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Old 03-29-2013, 10:31 PM   #11
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That's big money I need like 150 #
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That's big money I need like 150 #
worth every penny i paid $1.00lb
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Then use black diamond sand blasting sand. About 9 buck for a 50lb bag. I used it in my 75 an love it. I'm not sure I agree that up keep is more with black sand. I haven't experienced that. So it's got me scratching my head a bit but I do have a 9 Cory shoal I call the "roomba"

Edit: you can get the sand at northern tool or tractor supply
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:59 AM   #15
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What type did you use extra fine or extra course
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Old 03-30-2013, 03:26 PM   #16
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I am going for it I just have find the right one maybe I will mix live sand in the the cheeper one
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I was heavily interested in this. I was wanting my future reef build to be black sand, but the heavy metals are concerning to me. I read into it but "Black beauty abrasives also known as coal slag, black diamond, black blast and boiler slag is an inexpensive media. It is one of the safer forms of abrasive media, containing less than 1% or no silica. Black beauty media also produces little dust, however, may release hazardous air pollutants (HAP) into the surrounding air. Black Beauty abrasives are made from crushed liquid coal slag from utility boilers. The abrasive contains iron (Fe), Aluminum (Al), Magnesium (Mg) and Calcium (Ca). The media comes in sharp angular grains ranging in many sizes including coarse, medium, fine and extra fine grained."

That being said, it has been done. Remember that this stuff is magnetic. Using magfloats will end up scraping the sides of your tank. It will stick to powerheads, impellers, whatever is magnetic in your tank. Please keep us posted, I personally am interested in the use of it. Just make sure it isn't sharp and rinse it really well! I would love to read about it being used in saltwater, I have only seen freshwater uses.
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Now you have me Afraid to use it I don't wanted to get in my powerheads and circulation pumps And my Power filter And with live sand being a dollar a pound What other options do I have I think the Blacksand is a awesome look
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I just bought a bag of extra fine sand They do not have it any extra course I'm worried about it not settling down or Or is it going to Stir up too easy With water circulation I have some in the bucket wash washing right now I will keep looking for extra course tractor supply
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Wouldn't you want the sand to be extra fine rather than extra course?
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