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Ok I just received my shippment of sand in today. Purchased it from National Pool Tile (214)366-4009 here in Texas. It was 14.99 for a 50lbs. bag! Shipping was 13.43 for Ups next day. I though this was a really great price and thought would share it with all of you.
 
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I am happy with my black beauty and didn't have to rinse it nearly as much. It is cheaper than 3m, well mine was free but it is still cheaper, it is easy to clean, and easy to find. I have had no problems after two months why does it have such a bad rap?
 

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Black beauty is made from slag. That means it can contain a large amount of heavy metals and other toxic chemicals/ This doesn't necessarily mean they will contaminate your water but it also doesn't mean it won't. Depends on the particular batch of material you have.
 

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Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2004 2:09 pm Post subject:

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Wow its expensive in the US. I just bought two 50lbs bags for $10.00CDN each.
where did u get it i am in toronto and would like to buy a bag
 

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Well I have just done my first large scale cleaning/vacuuming of the color quartz...and it exceeded my expectations. Due to that it is heavier than normal sand, I was able to vacuum it very much like you do with gravel, I had virtually no substrate being sucked up through my gravel cleaner. I will say this will make cleaning and churning the substrate very easy.

Celtic Dragon
 

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I am curious about getting a black color, and I want to use the gravel as a source of filtration. I want to go reverse flow to keep a water flow while slowing the accumulation of stuff under the grates.

Is the 3m product course enough to use like this?

Thanks,

Bryan
 

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Bryan,

If you mean you are going to set a Under Gravel Filter, Then Even if you use the 'T" grade which is larger I would not suggest it.....I don't see it floating up or away (the stuff is heavy for substrate) But I don't think there will be the needed empty space needed between each crystal and I would be concerned about it falling/clogging the UGF plates, which would starve the bacteria and kill it.

But as a substrate It is great.......

IMHO I would not use an UGF, I have seen much better results with canister and HOB filters.
 

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Wow! I haven't posted in months due to my upcoming deployment with the Army. I originally unearthed this product. Glad to see there are many who have tried the 3M colorquartz and like it for the looks and the price.
 

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For those having trouble finding colorquartz 3M sent me a list of their distributers for their eastern region. Its kinda long, hope it lets me post it all. If not drop me an email and I'll send it to ya. It ends with Wisconson.

Connecticut
Phoenix Products
55 Container Drive
Terryville, CT 06786
800-928-7665
Florida
Coastal Construction Products
1901 Service Street
Jacksonville, FL 32207
904-398-7171

Coastal Construction Products
660 N. W. 85th Street
Miami, FL 33150
305-757-2121

Coastal Construction Products
1095 Business Lane
Naples, FL 34110
239-513-0633

Coastal Construction Products
3330 W. 45th Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
561-478-2000

Coastal Construction Products
4901 W. Grace Street
Tampa, FL 32607
813-289-8949

Coastal Construction Products
4605 L. B. McLeod Road, Suite 900
Orlando, FL 32811
407-849-1717

Coastal Construction Products
3455 N. Alcaniz Street
Pensacola, FL 32503
850-432-7155

Gulf Coast Chemical
101 Wayne Place
Tampa, FL 33619
813-623-5471

Georgia
Georgia Construction Products
4640 Granite Drive
Tucker, GA 30084
770-491-9100
[email protected]

National Pool Tile
3105-C Gateway Drive
Norcross, GA 30071
770-368-8440

Supreme Coating Inc.
3434 Browns Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30354
404-305-8555
[email protected]
Illinois
AGSCO
160 West Hintz Road
Wheeling, IL 60090-5755
847-520-4455

Fairmount Custom Products
3624 East 2351st Road
Serena, IL 60549
815-792-8750
Louisiana
Pool Corp.
109 Northpark Boulevard
4th Floor
Covington, LA 70433
Kentucky
Southern Sealants Distribution, Inc.
2700 Holloway Road, Unit #102
Louisville, KY 40299
502-966-5412
Maryland
Brodsky & Associates
812 West Patapsco Avenue
Suite M
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-303-7100
[email protected]

Metro Sealant & Waterproofing
1041 West Nursery Road
Linthicum, MD 21090
410-789-7400
Minnesota
Sterling Supply
459 Harding Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
612-331-5125
Mississippi
GraniTite, Inc.
1113 Hwy. 72 East, #130
Corinth, MS 38834
662-284-9891

New Jersey
AGSCO
621 Route 46
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
201-393-0300
Mid Atlantic
220 Boswell Road
Marlton, NJ 08053
856-988-6374
North Carolina
N.T. Ruddock
1805 Center Park Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
800-426-4644
[email protected]
[email protected]

Quality Construction Products, Inc.
6925 Old Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27616
919-862-0026
Ohio
N.T. Ruddock
26123 Broadway
Cleveland, OH 44146
440-439-4976
Philadelphia
Concrete Services
Elm & Walnut Street
Conshohocken, PA 19428
610-825-1554

National Pool Tile
2880 Bergey Road
Suite E
Hatfield, PA 19440
215-997-7375
Virginia
Hatchik Supply Company
5260 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22151
703-321-7699

Metro Sealant & Waterproofing
7623B Fullerton Road
Springfield, VA 22153
703-912-4915
Wisconsin
MKM Distribution
1049 Ashwaubenon Street
Green Bay, WI 54304
920-336-7332
 

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Trying desperately to get some up here in Toronto. Anyone know of any distributors in Ontario? Shipping a 50lb bag over here would be VERY costly. Any help\suggestions greatly appreciated by me, and my fish. :wink:
 

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Here is a reply I received a couple of months ago from 3M.

Thank you for contacting 3M Canada.

3M(TM) Colorquartz(TM) products are available exclusively through the
following distributor in Ontario:

- Durock at 1-888-238-6345
Their website is http://www.durock.com.
 

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I went to a local place last night to pick up a 50 lb bag of T-grade black, when I had called earlier, the guy said the price was $23.33 per bag. No big deal, that is waaaaaaaay cheaper than the black sand my LFS sells ($8 for a 5lb bag). So I go down there to pick it up, money ready to go, and he just gave it to me...FOR FREE. WOOHOO!!!! :) :) :)
 

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The 3M Color Quartz has gained favor as a much less expensive substitute for the Tahitian Moon Sand. Am I correct to assume that the Tahitian Moon Sand does not have buffering qualities and therefore has no inherent advantage over the use of the Color Quartz?

Thanks,
Rob
 
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