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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-24-2020, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Question Resin Coated Substrate

At the moment my substrate is very fine sand (CaribSea Sunset Gold).

I want to add a thin layer of gravel on top. I really like the stuff from CaribSea and Estes.
Both companies use glossy resin to coat their gravel. I've read online that when these resins break down, they make the gravel look ugly. Is this true?
The gravel I plan to add to the tank will not be disturbed. I just want it to sit above the sand and mixed in some areas.
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I've had 2 inches of "Super Naturals" Peace River over an inch of Sunset Gold (sand) for about 3 years and it still looks good, to me. It doesn't mix with the sand. Sand will settle to the bottom of any larger particles.
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Thank you Deanna! So far I'm thinking Blue Ridge for the darker coloration. Now that I know the resin coating is good, my only concern left is mulm getting into the gravel layer because I don't disturb my substrate. Do you have any issues with this?
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Not that I'm concerned about. I'll remove noticeable detritus (which is rare) but I let the plants take care of anything the slips through. With a good, helathy plant mass, you shouldn't have to vacuum the substrate unless you suspect a problem.
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Great! Thanks again. The pure sand substrate is looking a little plain right now. Can't wait get the gravel!
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"All natural, no paints, dyes, or plastic coatings. Use with our Super Naturals™, Eco-Complete™, Instant Aquarium™, or Samurai Soil™ to create strikingly beautiful freshwater aquascapes."-Caribsea
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