Photo available: Hagen Black River Sand and Tropica sizes

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by nry, 4 Nov 2007.

  1. nry

    nry Member

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    For anyone interested here is a photo of some Hagen Black River Sand (Extra Fine) and some Tropica Plant Substrate against a 1" lined ruler and a GBP £1 coin:

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    The larger Tropica chunks do break up under pressure.
     
  2. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    Oh interesting, cheers, worth knowing that is :)

    Sam
     
  3. beeky

    beeky Member

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    Cheers.

    That tropics stuff does look pretty chunky, a bit like cookie dough.....

    Are you pleased with the sand? It's looks nice, not the very even black that I guesed it would be. Does the tropica give you that laterite doesn't? I suppose that's more of a general substrate query, but with all the substrate additivies around now it's difficult to decide what to go for.
     
  4. nry

    nry Member

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    Hagen Sand - I think this is a very natural look, never seen natural sand that was not a mix of shades and I like it, but going by the product description you could be deceived a little I guess.

    Tropica substrate - this is a mix of fine sand/dust and larger particles. The larger particles do squash fairly easily and I would think that when wet they would end up very soft. There are more finer bits than the large bits from the picture above, it is certainly more natural looking/feeling than the JBL AquaBasis Plus which I used last time - the JBL product is pretty much the same as Tetra Complete substrate as far as I can tell.
     
  5. Moss Man

    Moss Man Member

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    Thanks for that, I've just ordered some Tropica substrate, so it is interesting to see what it'll be like.
     

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