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  1. Substrate
    I purchased a few bags of "medium" Black Diamond blasting sand from Tractor Supply. They only list "fine" and "medium" (also called 20/40) on the website. It was delivered and I discovered it was a very fine powder, like finely ground pepper. I notice the bags do not mention "fine", "coarse"...
  2. Tank Journals
    Welcome to my first tank journal! I have been a long time lurker and I guess it's about time to actually start contributing a little! This will be my 4th tank setup, 3rd time dirting and I have been enjoying it very much! I have a 20G long that I am tearing down and remodeling and decided to...
  3. Substrate
    Is there any benefit using clay, potash, and dolomite under black diamond sand without dirt? My friend and I are both changing substrates to black diamond sand. I am going the mineralized top soil route and sprinkling potash and dolomite on bottom and adding clay to the soil and cap with BD. And...
  4. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I cleaned, sifted and rinsed 50 lbs of Black Diamond Blasting Media yesterday and it is currently stored in a 5 gallon Petco bucket with a lid. As I cleaned it I could not remove all the water, so of course there is some in the bucket with it. I plan to setup my ten gallon and hopefully flood...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    So I went and grabbed a 50lb bag of Black Diamond Blasting Media 20/40 from Tractor Supply today along with a brand new Tractor Supply bucket and lid. Came home, dumped it all in the clean bucket, added water and started stirring and sifting. First thing I noticed is that there were some sharp...
  6. Tank Journals
    This is a new journal for the re-scaped 220-gallon. I had been using MGOPM capped with coarse sand in the previous set-up, and replanting every once in a while was a disaster. Not so much to cloud the water, but terrible enough to see dark soil sediments on top of tan sand... Anyway, I am using...
  7. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    For changing substrate in a shrimp tank. i have cherry shrimp. 12. In a 6 gallon tank. Pool filter sand is my current substrate because that's what I had on hand at the time. I love pfs in all my other tanks, but it Is seriously hard to see my shrimp on it. I've got about 30lbs of rinsed black...
  8. Substrate
    Just got some assassin snails and preparing for them I decided to dump some pond snails in my tank with black diamond. It's weird, right away it would seem painful to the pond snails. I'd drop one in and for a couple of seconds he would freak out, flip out, then after about 3 seconds he could...
  9. WTB/RAOK
    Spoken for! Hi all! Are you setting up a tank in Hampton Roads and want to save a couple of bucks? I have 50 pounds of Black Diamond 20/40 but only need 25 And my storage space is precious to me! I'm near the Monitor Merrimack Tunnel on I 64 but go to Rosemont on Saturdays. In case...
  10. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Tractor Supply got a new shipment of Black Diamond blasting abrasive, yesterday, so I bought 100 pounds. This is a closeup of what it looks like...
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    What size medium did those of you use, that have used the black diamond / beauty blasting abrasive? My local tractor supply carries a 20/40 and a 30/60 grit.
  12. Planted Nano Tanks
    Current tank shot - 9/29/12 Here's the shrimp. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello. I decided it was time to set up another desktop tank. Initially I had a 5.5 gallon next to...
  13. Substrate
    Guys, I'm fairly new here and still learning, but as to most people, we all have priorities in life and time/money is not always readily to available for spending. However, our love for the hobby enables us to miraclously find ways to still enjoy the hobby without compromises to our lifestyle...
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