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By marmotamonax
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After searching around in Lowes, Walmart, etc looking for sand that isnt play sand I finally found a bag of sand that I think will work well at a pool supply place. Cost me $12 for a 50 lb bag I like how course the grains are and from what I've read it looks like it is pure quartz.

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By optique
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I use the stuff from my local pool store works fine. "Carolina filter sand" on the bag but that sounds very local to me.
By hungrycarnivores
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marmotamonax wrote: Wed Mar 10, 2021 2:59 pm After searching around in Lowes, Walmart, etc looking for sand that isnt play sand I finally found a bag of sand that I think will work well at a pool supply place. Cost me $12 for a 50 lb bag I like how course the grains are and from what I've read it looks like it is pure quartz.

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"concrete rock mixture" even works for me, especially for Darlingtonia and Pings.
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By eriction
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Pool filter sand/ quartz is inert and used a lot in the aquarium hobby as well
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By Apollyon
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I use pool filter sand for almost all of my mixes. I got "Sakrete" brand at home depot for about the same price. So much cheaper when it isn't marketed as silica sand.
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By MikeB
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I buy medium-grit filter sand from a local farm supply store, only $9.50 for a cubic foot (that weighs close to 100 pounds...).
By Bawesomer123
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A good test to see if the sand is actually silica, is putting it in a bunch in vinegar. If the sand is made from calcium carbonate (alkaline and detrimental to most carnivorous plants), it'll start to bubble. You do want coarser-grained sand as well because if you use something like playsand, it forms into an almost clay-like substance when mixed with peat, and is impossible to re-wet after it gets dry. I've had good luck with Ace Hardware's pool filter sand. A benefit of pool filter sand is that it is pre-washed, so you don't have to worry about it souring your planting medium.
By f1appyb1rd
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Bawesomer123 wrote:A benefit of pool filter sand is that it is pre-washed, so you don't have to worry about it souring your planting medium.
When I bought my first bag of pool filter sand, I washed some and checked with a TDS meter to confirm this. Always nice not having to wash a medium and saving time and effort. Peat is such a pain to wash.


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By marmotamonax
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mine is Aquaquarts ( high-purity filter sand) I don't know why the photos didn't work... maybe as an attachment???
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By Bawesomer123
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Yep, at my location they only start stocking it in early Spring. I kept on checking in to see when it was available, and they were wondering why I was opening my pool so early in the season :lol:
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