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  1. I think it would be fun to start 3 similar aquariums at the same time, but try 3 different strategies for the substrate and fertilizer. First a Walstad type dirted substrate - in this case dirt from my yard Second, CaribSea's Eco-Complete And third, a 'normal' tank with CaribSea's Peace Rive substrate supplemented with Aquarium Co-Op's Easy Root Tabs and Easy Green liquid fertilizer. For this experiment (okay, this is definitely not an experiment as I do not have a hypothesis, any controls, or replicants) I will use three 40 gallon breeder aquariums that will likely have sponge filters, heaters, and Finnex lights. It should take me about a week or two to gather all the resources for this experiment (again, definitely not an experiment as my N on each tank will be 1, but my fun quotient ought to be greater than 1 because this will also be an attempt to setup 3 aquariums that are some more than green water fry tanks or mulm factories).
  2. I have decided to use coal slag blasting media as a substrate. It comes in different particle sizes. I bought a 50 pound bag of medium Black Diamond. On the bottom of the bag three different sizes (1240, 1630, and 2040) are marked, so I assume the "medium" includes all three of these sizes. The bag indicates that there is one size that is coarser, 1040. I think I would like larger size particles than are in the "medium" bag. If anyone has a preference as to particle size for coal slag substrate, I would appreciate your advice and the reasons you prefer your choice. I got the medium Black Diamond at Tractor Supply, but they tell me they do not sell any larger particle size. So if I wanted a coarser (larger particle size) coal slag blasting sand, where could I buy it? I am in Houston, Texas. Thanks.
  3. Hello, Is anyone aware of a natural (no dyes) black sand for aquariums?
  4. is this black diamond blasting sand safe for African cichlid tank?http://media.tractorsupply.com/is/image/TractorSupplyCompany/3905403_A1
  5. I'm using the tank and substrate my daughter had. She never had problems with water clarity, but since I set up the tank using the same substrate, Black Diamond Blasting Sand, the water is still foggy. It's been a month and the fish are doing well. I rinsed out the substrate well before using it. I've had aquarium shops test the water 3 different times and the results did not show any abnormal readings. I've used different water clarifiers that didn't change the foggy look. I drained and replaced 1/4 of the water last week. The only thing unconventional I'm using is the substrate of blasting sand that my daughter previously used without problems. I can't think of what to do next. I'm afraid to replace too much of the water for fear of killing the 11 tetras I have in the 55 gallon tank. Here is the information about using Black Diamond blasting sand: https://aquanswers.com/black-diamond-blasting-sand-aquarium-safety/#:~:text=Here’s why using Black Diamond blasting sand in,edges. It will not hurt your bottom-dwelling fish.
  6. Any estimates on how long it will take to clear? Overnight? Or just an hour or so? Trying to decide whether to put my tools away, or just wait a while. Thank you!
  7. Anyone use this in a tank before? Is it safe for fish? Ive herd of people using blasting sand before but not sure which one. This is from Amazon and $6 for 50# so price is good! And i get free shipping with Prime!
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