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Question Dark colored substrate other than the aquasoil?

hi all, is there a dark colored substrate other than the aquasoil? thanks!
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Hi x2h,

My Turface Pro League Grey is a medium gray clay substrate. 3M Colorquartz Crystals is an inert substrate available in black.

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There's also Fluorite dark, Eco-Complete and several black sands.
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Read this
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I've read good things about Fluorite Black Sand. I just used eco complete on my second tank, and I'm not thrilled with it. The pieces are much bigger this time than when I used it last time (last time was about a year ago). If I realized this sooner, I would have gone with the Fluorite Black Sand myself.
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I'll tell you what: I have some experience in black substrates. I have in my tanks fluorite black, fluorite black sand, colorquartz T grade and eco-complete. Colorquartz is the best of all of them IMO. It has perfect grain size, look great underwater and holds slopes well.
Fluorite black is a great substrate as well, but particles are larger and much more coarse than those in T grade colorquartz. Fluorite black sand is very fine and it helps with planting, but it looks more flat than colorquartz underwater. Eco-complete worked for me well too and I didn't have to rinse it as it comes pre-rinsed (Cleaning colorquartz is one hell of a job, but it's worth it), but it's not black, it's more like gray with red mixed together.
My 2 cents is that if you can buy colorquartz locally, I would go that way (much cheaper than other substrates mentioned and very good as cap for mineralized topsoil). Second choice for me is fluorite black sand or regular fluorite black. I hope that helps.

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