Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Sterling Heights, Michigan
Best sand substrate for price?
Any suggestions on what the best sand substrate is for the price? I haven't used pool filter sand but I have heard so many things about it. There is a hardware store near me that carries the HTH brand for about 12 bucks. I have used Caribsea Sunset Gold in the past and really enjoyed it and recently found a deal on amazon for only 16 dollars a bag so I picked up some. But for the price of 45-60 dollars that I would need, I wonder if it would just be worth it to try the pool filter sand? The only thing I'm not a fan of is the color. Seems too bright. I could be wrong, but when I think of a natural looking sand I think of a tan/brown color.
I have also used Black Diamond Blasting sand and though it does look nice, it looks terrible once it becomes covered in algae. Even worse than when lighter substrate does IMO.