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Question Black Diamond Sandblasting Sand Questions

My local Tractor Supply as 20-40 grit and 30-60 grit. Anyone better than the other?

Should I put anything under the black diamond to help feed the plants? Like MGOPM or ECO-Complete? Doing a basic planted tank and some schooling fish like teta's and may a clown loach or two...NO co2 injection
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You would use blasting grit to cap soil. Eco to cap the grit... If you feel so inclined. I have more than one tank running in that fashion.


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I don't have mine set up yet so no hard first-hand experience to back me up, but all my research suggested using blasting grit as a dirt cap OR to expect to use root tabs and water column dosing if going a sand-only route.

I plan to use just blasting grit since I've read dirt tanks get messy with constant re-scaping (and I fully expect to be re-scaping thru trial-and-error as I learn what works and what I like the looks of). So I've got a supply of root tabs for any root-feeders I get.

If you cap any finer grain substrate (blasting grit) on top of a larger grain (eco-complete), expect the finer grains to shift to the bottom over time. Just an fyi.

Also, I bought 20-40 grit size and I'm pleased with the granule size.

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30-60 is a bit finer than the 20-40.. I have the 20-40 in a couple of my tanks because that's all my TSC carried (I would have preferred the 30-60 if they'd had it) and it looks fine and my plants are doing fine. I don't have anything else under it.. I just use root tabs for heavy root feeders.

I do have eco complete under tahitian moon sand (pretty much the same stuff as the black diamond) in my 55 and everything is doing fine in that tank too - I also place root tabs for my heavy root feeders.
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Re: Black Diamond Sandblasting Sand Questions

How do you think mixing flourite black sand with black diamond look?
Maybe 2 parts black diamond 1 part black sand flourite?
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