So, rule out Eco-Complete and ADA AS. Flourite might be a viable option. If you're going for cheaper still, you can try Soilmaster Select - Charcoal for a darker color, or they have a red color. It's cheap. $20 for 50 pounds, cheaper sometimes if you look around.
Schultz Aquatic Soil is pretty cheap too. Sand is always a good option for large tanks. I like the look of sand very much, and it's always super cheap at HD, Lowes..etc.
epic you rock always jumping up to help out.
when i did this as a planted tank in the past i had sand and Onyx mixed, i just didn't think sand would be best if i was going to be going all out planted this time around. i do like the sound of $20 for 50 pounds verses the later
Is there a calculator here so i can figure out what "pounds" i will need? should i go 3" , i do remember the one problem i had with the sand is that i was keeping Geophagus in the tank and they uprooted everything, but that was my bad. i just want to make sure i have something that will hold the plants down well this time around.
i want green and green and more green, a big grass bed. and fat planted corners and the back as well. being this is 8ft i should be able to have a very large grass bed.
i have sand in the tank right now and is a reddish brown sand. "Red flint" is what it is. i suppose i could always add another 100 pounds of that and maybe mix in something else?
thanks for your help!
PS you coming over to help set it up? LOL