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Old 18th January 2015   #1
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Question Black iron aquatic sand?

Waddup Gees, your boy wiz is back with another question.
Okay, so I was looking through the pet store buying some new luxuries for my axolotls molly and baller and I came across this black sand called black iron aquarium sand, and I thought to myself "dayummmm that would look Hella dope in my tank", but anyways I was wondering if you guys knew anything about this sand if if it"ll be safe for my boys
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Old 18th January 2015   #2
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Default Re: Black iron aquatic sand?

No. Silica sand is best, but the black iron stuff affects water quality.



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Old 18th January 2015   #3
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Default Re: Black iron aquatic sand?

There are some other black sands that are safe. I believe CaribSea Super Naturals Tahitian Moon black sand is one of them, but check out the specifics before buying to be sure.

What you want is a fine, soft sand, suitable for fresh water aquariums, that won't affect the water chemistry, i.e., silica sand. Sand that is safe for catfish such as corydoras is good. (Corydoras shove their noses through the sand looking for food, so if it is too rough, their nose barbels get worn away)

Note: sand tends to get sucked into filters, so you may need to make some adjustments to your set-up if you get sand.

And you are right - black sand looks pretty awesome.



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Default Re: Black iron aquatic sand?

When I was originally looking for black sand everyone specifically said to avoid the tahitan moon sand because it had sharp pieces in it...maybe this has changed but the plain old petco brand black sand has been working great/looking good to me.



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Default Re: Black iron aquatic sand?

Well, if it has sharp edges, it is definitely bad for axolotls, since they tend to snap up some sand with their food. I search and found that old thread. http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beg...moon-sand.html

I've been using the white version of this product, and I haven't noticed any large, sharp particles, but I think I will go check again after reading this thread.



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