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post #11 of 16 Old 05-13-2009, 07:46 AM
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I keep lots of loaches & a catfish and have BTMS. Upon opening my first bag and running my hands through it I deemed it belly safe. I have pretty sensitive hands but I'm sure they are not as sensitive as loach bellys and cat barbels.
At water change time I stir the sand up with my hands by digging in it with my fingernails. Alot of sand ends up under my fingernails and I don't feel it. The sand under my nails easily comes out when I run my hands under the faucet. If it was sharp I'd think it would "stick" there.
Maybe if I had done TONS of research prior I would have gone with a different black sand but I highly doubt it. I'm approaching one year on my display tank (June) and knock wood, everyone in my tank is healthy & robust.
There's a thread somewhere here from a few days ago where BTMS is discussed in detail. I need to go find it...based on reading that thread I knew my choice of BTMS was perfectly fine.

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I keep lots of loaches & a catfish and have BTMS. Upon opening my first bag and running my hands through it I deemed it belly safe. I have pretty sensitive hands but I'm sure they are not as sensitive as loach bellys and cat barbels.
At water change time I stir the sand up with my hands by digging in it with my fingernails. Alot of sand ends up under my fingernails and I don't feel it. The sand under my nails easily comes out when I run my hands under the faucet. If it was sharp I'd think it would "stick" there.
Maybe if I had done TONS of research prior I would have gone with a different black sand but I highly doubt it. I'm approaching one year on my display tank (June) and knock wood, everyone in my tank is healthy & robust.
There's a thread somewhere here from a few days ago where BTMS is discussed in detail. I need to go find it...based on reading that thread I knew my choice of BTMS was perfectly fine.

Experience is really what i am after, and you have that. Anybody can claim something is safe or not safe. I want to know what real people have really experienced. I feel better having concrete evidence on why something works or doesnt work.
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I keep lots of loaches & a catfish and have BTMS. Upon opening my first bag and running my hands through it I deemed it belly safe. I have pretty sensitive hands but I'm sure they are not as sensitive as loach bellys and cat barbels.
At water change time I stir the sand up with my hands by digging in it with my fingernails. Alot of sand ends up under my fingernails and I don't feel it. The sand under my nails easily comes out when I run my hands under the faucet. If it was sharp I'd think it would "stick" there.
Maybe if I had done TONS of research prior I would have gone with a different black sand but I highly doubt it. I'm approaching one year on my display tank (June) and knock wood, everyone in my tank is healthy & robust.
There's a thread somewhere here from a few days ago where BTMS is discussed in detail. I need to go find it...based on reading that thread I knew my choice of BTMS was perfectly fine.
You are right, those loaches and cories are more sensitive than you. it wont cut your hand like it will their flesh bellies, imagine a bunch of tiny papercuts. Thats if its as coarse as they claim, get a magnifying glass and check it out if you dont have access to a microscope.

No attitude given in the typing of this reply. Dont take it that way.

What the TMS is saying from caribsea is that its not ok for burrowers or bottom dwellers, I think this is because of what black sand is derived from, Iron. Iron is sharp when its super small like that, we cant feel it because of our textured fingers but try a little on your wrist or tight piece of smooth skin on your body, maybe between toes? you will notice a difference in the feel of it.

Anyone who has ever been to the beach can verify.
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post #14 of 16 Old 05-13-2009, 11:31 PM
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No attitude on my part at all, but not sure what is meant by being at the beach and how that relates?? I'm at the beach nearly everyday and don't understand what you mean?? As Ricky says to Lucy, "Splain"

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post #15 of 16 Old 05-14-2009, 04:59 AM
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the texture of the sand between your toes as opposed to the way it feels when you run it thru your fingers, I grew up in imperial beach and thats the best way to relate sand feel for me. Different parts of flesh will produce different feelings and such.

Is that an amazon?
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post #16 of 16 Old 05-14-2009, 10:03 AM
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Ah, it seems we grew up on the same coast

PS. Yes, that's my double yellow headed amazon. I love her but she can be a royal pain in the you-know-what. I love that fish don't squawk when you're late for breakfast or scream when they think they aren't getting enough attention. I love my bird but enjoy my fish much more

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