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(OPINIONS) Black Diamond blasting sand

Hey guys any of you ever use this stuff? I am not looking to grow plants in it just need a cheap substrate for a few tanks which will have floating plants
If you've used this I'd like to hear your views , was it dirty, easy to clean, ok to the fish please any info would be great
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Use it in two tanks. Great substrate. Wish I had found it years ago.
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Thanks for the input Jrill
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I just filled a tank with it today, over 1" MGOCPM. Very pretty, shiny, dark black. Looks like little bits of obsidian. Still have to add water, but I think it's going to really make the color of fish and plants pop!

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Used twice as well. Better than anything out there, but wash the heck out of it first as it comes very dirty
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Used twice as well. Better than anything out there, but wash the heck out of it first as it comes very dirty
Yeah, it has an almost oily residue. I put about 4qt. at a time in the bottom of a cat litter bucket (4ish gal., I believe), filled with water, dredged it around, then dumped the water out. Worked pretty well.

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i personally like the black diamond more than sand just make sure to get the biggest stuff you can get (12-20) the 20-40 is ok but still kind of to small for my taste as it can get shifted pretty easy and is a little to light, [IMG][/IMG]


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I'm using it in my 55 and I love it! I have the 20-40 and it is a little fine and you have to be careful to not vacuum too deep and siphon it out during water changes. I really like how the fine grains look though, so I don't know if I would prefer the bigger stuff or not. My Corys love sifting through it, and they've gotten darker and seem more active than when I had gravel. It hasn't damaged their barbels at all.

I didn't clean mine and didn't have any problems but some of the grains floated to the top of the tank and I had to net them out. I don't know why they did, but I would do a quick rinse in a bucket to get rid of floating grains and just for the peace of mind.

Overall, I highly recommend it.

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Thanks all sounds like it will be just right for what I am working on
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I used it in both of my tanks and it is in my substrate of choice. I think it just looks the best and it is super easy to work with. It sinks much better than any other sand.





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Haven't put it in my tank yet but it sucks to rinse lol
Will easily take me another 2 hours to finish up the last 75 lbs

I also discovered during rinsing that some grains will float in water. Rinsing should remove 99% of these grains.


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Where do you buy these sand?
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Tactor supply carries the black diamond blasting media.
Been using it for a few year's now and never ever rinsed it.
Rinse the hell out of play sand though.
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I'm going to use this stuff too. From all accounts I've read it seems to be a solid option for the money. I have no experience, but I'm a little concerned about how well you can grow a heavily planted tank with this stuff. Even with the use of osmocote or other root tabs I haven't seen any tanks with this substrate that have really good thick growth. If you google it and look at photos and videos you can see what I'm talking about. That being said all the videos and photos I found had nothing but great things to say about BDBS, but I wasn't very impressed. I'm going to use it mixed with Turface Grey. Turface has a higher cec so I think that this should help. I'm probablybgoing to mix in a bag of Amazonian too. Hopefully it'll work well. They are all similar color so it should still look nice.
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