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    Going to switch my 20 Long over to a shellie (multi) tank in about 3 months. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on black sand. What should I look for or avoid?

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    If you still need some advice, I would go with something like this from CaribSea (link below). It's called CaribSea Tropic Isle Tahitian Moon Sand. You will want a fairly fine sand (0.5 - 1mm) so the multis can easily move it. You can also go with any type or sand that is for a salt water aquarium including aragonite sand. CaribSea "makes" a black aragonite also. Aragonite is fine for african cichlids because they are okay with hard water, but you wouldn't want to use this type of sand with other fish.

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    If you want the least expensive option look for Black Diamond or Black Beauty blasting grit. It's actually coal slag, looks and acts like black sand but no silica so no diatoms a week or two after you put it in the tank. Completely inert, won't do anything for (or against) your water chemistry.

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    I know it's not what you've asked (as you're obviously after black sand) but coral sand is ideal for Tanganyikans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toddnbecka View Post
    If you want the least expensive option look for Black Diamond or Black Beauty blasting grit. It's actually coal slag, looks and acts like black sand but no silica so no diatoms a week or two after you put it in the tank. Completely inert, won't do anything for (or against) your water chemistry.
    I still don't believe the silica angle here but, that aside, I'd be careful with blasting grit because it can be rather sharp and a sharp substrate is not something I'd want for fish that are so active in there.

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    I used the african cichlid mix from caribsea (I think). This is the 20 long in my sig that is now home to N. Brichardi, instead of the multies...

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    Talldutchie posted while I was typing... I considered the blasting grit breifly for my 75, but heard mixed reports, some claimed it did affect water quality. I chose not to use the blasting grit...

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    I'm a quick typer! ;)

    I vaguely remember seeing some shots of these fish in the wild. Ignore the dutch, I think the pics speak for themselves:
    http://www.tanganyika.nl/plein/viewt...p?f=19&t=10382

    As you can see there's a relatively coarse sand on the lake bottom with shell fragments mixed in. Also quite a lot of algae on rocks (so don't panic if some shows up on the decor in your tank!)

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    Great link!!! I really enjoyed those pics!!!

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    There you go! Now I look forward to seeing the finished tank

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