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    I am planning on making a classic terrerium for subtropical and tropical sundews using 50/50 sand and peat. I found an ancient bag of play sand in my garage and "terreriums" was one of its listed applications. Normally I get river sand for my outdoor bogs. Does play sand have anything in it that is harmfull to CP's?

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    I'd say river sand is more harmful than playsand, since it is most likely very mineral-rich. I use playsand for a lot of my plants, it can be a bit dirty, so you should wash it, but other than that, I think it's ok.

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    You can get pure silica sand from a pool dealer. They use it for pool filters.


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    I'm going to start using Play Sand as well, at least on a trial bases. I've heard that rinsing it real well is the key.

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    can you rinse with your tap? distilled water for me is too precious to just pour over sand....
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    Both Peter D'Amato and Barry Rice list play sand as generally safe to use but you must rinse it well first (until the water is clear).

    Tap water is fine but you need to give it a thorough final rinsing with rain water, purified (by RO) or distilled water.
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    How exactly does everyone rinse sand? Do you put it in a strainer with very very small holes? Or do you have some special mesh something or other?

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    Just put some in a clean bucket maybe 1/2 full, add water nearly full, stir, pour out as much water as you can. Repeat until the water is clear. You can use a board or something the help hold back the sand while pour the water out.

    If you use tap water you can bury the hose at the bottom of the bucket, turn on the water with a gentle flow and let it run until clear.

    If you have some screen that's fine enough to hold back the sand you can screen over the unplugged drain hole of a large planter bowl and rinse the sand in that.

    I'm sure others have other techniques.
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