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What do different substrates look like in the aquarium?

Hi,

aquarium enthusiast here. I may be re-setting up a tank I have, and after looking into different substrate choices, such as flourite or eco-complete, etc, I noticed there aren't a lot of photos showing what different substrates look like.

For example,

-There are different kinds of seachem flourite right? I have no idea what Flourite "dark' looks like vs Flourite "Black". All I can find are grainy images online.

-Similarly I'm not clear on what eco complete looks like, it seems popular.



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This tank has Eco-Complete in it

Here is a closer picture

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This tank is using SafeTSorb.
Not for the faint of heart though. Needs extensive careful rinsing.
It is lightweight and high CEC, It will suck the GH & KH down to nothing.
IMO pre-charging is a must.
I really like the look with all the different colors though.
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I didn't grab a higher up pic.
It won't due justice since I am battling driftwood tannin at present.
Oil slick look and white mold etc...


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Growing is not that difficult.
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Thanks for the photos! I'm not familiar with SafeTSorb, I'll have to research it.

Can anyone else add some more photos?


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I like the colour and uniformity of ADA amazonia, but I find it breaks apart easily between my fingers and i'm more skeptical of its value now.
The new version fixes those issues.
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ADA New Amazonia is what I have. If there is a "newer" version, I'm unaware.


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That must be tough to keep clean.


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That must be tough to keep clean.
I find that when it is all sand (with no substrate around to mix in), it is fairly easy as you can pulse your vacuum to clean it well.

As in,
start the suction, craps get pull up along with sand,
stop suction, sand is heavier and dropped down quickly
after sand dropped, lift up your vac a little, resume suction now you got all the craps out
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No other photos anyone?


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Here's Flourite:



Same gravel, different light:



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Flourite black sand


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Standard 55 gallon club... We need one of those.
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