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Old 01-30-2012, 07:19 PM   #1
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Black Diamond Blasting Sand

I purchased some blasting sand from Tractor Supply Company for my new 50g. I am currently in the process of washing it and it seems the water will never come clear. Do I get it as clear as I can and put it in the tank and allow it to settle? Or do I wash it until the water comes out clear?
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:59 PM   #2
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Everything that I've read has suggested washing it in an old pillow case until the water comes out clear. Can't wait to see some pics. I've been stressing over whether or not to try this stuff, because it looks awesome.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:26 PM   #3
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Well I love it!!! I never knew that Wish I would have, it would have made cleaning it a lot easier. I'll have to use that method when I use the sand again. It was such a hassle to clean! I will be converting all my tanks to it, it looks really nice.

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Old 01-31-2012, 06:19 PM   #4
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Was hoping I would find more info what people think about sand vs. gravel. I am going to be setting up a 125g in a couple weeks and wonder if anyone could give me their opinion on cleaning it and whether it will be bad to have sand for my filters. I love the idea of blasting sand-where does it come from?
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Does sand get into the tub when you are rinsing it?
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:02 AM   #6
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I just rinsed it in a 5 gallon bucket, ran the hose in and kept stirring it around, only took a few minutes for the water from the bucket to run clear. Some polyester "floss" in the aquaclears overnight took care of the cloudy water.
Black Diamond isn't sand, it's coal slag. Completely inert, looks like sand, but no diatoms for a month or so after you put it in the tank. Sand in general is easier than gravel to keep clean IME. It will destroy hob filter impellers very quickly if it gets sucked up, I use sponge prefilters.
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I just put it in a 5 gallon bucket with a hose in it for awhile letting the water constantly run through it and I've never had a problem. It's in all 13 of my tanks. It's a lot easier to clean than gravel too!
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Will the black diamond sand work with saltwater, or is it better to get black aquarium sand?
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There is no way blasting sand is easier to clean than gravel. What I did with mine was pass it back and forth between buckets outside to allow the breeze to blow away much of the fine dust. I then washed it in small quantities. There was no cloudiness when I added it to the tank. The problem with doing a large amount is that the fine dust is re-trapped when you stir it.
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There is no way blasting sand is easier to clean than gravel. What I did with mine was pass it back and forth between buckets outside to allow the breeze to blow away much of the fine dust. I then washed it in small quantities. There was no cloudiness when I added it to the tank. The problem with doing a large amount is that the fine dust is re-trapped when you stir it.
I agree, deffinatley not as easy as gravel. I sifted it around in a half full 2 gallon bucket, worked pretty well for me.
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