You know the cheapest 2 already, it's blasting grit and PFS. I picked up PFS at Walmart for about $6 for 50lbs. Tractor supply is the goto for the Black Diamond and its roughly $9 for 50lbs. Personally i feel the BDBS is better as i like the looks of the black substrate and it makes everything around it pop.Hi everyone,
Looking for a little guidance here. First – I am a total newb. I set up a 10g that failed miserably about a year ago. Tried again with both that 10g and a 20g, and have had better success this time around. The 10 has been set up for a couple months, the 20 a month or so longer, and both are doing well (by my standards anyway). It’s pretty much been dumb luck if I am being honest, that and obsessively checking my levels before I added anything more than a betta and a couple dojo loaches.
I’d like to set up a 55g once Petco has their $1/gal sale, and doing research prior to actually buying my supplies. Right now, my head is spinning with all the different substrates. What I know – I like sand. I’ve had fluorite gravel and HATED it (with a passion). Both current tanks have the Nat Geo sand and I like the look, plus how easy it is to settle plants in it. I’ve read that folks use pool filter sand, blasting sand, and various aquarium marketed sand. Knowing I will have to provide nutrients, I’m really looking for the best bang for my buck, and whether you folks with more experience have any major pros vs cons for each. I want to plant the 55g deeper than I have the 20 (it only has one 20lb bag of the nat geo sand in it, making my tank’s scape very flat) and I figure I’m going to have to buy a few bags of whatever I go with.
One suggestion i have for you though. I'd get the 75g over the 55 all day long as its 6" deeper front do back which makes a world of difference when scaping the tank. It shouldn't change your budget all that much between that and a 55 other than maybe lighting.