This site is supported by the advertisements on it, please disable your AdBlocker so we can continue to provide you with the quality content you expect.
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Unfortunately for Photobucket users, things have changed in a big way as of June 26th they are rolling out a $399 per year subscription fee for those who want to hotlink images from Photobucket’s servers to display elsewhere.
    This does not mean it only affects this site, It now means that billions of images across the Web now display an error message instead of the image in question. :(
    https://barrreport.com/threads/attention-photobucket-users.14377/
    Dismiss Notice

Lesco soilmaster select

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by martinphillip03, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. martinphillip03

    martinphillip03 Lifetime Members
    Lifetime Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2006
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am looking for an update on Lesco's soilmaster select. How do you like it, how is it working? How does it compare to Flourite? I am thinking about buying it. thank you.

    Marty
     
  2. VaughnH

    VaughnH Lifetime Charter Member
    Lifetime Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2005
    Messages:
    2,892
    Likes Received:
    21
    Re: Lesco soilmaster select

    I don't have long experience with SM, only about a month, but I do like it. I like the way it looks, the ease of planting in it, and the fact that corys can chew on it safely. It does grow plants and roots, but I have no idea whether it does it as well as, better than, or worse than any other substrate. And, I don't see it affecting the water parameters.
     
  3. Simpte

    Simpte Prolific Poster

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2005
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    0
    Re: Lesco soilmaster select

    I love it. Its not as dark as I would have peferred but deffinitely very good. If you're looking for black, keep looking but for dark its great!. I'll post some pics when I find them but Matt has some readily available if he stops by.
     
  4. matpat

    matpat Prolific Poster

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2005
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    0
    Re: Lesco soilmaster select

    The Soilmaster seems to be a very good substrate but it is a little "light in weight". That aspect doesn't bother me as much as it does some, especially when you can do a 75g tank's substrate for less than $20 :) It is lighter than Flourite, but I prefer the dark grey color over the multi color of Flourite.

    It should also have a higher CEC than Flourite since this product is very similar to Turface. Here's a link for some substrate comparisons. Note the CEC and iron content differences of Flourite and Turface, Profile (The parent company of Turface) and Turface Black (similar to Soilmaster): http://home.infinet.net/teban/jamie.htm

    Plants do just as well as those in my Eco substrate but they seem to have larger root systems in the Soilmaster. Maybe this is due to the lighter weight of the Soilmaster. I don't notice any changes in water parameters over my Tap Water either.

    Here is a link to some pics on APC: http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/showthread.php?t=10563&highlight=soilmaster

    Another SWOAPE member has pics towards the end of the thread. He used 3M's "T" grade Black Color Quartz Sand over his Soilmaster and you can see the slight color difference in the next to last pic.

    I will try and get some more pics up after I get the re-scape done on the tank. If I forget and you are interested, REMIND ME!
     
Loading...

Share This Page