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Black Sand? Would This Be Good?

http://cgi.ebay.com/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi...m=250385987408

I would have to buy 2 for the 75..

or

http://cgi.ebay.com/120-lbs-Black-Aq...d=p4634.c0.m14



the description says it is the size grain of beach sand.. but the picture doesn't look like it.

what would you do?

I can't find a dealer for the 3m colorquartz online where I can use paypal.

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That sounds awfully small. Won't it compact?

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That sounds awfully small. Won't in compact?
Yes it will. It says "size of beach sand"

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I guess that wouldn't be good then right? I don't have any experience with sand.

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Sand that fine will compact over time, creating anaerobic conditions that plants and fish don't appreciate much. Before being introduced to aquatic plants, I had a 10g with straight-up fine black sand as the substrate. When I broke the tank down, almost the entire bottom layer was a rock-hard, sulphur-smelling mass. Not fun.

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ok.. well does anyone know of somewhere I can get it online that accepts paypal?

is the seachem flourite black sand good? would that work? I know it would cost a ton to have shipped

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ok.. well does anyone know of somewhere I can get it online that accepts paypal?

is the seachem flourite black sand good? would that work? I know it would cost a ton to have shipped
LL sure likes it

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I might have to talk to LL.. if she isn't tooooo busy to take time for us lowly peeps!

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If I remember correctly, shipping substrate from drs foster & smith is very reasonable.
I have black sand in my 2gal nano, I got it from old town aquarium in chicago, I can't remember how much it was but they sell it by the pound. you can give them a call and see how much it is, and it would be a great excuse to hang out in the city for the day.
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If I remember correctly, shipping substrate from drs foster & smith is very reasonable.
I have black sand in my 2gal nano, I got it from old town aquarium in chicago, I can't remember how much it was but they sell it by the pound. you can give them a call and see how much it is, and it would be a great excuse to hang out in the city for the day.
I second that.. They are the only place that I've found that will ship substrate as part of their normal shipping prices. I ordered a bag of eco-complete from them (along with other things) and I was charged the normal shipping cost.
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Not trying to hijack the thread... but is 3m Colorquartz T-grade still considered one of the best inert sand substrates?
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I sure like it!


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If I remember correctly, shipping substrate from drs foster & smith is very reasonable.
I have black sand in my 2gal nano, I got it from old town aquarium in chicago, I can't remember how much it was but they sell it by the pound. you can give them a call and see how much it is, and it would be a great excuse to hang out in the city for the day.
I might have to call them up!

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