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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-03-2012, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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Gravel upgrade

I currently have a 10g, and 2g cube with miracle topped with the infamous petco black gravel on both.

I'm also really looking into a purchase of a 40g or 55g (which ever I find a better deal first) and I would love to put some black sad over miracle on it. Will also be replacing other tanks gravel as well.

Any recommendations on some black sand (budget wise preferably) for all 3 tanks?


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-03-2012, 12:49 PM
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Black Diamond Blasting Grit. It's like 10 for 40lbs. At Tracto Supply.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-04-2012, 03:47 AM
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black diamond it works great and cheap and wont effect fish in any way ive had corys and even loaches that like to burry themselfs in it no ill effects
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i would stay away from blasting sand and slag because it is rough on bottom feeders reguardless of what previous posters have mentioned. there are numerous posts of people loosing the barbells on difrent kinds of catfish including corys due to blasting grit. that stuff is purposly designed to be abrasive.
on a difrent note for a planted tank 55's are a lot harder to scape because they dont have a big foot print, there just real tall. 40b's are ideal for planted tanks, gives you lots of room to scape how you want insted of trying to cram everything in a 12inch area
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dont forget that when being used for sand blasting they are blasting it at a high rate of speed think of it this way take a thick sheet of steel paint it then hit it with thousands of golf balls going 100mph and whats going to happen the paint will chip off the same way with sand blasting and as far as all the other ppl out there saying that it affacted there fish dont you think there numerous other reasons for that happening not just the substrate come on be for real thats like ppl getting a flat tire and blaming it on the roads when its really they ran over a nail
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