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[Killietalk] green sand
OK, folks . . . when is green sand not green sand? I suspect I ought to
explain. I have been using green sand for several years with great results.
I understand the argument about the green sand doing some damage to some of
the eggs but quite frankly what is the difference between 60 eggs and 65
eggs . . . and I sure wouldn't want 90-100 eggs if the sand is damaging that
many eggs. So . . . I am using green sand. The green sand I have been
using was some that Charlie Nunziata had gotten from one of his trips to the
COLD NORTH land of New York! I only say that because Charlie, I am pretty
sure knows what green sand looks like. It's not really "sand" . . . it
evidently is some sort of "clay" I am told. You can almost never get it
really clean but yet you can get it clean enough not to bother the water or
spawning. Being this "clay" material makes you think that the more you
clean it the more it will be "dirty" because you are rubbing clay on clay
and it will always give off the "mud".
OK . . . we CAN'T find that green sand down here! At least I have not been
able to. We always have to rely on someone going up north and bringing some
back. Well, the other day a new SKS member down here proclaimed that he had
found some green sand and he brought it buy to show me! It's green sand . .
. no, I mean it is really GREEN SAND . . . the sand used on the golf course
to replace divots.
Now let me ask the question again . . . when is green sand, green sand and
is real green sand OK to use? Are there any chemicals in the golf course
green sand . . . does anyone know for sure?
If you think about it the only reason the clay green sand works is that it
is heavier than the eggs and separation is easy . . . well, if this colf
course green sand is ok chemically then shouldn't it work also? Remember,
Rosario Lacorte always says to let the killies spawn in gravel and sand and
then do figure 8's to collect the eggs after agitation.
Any thoughts? My instinct is to stay with the clay green sand, it is a
finer consistency but the golf real sand is well very close . . . it's sand!
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