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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-20-2015, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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Need Opinions Please!!

I'm looking to plant my 75 gal. I want a substrate that is preferably black. I've looked around and I've seen a lot on dirted tanks with different layering. I've ran a dirted tank capped with pool filter sand and I wasn't very happy with it. The plants did okay, but if I had to move a plant or pull out dead ones, it would bring the underlying layers on top and really make the tank look disgusting. Since then, I swore I would never go back to a light color.

What substrates would you guys recommend that would do okay with "aquascaping"? Meaning I could pull and move plants as needed? Any opinions on products like Fluval Stratum? I came across a tank with exactly what I'm looking for. Maybe this will help.
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That looks like black Fluorite to me. Someone, I think Sea Chem has a black sand also.
Eco Complete is black but doesn't weigh very much/not as dense so it doesn't hold the
dirt down as well I've heard. I also read that pulling up plants very slowly doesn't disturb
the under sub as much.

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Yeah, I would pull plants very slowly in each direction without disturbing any of the other substrate, but some plants are so dense with roots that it's almost impossible to do. I want to avoid layering and go with one product. This way, nothing gets mixed up, just stirred a little bit.
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hey man, you and I are in a similar situation.
in my 55 gallon, I ran a dirt capped with gravel, moving plants and clearing unwanted new sprouts always pulled some dirt up to the top layers.

so in the 75 gallon I am getting ready to start up. I got black diamond blasting media from Tractor supply, it is of course black. people have good success with it.
you can drop some osmocote fertz then put the media on top of it for the heavy root feeders I hear.

I won't have any experience with it until I get my tank up and running.

you can check up on that and see if its for you.
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I've seen a few people do this and their tanks look great. I'm kinda leery because I don't know what all is inside this and I want to avoid layers.
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