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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 06-08-2012, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Turface with a cap

I'm thinking about setting up a 55g with turface but I've heard it's very light so I'm thinking about a cap.

I'm thinking about black blasting sand but will sand eventually find its way to the bottom?

Any other recommendations?


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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 06-08-2012, 05:50 PM
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I've got schultz aps which is apparently the same thing, its obviously not as heavy as sand but I really don't find any issues with its "lightness" unless im blasting it with current or doin my water changes too vigorously by just dumping a pail of water in.

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Well another main reason I want a cap is because I don't like turface color. I think Shultz stopped making theirs, right?


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Schultz was repackaged Turface, and it is now discontinued.

I've used both the Schultz, and Soilmaster Select (SMS). SMS was a similar product (also discontinued) but seemed a wee bit heavier. I love the stuff, and am holding on to my remaining stock.

But there's someone a half hour away from you looking to trade 15lbs. of it in the "charcoal" color, which is a dark grey, nearly black:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/il...al-anyone.html

It's probably only half of what you'd need for a 55G. But it too could be stretched with something like black sand or Flourite, and you'd have no worries about mixing messing up your color scheme.
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thanks DarkCobra! hopefully he likes my stems. im gonna see if he knows where i can get more too.

if not ill have to decide what to mix with it
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You don't need to cap turface it isn't that light


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I agree it's not that light that it needs a cap. It also seems lighter at first but once it gets established in thtank it seems to be close to small gravel.


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I think I want to go with Turface in my tank, too. I have found about (what appears to be) ten different products with this name. Is there a specific type that should/shouldn't be used in tanks?

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Turface pro league natural or Gray if you like blackish substrate I prefer the tAn/red it's beautiful with plants and good light


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Thanks, shrimpNewbie! I ordered a bag of the Heritage Red. We'll see how it turns out! :-)
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The red will slowly lose some color, this takes a very long time, however it stays mostly red, be sure to rinse in a bucket with a very high pressured hose, untill water is clear, it isn't unsafe for fish and plants just makes your tank cloudy if ya dont, you won't regret your decision to use turface, I will use nothing else but aquasoil someday


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Excellent! I'm looking forward to trying it out! I have a 5 gallon hex my MIL gave me that I'd like to try it out in. If it works, I'm going to do my 55 gallon with it, too! Do you use plant tabs with it?
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I use osmocote+ works better ime


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well i am going to pick up a bag of turface today so i can test it out for a while before i set up my 55 gallon. so today ill be changing out my eco complete with it on my 14 gallon. ill post pics if anybody is interested
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I'm interested in seeing what you do with it


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