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[APD] Rocks & Substrate in MA

> From: "Tom C" <barteri at gmail_com>
> Subject: Re: [APD] Where to buy rocks and sand in Mass. (Terry Barber)
> To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
> I thought sand from the beach is no good for Freshwater aquariums. Too 
> much
> salinity. And Plymouth is like 1.5 hours away from me. So I went with the
> traction sand for $4. Hope it isn't harmful for my tank.

I live in MA too, and have set up many, many classroom tanks as well as 
tanks of my own using traction sand.  It works fine.  In our area, it is 
typically inert silica sand. And ou don't need to go to Plymouth to get nice 
granite rocks.  They grow out of the ground here.<g>  No kidding.  A glacier 
once pushed through this whole area, leaves TONS of rounded, mostly granite 
rocks around.  Look for old stone walls in the woods.  Most walls in NE were 
not built to keep things in (or out) they were built in the process of 
clearing rocks out of fields used for crops.  I still pick them out of my 
riding ring each spring.<g>  Theres also plenty of rounded rocks in every NE 

Another place to get lots of rock is anywhere they are putting in a new 
business or industrial park.  Because NE is so rocky, it's really unlikely 
they won't hit rock ledge that needs to be blasted.  If you like rougher 
looking rock instead of smooth rock, this is the place to look.


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