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Is this color quarts?

I just picked up a bag of this black sand/gravel today. Is it color quarts?

I am wondering if I can used this for shrimps. CRS specifically. It will probably raise PH and the GH but can the CRS tolerate the water if I have driftwoods in the tank(20 gallon)?



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If it is colorquartz it won't have any effect on the pH or GH. I have never seen it, but based on how sharp it looks it might be. There is also something that is the same a colorquartz but with larger grains that is used for roofing.
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It probably isn't colorquartz. Colorquartz is a 3M brand name. It would have said 3M Colorquartz on the bag if it were indeed Colorquartz.

The bag looks like this:


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Definitely not Colorquartz, this is what the T grade looks like (S grade is super-fine sand, so even smaller):







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hmm....is 3M the only manufacturer of this coated crystal?

Mine is definitely not from 3M and it looks like its imported from Hong Kong.

Its labled as "dreaming sand". Any idea on what it is though? I bought this from a local pet shop today.

I first thought this was onyx sand but my friend said it might be color quartz.
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I'm not sure what it is called, but sometimes distributors sell black substrate that is made of industrial byproducts (metal oxides and such). If that is the case, you'd want to avoid it. But I'm not sure how to tell the difference between that and natural rock.


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hmm....is 3M the only manufacturer of this coated crystal?
In the United States 3M is the only manufacturer of colorquartz. I can't be certain about Hong Kong though.


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I'm not sure what it is called, but sometimes distributors sell black substrate that is made of industrial byproducts (metal oxides and such). If that is the case, you'd want to avoid it. But I'm not sure how to tell the difference between that and natural rock.
I think the first one you mentioned is called BlackBeauty?

What you've got does look like quartz to me, but ColorQuartz is a name brand and is artificially ceramic-coated silica.

It's not Seachem's Onxy Sand, either- OS looks just like black Fluorite.





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Colorquartz wont effect your water parameters because of its ceramic coating?

If what I have are quarts, it seems to be in its raw form. Will it still raise the ph and gh?
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No, the ceramic coating on ColorQuartz is designed to be inert. (Many fired ceramics are inert, though not all) This stuff is designed primarily for use in pools, so it needs to not mess with water parameters for that reason.

Pure quartz also is inert. What you have LOOKs to me like it's quartz, but I've no way to know for sure?





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Thanks to all who responded. I am pretty sure its aquarium safe but I am gonna soak it in water and test the difference in water parameters.

Thanks again.
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where did you get it and how much did you pay for it? I want a few bags for my new tank as well...let me know how it works out...i am planning on having CRS as well :P

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