Iíve been in the hobby for 5 years now. And since Iíve upgraded to my 75 I just have not been satisfied. I used to have a 60 gallon with Caribsea Sunset Gold Sand which I absolutely loved. But when I upgraded I wanted to try a darker substrate, something that would benefit my plants. So I wasted over $100 on Flourite Black Sand. This was my first biggest regret. This stuff was a nightmare from day one as far as how messy it was... and no, I didnít rinse it. Probably wouldnít have helped anyways. I didnít like how it wasnít jet black, it was more a dreary grey color. And it was so dusty that the stuff would always stick to my plants.
After about 6 months I finally gave up on it and decided to switch to EcoComplete. At first, I liked it but, it was a pain in the ass to plant in, and didnít look as natural. Eventually I started to get algae issues up that wahzoo! Iíve tried everything from algaefix to algae eaters to lowing the lights to excel. Never had issue like this before ecocomplete. Plus plant growth in this stuff sucks compared to the sands Iíve had before. I want CO2 eventually, I just canít afford it right now.
Overall Iím just unsatisfied with the way my tank looks. When I had my 60 gallon with the sunset gold I couldnít keep my eyes off of it, but now with the 75 I just donít even care to look at it.
In a nutshell, I want to either go back to the sunset gold, and try a jet black sandy substrate. And I do not want black diamond blasting sand. For one, I canít find it by me, and two, I donít like the specks of gold that Iíve seen. I was gonna try caribsea tahitian moon sand but I guess it was recalled and is no longer sold, so thatís out. The only thing Iíve seen on the internet that I like is Estes Stoney River Black Sand, but I canít find anyone that sells it.
Should I just go back to the Sunset Gold Sand?
My old 60 Gallon.
My current 75 Gallon
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