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Old 05-09-2017, 02:12 PM
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Opinions on black sand pros and cons

So I'm setting up a coralbox 14g rimless hopefully this weekend and was thinking of changing things up. In all my tanks I've always used Fiji pink live sand but now I'm thinking of trying Black in this little tank. Anyone using it or have used it what did you think? I would think it would look cleaner cause ditritus wouldn't be as visible but could be wrong.
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Old 05-09-2017, 02:30 PM
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I tried it once and never again, you will see everything stand out against the black sand. Detritus, food, poop, etc...

My 2 cents....
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Old 05-09-2017, 02:31 PM
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Appreciate it, I was thinking the opposite but glad I asked.
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Old 05-09-2017, 02:38 PM
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a few people have told me, it gets dirty and you will see that its real dirty.
worst decision of their lives.
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Old 05-09-2017, 03:45 PM
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Thanks guys I think I'm actually going to go bare bottom for the first time.
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Old 05-09-2017, 04:03 PM
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Black sand is also magnetic which would pose a problem if you use a magnet to clean the glass.
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Old 05-09-2017, 04:43 PM
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Black sand is also magnetic which would pose a problem if you use a magnet to clean the glass.
Yea I've heard that also. Thanks definitely not using it
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Ive used black sand before. I really never had any issues. I also had it mixed with pink Fiji sand so it was a nice blend. I am thinking of mixing again for my 60 cube but I haven't decided.
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Have seen a few tanks with black sand and they look really great.
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Old 05-23-2017, 08:39 AM
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Sand

I have black sand. It does look nice. As stated it definitely shuws dirt more. As far as it being magnetic I don't have that problem. I use an algae free magnet cleaner and the magnet is strong so idk. If you're still going this way I'll get u the name of the sand I used. All the stores had it. I will say I have lots of lps pieces in my sandbed and the colors really pop. But it does make the tank have an overall darker appearance. It's definitely a matter of personal taste. I've had tanks w white and black sand. I don't see any real difference except appearance.
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