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Black beauty vs black diamond, are they the same thing?

http://www.blackbeautyabrasives.com/...-abrasives.php

I can't get black diamond here in Ontario Canada, but I think I can get this stuff. Its coal slag and appears to be similar to black diamond blasting sand hut I am unsure.

Anyone use this stuff?

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Yes, you can use it.
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looks like the same product, though obviously Ive never used it


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Never used it in a tank but ive used black beauty as blasting sand and id imagine itsthe same as black diamond. Only thing to watch out for is its a sharp sand... if youre looking for something smoother, run it through a sand blaster once or twice to knock the edges down


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I use it. I just setup a tank with the black beauty coal slag. It's a little sharp, but Eco-Complete cut my hands more.
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I use it. I just setup a tank with the black beauty coal slag. It's a little sharp, but Eco-Complete cut my hands more.
Which one did you get, medium, fine, or extra fine?

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16-30 grit. I wanted enough heft to hold down larger plants.

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Here's a close up of the Black Beauty product that I got in bulk. As you can see it's got some off-black (looks like olive color to me) mixed in there with the black.
(The distortion at the bottom is due to the angle of the camera and the glass)
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http://www.blackbeautyabrasives.com/...-abrasives.php

I can't get black diamond here in Ontario Canada, but I think I can get this stuff. Its coal slag and appears to be similar to black diamond blasting sand hut I am unsure.

Anyone use this stuff?
I use black beauty in my tanks. No problems at all. Grab the 20-40 medium grade stuff.

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Sounds good, thanks.

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Where are you gonna be getting this stuff from as Im also from Ontario?
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I still have to call them
But I looked up dealers and there is one for black beauty in Mississauga

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Are you in the Ottawa area?
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No, I am from pickering

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Hi! I'm new to this. Can I use blasting sand as my entire substrate or should I mix it with something if I go that route? I have a 55 Gallon and I'm going low tech at least at first.
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