I live in central Virginia and have scoured every Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and K
-Mart in my area looking for the elusive arragonite playsand. So far all I can find is the usual silicate crap. The stores can't find any options for me and the UPCs and SKUs I've offered come up as useless or unobtainable.
Naturally, I could buy the same stuff for $39 for a single 30 lb bag at my LFS
... but I can't abide knowing the option exists to spend less than the single bag price to get everything I need for my whole 90 gallon tank.
I might be visiting Chincoteague on the DelMarVa peninsula (Virginia's Eastern Shore) in the coming months. Does anyone know the odds of getting tropical playsand or equivalently priced bulk sand from some source in the area during the trip? I'll be driving, so a few hundred pounds worth of bags in the car on the return trip is no problem.
I've seen mention that sources of arragonite sand might be more plentiful as you get more coastal.. but I don't know how true this might be considering how the regional supply process works for major chain stores.
Any suggestions of other commercial sources in the region aside from the usual home improvement stores?