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So just thought I would share my experience thus far with the blackdiamond blasting sand. It works GREAT lol. No problems with my water quality, the fish do fine, including my cory's! Not to mention the plant root growth is astounding, removed a plant last night due to it being overcome with BBA... I didnt know if the roots were going to end... just thought I woudl share
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Yes plant growth is astounding with MGOPS. My one plant has grown almost 8-10" in less than 10 days without Co2 running. Love the color once the water fully settles in. Great choice of substrate!
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So just thought I would share my experience thus far with the blackdiamond blasting sand. It works GREAT lol. No problems with my water quality, the fish do fine, including my cory's! Not to mention the plant root growth is astounding, removed a plant last night due to it being overcome with BBA... I didnt know if the roots were going to end... just thought I woudl share
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Yes plant growth is astounding with MGOPS. My one plant has grown almost 8-10" in less than 10 days without Co2 running. Love the color once the water fully settles in. Great choice of substrate!


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I think I just lol'd..... all over the place...

blackdiamond blasting sand. Is a black blasting sand you can pick up for like 10 bucks for a 50 pound bag, and I believe MGOPS = Miracle Grow Organic Potting soil

its... ok. When I first came here I had no idea what the hell people were talking about!!
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Where can you buy it?
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Where can you buy it?
Orschlens has it, if you have those where you are...
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I think I just lol'd..... all over the place...

blackdiamond blasting sand. Is a black blasting sand you can pick up for like 10 bucks for a 50 pound bag, and I believe MGOPS = Miracle Grow Organic Potting soil

its... ok. When I first came here I had no idea what the hell people were talking about!!
Well, bu that guy has been here for over a year lol. He somehow missed the thread title AND content lol.

I guess he figured even a thread that short is tl:dr.
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Where can you buy it?
Black diamon sand? Tractor supply is the best place but some Home Depot/Lowes carry it.


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Lol. Glad to hear you're having success with it. I ironically wanted to use Black Diamond as a cap for my MGO, but I couldn't find it anywhere local... they must have thought I was crazy asking for coal slag for my fish tank.

PS. I believe it's Miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix, not soil. There is Potting Mix and Garden Soil. The garden soil has a bunch of fertilizers and manure in it, so you want to avoid it.
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I am filling up my Black Diamond and MGOPM tank right now. Nothing special yet, but it is my first dirt tank. I have a 20 tall with Turface, and the roots were amazing as well.


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Well, bu that guy has been here for over a year lol. He somehow missed the thread title AND content lol.

I guess he figured even a thread that short is tl:dr.

Black diamon sand? Tractor supply is the best place but some Home Depot/Lowes carry it.

Yea I noticed that after I made my comment haha. *shrug*

I didnt use mine as a cap thats all I have in there, as to teh above, pretty much any supply store or home improvement store should carry it or be able to get it Looks really nice too!
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how would you guys say black diamond compares to tms, ie look, grain size, set up?
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what is tms??? I've been reading posts on this site for a few months, and I am still overwhelmed by the abbreviations..
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what is tms??? I've been reading posts on this site for a few months, and I am still overwhelmed by the abbreviations..
TMS - tahitan moon sand

I have never used TMS, but from what I have heard from other people its almost identical. I beleive there is also a couple of sizes for the grains of black diamond. I have the 20-40? I think and its has the texture feel and consistency of sand.
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Black diamond is a grit blasting media, so it comes in different particle sizes, depending on the effect you want to achieve when grit blasting with it. I don't recall the designations of the sizes, nor how many sizes it comes in. Google will probably lead you to that information. When I got mine, the store had a broken bag, almost full, so I took it for a very low price, and didn't even look at the grit size.

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