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    Default Finding the right substrate.

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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.


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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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    I found this online 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
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