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So like regular sand paper, only it is just sand they use for blasting? Is the fine grit harder to rinse?
 

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BlackTeeShirt said:
I have blasting sand, as well as play sand, and my daughter has purple aquarium specific sand.

The blasting sand gives a great contrast for bottom dwellers, like corys. I have it with my axolotl and he definitely stands out better. The thing that makes me crazy about it is that it looks dirty fast, so to keep it looking pristine, I end up doing more water changes. Something to consider for a 150 is how dirty you can tolerate, and how often you're willing to clean.
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Play sand (quikrete) looks the most natural, like it came from a sandy river bed. Its typically not too difficult to clean, and is safe for bottom dwellers as well. Its easy to clean and doesn't look dirty as fast. It will mute the appearance of bottom dwellers a bit. My peppered corys don't pop like they would with black, bit I think they like being able to blend in a bit.
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Aquarium specific sand looks great, is very easy to clean, and is safe. It's pricey though, and will cost an arm and a leg for a 150 gallon. It's fine consistency and size makes it good for bottom dwellers. I personally like it's consistency the best, but probably wouldn't spend that much for such a large tank.
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Do you know/remember what brand the purple sand was?
 

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I have BDBS(and an off brand called black beauty) and I love it. It looks great in my tanks and the fish really show on the substrate. I haven't had any issues with it.
 

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I just bought some pool filter sand. I was very surprised to see it is vastly different from the pool filter sand I got from the pool supply store. I got the AquaQuartz sand from the pool supply store. The grains of sand are vastly different in size, texture, and color. If I remember right, it cost me about $12-$14 for a 50 lb bag. Took a lot of rinsing to get it clean too! I do like though, how well it stays in place. It doesn't get blown around the tank at all.

Today, I went to Lowes and got a 50 lb bag of Quikrete pool filter sand which cost $5.49 a bag! The grains are more "pearl"-like very round and smooth feeling. They are mostly the same color with a few odd ball dark grains in the mix. I rinsed it and it was pretty much "clean" and clear, I don't think I need to rinse it more than once! One thing I'm not sure of is if it will stay in place or get moved around easily with a slight movement

I haven't put the Quikrete brand pfs in my tank yet, but I already like this stuff better than the AquaQuartz. Just my two cents about pool filter sand. Can't help much with the black blasting sand though.
 
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MaddieTaylah said:
The darker substrate definitely makes the fish stand out more.
I agree.
KimberlyG said:
I would just stir it. Sounds silly but the composition of blasting sand is consistent. You don't have harder particles and then softer particles. The stirring will allow the sand to grind itself. Work with reasonably sized batches that can be stirred without too much difficulty. (This isn't quick by any means, but if you have corys it might be worth it.) It should grind down any sharp points. Then rinse as usual.
Thank you for your input.
BlackTeeShirt said:
I have blasting sand, as well as play sand, and my daughter has purple aquarium specific sand.

The blasting sand gives a great contrast for bottom dwellers, like corys. I have it with my axolotl and he definitely stands out better. The thing that makes me crazy about it is that it looks dirty fast, so to keep it looking pristine, I end up doing more water changes. Something to consider for a 150 is how dirty you can tolerate, and how often you're willing to clean.
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Play sand (quikrete) looks the most natural, like it came from a sandy river bed. Its typically not too difficult to clean, and is safe for bottom dwellers as well. Its easy to clean and doesn't look dirty as fast. It will mute the appearance of bottom dwellers a bit. My peppered corys don't pop like they would with black, bit I think they like being able to blend in a bit.
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Aquarium specific sand looks great, is very easy to clean, and is safe. It's pricey though, and will cost an arm and a leg for a 150 gallon. It's fine consistency and size makes it good for bottom dwellers. I personally like it's consistency the best, but probably wouldn't spend that much for such a large tank.
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Thank you for your post.
Jayd976 said:
I used cheap black petco sand. Don't remember the exact cost but for my 90 gallon I spent like $50 for a 2" bed and still had 1/2 a bag left.
Thank you I will look into that.
AllieSten said:
$50 isn't cheap. A 50lb of the blasting sand is $8 lol

Thunder_o_b Oh and btw I went to Tractor Supply today, and my store is out until May 1st. What the heck? Is there a shortage or something? That is an insanely long time to be out of anything. I have to travel to the doctor on Tuesday, so I will be stopping for sand up there I suspect lol
That does seem to be rather long to be out of it.

adsm08 said:
I picked up 100 lbs of black diamond from TCS last weekend, $16. It comes in different grades, so you can get it coarse, which may have some sharp pieces, or you can get it extremely fine. I went with the 20/40 which seems to be similar to the PFS I have in my 185. Not quite as fine (judging by how much less got caught in my nails) but I didn't spend nearly as much time washing it before it was running clear.
I did not know it came in different grit size. Thank you.
Flowingfins said:
I have BDBS(and an off brand called black beauty) and I love it. It looks great in my tanks and the fish really show on the substrate. I haven't had any issues with it.
Thank you. I will look into it.
RedLoredAmazon said:
I just bought some pool filter sand. I was very surprised to see it is vastly different from the pool filter sand I got from the pool supply store. I got the AquaQuartz sand from the pool supply store. The grains of sand are vastly different in size, texture, and color. If I remember right, it cost me about $12-$14 for a 50 lb bag. Took a lot of rinsing to get it clean too! I do like though, how well it stays in place. It doesn't get blown around the tank at all.

Today, I went to Lowes and got a 50 lb bag of Quikrete pool filter sand which cost $5.49 a bag! The grains are more "pearl"-like very round and smooth feeling. They are mostly the same color with a few odd ball dark grains in the mix. I rinsed it and it was pretty much "clean" and clear, I don't think I need to rinse it more than once! One thing I'm not sure of is if it will stay in place or get moved around easily with a slight movement

I haven't put the Quikrete brand pfs in my tank yet, but I already like this stuff better than the AquaQuartz. Just my two cents about pool filter sand. Can't help much with the black blasting sand though.
Thank you for the information.
 

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RedLoredAmazon said:
I just bought some pool filter sand. I was very surprised to see it is vastly different from the pool filter sand I got from the pool supply store. I got the AquaQuartz sand from the pool supply store. The grains of sand are vastly different in size, texture, and color. If I remember right, it cost me about $12-$14 for a 50 lb bag. Took a lot of rinsing to get it clean too! I do like though, how well it stays in place. It doesn't get blown around the tank at all.

Today, I went to Lowes and got a 50 lb bag of Quikrete pool filter sand which cost $5.49 a bag! The grains are more "pearl"-like very round and smooth feeling. They are mostly the same color with a few odd ball dark grains in the mix. I rinsed it and it was pretty much "clean" and clear, I don't think I need to rinse it more than once! One thing I'm not sure of is if it will stay in place or get moved around easily with a slight movement

I haven't put the Quikrete brand pfs in my tank yet, but I already like this stuff better than the AquaQuartz. Just my two cents about pool filter sand. Can't help much with the black blasting sand though.
I used the Quikrete in my two existing tanks. In the 185 is gets disturbed slightly when refilling the tank, but always settles back to level ( +2" depth). In the 20 long it goes all over when refilling with a bucket, so I took to siphoning the buckets back into the tank when refilling. It does not settle back to level there, but it isn't as deep. Normal fish activity does not disturb it.
 
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adsm08 said:
I used the Quikrete in my two existing tanks. In the 185 is gets disturbed slightly when refilling the tank, but always settles back to level ( +2" depth). In the 20 long it goes all over when refilling with a bucket, so I took to siphoning the buckets back into the tank when refilling. It does not settle back to level there, but it isn't as deep. Normal fish activity does not disturb it.
I think I will want to go with a heaver grain that is less prone to movement. I lean towards I flow filtration.
 

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I use pool filter cand and all my fish love it! even my cherry barbs and guppies can be caught rubbing up against it and laying on it haha. of course they cories are the main reason I got it though. I used to have a bunch of 1/2 inch river pebbles/rocks and no of my fish particularly like it.
 
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notmyfirstname123 said:
I use pool filter cand and all my fish love it! even my cherry barbs and guppies can be caught rubbing up against it and laying on it haha. of course they cories are the main reason I got it though. I used to have a bunch of 1/2 inch river pebbles/rocks and no of my fish particularly like it.
Thank you for your insight.
 

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In my eyes pool filter sand is just about the best option, it's cheap, aesthetic, looks very natural, has heavy, uniform grains so you can literally grab a hand full and toss it up into the water column and it will settle back down immediately, so any fish going crazy when the lights come on or maintenance work will not get you a couldy tank like play sand might. I've heard the black diamond stuff is alright with Cory's but I wouldn't do it. Ultimately, if you want the dark sand then get the dark sand, it's you're tank and you should personally enjoy your investment regardless of others opinions
 

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I had black sand for a while. Let me see if I can find a picture

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Only pic I could find, but it really brings out the color of anything above it
 

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I used the play sand from Lowe's and love it (and for a 50 lbs bag who can beat $3) and it is a tan color which is what I wanted
 

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My cousin uses the black diamond. To help smooth it out a little we did 20 lbs at a time in a 5 gallon bucket and used a paint mixer to stir the heck out of it while washing it. It was attached to a high speed hammer drill. It got nice and smooth. This is it.

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I use the Black Diamond sand in my tanks. I find it really makes everything pop.
I have it in my 265:
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That's the whole tank from left to right. I used mainly the fine grit with some medium grit mixed in. Knowing what I know now I'd get the medium grit. It doesn't cloud up the water for me but it is a bit harder to vacuum as the fine grit likes to go up the Python.

I used the medium grit in my planted nursery tank.
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It's capping dirt and I use this tank just for a nursery tank for my plants to get the healthier if they're having an issue, need to get healthier after being shipped, etc. Being medium grit makes it much easier to vacuum off the top with the Python without disturbing it too much or uncovering the dirt.

Be warned that it'll look like there's a bunch of tiny orange pieces in there. The won't show up as much as you think they would.
 

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Play sand would be perfect for you,
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its soft and super smooth on even the tiny barbels of my tiny cory + it looks so nice and natural like a silty river bed. I say the more you wash it the better too the less cloud your going to have for the first few days its not an issue really though just change the wool in your filter, or if you don't use wool include some for a few days.
 

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Thunder_o_b did you purchase any sand yet? I finally successfully located some bdbs at the Tractor Supply near my doctor's office (a little over an hour away). So when my infusion is done, I have plans to rinse sand for the rest of my life, or the end of the day, whichever comes first lol
 

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BlackTeeShirt said:
I don't... They had it at my LFS. Next time I go in I'll see if it's still there.
It looks like the stuff from Petco. Imaginaryium sand. It's just a store brand. I've seen it in other stores under other names. Hope this is helpful.
 

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WetWheeles said:
It looks like the stuff from Petco. Imaginaryium sand. It's just a store brand. I've seen it in other stores under other names. Hope this is helpful.
I believe the imagitarium colored sands (with the exception of a few) from Petco are calcium carbonate based. My understanding is that it can alter your water hardness, or get super hard in the water like concrete.

The stuff I used is AquaTerra brand. It is acrylic coated and guaranteed not to alter water chemistry.
 

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BlackTeeShirt said:
I believe the imagitarium colored sands (with the exception of a few) from Petco are calcium carbonate based. My understanding is that it can alter your water hardness, or get super hard in the water like concrete.

The stuff I used is AquaTerra brand. It is acrylic coated and guaranteed not to alter water chemistry.
I stand corrected. Thank you. I use the black sand from Petco without issue. I got lucky I guess. I would delete my post if I knew how. LOL
 

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