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post #1 of 20 Old 01-28-2014, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Black Diamond Blasting Sand for an aquarium?

Sorry everyone that I am posting so much lately just I need to get my ducks in a row on the new tank set up I am planning on.

Has anyone ever used this black diamond blasting sand in their aquariums?

I have read online that many people do use it and have not had any issues with it in their tanks. I even seen post on other forums of people using it with their cory cats and other bottom dwellers.

I would be interested in putting it in with gold fish.


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post #2 of 20 Old 01-28-2014, 09:50 PM
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i would probably go with something else.goldfish are sifters,and this stuff has some pretty sharp pieces in it.i would not risk it with my goldies.i am rather attached to them.if you are not going to keep deep rooting plants in your tank,you should use 1-1 1/2 in of sand.i know it costs more,but i would recommend tahitian moon sand or estes reef sand if you want a dark substrate.if you do not care about the color and want something cheap,you can get either pool filter sand or play sand.if you ever decide to get the blasting sand for another tank,make sure it is the first generation stuff and not the recycled blasting sand.there are metal shards in the recycled stuff.

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post #3 of 20 Old 01-28-2014, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the advice. I plan on to just have fake plants in the tank since I know gold fish tend to eat live plants up.


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post #4 of 20 Old 01-28-2014, 10:23 PM
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anubias work great in gf tanks if you want to go for live plants.they are beautiful tied to some driftwood or rocks.there are several varieties of this plant.the best part of the anubias is their upkeep.the most i do to mine is brush the little bit of algae off with a tooth brush.almost the same care as a plastic plant.much more beautiful though.

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post #5 of 20 Old 01-28-2014, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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I may look into that. I have tried to do live plants in the past and only had luck with java fern. I know it depends on the lighting too. I will be doing a ton of research in the process of cleaning this tank and restarting.


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post #6 of 20 Old 01-28-2014, 10:34 PM
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anubias does best in lower lighting,it will grow in most any light and any tank.the "bullet proof" plant.just as easy, if not easier than java fern.

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post #7 of 20 Old 01-28-2014, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Well that is good news then. Thank you. I will look into once I get my tank established.


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post #8 of 20 Old 01-29-2014, 06:01 AM
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I am with sandybottom, Black diamond is pretty sharp stuff. I have used it once and only once in one of my setups. It took forever to clean and had many sharp pieces of metal in it. I should have took that as a hint and not used it. Instead I just sifted the sand really good. I know I have seen ppl have bottom dwellers with this stuff but with my experience wouldn't too.

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post #9 of 20 Old 01-29-2014, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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After reading more into I am going to just spend the extra cash to get some from the pet store. Rather spend the money than chance it.


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post #10 of 20 Old 01-31-2014, 07:05 AM
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what does this cost ? (how much a bag ?)
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