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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-28-2006, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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any pictures of soilmaster select in charcoal?

I want to get an idea of how dark this substrate is.

I like eco completes color, but is soilmaster select pretty dark as well? I'd like to get as close to black as possible however at $20 a bag for eco complete, I'll be broke since i need close to 10 bags for my 5' 120 gallon. the soilmaster select is much better for my budget.

also where can i order this stuff in california? we don't have lesco here, at least not by me.
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ok i lied, found a store in anaheim.

but still would like to see some pictures of it first

also is it recommended to rinse it first? also whats the best methods of rinsing this, 50lbs is a lot to rinse and i can already forsee myself losing patience
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Here is a pic of my tank that I recently setup with soilmaster.

As you can see it is more gray than black, but it still looks good.

I didn't rinse at all. I planted the tank dry and then added the water.
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Try contacting Target Specialty Products. This is who OilDri (the makers of SS) told me to contact. It'll even end up being cheaper than Lesco.

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Yeah I think it is more Gray where Eco looks Black. Plus it as a slight mixing of a red/orange in it.

Here is a photo of my Soilmaster select charcoal:

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Old: 10g heavy plants, Eco complete, Cherry shrimp, otto's. DIY CO2 w/ glass diffuser. Aquaclear 20.
Old: 55g planted, Soilmaster select charcoal, community tank. Pressurized CO2 w/ in-line reactor. Magnum 350 pump.
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You might want to have a look here.

If I had to do it over again...I'd go with ADA Amozonia without thinking about it.
SMS Charcoal is nice, but those red "Missed the burn" chips are there, and it is more "grey" that a deep black.


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I wonder if there is a picture out there of ADA vs Eco. I really like the look of black and I am preparing my next tank soon. If the Eco is much darker I might just go with it, but havent decided yet.
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You might want to have a look here.

If I had to do it over again...I'd go with ADA Amozonia without thinking about it.
SMS Charcoal is nice, but those red "Missed the burn" chips are there, and it is more "grey" that a deep black.
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I recently picked up a bag of SS. Absolutley NO red chips at all. I find the color more natural than black, and more appealing than than the other flourite like colors. If you can find it i say go for it, in this hobbym, 20 bucks really isnt much of a loss if things dont pan out.
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