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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-24-2004, 05:31 AM Thread Starter
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Where to buy pea gravel in DC area?

I am planning a 55 Gal tank and planed a layer of flourite and a layer of pea gravel. But I do not know where to buy the pea gravel in DC area. The gravels in LFS are really expensive.
And how about the idea of mixing some pavel sand with flourite so that I can buy less flourite? Recommend or reject?
BTW, I will get over 3WPG and DIY CO2.
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Check the phone book for industrial supply houses. Here on the Left Coast I can get a 100 lb bag of substrate for around $12-$15. And do you really want pea gravel? It's about the size of a pea and IMHO too large for a planted tank. Also check out places that sell pool filter sand. It's pretty coarse and can make a good substrate.

As always you need to make sure that the substrate you get doesn't contain any carbonate based material.
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The Stone Store in Hanover, near BWI. Never been there but I understand they have tons (no pun intended) of stone of various type.

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Thanks, Rex Grigg and gnatster.
I would like to use a layer of flourite covered by another layer of gravel (sand?). I am wondering whether the pool filter sand is too find so that it will sink into the flourite when I am rooting the plants.

BTW, where is Left Coast?
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Pool filter sand is normally pretty coarse.

Get a map of the United States. Hang it on the wall. Look at the left side. That's the left coast in more ways than one.
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Hey Rex,

Mind divulging your secrets in regards to where you get you 100lb bag of sand for $15 on the West Coast??

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I find it at LaGrand Industrial Supply here in Portland. I'm sure with a few minutes work and the yellow pages you can find a similar deal in Seattle.
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