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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-24-2016, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Considering switching to blasting sand

How much will I need for a standard 75g tank? I was thinking 2-3 bags
What i the easiest way to wash it before putting it in the tank?

For those of you that are currently using blasting sand Do you have any tips etc...?

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Think I used a little less than 2 bags in my 75, dont remember exactly.

Definitely need to rinse it well first. I use a 5 gallon bucket outside with the hose pipe.

Fill the bucket about 1/3 with sand, then jam the hose down it and stir it round and round while it fills up. Dump the dirty water out, and repeat about 3-4 times. You can tell when the water clears.

I happen to have an older metal spray nozzle I use to do that. It might ruin a new one, or a plastic one, because sand gets all up in it.


Probably an easier way to do it, that's just what Ive always done.
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That's works, rinse about a third of the bag in a 5 gallon bucket.

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Rinse it a million times, and then a few more! I've only used it once so I'm not sure there's actually any way to avoid at least a little bit of an oil slick... I did rinse it well (or I thought it was well-rinsed, lol) but it still did the terrible thing. Didn't cause me any problems besides aesthetic grief, though. The tank cycled fine and the oil went away with paper towel skimming and time. As for methods, I agree with burr740.
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I agree with what has been said , although I have never had an oil slick with the Black Diamond . I rinse in a 5 gal bucket . I could have just been lucky with the bags I have gotten...lol Try this link for calculating amount needed . Just use the silica sand option . Works well for me .

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I agree with what has been said , although I have never had an oil slick with the Black Diamond . I rinse in a 5 gal bucket . I could have just been lucky with the bags I have gotten...lol Try this link for calculating amount needed . Just use the silica sand option . Works well for me .

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Yeah, you may have just been lucky, or I was just unlucky... I used Black Diamond too.
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Am I missing something? Why use blasting sand? Play and pool sand is already so so cheap. How can it be worth your time to do all of that extra cleaning? Assuming you make at least minimum wage, the savings simply can't be worth it.

Or is there something aesthetically pleasing about blasting sand that I'm missing?
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Am I missing something? Why use blasting sand? Play and pool sand is already so so cheap. How can it be worth your time to do all of that extra cleaning? Assuming you make at least minimum wage, the savings simply can't be worth it.

Or is there something aesthetically pleasing about blasting sand that I'm missing?
Because i want black sand
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It's black and play sand compacts...
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Oooooo! That makes total sense. Now I'm interested...
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Ok gonna grab 3 bags to be safe. Gotta rinse the heck out of it
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Good luck!
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Am I missing something? Why use blasting sand? Play and pool sand is already so so cheap. How can it be worth your time to do all of that extra cleaning? Assuming you make at least minimum wage, the savings simply can't be worth it.

Or is there something aesthetically pleasing about blasting sand that I'm missing?
Black background with black fine sand can produce a pretty looking tank. Just look @burr740's tank =)
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Black background with black fine sand can produce a pretty looking tank. Just look @burr740's tank =)
Just be careful with too fine of a grain. It can compact and cause your roots to rot. Medium grit is usually recommended
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-30-2016, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Ok did the change out today. I love the look and texture of the blasting sand. Planting is so much easier than it was with eco complete.
Rinsing over and over was great advice. I picked up 3 buckets on my way home and used my wifes watering wand to rinse. The watering wand was great because I could just stir the sand and didnt have to bend over which is great if you are old. I ended up using 3 bags.

Thank you all for the advice and i am going to go have a drink or 10. I am beat
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