pool sand builder's sand jointing sand play sand aquarium sand reptile sand concrete sand silica sand quartz sand sand that is too big to be sand... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggghhhh!!!
Ok, lets try and be coherent now...
I'm looking for an ultra smooth very find sand that corys will really stick their noses deep into into, kuhlis will be able to easily bury themselves, eartheaters will blow out their gills, and hillstream loaches will be able to do their stingray like thing.
Many sands have sharp edges so I am hesitant to use those. Most are not usually fine enough. I did find some nicely colored brown sand called "exo terra riverbed sand" but it is $17.99 for ten pounds. Before I pull the trigger and bankrupt myself over this (what, make a ridiculous purchase for the fish? Moi???), does anyone have any suggestions for a very fine smooth sand? Not white - darker is better.
Next weekday off I'm going to go to a natural stone place and see what they have. Not worried about the whole filter/siphon thing, my filters do not rest on the bottom, and I'm an expert at getting the siphon pull just right to pull muck and not sand. (I think I'll put that on my next resume!) Oh... and since you will ask (mindreader too), I will start on the 15gs, then the 30s, then the 60... etc... whatever has fish that will appreciate it.
Thank you for your time.