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Old 03-02-2018, 04:03 PM   #1
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Black sand?

Iím looking for black sand that would be dwarf cichlid and cory cat safe. Any recommendations?
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black diamond branded blasting sand, medium or rough grit is fine with corys
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black diamond branded blasting sand, medium or rough grit is fine with corys


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just be sure its black ! as not all sand is black some are mixed with other sands but it still says black on package , my sand was to be black its a grayish looking sand makes sand look dirty . yet they claim its midnight black . just so you are aware
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Many like Petco black sand I have read.
The blasting sand can have bits of iron in it that might stick to magnet cleaners and scratch glass.
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Many like Petco black sand I have read.
The blasting sand can have bits of iron in it that might stick to magnet cleaners and scratch glass.


I have access to a strong magnet, Iím assuming I can just pull those iron bits out that way.
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Seems like a lot of work for just a color
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Seems like a lot of work for just a color


My fiancť wants black sand.
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Old 03-03-2018, 01:49 AM   #9
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I'd probably go with that Petco black sand before I'd spend countless hours removing iron with a magnet. Lol. The things we do for women right?
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I'd probably go with that Petco black sand before I'd spend countless hours removing iron with a magnet. Lol. The things we do for women right?


Iím willing to do a little extra work for my partner.
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I recently switched to blasting sand. I ran a magnet through it, and didn't have anything stick. Maybe there could be super fine pieces or maybe I got lucky.
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I guess you could say it looks dirty. I think it looks natural. Things in nature aren't perfect. jmo
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I recently switched to blasting sand. I ran a magnet through it, and didn't have anything stick. Maybe there could be super fine pieces or maybe I got lucky.


You got lucky. I ran a magnet thru a bag I had and all of it stuck to the magnet.
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I just set up my new tank with Tahitian Moon black. No rinsing required, comes with packets of bacteria and clarifier, and, oh, did I mention you DO NOT have to rinse it? Petco dot com will have it on sale for $14 per 20lb bag. I'd pay the regular $20 to not have to rinse it. I'm pretty sure rinsing sand might be the worst thing ever.
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I guess it depends on the size of the tank too. Blasting sand is like $8 for a 50lb bag. If you need 100lbs you're talking $16 instead of $70-$100.
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I guess it depends on the size of the tank too. Blasting sand is like $8 for a 50lb bag. If you need 100lbs you're talking $16 instead of $70-$100.


True!! Save $ where you can. You'll end up spending it on something else for your tank anyway.
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Well the nearest place to get blasting sand is about 50 miles away, and there are 2 bags of black sand at one pet co. So Iíve convinced my fiancť that we donít need black sand.
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Many who want planted tanks go with Pool Filter Sand [ PFS ] on the cheap. It is more uniform and cleaner from the start then play sand or other choices. Basically vanilla color ?
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Many who want planted tanks go with Pool Filter Sand [ PFS ] on the cheap. It is more uniform and cleaner from the start then play sand or other choices. Basically vanilla color ?


Thatís what I picked up today.
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The PFS looses itís white with a little age on the tank. But itís invert safe.
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