Aquatic Plant Forum banner
1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
31 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I live in Gainesville, TX and am starting up a 30 gallon cube. This will be a low light tank. I plan on hardy stuff like anubias, java fern, maybe a lotus for red...

I went looking for substrate yesterday and came up empty handed. I'll go for white, grey or charcoal colored substrate - I do not like the red hued substrate.

I'm considering pool filter sand, 3M colorquartz or turface right now. Anyone know where I can get any of these in the Dallas area (preferably Frisco, McKinney or Denton)? Or do you have another recommendation. I'd love to start working on this tank...but without a substrate I'm not going anywhere!

Thanks

Carolyn
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
381 Posts
For pool filter sand, call some swimming pool supply stores in the phone book. For some nutrient tips, ask the low light/low tech folks here, they have some tricks you might want to try for providing longer term nutrients on a budget, might change your plans a bit.

For Turface, find your local Lesco on Lesco.com, check their inventory and perhaps order one unit online to be picked up locally.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
581 Posts
You can SMS which comes in charcoal at any lesco or tractor supply...very reasonable cost.

For Color quartz you can check pool tile places. I know one in Dallas, but not in your area.

If you are interested in the dallas one they are at:

National Pool Tile Group
2819 Blystone Lane
Dallas, TX 75220
ph: (214) 366-4009
fx: (214) 366-4022
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
31 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Thanks for all the quick replies. I think I'd like to try the SMS but am having a problem with the Lesco site. Does anyone know what the product # is, so I can try calling to find it. Do you happen to know of a Lesco or Tractor Supply that has the stuff in stock? I appreciate your help!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
381 Posts
I can't get on their site right now, but I think the navigation through their drop down list is seed>mulch>soil amendment>clay. Then there's a small list of products, they carry Turface Pro League Grey in place of SMS charcoal now, it's virtually identical.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
31 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
OK I'm overthinking this. I called around I can find the Turface Allsports which is the buff colored one. Anyone have pics of that in their tanks?

I'm thinking I might like the look of plain ole pool filter sand better. Is it a pain to clean? Does it get algae covered and icky looking quickly? Seems many use black substrate but I looked at a the ADA photo contests and lots of the best aquascapes used white...

Thoughts appreciated!

Thansk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
581 Posts
The thing with white substrate is all the poo, etc will show very easily.

Pool filter sand can sometimes be too fine and create a film on your filters, aquarium, etc. If wanting to go with the sand look, I would go the route of sandblasting sand
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
381 Posts
Are you sure you don't mean play sand? I've never seen pool filter sand with a small grain, or a pool filter that can handle that.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
581 Posts
Depends where you get the pool sand. I picked some up at Home Depot and the stuff was much smaller grain than regular pool sand. The bag didn't say the size however it put a fine film on everything I had. Maybe I just got a bad bag or something...I rinsed the crap out of it though
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
481 Posts
Go here: http://www.clemtex.com/ and get a back of their Black Beauty sand blasting sand. It's wonderful stuff, and cheap! It's got iron in it, but I don't know if it's available to the plants or not. I've been using it in small tanks with good results and just replaced the substrate in two of my larger tanks with it. Visit my blog vis the link in my signature for pictures of tanks I just redid with it.

Clemtex carries three sizes: #6 super fine, really too fine in my opinion, but the fish store owner I learned about it from uses this size. #4 is close to sand, and #3 is closer to gravel. It's $13 for 100lb bag.

Michael
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
31 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
I'd love to get the Turface Pro Gray -but can't seem to find any Lesco with it in stock -does anyone happen to know of any Lesco's with it available? Their site is very aggravating and 1/2 the time it comes back with errors....

Thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
381 Posts
If you purchase one unit on the site, it should automatically give you the option for local pickup, then they will send it to the closest Lesco in your area. The people there will act funny for receiving only one bag rather than a pallet, but that's how we were all doing it with SMS a year or so ago.

There are other places that carry it, you just have to finsd a way to get one bag, most places want to sell the stuff by the pallet. My local John Deer equipment rental place has Turface grey but won't sell me just one bag.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
581 Posts
As Jaidexl states, they do act funny about getting only one item, but they CAN do it.

Some of the ones I called were less than thrilled with the one item transfer but they still did it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
31 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
I couldn't get the website to take an order for one bag - came back check availability. But I did find SMS Charcoal still available at the Plan John Deere Landscape so I snagged a bag. For those interested I believe they still have some....just $15.00 and change.
 
1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Top