimp and live food cultures to trade
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Just wait a few weeks to add fish as it strips KH and this is very harmful to fish. After that, it is a great substrate.
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I have a 120 that was my reef tank,until I upgraded to a 240.I will have a 40 gallon sump for filtration and hiding all equipment,and a quiet one 4000hh for a return pump and a 6x 54 watt tek light.I also have a 10 lb bottle of co2 with electric seliniod that will be ran by a rk2.Would it be ok to put plants in after a couple of days
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I use turface and love it. Rinse it to save yourself the trouble of cleaning a dirty filter and cloudy water. The hardest part is getting used to it's lightweight texture. It's hard to explain, but after you use it a while, you'll get the hang of it. You can put the plants in immediately.

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I don't use Turface but use SMS which was replaced with Turface. Great substrate.
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I use it as well. As mentioned before, my only complaint is the wight of the substrate. It is very light making planting a bit difficult. But with a little patience it will work.

I love it since it readily absorbs fertilizers put in the tank, plus it soooo cheap!
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I have SMS and the older Turface.
Yes, they remove KH. In a Rift Lake tank I added coral sand to the substrate (roughly 50/50) and this tank does not have the problem of low KH.
In other tanks a little coral sand in the filter seems to do the trick, or adding baking soda to the water, but gotta keep doing this, the substrate keeps on removing the KH.

Do not need to wash it first.
1) Dampen it, so you are not breathing the dust.
2) Put it in the tank. Arrange hills and valleys, rocks, driftwood...
3) Plant, misting to keep them wet.
4) Put a plate or plastic bag over the substrate and allow the water to flow in slowly (1 gallon per minute) and seep over the edge of the plastic.
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Thanks for all info,I will put some argonite sand in the sump.Would 5 lbs be to much.
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So this stuff is some sort of clay? I looked it up on the web and I found was stuff about using it in baseball fields.
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They use at ball fields,I am going to try it,several have stated it is good for planted tanks.For $14.00 for a 50 lb bag is cheap.
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I picked up the turface today,what is the best way to put it in the tank.I have heard it is real dusty.
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I rinse it now, but I've also just put a plate on top of the turface as is and poured the water in slowly.

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Just rinse it in a bucket and dump it in the tank. Put a plate on the substrate with a smaller bowl in the middle of it. Pour the water slowly in the bowl so it trickles into the plate and off into the substrate without moving the substrate to much.

The water will still cloud a little bit but a good canister filter or HOB plus a small power filter will clear that up in a few hours.

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Thanks guys.I was surprised that they only charge me $9.00 for 50 lb bag
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