- This topic has 5 replies, 5 voices, and was last updated March 15, 2020 at 2:57 pm by Beth Hall.
February 25, 2020 at 9:28 pm #1389David MercerAdmin
Thanks to everyone that answered last weeks question and a huge thanks to everyone that has gone back and answered all the previous weeks. Its great to see what is working in the club. This week we will continue collecting good recommendations that we can point people to in the future. Not always the most glamorous but certainly helpful!
Week 8’s Question:
What is your favorite or most used substrate?
Remaining practical, What is your favorite substrate to use in your tanks? Why is it your top pick? Let us know where you get it so we can take a look and try it.
AAAA Board of Directors and WebmasterFebruary 25, 2020 at 11:40 pm #1390PAUL VANBRUGModerator
If I’m trying to grow plants, I like to use Flourite. I have 2 tanks using this, about 3″ deep. I also use it in clay pots in other tanks. I think I purchased it at PetsMart.
Most of my tanks have regular aquarium gravel, or Pea gravel from Home Depot. I go for the natural colors, sometimes I’ll mix a little black in with it. Most of my breeder/grow out tanks only have a single layer covering about half of the bottom. Just enough to grow bacteria and give stuff some ware to settle until I vacuum.February 26, 2020 at 1:19 am #1393GParticipant
I like to use Black Diamond black sand blast sand. I usually mix other stuff under neath it and cap it with this.March 1, 2020 at 11:05 am #1422David MercerAdmin
It all depends on the type of tank. I really like the look of sand so we often use either pool filter sand or blasting sand depending on the color we are going with. That said we tend to use florite in our planted tanks. But of course now that we are looking at getting our fish room going again I think I will go with the bare bottom there and only use substrate in our show tanks in the front of the house.
AAAA Board of Directors and WebmasterMarch 2, 2020 at 10:07 pm #1433Lynn SweeneyParticipant
Seachem flourite has worked well for us. We have one tank with Carib Sea Super Natural peace river gravel with pockets of Fluval Stratum underneath for specific rooted plants that is working nicely in our 75 rainbow community tank.March 15, 2020 at 2:57 pm #1492Beth HallParticipant
I have gravel, white sand, and the Black Diamond black sand blasting sand. IMHO, I am not a fan of the black sand- make the tanks too dark. Sand is fair for growing plants, Gravel is in most of my tanks. It’s fair at growing plants. I have one thank with flourite mixed in but it makes the water yellow, which I don’t care for. I guess I’m still searching for the ideal substrate for plants.
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