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Old 09-27-2007, 09:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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People keep referring to Turface, which is a brand. I'd like to see if I can pick up some Turface near Toronto. What exact product should I be looking for?
I was looking here and there are several products.
http://www.plantprod.com/EN/catalogue/20Media.html

I have a 24" tank and would like to upgrade to a 36" tank, and thought I would revisit the substrate in the process, without too much additional expense. Currently the 24" has 1.5" red fluorite, that is all.

I have some peat moss that I could dust the bottom with.
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Hi! I use the Turface MVP in a reddish/brown color. I like the way it looks, but would get a darker color in future. Maybe someday when I tear down the tank completely and restart. I went to the Turface website (www.turface.com) and emailed them. I was contacted that same day with a list of suppliers in my area. Hope this helps!
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Turface is not the best idea, it dissolves into mud and causes changes in water chemistry. You will have a better success with plain 2 4 mm silica sand.
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Mud? Really? I've been doing a lot of reading on Turface and SMS (virtually the same), and a number of people love both kinds. Is this from first hand experience? Just curious as I just bought a bag to try in a tank.
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Yes, I bought couple of bags some time ago from plantprod.com and had to take it out of my aquarium and dump it on outside sidewalk.
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Yes, I bought couple of bags some time ago from plantprod.com and had to take it out of my aquarium and dump it on outside sidewalk.
Hi Edward, which type of Turface was it, how much did you rinse it, and how deep was your tank? Deep tanks compact substrates more...
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weird I have a sample bag of turface filled with water and turface and see no issue with it turning to mud.
the two products you can use from their line up that are equivalent to SMS are Turface MVP (larger grain like flourite) And Pro choice (smaller grains like sms).
I could see a muddy issue comming from turface quick Dry. that is a VERY fine grain product.
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Just take a TDS tester or KH test kit, it does dissolve fast, especially with CO2 injection. I am talking about chemical reaction, not about visual effect.
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I think I will. is has been sitting wet for about a week. I'm sure it should show some differing hardness from the tap as it was when I put it in. This would be good to know since it looked to be a good alternative to sms. (sms is not very available in these parts)
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You would need to use RO water or inject CO2 to see the reaction.
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