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    CPs and Sand

    Now ive used sand before in my mixtures
    always horticultural sand
    i want opinions from experianced people on this
    i went to an old pet shop i worked for, and i was wondering if this would be fine. this is just a small amount of it, i bought a large amount for some other plants i have

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    There are a lot of things other than quartz in there and some people worry about that. But it doesn't look like a sand that would include calcite or other other mineral that would have a big effect on pH or TDS.
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    AFIK i know it is beach sand so im not 100% sure what it has in it....If i had vinegar id test it

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    It should be fine. Simply wash it up and it's good to go. Too many make a big issue of soil additves. If you've ever seen some of these plants in the field, you'd be surprised at how poor the compost is and how loosely the plants themselves are anchored.

    One thing, though, and I am not joking about this -- taste the sand to ensure it's not contaminated with any salts; though that is unlikely, since pet stores often have to deal with critters as mercurial and as mineral-sensitive as carnivorous plants . . .
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    uhg its lapis sand. i doubt its safe

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    It's unsafe to breathe, from the silica itself but I also doubt that most of the crap we use to grow these plants is safe.

    Excuse me, it's time for a shot of Superthrive® and to huff perlite . . .
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    Wow! That's some really nice looking sand, I'm jealous! We can't get anything but Playsand around here at the hardware shops (so fine it chokes the roots).

    You said you got that stuff at a aquarium shop? I'm gonna haveta go looking at the old LFS, thanks for the tip!

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    so is the stuff safe for CPs or not

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