1.0 out of 5 stars | One Star
You can buy a 50lb bag at tractor supply for 7.99.
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2017 by Gary Dettmer
2.0 out of 5 stars | DO NOT buy from SHRIMP or FISH in tank!
I bought this a year and half ago for my tanks because the price was cheaper than other inert substrates. When I put shrimp in, I noticed muscular necrosis slowly killing the shrimp. I checked all of my parameters and cross-checked with really really great shrimp keepers. They verified the parameters were all in line, but noted when I showed the substrate, that THAT has been observed even in their experience to slowly kill the shrimp. As soon as they switched substrate (and I'm talking across multiple tanks too), the mortality rate severely reduced and the shrimp were more active. This substrate also has pieces of oxidizing iron, very harmful for the aquatic life. I'm removing the substrate as we speak and will be putting in a safer substrate. Please shell out the few extra bucks for a better black sand. Do it for your shrimp and fish alike please.
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2018 by Kartik
2.0 out of 5 stars | INCREDIBLY EXPENSIVE! Careful, only 25lbs and UNOFFICIAL repackaging.
The seller showed pictures of the standard 80lbs bag but have repackaged it into 25lb heat-sealed, unlabeled, unmarked bags. Yes, it clearly says 25 lbs, but the picture threw me off when I was quickly placing orders. You can regularly buy this type of blasting media (coal slag) at local suppliers (e.g., TSC) for $8-12 a bag, and that's the real-deal full size bags (50 or 80lbs). So, after buying three of these I have 1/3 the media I need and have already spent three times as much as was budgeted. They will be returned and I will purchase the real product in retail packaging from a real seller.
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2020 by SilverJR
5.0 out of 5 stars | Good Sand High Priced
Was good sand and worked fine but almost think this is a scam on the price. Soon to be known to me it did not come in a bag that says black beauty it was clear plastic heat sealed shut. And it was almost a dollar a pound. I found I can buy black beauty sand the same as this for 20 Dollars for a 100 pound bag. Shop around first you may find a better deal
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2021 by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars | Aggressive, economical media. Use this, not sand!
Black Beauty is a very aggressive blasting media. It is great for removing rust and paint from steel and cast iron. It's great for harder materials but use with caution on brass, aluminum or copper! Plastic will be destroyed by it! It is somewhat fine in size but it is very sharp edged and aggressive. It is not expensive in my book and holds up fairly well. When used for a while it can be downgraded for finer work. I have even cleaned painted parts with it at low pressure when it is more pulverized. You should do tests regardless and see how it performs before you use it on something important or valuable...
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2018 by Gman
5.0 out of 5 stars | Works really good at getting rust off
It makes me happy to watch the mailman lug this heavy box. I bet they really curse the person that came up with the fits it ships campaign cuz people like me to order sand blasting sand from Amazon
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2018 by Rocket "J"
5.0 out of 5 stars | fantasic and versatile media
I use this to etch glass, steel, and stone and it continues to work great long, long after other media would have broken down and need to be replaced. Have done everything from very thin crystal to gun barrels with no issue, very satisfied.
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2021 by Lucky
4.0 out of 5 stars | Get some more
I've used sand, glass and other aggregate but this really cuts through the grim and paint, rust, corrosion maybe a little to well on some things but it beats glass beads any day. I bought 50 pounds and will need a little more for my cabnet, work on auto mostly so the cut on rust and oxidation is great.
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2015 by Bob J