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Ok for substrate?

Here is some black sand my friend wants to put in his tank will this work?



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Yes, it will work, but make sure you clean it thoroughly. I like the coarser type and not the fine, because the coarser one is heavy enough that if you move it around it doesn't cloud the water.

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I figured it was alright I'll let my buddie know thanks

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Yes, it will work, but make sure you clean it thoroughly. I like the coarser type and not the fine, because the coarser one is heavy enough that if you move it around it doesn't cloud the water.
+1 yes it will work
++1 on the medium or coarse instead of fine
+++++++++++++++++1 on the clean it well!

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I'm just about to switch my tank to that. I'm hoping my plants do ok, they are in eco-complete right now. Kinda scared to uproot everything that's doing so well.


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Eco complete has fairly good CEC capacity (ability to adsorb/ hold nutrient's).
The black diamond is inert, so plant's that may have been drawing nutrient's from that which the eco complete adsorbed might need water column dosing for a time.
I use the black diamond as a cap over soil/peat/cat litter mix.
The plain unscented cat litter is just clay that also has fairly good CEC capability.
My plant's are thus able to draw nutrient's from the organic matter in the soil and I also dose the water once a week in my low tech with nutrient's.
Plant's can draw nutrient's from both the substrate and the water in this way.
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I use black diamond in all my planted tanks 20/40 grit or -60 grit (aka 'fine'). Works great and if you can pick it up locally its a wonderfully cheap alternative to "aquarium sand" at pet stores. 4x 50lbs bags at $8 per a bag I've only spent $32 on substrate and I still have 1/2 a bag left! I have 10 aquariums with this stuff: 2g cookie jar, 2g lantern vase, 2.75g bubble bowl, 2.5g standard, 5g standard, 6g bowfront, 7g cube, 10g standard, 12g long, 20g long, and 55g standard. Love it love love it!!
MUST BE RINSED BEFORE USE (like any sand or gravel).

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Thanks everyone he did get it and it looks great

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