BLACK DIAMOND SAND tanks! Let's see them "blasting away" here!!!
I'm fairly new here and still learning, but as to most people, we all have priorities in life and time/money is not always readily to available for spending. However, our love for the hobby enables us to miraclously find ways to still enjoy the hobby without compromises to our lifestyle. This can definately put a strain on families if not careful. So I thought it would be a great idea to create this thread and share my experiences with one of the alternative to the lesser expensive substrate which is the blasting grit "sand" made by Black Diamond. It's really coal slag but 100% safe in aquariums, there are a few folks here that use them successfully. With just flourish root tabs, the Black Diamond "sand" and of course the usual maintenance, they are able to have beautiful tanks.
Why I chose this over DIRT?
- Less time preparing the tank and being new, I didn't want to make mistake. I wanted something quick and can have up and running the same week (given that I already have a running tank which I could cycle with its established media). Also dirt can get messy. Also, I was inspired by TactusMortus's tank which is mainly Black Diamond Sand and that my friends, is living proof!
I assume this is more ideal for low tech tanks,
Anyways, those with purely with 100% Black Diamond sand in the tank with NO DIRT, its time to show off your tanks here!!!
- Is the blasting grit sand rough and scratch tanks? - This was controversial prior to me getting this. However, after going to the store seeing it and having it in my tank, it's just like anything else. Its not going to cut your hand if you touch it. It will NOT scratch your tank as long as used with proper care. Just as you would with gravel. You wouldn't put gravel under a magnet cleaner would you?
The grit size I have is 20/40 by Black Diamond found at Tractor Supply Inc, for $8.99 (50lbs bag).