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Old 10-08-2014, 08:16 AM   #1 
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Quartz Gravel?

I saw some called diamond black quartz gravel that looks very beautiful and sparkly,the ad said that quartz is the 'Rolls-Royce' of gravel.

Does anyone use quartz gravel in their tanks? Is it just as smooth as the pebble type gravel? Is it ok for Bettas? I have read that quartz gravel is inert and won't alter PH or anything?
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Old 10-09-2014, 12:27 AM   #2 
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Quartz is a crystal just like glass, rinse thoroughly first. You can treat it the same as glass, it's safe
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Old 10-09-2014, 12:43 AM   #3 
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I would contact the person/site selling it and ask if it is suitable for Cories. Then let the rest of us know.
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:52 AM   #4 
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Ergh! Just googled it. Apparently it is only avaialable out your way in Aussieland. I would love to find some here in the States.
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Ergh! Just googled it. Apparently it is only avaialable out your way in Aussieland. I would love to find some here in the States.
Colored Quartz Pebbles Gravel (SD9230) Black, 3 lbs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IBCG9LI..._NzInub1YGHKXA
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Old 10-09-2014, 06:40 AM   #6 
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Thanks guys! Yes it looks very beautiful.I am definitely going to get some.

I spoke to the man at my LFS today and he said that the brand available here (Pisces) is very good and that the pieces are rounded and smooth like the pebble gravel.It is pretty pricey but looks to be worth it.
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Colored Quartz Pebbles Gravel (SD9230) Black, 3 lbs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IBCG9LI..._NzInub1YGHKXA

Thanks for the link. I took a look but I am not sure if it's the same thing. it doesn't have the "sparkle" that I saw in some of the photos I googled.
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Thanks guys! Yes it looks very beautiful.I am definitely going to get some.

I spoke to the man at my LFS today and he said that the brand available here (Pisces) is very good and that the pieces are rounded and smooth like the pebble gravel.It is pretty pricey but looks to be worth it.

Do you know if the gravel you are getting is artificially colored or if the black is actually the natural color of the quartz?
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:10 PM   #9 
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I've not heard of the quartz gravel before but know of Black Diamond Blasting abrasive (often called black diamond "sand") which is cory and fish safe. Not sure about gravel though, would think at a larger size it would be a bit sharper. Black diamond 'sand' 20/40 grit or -60grit is very sand sized particles and used by a lot of people with burrowing fish.

Don't by "colored gravel" as the name implies its not black naturally, I've heard plenty of reviews of such items where the black chips off easily (from re-arranging decor or siphoning substrate) making a mess or small black paint flecks and leaving ugly white/light grey pebbles (their true color).

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Well, Polkadot,
I guess there is no other solution. You'll just have to come over here and bring us all some of that gravel. If you pack your luggage with nothing but gravel, that should be plenty!
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