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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-04-2013, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Sand in Austin Area?

Any places local have Color Quartz, Spectra Quartz, or other nice inert sand available? I'm waiting to here back from RedFlint about a supplier in the area, just getting anxious so I figured I'd ask.
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Have you tried the new Fish Gallery? They seem to be upping the game a bit so they might. Just a guess, though.
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google blasting sand. when l lived in austin a few yrs ago,i bought several types and colors for about 2.50 a 50 pound bags. when i moved i brought it here and am still using it today.
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Any places local have Color Quartz, Spectra Quartz, or other nice inert sand available? I'm waiting to here back from RedFlint about a supplier in the area, just getting anxious so I figured I'd ask.
I got some pool filter sand from Aquatek that I'm not using right now. Did you want some? If so, how much? I can bring it to you when I pick up that mat.
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If you want some regular sand, go to a pool supply store and get pool filter sand. It's very clean and larger grained than play sand. It is pretty light colored, but I like it.
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Have you tried Natural Treasures in Austin. The have a great store and rock depot area with Color Quartz. They are having a 25% off on rough rocks during the holiday season, very helpful people. The address is 4103 N IH-35, Austin, Texas 78722 and phone number is 512-833-7760. Hope it helps.
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Thanks for all the input, leads, and offer. I was trying to avoid the LFS at all costs due to the markup. I ended up getting Quikrete pool filter sand from Home Depot. (which they don't carry at all locations..) It was $5 per 50lb bag, and looks identical to the Contour sand Volatile linked.

That Natural Treasures store looks interesting from the limited website. Do they carry rocks suitable in size for hardscaping a tank?
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The rough rock section has all kinds of rocks for selection. They charge by the pound and have a good variations of sizes, but it depends on the tank size your working on. I bought Arizona rainbow petrified wood from them and great price for two of my tanks(20L and 12 gallon nano). You should call and make sure they have the rocks in stock your looking for, just my advice.

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I've been to that Natural Treasures place, and it'd be worth a look inside at the smaller things they have. I don't exactly know if the gem-type rocks would be good for an aquarium, but it's quite interesting to just wander around in there and see what they have. They might have a big geode that would be great for the center of a nano tank...
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