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Black Diamond blasting Sand???

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Wondering if anyone has experience using black blasting sand, its pretty cheap comes in 3 different grain sizes. Was wondering if have used which grain size is most effective for plants and how effective it was for planted tank. Have used play sand in the past and filter sand but would like a dark substrate and rarely find black in play or filter sand. A 50Lb bag of black diamond blasting sand is about 7 bucks. Im pretty sure its the same as fish store carib sea brands but not sure??? Any thoughts?
 

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Blasting sands tend to be coarse and sharp - they have to be to do their job. If you are planning to have any fish that live on or feed from the substrate, it will be harmful to them so I wouldn't use it.
 
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Blasting sands tend to be coarse and sharp - they have to be to do their job. If you are planning to have any fish that live on or feed from the substrate, it will be harmful to them so I wouldn't use it.
Hmmm. Good point. I'll do so more research and if no go ill just stick with play or filter sand
 

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I love my black diamond blasting sand. It required a little extra rinsing but Ive had no trouble. My albino corys, golden pleco, rainbow shark have no issues. Molly's also eat off of it often. I got the medium size and did not find it to be sharp while rinsing it.
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I love my black diamond blasting sand. It required a little extra rinsing but Ive had no trouble. My albino corys, golden pleco, rainbow shark have no issues. Molly's also eat off of it often. I got the medium size and did not find it to be sharp while rinsing it.
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So i went out and got some black bladting sand, so far so good, it looks great and it holds plants surprisingly well, much better than pool filter sand or play sand in my opinion. Thanks for the reply and the pucs your tank looks great
 

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Blasting sand is sharp, so do not have any substrate fish (cories, loaches, cichlids). And this is not my opinion it is that of Heiko Bleher and Ian Fuller.
 
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