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OK, I need a McGyver solution to help my grass propagation experiments.

bsmith782 was kind enough to send me about 10oz of regular 3mm AquaSoil pellets.
(I will give other members who sent me substrates, kudos in a later thread)
I only need about 4oz for my demonstration, so I thought about taking the
remaining 6oz, then somehow uniformly pulverize it down to the 1mm grain size
of the POWDER version of AS
, so I can demonstrate that substrate as well.

I need you geniuses to propose a method I can do this using:
common household items,
and without making a god awful mess,
or consuming expensive materials,
or ruining any tools or appliances,
and can be done safely indoors by an adult,
without grinding it too fine into a useless dusty powder.



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Well there goes my suggestion of using a mill-style coffee grinder...
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hmmm, that might be a good way of cracking the pellets
and fracturing them into smaller pieces without actually
turning them into a dusty powder. I would probably use
a pounding motion, rather than a circular mixing motion,
I'd have to line the table and wear protective eyewear.
and I happen to have a small ceramic P&M handy, since
I use it to grind down fish food pellets for my baby fry.

anyone else care to best fraser's idea?


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Well option one would pulse either a food processor, blender or coffee grinder. Just check the texture after each pulse until you get what you want. All can be cleaned pretty easy.

Option two would be a pepper grinder, you know resturant style, set it very course. If it can crack pepper corns it should have no problem with Aquasoil.
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put it in a plastic bag (or a few bags) and smash on hard pavement.

you could even lay it down on hard pavement and just give a few light punches with a rolling pin....not to hard though.


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Option two would be a pepper grinder, you know resturant style, set it very course. If it can crack pepper corns it should have no problem with Aquasoil.
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Seems like maybe tumbling the AS would be the best way to get it all equal in size. Maybe, it would take a long time. Like polishing stones.

Just a guess.
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on top are the results I got using the P&M.
is AS Powder a powder? or just tiny pellets?



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2 2x4's to make AS sandwich then apply hammer
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you could try soaking it in water, then baking it--i think it would break down into smaller pellets that way. just a guess
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according to screename, who has both regular and powder,
the powder are actually very tiny 1mm pellets, not dusty.
so I guess this whole powder making effort is pointless.

I'll just have to wait till I find a AS powder donation.

Thanks guys for checking out my thread to help


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X2. You can control grain size very well with a lttle practice.

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