A few weeks after converting our aquarium from gravel to black sand blasting sand (Black Diamond from Tractor Supply)
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Imagitarium Black Sand Aquatic Substrate sets the stage for a bold and demure aquatic environment. The black aquarium sand stands still as you set the surreal scene with iridescent fish and vibrant coral reefs. This fish tank gravel facilitates beneficial bacteria while offering fresh or saltwater fish a wonderful world.
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Using Black Diamond Sand blasting sand instead of Aquarium sand.
This project will save you $60-120 depending on how much you need.
We changed out all of our gravel with sand while the fish were in the aquarium, using the net to scoop rocks, snails, poop and all, into a bucket.
This has made the aquarium seem so vibrant and eye appealing. The dragonfish are already enjoying filtering the sand.
If you want to do this, contact your local Tractor Supply for this Black diamond sand blasting sand a 50# bag is only $7.99 where a 20# bag of aquarium sand is more than $20.Flourite® Black Sand is a specially fracted stable porous clay gravel for the natural planted aquarium. Its appearance is best suited to planted aquaria, but may be used in any freshwater aquarium environment. Flourite® Black Sand is most effective when used alone as an integral substrate bed, but it may be mixed with other gravels. Gravel modifiers such as laterite are not necessary. Flourite® Black Sand is not chemically coated or treated and will not alter the pH of the water. Flourite® Black Sand is good for the life of the aquarium and need not be replaced. I'm fairly new here and still learning, but as to most people, we all have priorities in life and time/money is not always readily to available for spending. However, our love for the hobby enables us to miraclously find ways to still enjoy the hobby without compromises to our lifestyle. This can definately put a strain on families if not careful. So I thought it would be a great idea to create this thread and share my experiences with one of the alternative to the lesser expensive substrate which is the blasting grit "sand" made by Black Diamond. It's really coal slag but 100% safe in aquariums, there are a few folks here that use them successfully. With just flourish root tabs, the Black Diamond "sand" and of course the usual maintenance, they are able to have beautiful tanks.Sent from my GT-I9195 using Aquarium Advice mobile app Yep, which is why I mentioned that both Black and Tan are my only two options, but I prefer the natural looking route, so like I said it's personal preference since there is no "best" kind of sand.