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Old 23rd December 2017   #1
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Question Black Sand safe for Axolotl? (Advice)

I've been wanting black sand. Does anyone have any info on an axolotl-safe black sand (or perhaps of another colored variety), aka one that is really smooth? (I know play sand is safe. Is there any black sand as smooth, or black play sand?)

Please offer me some info on safe black sand, or where to purchase some. Thanks.



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Default Re: Black Sand safe for Axolotl? (Advice)

Black sand is generally coal slag, which is not safe for axolotls. Even companies such as CaribSea refuse to comment on whether their black sand is actually (very overpriced) coal slag. You would be better off using something dark brown.



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Very interesting comment Biev.
I use black sand, itís volcanic origin, with the feel and size of the silver sand (play sand). Expect to pay a premium for it.Some sands are dyed. They tend to be rougher and slightly larger particle size. This I wouldnít use.



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Default Re: Black Sand safe for Axolotl? (Advice)

Iíve had black sand (previously used white play sand) for about a year now and I donít seem to see any adverse health effects. Iím prettty sure itís a finely ground volcanic sand. I rinsed well before addding it and it didnít cloud they water for more than a day. It was a bit more pricey than regular play sand. My lotls eat it and pass it just fine.



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