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post #31 of 39 Old 09-10-2013, 11:26 PM
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TMS is nice, but it's not exactly soft. There are shards and stuff in it - it's not a uniform rounded spheroid like pool filter sand is. I've kept bottom dwellers such as corys and loaches with it without problems, and many others have too. But... it's a relatively sharp sand.
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post #32 of 39 Old 09-11-2013, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
Didnt know it was sharp all of tanks have bottom dwellers so I'm gonna have to stay with the safe stuff I guess😒


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post #33 of 39 Old 09-11-2013, 06:32 AM
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Sharp is relative. Take a second to examine the individual grains.

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Weird. I use it all the time and never have the troubles you describe.

Just sparkly black sand.
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Weird. I use it all the time and never have the troubles you describe.

Just sparkly black sand.
I didn't describe any troubles. in fact I said the opposite of that - I've had no issues with it.

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post #36 of 39 Old 09-11-2013, 10:46 AM
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Weird. I use it all the time and never have the troubles you describe.

Just sparkly black sand.
You talking about the Black diamond?? Yeah it was bad or me. Once I got it into the tank it was pretty but sharp! It never clouded the water tho. I have read where others have done like you before and been fine. *shrugs* might just be my bad luck!

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post #37 of 39 Old 09-11-2013, 06:16 PM
that black diamond blasting grit isnt sand at all. its actually like glass. its coal slag. its very sharp. i use it to sand blast car parts works great! i thought about this stuff when doing my tank but didnt use it due to the fact you cant have bottom dwellers. its made right in the town i live in so its dirt cheap. if you want black you have to pay thats what i learned! for a small tank not big deal but to spend 60 dollars on sand for a 60 55 gallon doesnt seem worth it!


here is the actual material safety sheet for it. http://www.menards.com/msds/101672_002.pdf

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I knew it was coal slag when I bought it. Also knew it was blasting grit. I also have read threads (not here) where ppl swear by this stuff! Even have bottom dwellers on it. I just can't see how after trying it.

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post #39 of 39 Old 09-12-2013, 11:23 AM
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I've read many reviews in which people say the same thing about the slag being sharp. I suppose it may depend on the 'batch' you get, but I wouldn't risk bottom dwellers on Black Diamond.

I do have Tahitian Moon Sand in several tanks, and have kept Kuhli Loaches on it for well over a year with no problems, though they can't burrow underneath of it - I think it's too heavy for that.

TMS is a great sand for beginners, since it stays put (more or less) I've never had issues with it floating into the filters - even when my Bolivan Rams were spawning, and intent on digging up the entire tank. Though I did have to pay a bit of attention to that with the lighter pool filter sand.

TMS is coarser than play sand or pool filter sand, definitely, and expensive, for sure - but so PRETTY! ^.^ Its my favorite - I'm planning to use it in my 125, too!

There is a *slightly* cheaper 'generic' TMS that is sold at PetCo, I've read that it's the same, but have never used it myself. . .
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