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05-17-2013 02:28 AM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by TroyVSC View Post
Considering the fact that I haven't heard anything either, I am not sure why it is crap.
Yet many like Razorworm and Hoppy have used the Black Diamond blasting sand and have not had problems.

Quote from Razorworm - I have a 40 low tech dirt tank capped with Black Diamond. It has 10 very healthy Sterbai Corys in it ( as well as 14 Otos and 6 Bosmani Rainbows) . The Corys love rooting around in the sand and there is no problem with their barbels. The misconception here is that the Black Diamond grinds or somehow erodes their barbels. The fact is, poor water quality and dirty tanks are the cause of barbel problems.

Just realize that I got this at Northern Tool + Equipment. They are only in the South East Coast.
05-16-2013 02:08 PM
JL15219
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Originally Posted by TroyVSC View Post
Considering the fact that I haven't heard anything either, I am not sure why it is crap.

Btw a put together a thread on another site with details on all these different black sands. http://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/fr...-blasting.html
Thats awesome that you compare the different cheap black sands...very helpful!
05-16-2013 12:01 AM
TroyVSC
Black Diamond in SO-CAL

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That's the first time I heard a criticism... Care to elaborate? Which substrate are you talking about? Why is it bad?
Considering the fact that I haven't heard anything either, I am not sure why it is crap.

Btw a put together a thread on another site with details on all these different black sands. http://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/fr...-blasting.html
05-15-2013 11:16 PM
TroyVSC
Black Diamond in SO-CAL

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Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
Try Grainger Industrial Supply. That is where I got mine. Paid $10 for it.
For some reason it's really expensive out here. $41 for 80lbs

https://m.grainger.com/mobile/details/?R=6YY28
05-15-2013 11:13 PM
TroyVSC
Black Diamond in SO-CAL

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Originally Posted by bobc4d View Post
I got 40/80 Black Diamond blasting sand from Tractor Supply, 50 lb bag for $8.00. It took a lot of cleaning but looks great in my 10g and it is as fine if not finer grit than pool filter sand which I have in my 40g
That would be nice if there was a TS within 3 hours of So Cal.
05-01-2013 10:58 PM
bobc4d I got 40/80 Black Diamond blasting sand from Tractor Supply, 50 lb bag for $8.00. It took a lot of cleaning but looks great in my 10g and it is as fine if not finer grit than pool filter sand which I have in my 40g
05-01-2013 09:14 PM
Hilde Try Grainger Industrial Supply. That is where I got mine. Paid $10 for it.
05-01-2013 03:56 AM
ruht roh
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I still can't understand why anyone would want to dump this garbage into their tank.

That's the first time I heard a criticism... Care to elaborate? Which substrate are you talking about? Why is it bad?
04-30-2013 06:06 AM
xmas_one I still can't understand why anyone would want to dump this garbage into their tank.
04-30-2013 05:10 AM
Clemsons2k The bubbles will go away on their own over time. My Petco sand did the same thing for a few days after adding it.
04-29-2013 02:17 AM
AirstoND Quick..get some plants in that tank substrate!

Bubbles come from air in pellets going into water solution from being in submerged pressure.
04-27-2013 11:48 PM
ruht roh Did you have problems with bubbles? I like the stuff so far, as u said it sinks very well and is very uniform, and even had the benefit of not having to rinse it, it was very clean as I attempted to wash the first batch. But when I filled the tank the entire ground was covered with bubbles. I ran a large fish net over it for about 20 minutes until i got tired and maybe got rid of 80% of them, but there are still fine ones left. They don't seem to be rising on their own either. Did you run into this?
04-12-2013 10:29 PM
ruht roh Sweet, thanks! Gonna pick some up tomorrow.
04-12-2013 10:18 PM
TroyVSC
Black Diamond in SO-CAL

I really like it. It is really fine but it does not stay in the water column at all as it is very dense and heavy. I would highly recommend it. Very consistent round granular vs the the more rough coal slag.
04-12-2013 10:09 PM
ruht roh
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Old Thread but found a Retailer for Spectraquartz that sell 50# bags for $19.00. http://www.questbuilding.com/

Considering its $16 at McMasterCarr or $20 for 75 there is not much price difference between the two. All the local places in SoCal that do sand blasting use copper slag and not coal slag.

I am using the black F-grade and really like it so far.

How is it working out for you? I have tried all the places for any coal slag along with a bunch of others that have not panned out. So I'm gonna go ahead with this stuff unless anyone has had recent luck and can refer me to a place. Thanks!
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