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where do "you" get your sand

Like the topic suggests....I have been looking for 1.5-2mm sand to top my flourite, I even looked online, but I fail at interweb searching. I was hoping to have my 80g full of water by this weekend. Is it a lost cause??
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I'm not sure how big pool filter sand is, but I have heard it described as coarser than, for instance, "play" sand. There's also blasting sand which is graded according to size I believe.

Be aware that putting a substance of a smaller particle size on top of a larger particle size doesn't work. The smaller stuff will work its way downward and the larger stuff will end up on top.

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Thats why I wanted 2mm sand....its close to the size of the flourite...yes I took out my ruler, 80% if the grains I measured were less than 3mm.

Also I looked at my local poolfilter sand...it is more coarse, but like blasting sand it is jagged and sharp, I was hoping for something that resembled crafting beads...loach safe type stuff...I remember seeing it once but I fail at remembering where.

Thank you for the reply though
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I went to the local hardware store and got a 100 lb bag of 20 grade sand for about $5. It is the same grade as pfs.
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Pull out your Yellow Pages and look under sand blasting. Then start calling.
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Hey AquaNoob:
You may want to check out the 3m ColorQuartz. A lot of the folks in the cichlid communities are using it. It is ceramic coated quartz that comes in two grades...and numerous colors. You can even contact 3M and request a sample. I would recommend calling them about the size of the grains, but then I would request a sample of the colorquartz via their online 'contact us' option. Be sure to request the sample vials...otherwise they might just send you picture cards. I say request the samples online because the samples would normally be for contractors who want to carry the product line. They are not in the business to give away free samples to AquaNoobs. LOL.

Here is a link to the ColorQuartz info.
http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/!..._IcFQEAHTt83Y!

Here is a link to a looooooooong thread on cichlid-forums.com. Someone may have mentioned the grains sizes. there are also pics of tank setups with the various colors...although a lot of folks go with black, white, buff, etc.
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/v...ic.php?t=43290

At least check it out.

Otherwise, go to a landscape supply, mulch yard, or rock yard. Many of these places have some really course sand...and will let you bag it up for smaller quantities.

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