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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-18-2015, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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pool sand AND black diamond?

So when setting up my 55 I was considering between black diamond because I do like black sub but since a lot of my new tank was grey and black I opted for the pool sand. Yesterday me and my buddy were at the range and RIGHT NEXT DOOR was the tractor supply. I specifically went in to look at the black diamond and fell in love with it and almost regretted filling the thing with the sand instead. Honestly I do like the pool sand as well and my current 30 uses white AND black gravel and I really like the look.

Im wondering if anyone ever used both subs, how it looks, how the fish like it and whether they hold up together in a planted tank.
I am building a sand fall using the pool sand so I figure the mix might be nice. Give it a swirl look.

What do you guys think.
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I've had both, first pool filter sand then black diamond blasting sand. I like the black diamond sand much better for specifically 2 reasons. The black diamond sand does not show dirt or algae especially diatoms like pfs does, and my fish really colored up much better with the black substrate. Seems to me there was just to much reflection from my lighting with the pfs and the fish were like washed out looking, they seemed more comfortable with bdbs. Just my experiences.
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how do you think they would look together in one tank though?
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To be honest not very natural, but I don't know if that's what your shooting for. Black diamond blasting sand reminds me of the black beaches in the Hawaiian Isles.

Here is my 50 gal with black diamond and a black background. Sorry for the bad pic I took it with my phone.
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Natural is not a huge deal for me. Maybe I'll try some in a small container as a test
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If I swap should black diamond be rinsed first or if it good to go out of the bag?
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If I swap should black diamond be rinsed first or if it good to go out of the bag?
Some people have said they didn't clean their black diamond at all. But, I did wash mine just as I would wash any sand for a substrate. I have also seen a thread here about a greasy looking surface scum when they used unwashed black diamond. I didn't get that when I used my washed black diamond. I would still always wash it before using it if I use it again.

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If I swap should black diamond be rinsed first or if it good to go out of the bag?
I've used Black Diamond several times and would definitely recommend rinsing it off. There is oily film on it that you will see come off as you rinse it. I feel that it is easier to plant in as the Black Diamond is heavy and as stated earlier you will not see diatoms on it.
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What black diamond sand do you get medium or fine?
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My first few bags were super clean back in 2013. I washed them and there was very minimal dust and no oil.
My last 4 bags this summer were very oily and dirty. I guess it depends on the batch.
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What black diamond sand do you get medium or fine?
If I remember correctly it is the medium size 20/40. When I changed my 50 gal. over I rinsed about 1/4 of a 5 gal. bucket at time. About 3 to 4 times. Still had some residue but it wasn't that bad. Love it.


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i placed mine in a bucket and let the water flow through it for half an hour before adding it to the tank
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What black diamond sand do you get medium or fine?
Ive got 2 bags of the 20/40 rinsed and 1 more to go tomorrow. Everything i have read said 20/40.
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I have BDS and pool filter sand in my 55 gallon "leftover" tank. This tank is made up of leftovers from other tanks and trimmings from my 240 gallon. I didn't have enough for covering it in either substrate so I went with both.
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