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Re: [APD] Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 40, Issue 13
From: "S. Hieber" <shieber at yahoo_com>
> Is the traction sand from the beach? Beach sand needs to be very well
> rinsed. I know in California, beach sand was sometimes used in the cement
> for concrete footings for homes near the shore built circa 1940s and those
> footings tend to be awful crumbly now due to the salt in the sand.
> Initial rinsing and regular water changes would probably alleviate or at
> least adequately mitigate the presence of salt.
Nope. Traction sand in MA is invariably silica sand, from inland sand pits.
We can't take too much sand from the beach or those of us who live a little
way inland will soon have waterfront property. ;-)
Someone else said that traction sand was too coarse for their purposes...
Pool filter sand is slightly smaller, and is also whiter, for those who like
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