I have this in one of my aquariums at the moment and it looks great but it’s a bit too fine. Are there any other sands I can buy mail order with a similar colour but slightly larger grain size? Links would be good if any of you have them. TIA.
Well in my local horticulture store, there are many grades available.
I normally go for the lime free fine sand as silver sand is very fine but where I live, pool filter sand is sharp edge, mixed grain size and multi coloured.
I always have to smile reading Silver Sand.. Because i live all my live right next door from the worlds largest Silver Sand digging site. Delivering the best quality silver sand world wide. Yours most likely came from this place and it indeed is very fine sand.
I live at the red dot.. It was always there for as long as i remember, i only see it grow bigger.. Used to go swimming, diving and fishing in the lake they created. I remember teh lake shallows where heavily planted with aqautic plants for a few years. But that is dug out again.. And the site is nowadays no longer accessible by the public it closed up with a large fence and gaurded 24/7 due to some dear devils having a fatal Jet ski accident a few decades ago.
Their mining permit stops in 2025, than they are obliged to return the site replanted as a wildlife park. Everybody around it is waiting and hoping for it, but the permit experied already 3 times in the past and got extended again of course. Economic injection for the region i guess, after all Silver sand is a rarety on the planet.. Best chance it will not be a wildlife park in the future at all, most likely a (sun) bading facility with restaurant etc. Wildlife doesn't bring money in the draw. But a wildlife park with such large ponds, next door would be very nice.
Maui, Fiji and Samoa all come in 2 different grain sizes.
I've some Fiji in an aquarium which is quite white in colour and do also have a bag and a bit of Samoa if that's of interest to you?
It's impossible unless you look in person to see what it's like though.
The far left and oldest side of the dig site is no longer in use and already refurbished back to nature, some what. They do not intent to refill the initire site back to it's orioginal level. It once was a hill and now its a hole.
They will only cap the sand gradualy sloped down towards the water with a (few) metre thick clean dirt soil and replant it with trees and give it back to nature. The lake they created is grounwater level, they created it with sucking up the water and sift the finest sand out of it. It's pretty deep as well, back in the days i probed it over 12 metre deep and its a few acres in size. I guess there aint dirt enough to refill it completely. They started diggin out sand since the 1930's till supposedly 2025.
That small area that is back to nature already, looks more like a future walking park. It's crearly to see the gave a Park Architect a wildcard.. It has a few channels now and some wooden bridges. But those shallow channels are a peferct spawning place for the fish in it.