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How much Turface?

I am getting ready to start my new tank as everything is coming together. I am wondering how much turface should I buy. My tank is 60"x18x20. With turface being so light, does this mean it will take less substrate to fill?

I remember seeing somebodys thread, that showed they only used 2 50lbs bags for their 100 gallon. If you go by the standard rule that would only be 1" but they said it was almost 3".

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Lets see, I have a 29 gallon (30x12) tank I used Turface in, with 2" in the front sloping to 4" in the back. I used a little less than half of the 50lb bag I bought. It went WAY further than I thought it would.
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Ok I will pick up two bags. The tank is technically 92 gallons. I just thought it went farther than most. Thanks
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Same findings here, a 50# bag is quite large in size, I used maybe 15-20# for my 20T with 3" of substrate depth.
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I used a 1 50lb bag in my 120,4x2x2 2'' in front and 3'' in the back.
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Question for you people using Turface, Do you like it? Why?

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Yes, I like Turface a lot. Mainly due to the price. I paid $15 for a 50lb bag but only used half of that for my 29 gallon, so roughly $8 for substrate. Plants root very well in it as well. It does take some work until roots are established, because it isn't extremely dense, but that would be made easier if I simply purchased some planting tweezers.
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Yes, I like Turface a lot. Mainly due to the price. I paid $15 for a 50lb bag but only used half of that for my 29 gallon, so roughly $8 for substrate. Plants root very well in it as well. It does take some work until roots are established, because it isn't extremely dense, but that would be made easier if I simply purchased some planting tweezers.
It is cheap, the color is not soooo bad, if you get the tan it looks somewhat natural. Every time I have had to pull plants, I get really healthy roots. Just no nutrients outta the bag I guess.


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High CEC, so once you get going on the ferts the substrate sequesters some of it for later.

I used a 50 lb bag for my 125, 6' x 18". I had a couple of bags of EC in there, too and ended up with about 2" deep substrate.

Dampen it so you are not breathing the dust.
Set up your hills and valleys. It will not hold slopes without a retaining wall (rock, driftwood). Dampen it until the water shows in the lowest spots. Barely.
Plant. Mist that plants as you go.
Put a plate or plastic bag over the substrate.
Pour the water in slowly over the plate, allowing the water to seep into the substrate.

This is the best way for the least clouding.
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I have never used Turface, but would a product like this work? Was thinking one could use a plastic drink lid to DYI it.

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I just used tweezers to shove the plants in. I had a hella time until I watched this aquascaping video which showed a guy wiggling while shoving the stems in at an angle, then releasing. Sounds like a no brainer, but till then it was a full time job replanting them

Even crypts, I shove them down a bit, even the rhizome, and once the roots hold, I pull them up a tad bit.

I would think that those planter things would make it a dirty rescape.


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