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I used this as a substrate before with my discus. It seemed to stress them out considerably. I moved them to a tank with flora base (an absorbent neutral clay substrate) and they perked up instantly and began eating and acting normally.

I think either my batch was bad, or that it constantly leaches chemicals out slowly. The color is great though.
 

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I've been using Black Beauty in several of my tanks and love it. I do recommend going with the size 3 or 4 grade, not the 6 as it's too fine. It's great for the color, but it's also heavy for its size so it vacuums well and holds plants better than the flourite/stone mix I was using previously.

Here are two tanks recently redone with it:
http://aquaticobsession.blogspot.com/2008/11/rescaping-72g-and-150g-tanks.html

The way it swirls around in the vacuum is cool. I'm planning to try it as a fluidized bed filter substrate next time I build one.

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Texguy- If the black beauty still needs a home I would love to take it!

How is the new tank going? Texgal says the ammonia is settling and glosso taking off. Any light solution yet? Homedepot expo/design centers going out to business her and noticed some lighting similar to what you have in your office.
 
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