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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-28-2008, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Woot-Colorquartz found!

I finally found some 3M Colorquartz T-Grade Black in my area!
About $25 for a 50 lb bag. Not bad I guess.

Here's another question.. I currently have Pool filter sand in the tank. The tank is lighly planted (very lightly) with red cherry shrimp. Can I just add the colorquartz on top of the pool filter sand or should I take out as much of the pool filter sand as possible?

I dont want to disturb the shrimp and everything, but it seems like I will have to take them out when chaning the substrate.

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The material with the largest grain size will migrate to the top, in your case the ColorQuartz will be on top, but there may be some sand that shows through. If the sand is a different color it might be a visual problem. You'd be better off taking the sand out. Don't forget that ColorQuartz is inert, it inherently has no CEC capacity or food for your plants' roots.

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Perfect! :-)
I'm mainly using a moss tank. hehe. I guess I'll put thin layer of peat underneath it just incase later on i want to use stem plants.

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I did a substrate change once in my cherry shrimp tank. I didn't bother removing the shrimp. Using a little yogourt cup, I just scooped out one cup at a time. The shrimp will step aside if you give them time to.
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Good to know. I might take the safe side and move them over to a bucket until the water settles.

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Ok so I just put some in a 5 gal bucket with water. I noticed a layer of oily type film.. I've been washing it out a LOT. the film is gone but water is still cloudy... Seems like I'll be washing for the rest of the nite!!!

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Have fun, it only took me close to a whole day to wash!

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