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Looking for fine natural gravel

I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a fine natural aquarium gravel, something not as fine as sand, but perhaps a step or two up from that.
Something that can can be cleaned with a syphon, and it doesn't matter if it is suitable for stem plants or not.
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Monterey beach sand # 3 if it's available in your area. Check out commercial stone/sand businesses.
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The National Geographic Aquarium Substrate I have used seems coarser than sand, but it's a lot finer than the standard aquarium gravel. I don't know if it fits your bill for 'natural' though.
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What about pool filter sand or something from Caribsea's Super Naturals line?
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The hardware stores here have stones labeled pea pebbles which are about the size of table pea's they come in multiple colors polished or unpolished. When I use these stones I rinse them good and sometimes boil/pressure cook them depending on the source. A little bit more work but look nice and 5$ bag is about 1 cubic foot of stones. The stones in bags are about double price at 3$ for .5 cubic foot. These stones are about the same size as those painted rocks that the big box stores sell as aquarium gravel.
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check out www.substratesource.com
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I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a fine natural aquarium gravel, something not as fine as sand, but perhaps a step or two up from that.
Something that can can be cleaned with a syphon, and it doesn't matter if it is suitable for stem plants or not.
thanks
There is an awesome small gravel by Estes called "bits of walnut". Its just like their walnut color, but in tiny pieces. It won't siphon up and it looks really good. Just about every LFS sells Estes gravel, so if you don't see it on the shelf they can probably order it for you
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Monterey beach sand # 3 if it's available in your area. Check out commercial stone/sand businesses.
google lapis lustre, a distributor/manufacturer of monterey beach sand.
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Awesome suggestions. Thanks Everyone

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