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Thanks for the pics . Does some of that stuff come out when it is washed ? I guess I am just over protective...lol
 

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Thanks for the comments so far . I may give it a try . There is a Tractor Supply about 3 miles from me .
 

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20/40 grit for me as well.30/60 grit is finer.
I too saw the photo a couple year's ago.
Could have been just something that found it's way into that particular bag/batch or..staged .
I found a mouse on my whopper from Burger King,(not really) but would happily settle out of court, for free whopper's for life.
 

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Count me in the good luck with bdbs column. I use 30/60 as it is whats available locally. I also have cory who are doing well in it.
 

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I decided to try it , but , my TS is out of BDBS....:frown2: . Guess I will have to wait till next week .
 

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Went to another TS and got a bag of 20/40 . Will start on the redo tomorrow , so here is a before pic......I decided to try it on my 10 gal fry/plant grow out tank first . If I like it I may do my 75 .
 

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I am not sure that is the same stuff , but shipping will be a killer . Try to find a Northern Tool or Tractor Supply locally .
 

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So got the redo done . Took about 2 hours . I found nothing in the BDBS but the grit and some larger pieces that I just sifted out . It did take a lot of rinsing . Once in the tank it settled quickly in about 30 mins . It is almost crystal clear again now about 3 hours after done . I like the look and it is much easier to plant in . Thanks to all for helping with my concerns and giving me the confidence to try it . I recommend BDBS to all with planted tanks .
Here is a pic about an hour after finishing . The MTS and Ramshorns don't know what to do yet , but the fish love it....lol
 
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Some of that stuff is scattered about but Ive never found it to be a problem. Been using 20/40 for a few years in several different tanks

All with very happy cories



Look at those barbells on those cories clearly not suffering!
 
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i have it in my 75g almost a year now with no problems, 20/40 grit from tractor supply. just make sure to rise it very well. i just rescaped my tank last week and here's what it looks like 1hr after a rescape
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What substrate you using under the black sand or are you using 100% only black sand

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I have 20/40 in my tanks, looking at keeping shell dwellers, would the 20/40 be too big for them to move around and make their homes?
nope,it's pretty small.I set up a tank with it as a cap over MGOCPM,rinsed it in a bucket while stirring it with my hands,didn't get any cuts,no foreign material either.

it did leave an oily looking residue that washed out with plain water on the bucket though.
 

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nope,it's pretty small.I set up a tank with it as a cap over MGOCPM,rinsed it in a bucket while stirring it with my hands,didn't get any cuts,no foreign material either.

it did leave an oily looking residue that washed out with plain water on the bucket though.
I've bought six bags of this stuff and use it in all my tanks. It does require a bit of rinsing as you stated but I find it excellent to plant in and fairly easy to clean. I just wasn't sure about the shell dwellers as I've never kept them and thought they might be happier with the finer grade as my tractor supply stocks both. Thanks for the reply
 
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