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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Blasting Sands

Is Black Beauty blasting sand the same as Black Diamond Blasting sand? I found this on Amazon, does anyone know if it will essentially have the same effect as a substrate (I'm mostly concerned with it not adding to TDS or increasing PH). https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-BEAUTY-...ng%2Bsand&th=1
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I have no idea honestly, but why not just buy black diamond? It's half the price.
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I'm pretty sure it the same thing, just a different brand name. I have seen other people that have used it. Maybe one of them will chime in.
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Look at MSDS and you'll see they are essentially the same thing. Another brand is black magic

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Many people don't have local tractor supplies, but blasting sand is almost always the same stuff. So you should be good to do. If you are worried, add some to a bucket with water and test it.
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Thanks everyone, I don't have a local Tractor Supply & their site says they won't ship, so I think I'll just order this on Amazon. I appreciate all your help!
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Thanks everyone, I don't have a local Tractor Supply & their site says they won't ship, so I think I'll just order this on Amazon. I appreciate all your help!
Try your hand at other hardware stores such as Menard's , Lowes and home depot. There bound to have something similar. I purchased my blasting sand at Menard's 50# for about 7 dollars. Its finer than the 20/40 grit but still gets the job done

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If you need a lot that is very expensive what is your zip code
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Try your hand at other hardware stores such as Menard's , Lowes and home depot. There bound to have something similar. I purchased my blasting sand at Menard's 50# for about 7 dollars. Its finer than the 20/40 grit but still gets the job done

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Thanks! I do have a local Lowe's and Home Depot, I will check them out.
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Thanks! I do have a local Lowe's and Home Depot, I will check them out.
Search online and or call ahead. Save yourself the trouble of wasted trips.

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I'm in 99205 and our nearest Tractor Supply is at best a 45 minute drive, but with the ice and snow it's just not worth it to me right now. I will check out our Lowe's and Home Depot. Honestly, I keep vacillating between ADA Aquasoil and Blasting Sand. My #1 desired tank inhabitant is Crystal Red Shrimp, and I'm thinking with the Aquasoil I will have to dose the water column less frequently thus be able to keep my TDS lower for longer, but I don't know...I'm a noob, LOL. So if anyone has advice on the choice I'm facing with these shrimp in mind, please chime in! It will be a heavily planted Edge 12 gallon by Fluval.
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I'm in 99205 and our nearest Tractor Supply is at best a 45 minute drive, but with the ice and snow it's just not worth it to me right now. I will check out our Lowe's and Home Depot. Honestly, I keep vacillating between ADA Aquasoil and Blasting Sand. My #1 desired tank inhabitant is Crystal Red Shrimp, and I'm thinking with the Aquasoil I will have to dose the water column less frequently thus be able to keep my TDS lower for longer, but I don't know...I'm a noob, LOL. So if anyone has advice on the choice I'm facing with these shrimp in mind, please chime in! It will be a heavily planted Edge 12 gallon by Fluval.
Miracle grow organic potting soil capped with black blasting sand. It might take a while longer for it to cycle, but should be nutrient rich for a long while. Very cost effective.

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If CRS is your goal go with an active substrate . Miracle grow organic potting soil capped with black blasting sand will not buffer your Ph . It may take longer to cycle because almost most brands leech ammonia . But in the end it be well worth it .
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This what I use https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Aqua-Aquar...DNBH4P6XKSH617

Bump: 46 bucks shipped, And no hassle with soaking dirt and then capping . Setting up dirt is a pain in the Ass . How do I know ?
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