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    If cooking your peat moss in the microwave oven causes it to break down I willing to bet that using boiling water will have a similar effect.

    A 50 lbs bag of sand isn't very big - maybe the size of a small pillow, surely you can find room under your bed or somewhere for that. If not buy mix from Andrew as you need it.

    Quartz sand will do just as fine as silica. 16 mesh size is preferred, #20 will work but I wouldn't go any finer than that.Try a sand blasting supply or pool and spa supply. If you sweet talk somebody they might sell you 10 lb bags.
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    Ya a 50lb bag of sand isnt like a 50 lb bag of moss lol. IT is just really dense. OMG i can imagine a 50pound bag of lightly pakced lfs

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    forgot I already had the pics sorted thru and ready to upload...
    This guy is sitting in the bottom of my tray, so it's around 7+inches from the lights.
    Since I never feed it, though, it still colors up really nicely.
    I'm surprised it hasn't shrunk down in growth yet, but we'll see how long that lasts.
    If nothing else, it's just interesting to see that something like this worked for such a long time.

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    Is that just a clear 2oz cup?
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    Looks like one of those containers that you get soy sauce in when you order sushi take-out. That is fascinating. If I had the plants to spare I would definitely try that!

    @NaN - I read somewhere on this forum about someone straight up boiling their peat. I didn't take it to that extreme, but I did want to use heat to sterilize the eager algae and mold spores that seem to proliferate in the only peat that I have access to (Hoffman). Also, yeah, I guess you're right that 50 lbs of sand won't be that big. I bought a big 50 lb bag of rock salt recently - THAT was a bulky bag. But I probably have room for this. The problem is that I don't have access to the stuff - as I said, hardware stores all around me have no idea what "sharp sand," "quartz sand," "silica sand," "pool filter sand," "blasting sand," etc. are. Totally blank stares. And being that this is NYC, I don't think there are enough swimming pools around to create a market for pool supply stores! LOL!

    I'll keep my eye out though.

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    Hmm, would any of the stuff here work? Glass beads, aluminum oxide (I'm guessing this won't), ground glass, plastic grit, corn cob... This stuff I do have access to. It also comes in 10lb pails! I'm looking at "black beauty grit." It says the stuff is inert, moisture free, and the best alternative to silica sand... for the purposes of blasting, at least.

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    Pool supply places have pool filter sand and the play sand at H.D., etc.... is acceptable. Just rinse everything first.

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    Do you have pets in NY? How 'bout aquariums. Try pet supply stores and look at fresh water aquarium sand. Comes in different colors, and if it's safe for fresh water aquaria, then it will work fine for CP.
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    Check some contractors they often have sand. Not sure what type, but they need it so they usually sell some also

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