Hi! This is my first post here, but I've been lurking around in the substrate section for a while now. :] I want to redo my 30 gal low light planted tank with horrible blue gravel (twas my beginner tank, have mercy), and I'm considering getting a 75gal tank but I don't know if I want to go all the way yet.
I want to get plant substrate, but I'm not sure what to get. I love the look of the flourite black sand, but it's too expensive and I can't justify the price. I looked at the substrate at aquariumplants.com, and apparently it's just a copy of soilmaster select, right? I've also heard the same but of turface pro which a very local store carries. $20-ish for a 50lb bag is great! That would be more than enough to fill up the 30gal tank right?
Anyway... back to turface... the color in the pictures at aquariumplants.com is black... the color of turface pro is grey. I've looked at some pictures (here
) and when it's wet it's slightly darker, but it's still grey... I was wondering if anybody else had some more pictures to share of the wet turface? I really like the look of the black substrate, and in the aquariumplants.com website it looks grey, but not in these. o.0 I'm probably going to end up buying the turface but I just wanna see how it looks wet before going to that store! =D
Also, in a unrelated question, I'm looking for light fixtures and I keep seeing this fixture... a t5 ho odyssea light fixture on eBay
. Does anybody have any experience with this fixture? Is it good for a planted tank? Would I need to replace the bulbs? Or should I just keep having a low-light plant on the 30 gal and splurge on the fixture for the 75gal?