I bought an 88lb bag of blasting sand

Discussion in 'Freshwater Substrates - Gravel, Sand' started by HOWsMom, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. HOWsMom

    HOWsMomWell Known MemberMember

    I have a new tank to set up.
    I sent out my husband last night to buy a bag of blasting sand, having heard that it's nice to use as a substrate.
    I got him to pick up the 88lb bag, as it was only $10.

    As I was pouring it into some buckets to start rinsing it last night, I noticed the back of the bag said that it contains up to .2% nickle, and has a warning about possibly carcinogen !!

    Is this stuff really safe to use in an aquarium ?
     
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012
  2. OP
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    HOWsMom

    HOWsMomWell Known MemberMember

    It's "Bell and Mackenzie" - and it's called "Black Shot".

    It's #20 size.
     
  3. LupinusValued MemberMember

    Did it say what for? Silica sand will have that warning as silica dust is classified as such.
     




  4. I keep fish

    I keep fishWell Known MemberMember

    I used it for my 5.5 gallon I'm never using it again it's way to dirty.
     




  5. OP
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    HOWsMom

    HOWsMomWell Known MemberMember

    It is - it's taking a LOT of rinsing. Hoping to get it clean "enough" to use.
     
  6. I keep fish

    I keep fishWell Known MemberMember

    Even after rinsing it I could see like oil on the top of the water, I didn't put a fish in
     
  7. OP
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    HOWsMom

    HOWsMomWell Known MemberMember

    I haven't fully made up my mind if I'm using this stuff in a tank or not yet.
    I do see that film on top of the water in the rinsing buckets.
     
  8. I keep fish

    I keep fishWell Known MemberMember

  9. OP
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    HOWsMom

    HOWsMomWell Known MemberMember

    I've heard good reviews about it too - but I prefer the dark colour.

    SO torn right now !! *lol*
     
  10. I keep fish

    I keep fishWell Known MemberMember

    Very true I like the darker color. Maybe try rinsing it it a lot that may help.
     
  11. mutantguppyNew MemberMember

    I get sand from a nearby creek, it has a lot of silt in it, the usual way of rinsing didnt work, so I put it in a shallow, wide tub, and used the garden hose to direct a jet of water into it. When the tub filled, I quickly dumped it so fast settling particle wouldn't have time to settle. Maybe this might work for blasting sand. Good luck!
     
  12. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member





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