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Question soil sand cap Q

I'm a newbie about to start my first planted tank, a 20 gallon long. I'm looking for low maintenance, low tech (have too many other responsibilities to play with my tank very much in the next few years). I'll have lots of questions, starting with substrate:

I plan to use Miracle Gro Organic potting mix (sifted, then sitting in a bucket of water for a few days with daily water changes before going in the tank) plus some clay. For the cap, I'd like some kind of black sand.

What would be best: Flourite black sand (CEC = good), Petco black sand, or Tahitian moon sand?

Possibly relevant: I hope to have cory catfish so soft might matter, I have a high pH (8.4-ish) water, and I hope to avoid adding fertilizers. I'll likely add trumpet snails to aerate the substrate, but anaerobic pockets might still be a problem if sand is too fine and snails too few.

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Anyone? Best black sand substrate to cap soil with? Is Tahitian Moon Sand too fine...? Thx!
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Black diamond blasting sand is "all the rage" right now.

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Yeah i have black diamond

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If you want to save $ Black Diamond 'sand' (actually coal slag) from tractor supply co 20/40 or -60 grit for sand granule size is $8 for a 50lb bag. I use it in ALL my tanks, including as a cap in my 2 soil (MGOPM) based tanks. Needs rinsed before use like any other sand.

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OK, thanks for the info! So the 20/40-60 is good size for a cap on soil? Not too fine (aerobic, etc.) And good for cories?

And just a newbie Q: why... Coal slag? What about is preferable?

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OK, thanks for the info! So the 20/40-60 is good size for a cap on soil? Not too fine (aerobic, etc.) And good for cories?

And just a newbie Q: why... Coal slag? What about is preferable?
It's black, it's cheap, it's inert, and it comes in a variety of granule sizes.
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