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Re: [APD] substrate

Thanks to all for your comments/suggestions. After a little bit of searching, I figured out that the product I am thinking of is called Tex-Blast from Tec-Materials. No one around here seems to have it anymore, but I am looking around at home-improvement/construction supply stores. $14.99 for 50 lbs sure beats $20 for 15 lbs. My plants grew wonderfully in it with appropriate fertilizer added. 

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   2. Re: Tek sand (billpers at comcast_net)


Message: 1
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 15:17:10 -0400 (EDT)
From: RMGTBTS at aol_com
Subject: Re: [APD] substrate
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com

Back in the day in Houston a lot of the LFS used blasting grit for  
substrate.  Cheap at 5$ of less for 45-50 lbs.  Inert, relatively  clean, fairly 
natural appearance.  Bet its still used
Pool sand or that which is used in sand filters is usually a good  
subslitute. But a word of caution! some will start to dissolve a bit when in  very 
soft water for an extended period of time.  Here in Milton MA the  water is 
very very soft, Gh and Kh less than 1, and i have a 75 that i put a  blonde 
colored pool sand into. After about 6 months i noticed a bit of  cloudiness, 
usually a couple of days after a WC. I have 5 other tanks with  different 
substrates and this is the only one.
Would recommend a little testing before you go all out and use it in a big  
rich green
milton ma


Message: 2
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2011 13:05:10 +0000 (UTC)
From: billpers at comcast_net
Subject: Re: [APD] Tek sand
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com

I haven't seen this product ("blasting sand", "builders sand") in pet shops for years, but it is readily available at builders' supply outlets and similar places that cater to the construction industry. The minimum size available might be 100 lb. bags. 

I agree that it is a great inert substrate. 

Happy rinsing! <g> 



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