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FYI Black Substrate Options w/ PICS (56k warning!)

From left to right, Fluorite black, Fluorite black sand, Colorquartz black T grade, AquaPebbles black gravel


In order from easiest to wash to most difficult:

AquaPebbles (30lbs)


Fluorite black (31 lbs)


Fluorite black sand (62 lbs)



Colorquartz (50lbs)







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Great the colorquartz will be hardest to clean lolz thanks lauralee


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Yeah, that really surprised me, actually! Took twice as much rinsing than the Fluorite sand, I'd say I washed the CQ about 5 or 6 times, the Fluorite sand only took about 3 rinses, and the Fluorite black only 2x. Seachem must have taken some feedback and started prerinsing their substrate?





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Great post! Will come in very usefull!
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Great post! This will be excellent reference for black substrates!
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Laura,

Great info. I'm shopping for black substrate as well.
If possible can you post price/unit?

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i had to wash my 100Lbs 3m t-grade for about an hour which isnt to bad.was still little cloudy but after filter was turned on it cleared in a couple of hours.

before i got my 3m cQ i tried estes sand...never again! nasty stuff to say the least...35 Lbs i had to toss in the trash.

glad im using the cQ now.its just the right size for me.allwet.....
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Laura,

Great info. I'm shopping for black substrate as well.
If possible can you post price/unit?

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I took back my Eco Complete to my LFS b/c of the quality control issues so my LFS gave all the Fluorite to me for the same price; $19.99/bag (15.4 lb/bag). They said they normally retail it for $24.99/bag.





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How do you wash out the colorquartz?

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Good question. I assume very similar to the process of Flourite or Sand am I right?


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I wonder if some bags of colorquartz are dustier than others, because I barely rinsed mine at all. I put some in a bucket, rinsed it a couple times and that was it. There was a little clouding in the tank, but the filter cleared that up in no time.
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i put about 15Lbs or so in a bucket and went and outside and turned the hose on and just filled the bucket up while swirling my poor frozen hand in the bucket i dumped the dirty water and started again till it became somewhat clear.went thru 100Lbs in no time.allwet....
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That's what I did too, about 20lbs at a time in those 3gal buckets. The colorquartz was VERY dusty, and the water that came off was totally black! Took about 5 or 6 rinsings per bucket.

Needessl to say, just washing 175lbs of substrate took me hours...





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Good info. I used Tahitian Moon Sand in my tank as I couldn't get any other black sand locally.Didn't rinse just put it in the bottom filled slowly and had almost no cloudiness.

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Lucky u guys are somewhere warm i'm in an igloo in canada.

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