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01-21-2013 03:20 PM
Rob in Puyallup Just ordered my Safe T Sorb.
01-21-2013 02:40 PM
Rob in Puyallup Thanks Jake. :-)

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01-21-2013 02:38 PM
somewhatshocked You can order it for under $10 shipped for 40lbs from Drillspot. Model 7941 / SKU 1476408. The bag has green features, not red or blue.

Search for "montmorillonite clay absorbant" or "Moltan 7941" to locate it.
01-21-2013 11:17 AM
Rob in Puyallup Looking for safe t sorb here. Seems we don't have a Tractor Supply store in the neighborhood.

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01-21-2013 03:28 AM
Wayne Dwops There was enough black sand for the tank. I filled it partially and am now trying to get rid of the dust/cloudiness.
01-20-2013 02:21 AM
Hoppy You can put mineralized topsoil under the back half or more of the tank, to raise the substrate level. I did that twicee and had no problems at all with it. You could also use pool filter sand in place of the topsoil, but the sand grains, being bigger than the Flourite sand grains, will end up on top enough to spoil the looks.
01-19-2013 07:02 PM
Wayne Dwops I got the Black Sand today and it looks like I might need another bag, gah. I'm going to try using rocks to do a slope but I'm not sure it's going to work well with sand..i
01-19-2013 01:39 PM
somewhatshocked You'd need about 1.5 bags at least. Two if you want any sort of sloping.

Originally Posted by Wayne Dwops View Post
Is a 9 liter bag of New Amazonia Aqua Soil enough for a 20l?
01-18-2013 01:47 AM
Wayne Dwops well he already ordered two bags of Black Sand when I suggested that he just buy one bag of it and just use it for the front part that is easily viewed and use silica sand for the rest so I guess i'm just going with Black Sand
01-18-2013 01:40 AM
Wayne Dwops I might go with pool filter sand but I really want black substrate.

Yeah I saw that thread. Drillspot doesn't carry it anymore and I live in the south bay. The closest place that has it is over an hour away and i don't feel like doing that. So if my papa buys me Flourite Black Sand I will use that. If he says no then I will buy the pool filter sand which is $11.99 at my nearest swimming pool supply store.
Yes I am 22 years old and I still tell my father to buy me stuff. Its hereditary my brothers do it too
01-17-2013 09:28 PM
lochaber There was a thread over in the California forum talking about this:

I haven't seen any at the local OSH/Home Depot/Lowes, but it seems like what's available varies a lot from store to store.

I think there was some discussion about getting it shipped from drillspot or something as well.
01-17-2013 02:17 AM
discuspaul Hey, you're in Calif.
Go to any pool supply store and get # 20 grade quartz-based silica pool filter sand - 50 lbs. should be $10. or less.
Cories love it, and so do shrimp!.
Comes in several different colors - white, beige/sand, pink, grey.

Clean - dust, grit, grime & dirt free - needs little or no rinsing - looks great - won't rise up into the water column when disturbed - won't get into your filters and clog up the impeller assemblies, and you can vac it well without siphoning any out. What more could you ask ?
Just use root tab ferts for your plants.
Have a look:
01-17-2013 01:20 AM
Wayne Dwops POO! There are no tractor supply stores in my area.
Is a 9 liter bag of New Amazonia Aqua Soil enough for a 20l? I might go with that, if not I am going to give up and get Eco Complete again or Flourite Black Sand. I'm hoping to get a large mopani driftwood centerpiece so maybe that will lower my PH or I can use IAL to get it down around 7/7.2
01-16-2013 10:23 PM
Originally Posted by Wayne Dwops View Post
Okay thanks. Do they sell Black Diamond at OSH or Home Depot? And how much for a 20l? It looks like one bag is 50lbs which seems like it would be more than enough right?
They sell it at the Tractor & Supply store and Northern Tool & Equipment. Those are the only places I have seen it.
01-16-2013 08:54 PM
Wayne Dwops
Originally Posted by lochaber View Post
That's a pretty common concern, but almost everytime it comes up, several people will post stating they have blasting grit, and all their cories have great barbels. Usually the barbel damage is attributed to poor water conditions.
Okay thanks. Do they sell Black Diamond at OSH or Home Depot? And how much for a 20l? It looks like one bag is 50lbs which seems like it would be more than enough right?
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