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Geo System sand... or Fluorite?

So i went and bought 2x 22 lbs. bags of geosystem white sand from the petstore i work at to get ready for my new 45 gallon angelfish tank, and was wondering if anyone else has used this and if you know if it would be okay for a planted tank?

I am thinking about going high light, pressured CO2, EI dosing and the whole works.

What worries me is that it says it may buffer PH, and my PH is already really high at a 9.0 as the test kits say... Will adding more CO2 make the PH drop? etc.

Tge pther option is to bring this stuff back and order either flourite black sand or flourite Dark....But which one...??!


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Anyone have any opinions on this?


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I can't find out anything about that sand, so I don't have an opinion. Do you have a link to the sand?

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To be honest i can't find a link to this stuff anywhere, trust me i have been searching!

However let me upload a few shots of the bag:



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I wouldn't use it, since it probably contains carbonate rocks, which would slowly and steadily increase the KH of the tank water. White gravel can be limestone as well as quartz.

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Yea, thats sorta what i thought, but was hoping beyond hope that it may work well. ahaha

So now the question is...: Flourite Dark, or Flourite sand? I love the Flourite dark i have in my 20 gallon, but i cant seem to grow any kind of carpet plant, so maybe i will have more luck with sand?


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I used the geo systems black sand several years ago. It buffered my ph way up beyond the scope of my ph kit. Also made the water really hard. I don't remember exact values as it was so long ago. My black sand would most likely be a different type of sand even though it was also geo systems.


Go with flourite black sand.
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Normal ph of 9?!?! I thought Edmonton's 8 was high. Jeez
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Flourite black gravel will be easier to plant in!

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So the gravel over sand? I was also thinking sand for the front and gravel for the back, that way the cory squad will be happy as well.

I much prefer the Flourite dark over Black though, however i've heard that the black gravel is finer and less sharp then the Dark!?


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So just to update everyone, i ended up going with 4 bags of flourite sand, shipping was killer but hopefully its worth it!


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When you buy Flourite or other substrate on line, look for free shipping deals! I just bought three bags (45lbs) with free shipping.
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Yes, i was able to order two bags a year ago from big als with free shipping. But they have stopped carrying heavy weight items (wonder why. lol) and there was only a couple other places that ship up here, so jlaquatics was the place with lowest shipping that carried the product. ^^


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