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By dantt99
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I went to the Home Depot (Just got Back) and got some of the OrthoMax Garden Disease Control stuff because my VFT seeds are getting a little mossy/moldy :(.
This is what it looks like:
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It's 15 bucks, but it is pretty big because you mix just a tiny bit with the water :).
They didn't have any Silica Sand (Screw you Home Depot!) So I had to make another stop at Dixieline Lumber to get some. Well, they were very helpful and took me out to the outdoor sand, concrete, etc place and pointed me to the Quikrete Commercial Grade Medium Silica Sand.
It looks like this:
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and if you're wondering what it has in it (100% Silica) you can look at the data sheet: http://www.quikrete.com/PDFs/DATA_SHEET ... lGrade.pdf
Oh yea, I got the 50 lb bag :)
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By Steve_D
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dantt99 wrote:helpful and took me out to the outdoor sand, concrete, etc place and pointed me to the Quikrete Commercial Grade Medium Silica Sand. And if you're wondering what it has in it (100% Silica) you can look at the data sheet: http://www.quikrete.com/PDFs/DATA_SHEET ... lGrade.pdf
Excellent find, Daniel! Lots of people have a hard time finding real silica sand, so perhaps the photo you posted (of the bag of Quickrete silica sand) and the manufacturer datasheet will help others. The only extra comment I have is that some of the Quickrete sand is not silica sand, so people should carefully determine in advance whether the bag of sand they are considering is really silica sand or sand of different mixed rock types, which is very common when the source is a riverbed, beach or other surface deposit of sand. Silica sand is usually mined from ancient deposits deep in the earth.

Anyway, congratulations on finding some silica sand! :)
By dantt99
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Joined:  Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:48 am
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Steve_D wrote:Excellent find, Daniel! Lots of people have a hard time finding real silica sand, so perhaps the photo you posted (of the bag of Quickrete silica sand) and the manufacturer datasheet will help others. The only extra comment I have is that some of the Quickrete sand is not silica sand, so people should carefully determine in advance whether the bag of sand they are considering is really silica sand or sand of different mixed rock types, which is very common when the source is a riverbed, beach or other surface deposit of sand. Silica sand is usually mined from ancient deposits deep in the earth.
Yeah, finding the sand wasn't a 1 trip shabang :lol:, but I got it fairly quickly. When I went looking I knew that some "sand" wouldn't be silica, so I made an effort to look at lots of the Quikrete data sheets under sand and figure out which ones were actually real silica :). A few of Quikrete's sands are indeed silica, so there are multiple bags that will be okay. I got the commercial grade Medium grain size (# 30). I got some pics up of my recently re-potted plants. http://www.flytrapcare.com/phpBB3/all-m ... t9350.html . I'll let you know how the plants do in their new media. :)

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