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Re: [APD] Sources of DIY Material

On 9/10/05, Jerry Baker <jerry at bakerweb_biz> wrote: 
> Jerry Baker wrote:
> > Does any one know where you can get darker sand in the Los
> > Angeles/Orange County area?

 Depends. If you don't mind the fact that it is pretty danged fine you 
should be able to get garnet grit from a sand blasting store for about $0.70 
per pound in a 25 pound bag. Garnet grit is sort of desert red in color, and 
garnet does not have sharp edges so it doesn't cause problems for corys or 
various sand filtering cichlids. I have a 2 inch layer in a tank that has 
lots of MTS and cichlids to churn it.
 Dark colored sands are not easy to find if you aren't willing to pay 
megabucks -- at least that's been my experience. I found some bulk black 
sand at an Issaquah, WA aquarium shop but it wasn't cheap though I no longer 
remember the price. They also had my favorite sand -- light colored fine 
Monterey Sand. Carrib-Sea packages various colors of sand but its kinda like 
covering the bottom of your tank in gold in terms of dollars. Some of their 
cichlid sands are quite nice but may affect water chemistry -- I've never 
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