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Cheap sand to cap?

What's a cheap white sand that you can use to cap my miracle gro? I was thinking Quikrete play sand. Would this work?
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Or something from lowes that looks good and is cheaper
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I use play sand in my tank, 50 lbs for a couple of bucks. You have to rinse it good, but it works.

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The grains aren't too small?
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Play sand is too fine-grained. Go with either pool filter sand or black diamond blasting sand.

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Pool filter sand is better. The grains are a uniform size, so there is less clouding, and no compacting. Blasting sand also has uniform particle sizes.
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I used play sand and my dwarf hair grass spreads by way of runners above the substrate. I'm assuming this is because of compaction. Every weekend I get the tweezers and poke the new plants down in to the sand.
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What's a cheap white sand that you can use to cap my miracle gro? I was thinking Quikrete play sand. Would this work?
Playsand, Blasting grit & PFS all will be uniform in grain size all will work fine.

I use Sakrete All Purpose sand. It has different sized grains from fine sand to small 1/8" pebbles. I think it looks more real that uniform grains. The fine sand in it will settle in a thin layer between the pebbles and the dirt. In my tank that clearly visible as I don't "dress-up" the sides with cap sand.

Your tank, you will be looking at it. They all work, it's just what you like. I used to have access to a sand pit and I used that sand but it wasn't worth the work cleaning it.
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sorry to jack this thread but where could i get black blasting sand sorry
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Start with masonry stores, look up brick, rock, soil, compost, landscape, and similar terms.
I have even heard of it being available at places like Home Depot or Lowes, so check all the hardware stores.
Things are sand blasted before painting. If all those options do no lead anywhere, try calling industrial painting contractors. House painters probably do not use it.
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sorry to jack this thread but where could i get black blasting sand sorry
Tractor Supply Co. stores carrie it, if you aren't near one find a welding supply house.
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+ 1 on Tractor Supply for blasting material. I used Quickrete Premiun play sand, it states it's already washed and sifted. It is a light tan color and fine grained. I didn't wash it and hardly any clouding at all, clear water in less than 12 hours. I was surprised at how it settles right back down when disturbed, and under $4 for 50lbs.
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I have had an itch to rescape my 135 so over the weekend I moved all my fish and most of my plants to another aquarium, removed all my old substrate, and cleaned the tank well. I went to Home Depot last night and picked up a big bag of Miracle Grow Organic, and three bags of Quickrete Pool Filter sand for less than $27. I went ahead and rinsed the sand 3 times and after about 20 seconds the water in the bucket was crystal clear. I got everything in the tank last night and think it is going to work out great for the plants and it looks amazing.

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I have had an itch to rescape my 135 so over the weekend I moved all my fish and most of my plants to another aquarium, removed all my old substrate, and cleaned the tank well. I went to Home Depot last night and picked up a big bag of Miracle Grow Organic, and three bags of Quickrete Pool Filter sand for less than $27. I went ahead and rinsed the sand 3 times and after about 20 seconds the water in the bucket was crystal clear. I got everything in the tank last night and think it is going to work out great for the plants and it looks amazing.
Did you add your fish back in? I'm wanting to do this but I was told it wasn't safe to add fish after for a few weeks, which isn't what I want to do....
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I just got myself pool filter sand(white) for $14
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