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Seachem flourite 4 36.36%
Seachem flourite sand 4 36.36%
Eco-Complete (by Carib Sea) 4 36.36%
Volcanit Aquarium Substrate (by AquaMedic) 0 0%
Tahitan Moon Sand 3 27.27%
Estes Black Sand 0 0%
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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-26-2009, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Which cap for MTS?

I just received my MTS from Ken and now I am working on the cap.
I want to go dark. I currently have SMS and it is okay but has a lot of silt and would like to try something different. I will have cories, shrimp, ottos, bristlenose plecos, and glowlights. I have a Icecap 660 and will be running four bulbs over a 110x (48x18x30). I want easy rooting and that holds plants down in case I go with something like HC, and doesn't hurt the barbels of cories. If you are torn, you can vote for more than one.

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Seachem flourite
Seachem flourite sand
Eco-Complete (by Carib Sea)
Volcanit Aquarium Substrate (by AquaMedic)
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Estes Black Sand

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I'm bias to the flourite. I've used Eco Complete black but it seemed to stay dusty (May last year). Pool filter sand but it appears dirty most of the time being nearly white.
The flourish fired clay works best for me.
Just filled a 110g 18Dx60L and used four bags.


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Also, regular ADA Aquasoil vs ADA Aquasoil powder...


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So it looks like flourite is the winner by a narrow margin.


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You've already got mineralized top soil, there is no need to spend insane money on more plant substrate. I'd use black colorquartz, it's cheaper than any of the other choices on the list and looks great.

S grade is very smooth, T grade is more coarse.
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The thing is that I would like to keep cories. I would prefer to go with something more coarse since I would like to aviod hydrogen sulfide. I am planning on a hilly scape.


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Hydrogen sulfide as in for killing algae? How would coarse or fine substrate affect algal growth?

S grade is the finest sand I've used, T grade appears to be significantly larger, I've never used it so I can't say for sure though.
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