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Aquariumplants.com bucket update

Hello everyone, I've looked up some old threads about the red, 5 gallon bucket that Aquariumplants.com is selling. But I can't find any posts about updates on the substrate, the best thread I could find was closed months ago because it got way off topic. Currently, there are no new threads about this substrate. Has anyone used this stuff before?

http://www.aquariumplants.com/product_p/ss-1.htm

I'm just looking for some peer feedback from someone who's used or know someone who's used this stuff. Thanks
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I've been using it for about 8 months and I like the stuff. Had I known that it was just repackaged SMS for about 3 times the price, I wouldn't have bought it. My plants grow well, so I guess I can't complain too much. At least i got a bucket out of the deal.
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Thanks Paul, I really don't want to spend a ton on substrate for a 55 tank, but I want some growth. I'll look into SMS
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At least i got a bucket out of the deal.
If I were drinking milk it would be coming out of my nose!! Thumbs up on the optimism, Paul...
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I used one bucket in my 55. It was really light at first and stirred easily when you tried to plant... or when my cory cats decided to play. It's almost a year old now and it doesn't do that anymore. It seems to hold rooted plants well and is easy to plant stems in.

The only thing I wish I had known was to add some Laterite before putting the substrate in. Since it's inert I go through A LOT of Seachem root tabs to keep my root feeders happy.

Really no serious complaints though. I like the color too.
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If you have problems finding SMS (SoilMaster Select) then look for Turface. www.Lesco.com and find a local store, ususally distributed through John Deere stores.





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I enjoy it, and 1 bucket filled my 55 with just the right amount. I didn't have access to the SMS stuff - but then again they were only charging $35 back in the day.
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If you have problems finding SMS (SoilMaster Select) then look for Turface. www.Lesco.com and find a local store, ususally distributed through John Deere stores.
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Which of these products are black? I see some listed as grey or red.
http://www.lesco.com/?PageID=87&Keyw...=059&Form=1255

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None of them are black black- the gray (or SMS = "Charcoal") is what most ppl use, though I've seen some ppl also use the red. There was a recent thread where another person was going to try brown and see how they liked it- don't know that I ever saw an update on that one, though?





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I have 3 buckets in my 210. No real complaints, but have never used anything other than the "normal" gravel before. Plants seemed to have rooted really well.

210 g - Empty right now
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Its not bad stuff at all. SMS, same thing...
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