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Black Beauty Sand concern

I'm thinking about setting up my 120g with black beauty sand however I'm concern about it scratching the sides of the glass. I paid a whole lot for the tank and don't want to ruin it.

Have any of you guys used it before, should I be concern about scratching??? Should I go for soil instead?
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same risk as using any sand or gravel for that matter.

Pads used for tank cleaning cause scratches when a particle of substrate material gets caught between the pad and the glass with anything used.
Cleaning the glass along the substrate needs to be done with a safety razor or old credit card.


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same risk as using any sand or gravel for that matter.

Pads used for tank cleaning cause scratches when a particle of substrate material gets caught between the pad and the glass with anything used.
Cleaning the glass along the substrate needs to be done with a safety razor or old credit card.
This more than anything.

And DON'T use one of those crappy magnetic scrubbers.


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And DON'T use one of those crappy magnetic scrubbers.
I couldn't agree more. The best way to clean the glass, IMO, is to get one of the scrapers with a razor blade in it and use it with extreme caution and attention.

Off topic, but I bought a beater 29 gallon for $15 three or four years ago that was scratched beyond belief. The guy I bought it from said that he scratched it cleaning it with a steel-mesh pot scrubber! What a knuckle head!!

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I use an old Red Lobster gift card to scrape the glass on my tanks. Isn't it ironic...don't ya think?
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Great advice guys, I can now proceed with sand..
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