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    So my pet store was out of Silica sand and all the sand from the local nursery seems to have lime in them (did the vinegar test). I found some sand called Repti- Sand (by zoo med) in the reptile section of the pet store. The package states: "Pure, very fine quartz desert sand". It also states "Natural colours no added dyes or chemicals".

    Is quartz sand the same and silica ( sure looks the same) and is it safe to add to my cp soil mix?


    Thanks in advance for the help,
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    It's safe quartz = silica. If in doubt, do the vinegar test on it. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Sand blasting sand works also!
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    Yeah I went to home depot and asked for sand blasting sand a few months ago. They said they dont carry any. They had play ground sand but only in 50lbs bags.

    I ended up buying the reptile sand , did the lime test and it passed. It was kind of expensive but I got sick of running around looking or sand.

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    I get my sand from a pool company. I actually have a pool and have to change the sand in the spring.
    I am just like a Super Hero, but without the power or motivation.................and the funky suit.

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    Should finish that thought.

    I think I may try placing the sand in a drainage bin lined with mesh, let it sit in the rain for a year, and then test it. It probably will retain to much chemical to be useful, but it won't cost anything to check.
    I am just like a Super Hero, but without the power or motivation.................and the funky suit.

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    How do you test sand?

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