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Mixing Flora-max and Fluorite

I'd like your opinion on this. I'm putting together an 80 gallon tank (48*18 base) and I'd like to have about 4 inches of good all around substrate. I'd like the colour to be a deep brown, a very natural brown, not black, but not too red.

Being in Canada its nearly impossible to get anything via mail order at a reasonable price so I'm left with asking the local retailers to bring something in. Seachem and Caribsea are two of the more common manufacturers that have their products in stores here.

From the looking I've done, Fluorite Brown and Flora-max seem to be pretty close in colour. The Flora-max is moderately cheap and shipped in 50lb bags. I'm pondering a mix, likely 1/2 of each. Also, the substrate calculators give me a rough number of 150 to 180 lbs of substrate required, if you've experience, please let me know if this is reasonable.
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Is the flora max priced cheaper than the flourite for the 50 pound bag? I'm not too familiar with the Flora max, but I used all flourite to achieve the same look. It can get really pricey if you need a lot of it though.

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Flora max is about $36 USD for 50 lbs, so, for me think 1$ / lb...I'm thinking of doing mostly flora max with 3 or so bags of fluorite...and yes this would be about $150 to $200 by the time I'm done...

The only substitutes I can find are zeolite and Soilmaster select red which is still $40/ 50lb bag.
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IMHO, Flora-max is not very good. I have a mix of the two (not entirely by plan) and do not like it. The color is similar to Flourite, but I found that Flora-Max has much larger pieces than Flourite and is very difficult to plant in for that reason. I think there are better options to save money than Flora-Max, but that's just my opinion.

BTW, I am ripping out my mix of Flora-Max, Flourite, and sand this weekend to replace it with Aquasoil. I have had the mix for almost five years and I'm sick of dealing with it.
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Hmm, thanks..I think. Trouble up here is that I can only get my hands on the main manufacturer's stuff and I'd like to do a brownish substrate. It's going to be very hard to do this under $200 even without paying shipping!

ADA would kill me, nearly $400!
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