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    Anyone have any clues where I could pick up some? Or any alternative that would hold the same value for mixing with Spagnum moss? I've got a large quatity of the moss and failed to realize that it wasn't true Peat moss till after I opened to begin my terrarium. Now I need some of the sand to mix so it has the drainage effect desired, but am not certain where I can get some, or what the alternatives where. Next time I will just have to purchase some of the premade mix offered, but for now I wanna use as much of what I have as possible before tossing it.

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    You can often buy silica sand at places that sell swimming pool supplies. I believe they use it in some of their filtration systems.
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    Howdy,

    You can buy 100 Ib. bag of silica sand (used for sandblasting) at McLendons. I have used this stuff for a few years, with excellent results. And best of all its cheap. About $8 for the whole bag.

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    Here are two options you can try. Check your local pet store that sells tropical fish and they should have bulk Silica sand (I pay $0.39 a lbs (Canadian). If they don't have that check their reptile section for a product called called Repti- Sand (by zoo med) . The package states: "Pure, very fine quartz desert sand". It also states "Natural colours no added dyes or chemicals". From what I am told this is the same sand, I did the lime test and it did not bubble up.

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    Great! Just what I was looking for. homer, that is a great deal, but just what am I suppose to do with 100 lbs of sand? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] The lower end is definitely what I'm looking for, couple pounds maybe. I will be checking out the pet store again real soon. Thanks again. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    If you're anything like most of us, 100# of sand may seem like a large amount now, but may soon seem like a very small amount.
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    I get big bags of all purpose "silver sand" (silica sand) at Home Depot for $3-4. I think anything 30-60 grit works for cp's.

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    Well, I guess if I keep on this trend like I think I am, then maybe one day I will be wandering why 100 lbs isn't enough. But for now, yeah, that's definitely a lot for me to imagine using. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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