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    That looks a lot like the horticultural sand i buy.

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    $5 per 10# sack is my kinda price! Some of those aquarium gravels can be rather pricey (Flourite).

    Where are you guys finding stuff marked as "horticultural sand" or is it marked as something else? The nurseries/hardware stores we have, all sell play sand or Mosser Lee's decorative "silver sand" and "desert sand". All these are extremely fine salt like grains and very quickly compact into a hard-pan mud flat in a pot. Ariocarpus fizzuratus might grow on a mud flat/flood plain in the wild but in cultivation it's not such a great thing to emulate.

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    I went with pool filter sand; it's what they use at UNCC. It's pure silica and it's only $8.99 for a 50 lb. bag at pool supply stores around here.

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    Still wanting to know what CPs exactly it might safe for
    im trying to as a top dressing on a ceph since ive have heard they grow near some brackish water areas

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    http://www.carnivorousplants.org/see...Cephalotus.htm the sand that ceph is in looks exactly like the lapis lustre sand i have.

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    Pfft looks can be deceiving. If you really want to know the composition pulverize the sand into microscopic fragments and feed it through a spectrometer.

    I guess what I am trying to say is that it most likely fine, but if you still have doubts don't use it. The exact composition is probably a mixture of many things and unless you know the source you really won't know for sure.
    that makes no logic

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    Finch: trust me i know that, my mother is a gemologist and constantly freaks out about crap like that. spectrometer sitting downstairs if i really wanted to freak out about it.
    but its clearly the same sand, even Barry Rice has the sand on his site.
    im trying it on my ceph....man i wish this plant got darker, its seedgrown though so variability i guess :\
    maybe once it gets true sunlight outside it will get darker. *hopefully* but on arrival it wasnt even dark when many other peoples were from this source *shrug* oh well :\

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKristoff View Post
    Finch: trust me i know that, my mother is a gemologist and constantly freaks out about crap like that. spectrometer sitting downstairs if i really wanted to freak out about it.
    but its clearly the same sand, even Barry Rice has the sand on his site.
    im trying it on my ceph....man i wish this plant got darker, its seedgrown though so variability i guess :\
    maybe once it gets true sunlight outside it will get darker. *hopefully* but on arrival it wasnt even dark when many other peoples were from this source *shrug* oh well :\
    Wow. Really? I was being sarcastic. If you can actually interpret results from it I would be impressed! I have labs that use them and I hate those things.

    And what is with the recommendations to lick the sand? What information could you possibly get from licking it?

    "yes, this tastes like sandstone, the taste of which I am familiar with"?
    that makes no logic

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