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Thread: Has anyone found a good "Coarse" silica sand?

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    You could call sand blasting or paint shops to ask for a local source. I ended up finding #16 silica sand (2075: 75% retention in 20 mesh) in a building material supply shop (they sell concrete, bricks, etc). Here is a link so that you can have some ideas about what kind of items they deal with:
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    Seems like pool filter sand isn't a bad option thats at least somewhat available. I mean really......the only negative to perilite is that it's just sorta a PITA to deal with correct?

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    I think it can be. It floats in water and can get green with algae after time.

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    I like that perlite is really lightweight, but I always get this brown/orange buildup on it unless it's being rained on regularly so I never use it indoors anymore. I love it for outdoors though.

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    In the uk I use unipac maui course quartz sand that is 2mm to 3mm grain size, it's used in aquariums and is compelling inert. It also comes in a fine grade that is 1 to 2mm. These sizes are known in the aquarium trade as micro gravel. Hope this helps.
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    You could use Aquatic Planting Soil (Turface). Just soak it thoroughly to leach stuff out. Walmart supposedly sells them im 20lb bags. Also it is often available in local nurseries.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/21796968?w...&wl13=&veh=sem
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    The finest grade chick grit works pretty well, its made from crushed granite. Very uniform in size but its about 10 bucks for a 5 pound bag though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gill_za View Post
    You could use Aquatic Planting Soil (Turface). Just soak it thoroughly to leach stuff out. Walmart supposedly sells them im 20lb bags. Also it is often available in local nurseries.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/21796968?w...&wl13=&veh=sem
    I had thought of using this as the "Sand" alternative in my mix. I have a TDS meter coming in so i'll make sure I wash it well. (or do I need to soak it overnight). It'll be used with repotting pings.

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    wash it with tap water until the water runs clear and leave soaking overnight in distilled water. It will leach out more minerals. Rinse once more after that with distilled water and you are good to go. I use it for pings and cephs.

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    Im guessing the Turface (I see the MVP brand or w/e mentioned a lot) and the APS are practically the same thing (They seem to look the same).

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