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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-14-2013, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Question Aquariumplants.com Substrate

I'm in the process of designing a new planted aquarium, replacing an ~10 year old tank and am trying to decide on the substrate. The older tank has (I think, but its been a while so my memory is a bit fuzzy) fluorite and I've never been all that impressed with the results (though that tank isn't as well lit as it could be either).

I was having a look at aquariumplants.com's own brand substrate: http://www.aquariumplants.com/Freshw...trate_p/ss.htm but I've not been able to find any discussion of it beyond their own website so I was wondering if any of you guys had tried it and if so what your experience of it has been?

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Last time I was looking up this kind of substrate, it was said that Turface Pro League is the same thing as aquariumplants.com substrate, just a whole lot cheaper. Compare 50lbs for ~$15 of Turface to their prices. lol


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When it first came out Soil Master Select (Charcoal) was on the market and the 2 materials looked exactly alike.
They are a montmorillonite clay, baked until it is a certain color.

Now, Safe-T-Sorb is probably the nicest looking product that is the same material, just a different color. STS is available at Tractor Supply stores. It is a blend of soft browns and greys. Looks very natural.
Turface is the same material, but baked to a uniform color. IMO their colors are too glaring for aquariums.

For more info about this group of products look for some posts with Safe T Sorb or Turface in the title.
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I second the Safe-T-Sorb. Very natural looking. AND it's $15 shipped for a 50 pound bag. Can't beat that!
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I second the Safe-T-Sorb. Very natural looking. AND it's $15 shipped for a 50 pound bag. Can't beat that!
Or 4.95 at tractor supply lol
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+1 for having it shipped. Around $10 drop shipped from Grainger.

Much preferred having the UPS guy lug the stuff to my door than having to transport it myself.


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Plus, for those that live in the city like myself, beats driving out to the boondocks looking for a tractor supply store. I'll take the delivery.....thanks!
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Plus, for those that live in the city like myself, beats driving out to the boondocks looking for a tractor supply store. I'll take the delivery.....thanks!
+1 driving around trying to find what you need is like spinning your wheels (literally). Plus their is a cute UPS delivery girl for me, so +1 for me
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I go there for my dog food anyway. I think this is what I'm going to get! Thanks for this thread!!

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Thanks for all the helpful info!
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