I am going to be starting my first planted tank next weekend, and I am stressing over the substrate I'm going to use. I purchased a bag of Flourite Red, but I'm not all that hot on it. (Haven't opened the bag yet.) I've been looking EVERYWHERE for Flourite Black or Eco Complete, but I've only been able to find it at the most expensive shop around so far. It's running about $20 more than I paid for the Flourite. I really like the black look better than the red though.
I've found some black and white sands that I like the look of a lot, but because this will be my first tank, I don't want to set myself up for failure... Am I better off to just stick with the Flourite and deal with the red color, or can I easily make the sand work with some kind of substrate additive?
I should probably add, too, that I am planning on staying low tech, and this is going to be a 10 gallon tank.