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Old 03-20-2005, 05:09 AM   #1
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RMC Pacific Sands & Gravels


RMC Pacific Materials's Lapis Lustre Sands and Gravels are probably the most commonly used inert substrate in the Bay Area. I saw a 50 lb. bag of sand at a LFS today for $20. I know I can find it for a lot cheaper. Does anyone know where? Their website http://www.rmcpacific.com/main.html says you can find the sands where their Salinas plant is. Are there places in SF that sell this sand besides LFS?
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Old 03-20-2005, 08:22 AM   #2
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I would like to know too.
I like the look of both Lapis Lustre Sand & Lapis Lustre gravel.

Another alternative:
http://www.sri-sand.com/products.htm
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Old 03-21-2005, 02:02 AM   #3
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Hey bigpow, thanks for the link.

I did a little researching and found that SRI's sand is river sand, and should contain no seashells. RMC's sand is from Monterey Bay, so it contains a small amount of shells. Shouldn't be a big problem, though. I have RMC gravel in my swordtail tank now, and the pH is around 7.2-7.5, perfect for swordtails.

I would like to try SRI's product on my next tank. Is it available in the Bay Area?
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Old 03-21-2005, 02:41 AM   #4
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Nolan,

As far as I know, RMC dominates South Bay market while SRI does North Bay.
I still yet to find any store in my area that carry both, however.
The closest hit was some stores in Sacramento area.
I do not want to travel 50miles just to buy a $5 gravel
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Old 03-30-2005, 02:24 AM   #5
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There is a place in South City on El Camino called Broadmoor Lumber and landscape supply. I remember seeing 100lbs bags for less than $10 if memory serves me right. I don't remember the brand though, but they called it Silica sand and it came in different sizes. The packaging was brown and red.
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