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Old 08-19-2017, 07:11 PM   #11
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My supply comes from my work.

How local are you to me? I have half a 5 gallon bucket of it in my garage as we speak. I'm sure I can manage to find more where it came from.

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Old 08-19-2017, 07:29 PM   #12
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You can try a landscape supply store and ask for something called High Performance Bedding. Only thing I'm not to sure of, is if it will effect your water parameters.
Out of curiousity I looked it up. This stuff is apparently limestone suggesting it'll affect water parameters.
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Old 08-19-2017, 08:16 PM   #13
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Some might be, the stuff I have is not limestone. But I can not guarantee it will not effect water parameters.

Maybe I'll throw a little in some water and do a little before and after testing.
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Old 09-10-2017, 07:25 AM   #15
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I just picked up a couple of bags of Beach Pebbles from the Lowes up on Appleby. $8.99 for a 45 lb bag. They appear to be about dime size. I usually use the Deep River gravel from Big Al's but it's $25 for 25lbs.

I thought I would try something larger this time so there would be more surface area for the Algae to grow on. More Pleco Friendly. Home Depot also had beach pebbles but it was 3/4 to 1 1/2 inch.

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I think the beach pebbles worked out quite well. Gives the tank a nice rugged look. Attached is a picture of one of my 50g tanks.
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I've been using sandblasting sand from TSC- it looks and works great. The problem with is just how much one has to wash it to make it usable- I spent good 5 hours on two 50 lb bags until it was clean and coarse enough to use. With a dozen of tanks, you're in for it.
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You can save a lot of washing time if you first clean it dry by pouring it from one container to another on a breezy day. This will eliminate many of the fines before you even wet the substrate.
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You can save a lot of washing time if you first clean it dry by pouring it from one container to another on a breezy day. This will eliminate many of the fines before you even wet the substrate.
Mine came very oily- it took many rinses to get rid of the oil slick. But i love the final result. So does the brown algae, apparently

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Bought a 50 pound bag of black blasting sand from Finatics in Mississauga for 19 bucks.
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