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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-03-2006, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Blasting sand

what color and grain size is blasing sand? where can i find it? if u have blasting sand, can yall post pics?

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There are many different sizes and grades of "blasting sand".

If you go to my Guide in the substrate section there is a picture of the SMALLEST grain size you might want to use. Personally I would not use something that small but it does work.

As for finding it.....Try the Yellow Pages under sandblasting?
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In my 29 gallon I have 100% "Black Beauty" blasting sand. It looks very nice if you like a black substrate. It's cheap, I think I paid $10 for a 50lb bag. It is also inert, just about as inert as glass. If your growing heavy root feeders probably want to supplement the substrate with root tabs, even though I don't, I let the fish poop fertilize the substrate.

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You local swimming pool supply store should also have silica sand which is cheap and (to my eye at least) lovely. Small grains, however.
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If you use blasting sand, be aware that the grains are sharp. That means you will have problems trying to keep any fish that "chews" on the sand, like corys, for example. Those fish will damage their mouths usually resulting in death. I lost every fish I tried that "chew" the sand when I used black blasting grit, which is actually black slag. Soilmaster Pro Select Charcoal is almost black and very cheap, but it does not contain sharp particles, so my cory's are able to chew to their heart's content.

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I have #1 fine Sandblasters sand in my 125 gal Loach / Cory tank. It`s very very tiny,gets no smelly gas pockets and has not harmed one barb or mouth of my lovely fish.
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