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acitydweller 10-25-2012 12:00 PM

Substrate in bulk
 
Looking for 100 lbs of blasting sand or turace locally. Any recommendations?

DogFish 10-25-2012 01:44 PM

Welding supply shops should carry Black Diamond in 50# bags for about $8.

mach_six 10-25-2012 02:17 PM

Why not try STS 50lb for $10 shipped at drillspot.

acitydweller 10-25-2012 02:21 PM

woah.. nice suggestions thanks dogfish and mach six.

dog, im trying out the earth ferts you prescribed. will let you know how they turn out... :)

eeng168 10-25-2012 03:24 PM

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Originally Posted by acitydweller (Post 2056024)
Looking for 100 lbs of blasting sand or turace locally. Any recommendations?

We'll go to the place in Brooklyn together which is right over the bridge. It's like 5 minutes from Sunnyside.

But, if I have time during the day myself, I'll pick it up for you too.

Monster Fish 10-25-2012 04:12 PM

Go to GT. Rentals in Brooklyn. $17 for 100lbs of Black Beauty. Also, it's right off the BQE.

ryu1 12-10-2012 03:30 PM

How is the Black beauty sand from GT Rentals? Anybody use that? Is it dirty and need quite a bit of wash? Is it bigger and heavier than regular play sand? I can't use 100lbs, anybody got like half or less for sale, want to use it to cap MG soil.

Also, I found pfs in homedepot, but 5 - 5lbs cost $25+, is it that expensive or I am looking for the wrong one?

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...1#.UMX-yIMdyYs

acitydweller 12-10-2012 03:39 PM

im not a fan of black fine substrate and wanted something a bit more natural looking. also found the black diamond to have oddly shaped particles.

ended up getting 80lbs of STS. Thanks Mach.

ryu1 12-10-2012 04:08 PM

What is sts look like? Is it the one made of clay? Does it break down? Are you using it alone and as a cap for something? Did you get it locally?

Monster Fish 12-10-2012 04:19 PM

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Originally Posted by ryu1 (Post 2105309)
How is the Black beauty sand from GT Rentals? Anybody use that? Is it dirty and need quite a bit of wash? Is it bigger and heavier than regular play sand? I can't use 100lbs, anybody got like half or less for sale, want to use it to cap MG soil.

I bought a bag from them and I'll probably buy another one. It's pretty dusty so you should rinse it a couple of times before putting it into your tank. It's incredibly dense so you don't have to worry about it getting kicked up by your filters. However if you have large fish that dig, I'd recommend raising up your intakes well above the sand. I'd split a bag with you but then I realized I might have to use the entire 100lb bag for future projects.

acitydweller 12-10-2012 04:32 PM

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Originally Posted by ryu1 (Post 2105341)
What is sts look like? Is it the one made of clay? Does it break down? Are you using it alone and as a cap for something? Did you get it locally?

ill snap a photo for ya but there are plenty on tpt. Its made of calcium montmorillonite clay, high cec which is great for precharging. there are people that have used this for years without breakdown which is why i went with this. $10/40lbs shipped online. anywhere other than NY, you can likely go to a supply shop and pick it up a 40lbs bag for $4... mine seemed to be sold through Grainger's when it arrived.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ight=safe+sorb

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ight=safe+sorb

ryu1 12-10-2012 04:39 PM

You probably have enough to spare for a small finnex :)
Anyway, I might just pickup a bag of sts from grainger but damn they don't open on weekend.

acitydweller 12-10-2012 04:42 PM

i used some on a friend's 6g finnex but plan the rest for (2) 10g, 55g and 30g. so i may not have enough on hand. otherwise i would offer you some.

ryu1 12-10-2012 04:47 PM

Oh, that was meant for Monster about the finnex, sorry. Anyone know the difference between model 7941 and 7951 except the weight? I don't know how they can ship 40lbs for free and make a profit. Most people use 7941 from the reading.

chibikaie 12-11-2012 02:00 AM

If anyone has around 25 lbs of spare sand, I'm looking for some too. Considering aragonite sand as well.


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