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Substrates & Cloudiness

PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:25 pm
by kb46
Of these commercial products - will any give me problems with cloudiness (or nutrient release) if a fish were to disturb the substrate?

EcoComplete (What is the difference between "dry" and "live"?)
Aquaclay Ground
Dupla Ground
Red Sea Flora Base


Re: Substrates & Cloudiness

PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:05 pm
by J.B.
I don't have experience with the end of your list, but I've presently got a mixture of the top three in all of my tanks. My substrate consists of Eco-Complete, Fluorite, Tahitian Moon Sand (Onyx) and PFS. I've never had any issues with cloudiness other than with the Fluorite when I first got it. I rinsed it really well, but it wasn't good enough. That seems to be the story with that stuff.

I've never heard of "dry" EC, so I cannot help you with that. It might be an inert variety of it. :shrug:

Re: Substrates & Cloudiness

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:20 am
by freshfish
My Flourite black, black sand, and ColorQuartz mixture doesn't cloud at all. Of course, I also rinsed the crap out of it and dried it thoroughly in the sun before using it.

I've never used any of the other substrates you listed. Unless "Onyx" is Seachem's Onyx Sand, which clouded just a little more than Flourite.