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Which substrate would you pick?

Right now I'm redoing my old 75 gallon and I am stuck between two substrates. It's just another low light tank. I'm considering either Flourite Black Sand (which I know is a pain to rinse) or CaribSea Black Tahitian Moon Sand. I obviously want black sand and these are what I have available. I've used flourite original before and also the CaribSea. The factors I thought about is that the flourite is messier to clean and is more expensive, but it's supposed to be better for the plants I want such as my swords and crypts. The CaribSea lacks that factor, but regardless of sand, I'm using root tabs too, and this sand is cheaper. (Flourite Black is about 21.99 for 15.4 lbs and CaribSea Tahitian Moon is about 19.99 for 20lbs)

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I use flourite black sand, and my plants love it in all 4 of my tanks. Clean it? That's what the clean up crew is for. Gravel vacs are for suckers.
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what part of florida you in? You can get 3m colorquartz black sand or equivalent (estes i think) from coastal, or maybe another industrial supply place Coastal has it for $25 per 50lb bag.
http://www.coastal-fla.com/

I would go with mineralized topsoil and cap with colorquartz, im such a cheapskate.


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I second color quartz if you can get it. The supplier near me no longer has it. Wish I would have stocked up when I could. The black is jet black and the perfectly uniform grains are really cool. And of course you can't beat the price.
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T or S grade?


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Coastal here had both T and S grade, although they had to order the T grade in from another warehouse.

I've used both and both are fine, although the T grade seems to stay put better when cleaning.


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In looks, I like both. In CEC, Flourite is the way to go. But you realize that you'll need 6 bags of Flourite for a 3" substrate in a 75g?
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By the time I buy the gas to drive to get it, it wont be worth it for me. That's why I'm picking between the Flourite black sand or Caribsea Tahitian Moon Sand.


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In looks, I like both. In CEC, Flourite is the way to go. But you realize that you'll need 6 bags of Flourite for a 3" substrate in a 75g?
I figured that about the flourite and yes I did realize it would take 6 bags of flourite black. That's why I mentioned it would be the more expensive of the two. I'm planning on getting 6 bags but I probably won't make it 3 inches. Maybe about 2 to 2.5 inches.


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Coastal here had both T and S grade, although they had to order the T grade in from another warehouse.

I've used both and both are fine, although the T grade seems to stay put better when cleaning.
Your opinion having used it, one being any better (smoother) for Cory or loaches?


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Honestly I've not noticed a difference, I do keep cories on both, also. They are both ceramic coated so smoother than something like playsand.


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