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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-28-2012, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Substrate hunting

Flourite, Eco-Complete, pool sand and other aquarium targeted products are easy to find but where do people get Turface/Oil-Dri/SafeTSorb and other similar products locally? The closest Tractor Supply and John Deere stores are out on Long Island and New Jersey. Can anyone give locations of stores that carry these products (or similar with high CEC) or perhaps even bonsai shops that might.

I will be in Jackson NJ on Sunday so I might be able to check out some stores in that area too.
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From what I see, Ace only carries the fine granular grade which might require a lot of sifting and rinsing. Would it be a problem in an aquarium?

Here's the result of sifting the premium floor absorbent by one of the bonsai forum members.
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Depends on how light it is. I've never used Oil-dri so I don't know.

If you're looking for coal slag blasting sand, GT-Rentals in Brooklyn sells 100lb bags of Black Beauty Blasting Sand.

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You dont need to sift at all....just slowly pour in the tank with out water...once you start filling the tank with water it produces some kinda heat so cold water is the best initially...once tank is half way..do water change..to remove whatever dirt is floating...do this 2-3X and you are all set...I have used it before.

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Well my hunting was partially successful. I haven't found any local places (or maybe I'm just really bad looking for stuff) but I did buy a 50 pound bag of Moltan Safe T Sorb online for $10 with free shipping.

The stuff is really dusty and I quickly learned that trying to rinse it clean is never ending. Once it's rinsed fairly clear, it will quickly cloud up once disturbed. Quite pleased with the size and appearance of it.

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Nice coloring. Bet rinsing wasn't fun. How large or small are the granules? Can you take a photo with a dime on top for reference?


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Well my hunting was partially successful. I haven't found any local places (or maybe I'm just really bad looking for stuff) but I did buy a 50 pound bag of Moltan Safe T Sorb online for $10 with free shipping.

The stuff is really dusty and I quickly learned that trying to rinse it clean is never ending. Once it's rinsed fairly clear, it will quickly cloud up once disturbed. Quite pleased with the size and appearance of it.
Looks good, where did you get it online?
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The water became cloudy again after I changed the water again in the container. I'm thinking of using a gravel vacuum to take out the dust and fine particles.

Currently I have the larger batch of "rinsed" Safe T Sorb in a plastic storage container with long airstones running underneath it. Should I let it go through a cycle or pour some water conditioner and call it a day? I'm going to replace the substrate in an already established tank.

I bought it from Drillspot. They're based in Colorado so there's no tax applied.



I should note that both pics were taken in natural sunlight and submerged in water.

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That looks good. Bet it would clear up with plants and filtration.

Tried looking at Drillspot but could not find Safe T Sorb. Would you be kind as to post a link, please?
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It's easier to search for it by company name rather than product name. I wonder if you can use the diatom absorbent for diatom filters.

http://www.drillspot.com/brand/moltan

This was the one I bought

The airstone idea didn't work as planned, it just made the airstones dirty with dust trapped in it. I ended up rinsing it, again. I'll probably try Joraan's method next time.
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Not a good picture but still here are some

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/at...3&d=1340676875

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/at...3&d=1336748412

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It's easier to search for it by company name rather than product name. I wonder if you can use the diatom absorbent for diatom filters.

http://www.drillspot.com/brand/moltan

This was the one I bought

The airstone idea didn't work as planned, it just made the airstones dirty with dust trapped in it. I ended up rinsing it, again. I'll probably try Joraan's method next time.
Got it. Thanks, Saw Joraan's method as well

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