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Re: Dark Substrate, Estes gravel



A friend of mine (here in England) used coal as a substrate in one
tank....very cheap and all it required was a few lumps of coal and a
large hammer followed by rinsing to remove the dust.
The same guy also had an odd set-up with white gravel, coal "rocks",
amazon sword plants and a shoal of tiger barbs.. Sounds awful but looked
incredible.
Regards,
Dave Wood
----- Original Message -----
From: "William Ruyle" <forest at copper_net>
To: <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2002 5:19 PM
Subject: Dark Substrate, Estes gravel


> Lee writes:
> > No, but Estes has several black and other dark colored gravels. For
> example,
> >
> > http://www.petluvers.com/estesultrareefmarinesandblack.html
> >
> > Lee Harper
> > Media, PA
>
> Most of the Estes products I've seen in the LFS have an
> epoxy-type lacquer on them that lends an unnatural appearance in the
tank
> (lighting glints off of it rilly well). I remember some sad tidings, I
think
> it was the "let's-cycle-a-new-fishless-tank-using-ammonia-crowd" or
the
> "Muriatic Acid Gang" (MAG, RJ chairs that organization<wink>.) Anyhoo,
the
> coating came off and made for quite a mess. Yeah, it was someone using
> muriatic acid to check for lime, etc, concerning ph spikes. Too bad,
'cause
> they offer it in a dark rainbow of colors. I'll check out the site but
want
> something to use for a permanent, planted, setup. Peat's nice, gives a
> glimpse of heaven, but a pretty long stare into hell come
> maintenance/cleanup time.
> Bill
>
>
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