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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-29-2018, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Sand blasting sand ok? 50lb good? 55g

I'm really liking black sand but black sand blasting sand is coal slag, will this work?

Also would 50lb be enough for 55?
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20/40 grit Black Diamond blasting media if you can get it.
Some rinsing in an old pillow case a little at a time were it me.
30/60 grit works also, but is smaller grain size and plants seem to hold better in the 20/40 grit for me.
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48x15x2" deep = 1,440 cu. in.
50# bag @ 92 lb / cu. ft > 860 cu. in.

Looks like 2 bags?
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Or 2 pounds per gallon.
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20/40 grit Black Diamond blasting media if you can get it.
Some rinsing in an old pillow case a little at a time were it me.
30/60 grit works also, but is smaller grain size and plants seem to hold better in the 20/40 grit for me.
The pillow case idea is a GREAT idea- never thought about that! I just got a 50 lb bag for my 55 gallon and was thinking of how to wash it. If I do use this (and remove the current pool filter sand, still undecided) I'll try this out.

Thanks for asking this question OP, was on my mind as well!
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Ok I'm doing that

How would I do topsoil? Is it really necessary with coal slag?

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3/4 - 1" of topsoil capped with 1-1/4" or so of BDBS.

Screen topsoil of all debris and soak to remove anything that floats.


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You can use Black Dimond by itself, without soil.
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Ok how long would I soak soil? And is black diamond nutritious already?
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BDBS in completely inert.

Using soil can be risky for some.

Soaking the soil would take about 30 minutes.
Use a net and remove all materials that float, stir, repeat.
When you move plants and have a cap breach this prevents the mess from making your water brown.


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Sorry ive never done soil what are the risks? And what's a cap breach and how would I do it?
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The top layer is referred to as a cap (which would be the Black Diamond Sand). Moving plants in and out of the sand will cause your soil below to cloud the water and mix with the sand more. Keeping the two separated is the challenge if you are constantly buying/selling plants or changing layouts. Sand with root tabs could be beneficial if you want less of a mess overall.

The risks of soil; most soils have broken down debris that can be a hassle to remove. Hence Maryland Guppy stating to repeat the cleanup method multiple times.

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Is the sand with root tabs enough without soil?
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Is the sand with root tabs enough without soil?
I'm having great success with just BDBS, root tabs, and liquid ferts.
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