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Old 11-04-2011, 03:43 PM   #1
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Blasting Sand?

Does blasting sand work as substrate? I've heard it does. I'm new to sand and would like to have it in my 55g. It's very cheap compared to aquarium sand.

Either this Little Fury Fine Blend (30-60) Blasting Grit, 50 lb. - 3907798 | Tractor Supply Company

Or this Black Diamond 20-40 Blasting Media, 50 lb. - 3905403 | Tractor Supply Company
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:46 PM   #2
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I've never used it myself but from what I hear it works good just try and get the larger grain cause the smaller stuff could potentialy enter the gills and do damage since its got like edges to it for blasting purposes
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:48 PM   #3
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Yes blasting sand works great. I have two tanks, a fw and bw I have black diamond blasting sand in both of them. It makes the colors of my fish stick out alot more. It is easy to clean cuz all the mess sits on the top on the sand. I would suggest it to anyone! Good luck!
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:49 PM   #4
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Oh yeah when u put it in I would suggest turning filter off, I didn't lol some sand got sucked up in there and I had to take them apart and clean them. It was a mess!
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I'm not sure if it will work because there will be a scaleless fish in there. I don't want "Paul" to get scratched.
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That shouldn't be an issue...what is Paul? A gourami?
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No he's actually an eel. They like to burrow... I'm afraid he'll get hurt.
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Ya that could be a problem your best bet is find soneone on here that has tried it and see how it turned off... id imagine that it wouldn't bother him but like I said 1st hand experience here would be best
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That's what I'm thinking. They are notorious for quickly dying from bacterial infection if scratched.
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I have two eels and I have had no problem with them hurting themselves. They are doing great, do what u feel is right for ur fish. But I do have two eels with the blasting sand for tractor supply and they love it. Just a suggestion and their color looks great against the black color.
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:21 PM   #11
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Cool!! I want the black because I will also have a jack dempsey. They supposedly look a lot better on black.
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My jack looks beautiful against the black sand! All my fish have done great with the black diamond blasting sand for tractor supply.
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Cool! The 20-40? Or the 30-60?
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Honestly I have no idea the bag don't say I can ask my fiancé tomorrow see if he knows, he bought it for me!
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Sounds good. I'll pick some up tomorrow.
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The 20-40 is larger grain size than 30-60, easier to siphon.
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The 20-40 is larger grain size than 30-60, easier to siphon.
The stuff I got must be the 30-60 then cuz the grains are very small like sand.
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Where do you get it and how much would you need for a 55?
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I got my 50 lb bag from tractor supply and I think my fiancé said it was 12 dollars or so. You just have to rinse it really good, like if u think it's clean keep on rinsing it. I love it I use it on my bw and fw tanks. So it should work for either fresh or salt. I would recommend it for sure!
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Any one know where to get it not on the internet? Like home depot?
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