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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V5 #416
In a message dated 10/30/02 4:42:40 AM Central Standard Time,
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:
> Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 18:04:39 -0600
> From: "John W. Lemons III" <john at johnlemons_com>
> Subject: Cheap gravel? "quickcreet all-purpose gravel"
> I'm getting ready to set up a 70 gal, and I've been looking at gravel. It
> would be reidiculously expensive to order gravel from any of the online
> sources I've found. In the past, I've used tex-blast with great success.
> Its small, smooth, and doesn't mess with the chemistry. Recently I noticed
> some "Quickcreet all-purpose gravel" at the local home store. Its a darker
> color than the tex-blast, which I like, but its a far larger array of sized
> and shaped. Seems to be about .5mm-8mm in size, with a few larger pieces.
> Some are sharp quartz like, others are smooth river-rock like. Interesting
> mixture. Any way, its amazingly cheap at $3.50/50lbs bag, so I grabbed a
> bag to test. I have a small amount in a jar with RO water and I'm waiting
> to see what it does to the water chemistry. I figure I'll test gh, kh, and
> ph. Any ideas what to look for or of this is a good/bad idea? Anyone ever
> use this stuff?
I use this stuff to cap soil substrates in all my tanks. It looks good, and
you can't beat the price. I would say it works just fine, as I am trading in
buckets of plants to the lfs regularly.