I actually found Black Beauty at my local hardware store. I was looking for Silica Sand. I didn't like the Black Beauty at all. It was really fine and very rough, in my opinion.
Recently, I asked Emma Turner what she used in these pictures in this link:
It was Silica Sand, used in sand blasting.
I like the look of it a lot.
The sand I have isn't white it is more of a tan color and the fishes colors seems good. If you goooogle koi bead filter you will find 20 different brands.Most all do a good job.I've had three different kinds myself.The one I have on my 700 gal tank is a"bubble bead"that I bought used. It is older technology but I've modified it some.Curtis wrote:Old fish - do you have issues with your clowns washing out on the sand? Since you used pool filter sand it should be fairly white.
Can you post me a link to the bead filter you use and the pump you use.
I'm currently putting together a central system that will house around 1000 gallons or so... and until you mentioned it I never even heard of a bead filter.
Sandblasting sand varies widely. Not all kinds are going to have glass in them. Actually some of the smoothest sandblasting material is glass (glass beads).
Did you see my earlier posts on this? I linked to some good sources of info on it. I wouldn’t hesitate to use it if it were local and not too overpriced, but there are only a few distributors and seems like the price has gone up recently. If you want a fine smooth sand for loaches and a specific color its a no brainer if you can get it. The only downside is its more expensive that plain sand but usually still cheaper than buying Tahitian moon sand in the lfs. Also being quartz it'll scratch your glass easier if it gets in your algae scrapper, but if I am not mistaken pool filter sand is quartz too.Total Package wrote:Have any of you ever used the 3M colorquartz in your tanks? I was thinking of trying some since the tahitian moon sand is way too expensive.
I was just wondering if anyone here had experience since it's more likely that it would be used in a similar setup by people on this forum (plants + loaches). More info is always better
Pretty much all sand is going to be quartz, to some extent.
I did not order it online, but asked a LFS to order it and they did. A little pricey at $20 per 50 lbs, but it looks really nice with brown, red and black colors as the picture in the above link shows. I think that I also like the size at between .45 and .55 mm. I have the tank set up with two 802 power heads and Martin's river manifold. The power heads move the sand just a little bit, but it is stable (one power head is right near the bottom). When I add driftwood and rocks it will be perfect I think. Thus, I think that it is small enough to keep waste from settling down into it, but large enough so that I won't have a problem with the power heads moving it around too much. Also, is does not seem sharp or abrasive. The grains are nice and rounded.
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