Home made Power Sand - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 15
Home made Power Sand

Let me throw this at you:

Pummice Stone or Lava rock
Bacter100 dosage however much
tons of Peat moss

in substitution of power moneygrubbing sand.

It would probably be 100-120$ less money.
kilich is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 03:02 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
jcgd's Avatar
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,985
Send a message via MSN to jcgd
I just used lava cause pumice can be hard to find in bulk. I didn't use Bacter. Don't see the need.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
jcgd is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 15
cool, where is a good cheap spot to get lava rubble?
kilich is offline  
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 03:20 AM
Planted Member
 
FlyingGiraffes's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: CA
Posts: 258
Drop by a landscaping/garden supply place. I'm using crushed lava rock minus the bacter/peat moss under AS right now. Got the wrong size though. LOL
FlyingGiraffes is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 03:29 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
OverStocked's Avatar
 
PTrader: (76/94%)
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SoDak
Posts: 10,732
Never use "tons" if peat moss in your substrate. A little goes a long ways.

And you would have to have a huge tank to need over $100 in power sand.
OverStocked is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 05:20 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
plantbrain's Avatar
 
PTrader: (267/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: The swamp
Posts: 13,609
Or like my own tanks, do not even use the powersand or the other stuff, just use ADA aqua soil. Works the same.

I did use a mesh bag full of lava rock but mostly so I could create a hill without adding 2x 9 liter ADA AS bags, but this is just to reduce the volume needed, not for any reasons ADA list. Since the lava is in a mesh bag, the aqua soil will not mix with it and look tacky and mixed together like Fly guano and ground pepper. Hard to pick out then or if you uproot anything or if the slope moves etc.




Regards,
Tom Barr
plantbrain is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 07:35 AM
Planted Member
 
FlyingGiraffes's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: CA
Posts: 258
You can go with larger sized pieces. That way it will never mix unless you try really hard.
FlyingGiraffes is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome