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.