BDBS - Iron Oxide or Coal Slag?

  1. Burnout1620 Initiate Member

    Bought 100 lbs of BDBS for my soon to be set up 60G last night based on the opinions here that it was a good substrate. What caught my eye was a sticker that had health warnings on it.

    This gave me pause, so I found the MSDS sheets for Black Diamond on the manufacturer website. Turns out that they use iron oxide for some media branded Black Diamond, see MSDS here:

    http://www.us-minerals.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Iron-Silicate-SDS-1.3-2015.pdf

    They also use coal slag and use the same brand name:

    http://www.us-minerals.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Coal-Slag-SDS-2.4-2015.pdf

    The bags I purchased do not say which abrasive is actually contained inside the bag... I am wondering if this may explain why some members disagree on the consistency of the product. Perhaps one material is sharper than the other?

    The product page say both products are chemically inert... anyone have any thoughts?
     
  2. CowBoYReX Well Known Member Member

    I looked those up and it is very interesting, back when I bought some I looked up the msds but found the coal slag. The iron oxide one is very interesting because it says it is slightly water soluble and that it has numerous metals in it