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    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?

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    Have you looked at black flourite yet?

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    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.

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    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).

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    for the fun game! - SeaLady Thank you very very much!! - Compass Love the games. Thank you :) - rebecca_finny TGIF! - showmebutterfly Thanks for your help & points. - metweezer 
    Nice to see you around again. enjoy the pie - fishmommie Thanks! :) I try! - Compass Happy Christmas! - Slaphppy7 Thanks so much for everything. - metweezer Thanks for the rep friend :) - Compass 

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    I found this online http://www.earthproducts.net/products/gravel.html Try a landscaping supply yard and ask for small slate gravel.
    If it's called tourist season why can't I shoot them?
    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.
    A moderator on a fish forum should be able to identify an oscar... Don't you think?


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