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    Question Has anyone found a good "Coarse" silica sand?

    I've scoured google and seen many posts on the topic, most of the are pretty old but im looking to repot some pings into a at least Mostly mineral based media.

    I've seen pool filter sand mentioned (#20 I believe), but i've also heard people say it's too fine. But apparently the coarser stuff is harder to find. I don't mind ordering offline if anyone knows of a good place to find some good coarse sand?

    I plan on mixing it with Perilite (Maybe vermiculite, although i've heard this breaks down fast), APS or Turface, and maybe some sort of other inert minerals (Maybe pumice stone or lava rock). Doing an equal part of each. And putting everything in 4 inch pots.

    But yeah this elusive sand seems quite difficult to find (Def. not anywhere around any home depot or lowes i've been too) but i'll try the pool filter sand if it works (As I know of a couple of pool supply shops).

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    I've seen people post about using playsand for sandboxes.

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    I have not been able to find anything other than fine sand which is a shame. Ever since they switched away from silica for sand blasting it's really difficult to find.

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    Have you looked at bonsai shops? I got my #12 silica sand at one.

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    For reference I emailed the Sarracenia Northwest people and asked them what they use in their "coarse mixture":

    they replied back with this: Quikrete 100 lb. Commercial Sand-196201 - The Home Depot

    So, figured that was worth mentioning on here.

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    Personally, I'd love to get ahold of sand that's larger grit than that product. Unfortunately nobody seems to sell the coarse version of it. The medium grade shown here varies between 20 and 50 grit which is quite small. The coarse version varies from 12 to 30 grit. I've seen 12-16 mentioned as the ideal range for CP use and to avoid compaction.

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    nimbulan, you might find Ebay or Amazon interesting. I just looked up coarse sand, 2 gallons of 12 mesh silica sand is going for 20~30 dollars. More than half the cost is due to shipping but it's heavy so it's to be expected.

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    Now to figure out how to convert gallons into pounds, since sand is usually sold by the pound...

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    That is sort of my hangup with the Coarse sand sold on Amazon. Im curious about fish store/aquarium sand but haven't found anything definitive.

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    Hi there, i recently described my sand adventures here: Brand of sphagnum peat moss

    Look foor pool sand suppliers and for well building companies. Hope it helps.

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