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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-07-2010, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Zoo Med Midnight Black Sand

I was wondering if anyone has tried this type of sand for a tank. Should I be concerned about anything. Says its quartz desert sand and its not a bad price. Would like to use as a cap to my MTS in the masking.

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Well, it says no chemicals added, and that's it's just quartz. A lot of times reptile sand has calcium added, but I don't think that this does. It'd be worth putting some in a cup, swirling it around, then testing the water after the substrate has soaked for 24 hours or so.

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Lower down there is a comment about 'provide calcium' so the reptiles will not eat the sand. Probably does not have calcium added. Quartz is usually aquarium safe, but the test suggested by CL is a good one. Give it 24-48 hours and test with all the tests you have, but especially GH, KH and pH. If you have a TDS meter that would show other things are dissolving into the water.
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$11 for 10#'s doesn't sound like that good of a deal to me. You can get black fluorite sand and Tahitian Moon sand for that price.

edit - actually the Tahitian Moon is only $16 for 20# at bigals
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$11 for 10#'s doesn't sound like that good of a deal to me.
+1. I don't see why anyone would choose the Zoo Med sand over TMS.
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