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  1. #11


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    Good point!

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    I just changed my 29 gallon from pool filter sand to oil dri. Rinsed it in a tote and multiple times every day and let soak overnights in between and last soak i added liquid ferts to the water it was soaking in. The color out of the bag was too light but after soaking it turned a very natural color. My water was cloudy for about six hours but looks very nice this morning. This is a new adventure with me a i did alot of researching before using oil dri. I wish i had a camera, but so far am pleased. There was a slight ph drop from 7.8 to 7.6 overnight. Will test again when i get off work this evening.

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    I just finished last night setting up my African tank in the living room from a river rock gravel to a full stocked tank with Black Diamond Grinding sand. My biggest problem was locating it. I had to go to a farm supply place way out of my way to get it. Unwashed, in tank it looks better than the $50 bag I got a few years ago of pool filter sand that was colored black. From ease of use and its overall look I really support Black Diamond Sand.

    Also I have used play sand from home depot with no issues. The only thing to watch is the size of grain. There is a course ground sand that is better than just general sand. Its 4.93 here and is a nice tan color compared to the $3 for the general play sand.
    Here is the tank:
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
    Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's

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    I think this is a good list to sticky!
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

  5. #15


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    I don't.
    A sticky reflects on the forum and IMO should look like it was written by someone familiar with capital letters. It is NOT too much to ask. [For starters]

    Moving on.
    Why have play sand on the list when you incorrectly identify it as differing only in,y grain consistency? It's FAR dirtier and a massively labor intensive PITA to clean. I wouldn't use it or suggest it. Actually.. Would anyone recommend it?

    I am not certain you have ever used black diamond since you previously referred to a medium grade [It is graded in #] and also said it comes in three sizes when it clearly shows 5 grades in the picture of the bag of it I posted.
    All 5 grades come in the exact same bag btw & they are just marked according to what grade they are. So I am not exactly sure what you are talking about there.

    BTW - Turface has a website that will find their nearest dealer in NA .. Really.

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  6. #16


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    While I understand your point of it being dirty. Its still an option. One I have used before and didnt have issues with it like I hear from others. Would I recommend it? Depends on the situation and availability of the persons resources. Are there better options? Sure but its still on the list of usable sand.

    I personally used the size for black diamond that was 40-60?? I will check the bag when I get home and update.

    To each their own.
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
    Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's

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    well goes to 11, i have completely stopped caring what you think about what i have and have not used so why not just drop it as such. 2ndly play sand is still an option for some people who want to use it. yes its dirty and a pain.
    notice how i linked the turface in my thread, the prices seem to vary, i for one have not used it but i know a few people who have.
    I wonder if i plant one of my tiger barbs would the demon seed grow to a full tree?
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    I go to the gravel yard and buy a 5 gallon bucket of pea gravel for $1. I can get a 5 gallon bucket of river stone for $1. River stone is 1 1/2". You put the stone in water over night and in the morning you take a flash light and look for any oil deposits etc by looking at the surface. If it has oil put the stone on the driveway and try again in a few weeks. In 30 years I only had oil once on the surface and never lost a fish. They sell sand too...yup 5 gallon bucket is....$1.

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    How about coral/puka shells for your tank. My new tank came with it and I am trying to find it if it is ok for my blood parrots who are in 46 gallon with natural gravel.New 90.jpgFantasia.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrokerTamara View Post
    [B]How about coral/puka shells for your tank.
    Crushed coral will most likely raise your pH. That can cause problems if you allow pH swings in your tank or if your pH do not like the pH in the higher ranges.

    I've always liked using sand, planted substrates (like flourite) or a combination of the two.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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