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03-15-2013, 09:36 AM
Which is better? Blasting sand or black florists?

Is this blasting sand? http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/203494096?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=Black+sand&storeId=10051&N=5yc1v&R=203494096#product_description

03-15-2013, 10:22 AM
I get the diamond blasting sand from northern tools. I like it and a lot of people love it.

03-15-2013, 11:18 AM
They have it in store for $7.99 / 50 Lbs in Covington, McDonough and Canton (http://www.tractorsupply.com) . I read conflicting feedback with Cory's. Nalu, can you elaborate how you are using it, how much washing is needed etc...?



03-15-2013, 01:20 PM
Hmm then maybe i need to stick with the more expensive aquarium sand. I wouldn't want to harm the Cory.

03-15-2013, 02:01 PM
So i wwent to look at it.to.compare and.couldnt find it.in home depot or Lowes. Where do i fi.d it?

03-15-2013, 02:10 PM
Northern Tool is the only one who has the black blasting sand. I use it in almost all my tanks. Very little cleaning needed, and has never harmed a fish of mine as far as I can tell.

So i wwent to look at it.to.compare and.couldnt find it.in home depot or Lowes. Where do i fi.d it?

03-15-2013, 02:12 PM
So i wwent to look at it.to.compare and.couldnt find it.in home depot or Lowes. Where do i fi.d it?

I get mine from ace. I fill a 5 gallon bucket half way with sand and run a hose into it allowing thewater to run clear for about a minute. Then I dump the excess water off the top mix the wet sand around and then repeat. I have leopard and green cories and they don't have a problem heard plecos don't like it

03-15-2013, 02:33 PM
I called ace and they.had no.clue.... Im in snellville anyone have a place? Or have some i can buy unused?

03-15-2013, 04:04 PM
Ok...organic miracle grow? Feedback....

03-15-2013, 04:35 PM
I like it I have in 3 tanks just get the large chunks out

03-15-2013, 07:01 PM
The black diamond stuff is nice and it is cheap. I think it was $8 or something at northern tool, for a 50lb bag. If you check out plantedtank.net should be able to find lots of pictures of tanks using it.

03-15-2013, 08:08 PM
Problem is u can't get up there. So either u need to buy some from someone around, did it, or come up with another thing....

03-15-2013, 09:03 PM
I capped Miracle gro organic POTTING mix with black diamond blasting sand. Get the chuncks out, I made it wet and let it dry 2 times (like mineralizing) and then trough a fine mesh.

Plants grow nicely and don't need ferts for up to 2 years. If your water is soft already, put some crunched coral under the MGOPM.

They don't have the Black diamond at HD or Lowes, only northrn tools and tractor supply. visit the website to find the closest one near you.

Drive to get it, its worth the money you save and the pleasure.

03-15-2013, 09:04 PM
here is your northrn tools in snellville : http://www.northerntool.com/stores/snellville-georgia.htm

03-16-2013, 08:34 AM
Oh my gosh thank u! I just assumed!

03-17-2013, 06:58 PM
Not sure if you like the lighter look, but I got 50LB bag of white play sand at Lowe's for under 5 bucks...not a bad deal LOL.

03-17-2013, 08:22 PM
I think Tractor Supply has a blasting sand too. I have been happy using the planted substrates like Eco-complete or Flourite.

03-17-2013, 10:36 PM
I got tank done and changed over. Thanks for all the help. Pics and details coming tomorrow x. Thanks for all the help!