The 3M Color Quartz has gained favor as a much less expensive substitute for the Tahitian Moon Sand. Am I correct to assume that the Tahitian Moon Sand does not have buffering qualities and therefore has no inherent advantage over the use of the Color Quartz?
I know that 3M Color Quartz is inert and is a very inexpensive and attractive substitute for those desiring the look of Tahitian Moon Sand.
My curiosity is whether or not the Tahitian Moon Sand offered attributes (i.e. buffering, etc.) that would make it more desirable to use (albeit at a much more expensive cost) for an African Cichlid aquarium. If the Tahitian Moon Sand does not offer such qualities, and itself is inert, then the choice of 3M Color Quartz seems even more practical to me.