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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-08-2012, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Can't find Black Diamond!

Hi all, have been reading up on Black Diamond as a substrate, yet there is none to be found here is Australia. Was wondering if anyone knew of a generic version or it's non-branded name so I could try and find some?
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Black Diamond is just "sand" used in sand blasting. I believe its also called blasting grit. Go to a hardware store or some place that supplies farmers. Around me there is a place called Tractor Supply that sells it.
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Ask for Blasting grit, find out what they have. I'm not sure what they use in OZ. If you find out post here and we can advice. Black Diamond is Coal slag.
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Black Diamond is just "sand" used in sand blasting. I believe its also called blasting grit. Go to a hardware store or some place that supplies farmers. Around me there is a place called Tractor Supply that sells it.
NO!! Sand is silica. Silica dust causes all sorts of lung diseases / injury to people who use & breathe it. Black diamond is "coal slag" . . . it's a waste product from coal fired power plants and it's dramatically safer for everyone involved.

So anyhow, do a search for "coal slag abrasive" and you'll come up with the generic alternative. Just be sure to soak / rinse it first. I didn't and my fish seemed a little stressed at first when I threw this stuff in. Ooops, but I didn't kill any of them.

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NO!! Sand is silica.
I think he meant "sand" as in particle size not composition.
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