Silica Sand in Cape Town

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  1. goldenrose

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    Hi Everybody, where can I source swimming pool silica sand in Cape Town? I am looking for a high grade sand that is hopefully pre-washed and that isnt sold by the ton lol.. i just want 10kg or so.. but willing to buy a 45kg bag...?
     
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    builders warehouse?

    but they sell in 40Kg bags... was on special a few weeks back at R49/40kg.
     
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    Sorry for changing subject but Golden is your 1.2 still for sale?
     
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    Thats ok.. yes Donny plus whatever comes with it.. been advertising it on gumtree.. wanting to use the money to start my planted tank

    Thank you Dolphin , i will take a look at my local one.. as far as I have heard their silica sand is not pure.. its mixed with riversand which is not quite what i need...the colour is wrong and it can be messy when moving plants around
     
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    Can you put up the size and what it consists of and what price you want guy i work with is looking for a 1.2.
     
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    Pool filter sand is just silica. Or at least the ones packaged by Rolfes thats available from Builders Warehouse
     
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    I can send that to you privately Donny, apparently i am not allowed to use the classifieds yet as i need a certain number of posts before i can do that and I really dont want to break any rules, i just wanna have fun ;-)
     
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    hi Neil , i am going to go there this afternoon and check it out will post what i find....silica sand is an ideal substrate for a planted tank .. especially it you want to try out Aquascaping , i would eventually like to enter the international contests for that. Not many people I know of do it out here
     
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    Ok will wait for pm.
     
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    No its not. Silica sand is inert and will not aid a planted tank. Its what's underneath the silica that counts
     
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    Your right neil... I am using a method invented by Dr Ronald Newcomb, he uses (of all things) a layer of mulch and then the sand over that. When i have had enough posts and experience here .. I am going to open a new thread for his methods and add a link to his ideas.. it would be nice to discuss on an open forum.. i have strayed of the formula and will add a middle layer of volcanic ash soil for extra plant food.
     
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    what sand is good for a planted tank that needs to maintaina PH of 7.8-8.0? I was thinking silica but i'm sure the lack of organic matter will hinder growth, is there a way to add some sort of substrate to the silca?

    *The post above just appeared and answers my Q* thanks
     
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    goldenrose: I have 10kg of pool filter sand left over from a previous project. It has been prewashed (my source for pool filter sand pre-washes before selling). Let me know if you are interested.
     
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    Darryn i am very interested......how can we get together? I will send you a pm with my details.. thank you :)
     
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    @gawie - Be careful here....admins & mods don't like hyperlinks to other local forums on here. Check with them first before you do so

    Cheers
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    Ah right, ok. Thanks for the heads up Solex
     
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    Hi all


    I came across this thread while looking for silica sand today and was pleasantly surprised with with what I found further down the Google page! For anyone that it looking for Silica sand at the moment here is silica heaven...... Cape Town Silica Sand suppliers Cc 17 Cabernet Rd, Saxonberg Park, Blackheath Tel. 021 905 6499..... They have every size grain Consol silica sand available 25kg bags +- R40 per bag. I have been looking for the .65 to .8 (silica 1) for 2 months now and no LPS keeps it any more and for R40 for 25kg need I say more. they even go as small as .1 to .3 . By the way it was mentioned to me the other day by a TASA member that if you find a silica supplier with glass grade silica and it is dry not moist witch it needs to be for glass production you can prob get it cheaper just ask! Vra is vry en vry is laker.

    Regards

    Jason
     
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    But do they have black ?
     
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    Donny,

    silica sand is never black, you need to get a black gravel, but this will never be from the silica sand guys.

    Kind regards,

    Dirk
     

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