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>Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 21:56:30 -0700
>From: "Michael Gerhardt" <breadmon at hotmail_com>
>Subject: cheap substrate?
>Where can I get a cheap substrate for planted tanks?
>Flourite is crazy expensive. There has to be a cheaper way. I have seen
>pond stores pot their plants in something that looks like baseball field
>dirt. Would this work in an aquarium?
The soil you are seeing is either Profile, Turface, or Shultz Aquatic
soil. It is basically a baked clay product. It is lighter in weight than
Flourite and doesn't provide the benefits of Flourite. It will work
though. As will small gravel/large sand.
Where do you live and how big of a tank are we talking about here? IMHO
substrate is not one of those places to pinch pennies. I have found as
have many others ours in not the cheapest hobby in the world.