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Gravel recommendations...

Going to do a dirt substrate...will be doing a gravel cap. I would like to do this in black 4-5mm in size. Any recommendations where I can find this...and if not I will go natural color.
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IMHO, 4-5mm is to coarse, allows to much leeching into water column. 1-3mm is perfect size.
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What ďbrandĒ would you recommend?
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Peace river


HTH pool sand on left here.


Lots of people use black diamond blast sand but Iím not a big fan of black.
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Thanks for taking the time to help me!
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Peace river


HTH pool sand on left here.


Lots of people use black diamond blast sand but Iím not a big fan of black.

I second the vote for Peace River, I think I originally saw it when @DaveKS recommended it to someone else. It's the perfect size and a very natural color.

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@DaveKS: Have you ever stumbled upon any darker variants of fine gravel like Peace River?

Really like the pictures you've posted but wish there were a darker version.


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HTH pool sand on left here.


Lots of people use black diamond blast sand but Iím not a big fan of black.


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@DaveKS: Have you ever stumbled upon any darker variants of fine gravel like Peace River?

Really like the pictures you've posted but wish there were a darker version.
Might look at garnet based blast media/sand. Iíve glanced at it online but havenít as of yet actually done any cost analysis/pricing. Thought about mixing some in with peace river to darken it up, seems there are different colors of it also.

https://www.riogrande.com/product/Ga...ABEgIb-PD_BwE#
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Also might think about Fluorite sand to mix with peace river, should darken it considerably and increase CEC value.



This is some turface fine grade I got. Also a clay based substrate with higher CEC.
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I've got a ton of both of those, so may have to try some mixing out. Flourite Sand is extremely fine, though.

Maybe mixing with some 1/16" black & red lava sand will look nice. Gonna have to do some experimenting. (And gonna have to check out garnet sand & gravel...)

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Also might think about Fluorite sand to mix with peace river, should darken it considerably and increase CEC value.



This is some turface fine grade I got. Also a clay based substrate with higher CEC.


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Not gravel, but I second Turface. I'm really liking the look of the Pro League Champion Brown. I'll make a new thread on it tomorrow once I get it added to the new tank (rinsed it yesterday and some more today). Here's an idea of dry, flooded, then drained.

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Fourite black should be around the same size as you are asking. The sand is more coarse than other sand if you want smaller. Regular epoxy coated gravel is all you need, but it's not really that cheaper.

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Not gravel, but I second Turface. I'm really liking the look of the Pro League Champion Brown. I'll make a new thread on it tomorrow once I get it added to the new tank (rinsed it yesterday and some more today). Here's an idea of dry, flooded, then drained.

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Thatís going to look great, love the darker but not completely homogeneous mix of browns.
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