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Where to Buy: Pool Filter Sand & Coal Slag Blasting Sand?

Price for these stuffs is ridiculous at Home Depot. Itís same as the actual aquarium sand. I keep seeing people say they use it as cheap alternative, so where I can find these cheap?
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HTH pool filter sand is usually around $12/50lb at ACE Hardware.
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Ive used tube sand from the sand bags and were bought at home depot in bend and its a bigger sand wich is great for plants. its in between like beach sand and standard aquarium gravel and has a very natural look. The whote is crushed coarl so it doesnt have the white to it.

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Price for these stuffs is ridiculous at Home Depot. It’s same as the actual aquarium sand. I keep seeing people say they use it as cheap alternative, so where I can find these cheap?
Hi @ryuzakiluke100,

+1 for Ace Hardware for HTH Pool Filter sand; here in Seattle last spring I bought 3 bags for $27 plus tax..... and it looks good. Black Diamond Blasting Sand is available at Tractor Supply Company in Sandy, OR for $9.99 for 50#. They carry in two (2) grit sizes, medium and fine. Your want the one with 20/40 grit size. Hope this helps! -Roy

A display tank at the AGA Convention in Seattle last spring put together with HTH pool filter sand
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United Western Supply in North Portland off Lombard is a great source for black sand. The brand they carry is Black Magic instead of Black Diamond, but it's still your basic coal slag.

I believe it was $12 for 50 lbs, and I've been using it for several years now. I still have about a half a bag here if you ever make it out towards Beaverton

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Depending in your local Willamette Graystone, they carry 50# bags of "river sand" And locally to Eugene, OR there's a couple sand and gravel companies in the Delta Oaks and Coburg areas that stock McKenzie river gravel called Turkey or Poultry Grit. It's size graded to 3mm to 7mm that's nearly pure volcanic sourced gravel in lovely red and brown shades. It's really nice planted tank gravel if you don't mind it being a little heavier and looser than typical filter sand.

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Thanks everyone. Got too the pool sand pricematching at Home Depot with ACE Hardware price.
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