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  • Black Diamond Sand

    I'll just put this here

    I've decided I'm going to try out BDS in my 50 gallon. I love how sand looks, but PetCo jacks up their prices being the only place that sells sand locally. I was going to do gravel, then I was going to do dirt with a gravel cap, then I remembered this stuff, so I guess I'll give it a shot. Anyone used it yet on here? What grain size should i go after, and how long did it take to rinse?

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    Black Diamond Sand

    Hello Akari
    I haven't used the blasting sand but I have used children's play sand which was pretty cheap just took allot of rinsing but I think it looks good and is capping tetra plant complete which is a bit like using dirt
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    • #3
      I have black diamond sand in my 70g. It is an awesome sand. You just need to wash it out really well. I bought it at Tractor Supply.

      Here's what it looks like:
      -Jonathan

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      • #4
        How long does the washing process take? I was thinking of using eco complete for a small 5gal planted tank that I was going to do but this would be just as good as I have a few TSC's around. I just dont feel like washing for 3 days.
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        • #5
          That's one sexy tank, Rogue!

          I hear it takes a few hours to clean a bag of this stuff lol

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          • #6
            It took me around 45 minutes to clean the first bag and half an hour to clean the second. Some bags are dirtier than others.
            -Jonathan

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            • #7
              That's not too baaaad.... What's the foot print of your tank, Rogue? You used two bags? How deep is yours?

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              • #8
                Uh... I dunno. 3ft by 2ft I think. I know it is three foot long lol.

                Yes, I used two bags. My sand varies from 2" to nearer to 4".
                -Jonathan

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                • #9
                  Black Diamond Sand

                  I have this sand in a couple tanks also. The bag I got was pretty clean. Took me maybe 15 minutes to wash what I needed (about half the bag).

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                  • #10
                    What grain size would you recommend? And how many bags for a 4'x13" tank?

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                    • #11
                      I'm using it in my 29 gallon. I used an entire bag in it and it's 4ish inches deep all around. About the same experience with washing as rogue. I definitely like it!
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                      6 Glowlight Tetra
                      1 Dwarf Gourami
                      4 Mystery Snail

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                      • #12
                        Looks great! I hear it's kinda sparkly, too

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                        • #13
                          Yes it is kind of sparkly!
                          8 GloFish
                          6 Glowlight Tetra
                          1 Dwarf Gourami
                          4 Mystery Snail

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                          • #14
                            This is exactly what I have: http://www.tractorsupply.com/sandbla...50-lb--3905403
                            -Jonathan

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                            • #15
                              Yep...that's the stuff...Mine was a finer grit though. 60-80 instead of 20-40 I believe.
                              8 GloFish
                              6 Glowlight Tetra
                              1 Dwarf Gourami
                              4 Mystery Snail

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