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Hi i have just bought a 300 ltr Juwel and was wanting to change from Coral Sand to something else that is dark and buffers the water.

I was looking into Carib Sea Cichlid sand but i don't like it as much when you see it in peoples tanks as it looks no where near as dark as what it shows on their website.

I was wanting to try and find out if there is a black/v.dark substrate out there that also buffers the water like the Eco Complete does?? Also i would prefer if it wasn't super fine sand as i don't want it all getting suck up my siphon lol i still have bad memorys of when i had silica sand, bad days lol

I will keep my fingers crossed that there is a type of sand out there like this.

Ashley :fish:
 

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I'm not aware of any pure black sand that also has buffering characteristics.
You could mix some Carib-Sea Tahitian Moon Sand in with the Cichlid sand and get it pretty dark. That, or you could use pure TMS and put some of the crushed coral inside a canister (or in a media bag inside a HOB filter). IME, crushed coral doesn't do all that much to raise PH anyway. As long as your PH is between 7.5 and 8.5 (assuming your talking about Africans) I wouldn't worry about it. Just my 2 centavos.
 

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What about just using a black substrate that you like and then adding crushed coral to your filter to buffer the water.

I put some crushed coral in a stocking and put it on top of the media in my HOB filter. If you have a canister filter you can usually fit the stocking into one of the compartments.

What's the PH of your water, do you need to buffer it?
 
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