Aquarium Forum
 


Menu
  · Tropical Fish Home
· Fish News
· Aquarium Forum
· Calculators
· Equipment reviews
· Free Aquarium Ebook
· Feedback
· Link to us
· Photo gallery
· Plant species
· Tropica Plant DB
Tropical fish species
· By Common name
· By Scientific name
Tropical Marine fish
· By Common name
· By Scientific name

_________________
  ...

Articles
  · African Cichlids
· Algae Control
· Aquarium Decoration
· Aquarium Resources
· Aquatic Plants
· Barb Fish
· Betta Fish
· Breeding Fish
· Catfish
· Central American Cichlids
· Cichlids
· Clownfish
· Corals
· Corydoras Catfish
· Discus Fish
· Dwarf Cichlids
· Fish Diseases
· Frogs and Turtles
· Goby Fish
· Goldfish
· Gourami
· Invertebrates
· Jellyfish
· Killiefish
· Lake Victoria Cichlids
· Livebearers
· Malawi Cichlids
· Marine Aquariums
· Marine Aquarium Fish
· Other Fish
· Pleco
· Predatory Fish
· Photography
· Pond Fish
· Responsible Fish Keeping
· Rainbow Fish
· Shark Fish
· South American Cichlids
· Tanganyika Cichlids
· Tetra Fish
· Tropical Fish Food

User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Chattanooga, TN
    Posts
    6,169

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    TGIT (Thank God it is Thursday) - afro123   Great helper. Here's a hotdog. - metweezer   Happy New Year!! - SeaLady   For your plant placement experiment...nice! - Slaphppy7   Thanks 4 help - pRED   

    Default Finding the right substrate.


    0 Not allowed!
    So I want to redo my beta tank and I really like slate. Since there will be no bottom dwellers in this tank I wanted to use small slate chips. Pieces no bigger than 1 cm or so. I have seen this done once before but I can't seem to find such a thing. The closest I got was slate chips for mulch and those were too big and I don't need such a large bag. Any suggestions?

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Posts
    186

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Welcome to the forum! - Slaphppy7   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Have you looked at black flourite yet?

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Chattanooga, TN
    Posts
    6,169

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    TGIT (Thank God it is Thursday) - afro123   Great helper. Here's a hotdog. - metweezer   Happy New Year!! - SeaLady   For your plant placement experiment...nice! - Slaphppy7   Thanks 4 help - pRED   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    I have but from what I've seen the Flourite granules are too small for the look I want to achieve. I know, I have the goldie locks syndrome.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    Posts
    2,518

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Thanks for the rep! - steeler58   Thanks!! - steeler58   Happy Easter! - Slaphppy7   Thx4rep - pRED   Won't let me give a rep ptr re the 12 gal tank - fishmommie   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    I haven't heard or seen anything sold as aquarium substrate that appears remotely like what you are describing. You may have to look farther afield(garden centers, etc gravel for landscaping). However, make sure that whatever you pick sinks(mulch doesn't)
    And also does not affect water chemistry(again, mulch will probably make your water acidic). Most organic matter(bark, wood, etc) will make your water acidic to a degree, while some rocks may leach calcium and do the opposite(always test rocks by dropping vinegar on them. If they fizz, don't use).

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Chattanooga, TN
    Posts
    6,169

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    TGIT (Thank God it is Thursday) - afro123   Great helper. Here's a hotdog. - metweezer   Happy New Year!! - SeaLady   For your plant placement experiment...nice! - Slaphppy7   Thanks 4 help - pRED   

    Default


    2 Not allowed!
    Sorry, as a gardener myself, when I say mulch, I mean anything laid over the soil. In this case, slate. So nothing organic. I have a few thin pieces of slate roofing shingles I might hit with a hammer and see how it breaks apart. Could be my solution.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    302

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Welcome to the forum! - Slaphppy7   Happy Easter! - Slaphppy7   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    I have a few thin pieces of slate roofing shingles I might hit with a hammer and see how it breaks apart. Could be my solution.
    Seems worth a try.

    -S

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    190

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    An extra tetra to hold you over 'til you get more! - Slaphppy7   Another one for your tank - Compass   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    When you said slate I thought you meant something like this but crushed up slate never heard or seen anything like it.
    55 gallon, 22 Cardinal Tetras, 11 Celestial Pearl Danios, 5 Sterbai Corydoras, 5 Gold Honey Gourami, 1 Albino Bristlenose Pleco

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Chattanooga, TN
    Posts
    6,169

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    TGIT (Thank God it is Thursday) - afro123   Great helper. Here's a hotdog. - metweezer   Happy New Year!! - SeaLady   For your plant placement experiment...nice! - Slaphppy7   Thanks 4 help - pRED   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!


    I could be dead wrong on what this substrate is. But if you jump to 1:00 that is the best example of what I'm looking for. What exactly is in those tanks may not be slate but you get the idea of the shape and size.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    A little further from sanity
    Posts
    9,324

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Thanks for the rep friend :) - Compass   Merry Christmas! - rebecca_finny   Thanks for the rep! - AmazonJoe   Happy Holidays. - gadget228   Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! - Plecos   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    I found this online http://www.earthproducts.net/products/gravel.html Try a landscaping supply yard and ask for small slate gravel.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
    Dear naps, sorry I hated you so much when I was a child... Love me

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •