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I'm looking for some alternate sources (preferably in or near Adelaide metro area) to get a fine gravel (no bigger than 3mm) or course sand suitable for a 600L planted aquarium.

Surely there must be somewhere that doesn't charge $1 or more per kilo for the stuff.
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Have you tried looking at bunnings, or local garden shops? While back in the states bought 'shultz's aquatic plant soil' from home depot (bunnings) for much much cheaper than anything from an LFS.

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At garden suppliers (where they sell it by the cubic Mt) they should have a product called propagating sand it can come in several gradings. It is basically nothing but very fine river pebbles. It will require a lot of washing to remove all the fines and dirt.

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Can't recall the brand, but bunnings has river sand in 20kg bags that is quite ok. It needs a LOT of rinsing first though as it has a lot of mud!

For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.

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Callatya

That is propagating sand. I have bought it at garden/landscape suppliers for less than $1.00 for a 10 lt bucket.

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is it? I wondered what its real use was, seemed too filthy for sandpits. Looks very nice in tanks though, I have it in my garage yabbie tank and my fiddler tank and it just looks lovely and rivery.

For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.

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Note to self, look for propagating sand!

Is it heavy enough to not get sucked up by filters? I've been against sand since I tried it at work and ruined a few filters.

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It is big grains and tiny rocks, not really like beach sand. I'll grab some pics

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A good supplier will have several grades (I use it to open up potting mixes.)
It comes in various sizes 1mm-3mm is the mix I use.

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