Substrate recommendation--Lapis Lustre

After spending too much time looking for substrate, I thought I'd post the
name of a brand that fits the bill. I have not been able to find the
elusive "quartz gravel" and generic (and unnamed) fine sandblasting sand
here in the San Francisco area.

What I did find and have tested is a product by RMC Lonestar called "Lapis
Lustre." It is an entire line of gravel and sand of different grades--from
coarse aquarium gravel to 60 mesh sand. Take your pick. Hardjono put me
onto the medium grade aquarium gravel and I have tested the #2/12, which is
a very pretty yellow sand with flecks of pink and black. No shells, no
vinegar fizz, and the composition of the whole line is the same.

RMC Lonestar is headquartered in Pleasanton, CA and supplies Lapis Lustre
to hardware stores. Its phone number is 510-426-8787 if you want to ask for
a local dealer; I'd just call up the hardware store first. The price of the
#2/12 is $7/100 lbs. Local aquarium stores are asking 50 cents/lb for the
same thing, or $50/100 lbs.

Greg. Tong
San Francisco, CA, USA
gtong at sirius_com

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