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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-12-2019, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Good experience with Estes Black Sand

A few weeks ago I posted a thread asking for advice on substrate for my 75 gallon. After weighing a lot of good advice, I settled on Estes black sand and wanted to share my experience.

First off, Estes black sand is very clean. I set aside a whole afternoon to clean the sand using the bucket/hose method, but the water ran clear after just a few minutes. It did not cloud the water at all when I put it in my tank. It holds down plants well and the sand also does not cloud up the water when moved around.

Second, I think it looks really good (in the picture I attach it looks grey but that is just the light, it looks black in person).

The only downside is the cost - it is typically $5 for 5 lbs, so I ended up having to spend about $75. Obviously BDBS would have been cheaper, but I feel more comfortable having actual sand as a substrate. (I know there are a lot of people who love BDBS and have had great experiences with it. I'm not knocking them - just my own opinion).

All in all, I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for black sand substrate.
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Its a very nice sand- Im glad it worked out for you.
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Lookin good. I like the BDBS in my betta/amano/nerite tank but in my 40b community tank I went with sekrete commercial medium sand (basically same as PFS or a couple of various aquarium sands) and the corys like the sekrete. They like rooting around in it and I see them actually cycling the sand thru there gills/mouths. Glad I went with that over the BDBS for there tank.

I just wish the medium sand came in black but the white worked out well and looks good. The black I think looks the best with wood and plants.

Your tank looks good with all the filters/heater stuff being black as well, detracts less from the plants and wood.
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Thanks very much, Quint. I got the sand specifically for corys.
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