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best beige substrate?

what is the best way to get a beige (sand color) substrate that will not change my parameter levels. most that I see tend to be dark. one that will have some nutrients would be great. My tank will be a freshwater tank with plants and community fish, mostly rainbows and red line barbs.
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I like the stuff I use, 3M Colorquartz Tan color sand, very uniform and does not change parameters. Here is what it looks like:



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Rio Grande - An inert, natural substrate with rounded grains.
Recommended for freshwater aquariums with external filtration.
Suitable for planted aquariums. Grain size 3.0 - 5.0 mm.
CarbiSea Product #: 00824 (20 lb.bag); 00854 (50 lb. bag).

CaribSea's Freshwater Substrates




not pictured, very slightly darker and much finer would be;
Peace River - An inert, natural substrate. Unusual coarse sand
size with rounded grains. Recommended for aquariums with
external filtration, and planted aquariums. Excellent for tanks
with freshwater stingrays or catfish. Grain size 1.0 - 2.0 mm.
CarbiSea Product #: 00832 (20 lb. bag); 00862 (50 lb. bag).


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i have florabase, dont have a picture but it is a light brown/tan color great stuff!

i've heard a rumor that it is from the same plant as ADA aquasoil

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Pool filter sand is tan color and well not change your water parameters. It is also cheap, 50lbs for $8. If you want to add some nutrients, then use Laterite underneath the sand.

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do any of these already have nutrients in there I don't want to layer since over time they will tend to mix.
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Colorquartz is inert, all the gravel based substrates are inert.

That means they have no nutrients.

Florabase is a peat based substrate that some some nutrients in it.

All that being said aquatic plants prefer to take their nutrients though the water column.
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so then why doesn't everyone just use pool filter sand and save money instead of using stuff like eco compleat or flourite for example?
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another thought I had is if florabase is peat based wouldn't it lower my ph?
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Some plants do take most of their nutrients in through their roots, like crypts and swords. However they can also take some nutrients in through their leaves, but their must be enough in the water at all times. About all other plants do get thier nutrients through their leaves.

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Schultz Aquatic Soil is the color you are looking for and you can find it at just about any store that has a garden center. I got mine at Home Depot. You can get or root tabs and place them underneith any plants that like to root feed.

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That Florabase is a great looking substrate. I've never used it, but it looks really good. I'm really pleased with the Soilmaster Select which I believe comes in beige and is dirt cheap.
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Shultz is orange. At least to my eyes.

Florabase breaks down.

I use both Flourite and Eco-Complete. Why? The grain size is good, and they do have minerals that slowly become available to the plants.
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Schultz is also light and therefore doesn't hold plants well.

I am switching to Bright Sand. I have very few rooted plants anymore, so it's not an issue. The ones I do have small, fine roots like HC and HM. But that's it.

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