Substitute for turface??

PunkyduckktMarch 25, 2011

Does anyone know if Fluorite planted aquarium substrate could be used as a substitute for the turface in the gritty mix? It is a broken porous stable clay. I have quite a few pounds left over from an old aquarium and would like to put it to use.

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

What's the particle size?


    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 12:30AM
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While I have not read or heard of this item being used as a turface substitute, I'm not familiar with it so I couldn't say with any certainty.

Particle size is one definite consideration.

I'm including a link to a great website on Bonsai that contains a lot of information on using different items in the making of mediums. About halfway down the page I linked to there are two other links to follow... An Introduction to Bonsai Soils and Cat Litter as Bonsai Soil. Somewhere on those pages, I do believe, is information on turface substitutes and how to test ingredients by wetting, heating and freezing to see if they hold up and can be used.

I hope you find the information you're looking for... I only wish I could be more helpful.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bonsai Basics

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 10:47AM
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I just returned from my local John Deere supply store and unfortunately, they do not carry Turface MVP. They do have Allsport Pro. Is this product a good substitute for Turface MVP?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 2:03PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Same product - different label.


    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 3:27PM
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Thanks Al.
Much appreciated.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 3:52PM
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Any experience with Diamond Pro products as one of my local nurseries carries their products? They 3 different colored Infield conditioners, one is labelled professional vetrified infield conditioner.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 3:02PM
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