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Re: Dark Substrate, Estes gravel



Dave, he must have used anthracite...wouldn't bituminous
coal tend to float? Maybe not....
Bill
forest at copper_net

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Wood" <Daviduu at btinternet_com>
To: <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2002 1:39 PM
Subject: 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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