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Old 05-27-2008, 12:18 PM   #11
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The Fish & Game Com. stopped collectors from dredging sand in Florida. It is against the law to take sand,rock from the beach or ocean. Buy some carib sea aragonite. You can buy Old castle{used to be southdown} at SOME HD's under the name of "playsand". Do a vinegar test to insure it is aragonite.{there is usually some that has spilled from the bags} If it is, it will fizz.

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Old Castle stopped buying from Marcona about two years ago. They no longer market any carribean play sand. Home Depot has been out of it for about that long too, unless some store has old stock lying around. It was sold as 'Southdown', Olde Castle' or 'YardRight' but always said 'tropical play sand' on the bag.
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According to Home Depot as of two years ago, they received Southdown as a wholesale product and YardRight for retail. I cannot remember the specifics of how Old Castle came into play (I posted about it on RC a while back), but they are all from Marcona according to Marcona. I haven't bothered to contact any of them since, but it as Cmor stated it's all downhill from there. Don't mind my ramblings...lol
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:09 PM   #14
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No problem. I have the whole thread from RC saved and did a lot of research on my own a few years back. I had no trouble getting it but when it got scarce I called Oldcastle Prodcuts. That is the company in PA that bought it from Marcona and packaged it as Southdown, YardRight and Old Castle tropical playsand.

I think Marcona has an agreement with the pet suppliers to NOT sell it for home aquarium use. That's why the bags sold by Oldcastle all specifically stated "Not for aqaurium use". I do not know this for a fact but I surmise that Marcona complained to Oldcastle that their warning statement was not enough and pulled the plug on supplying them or raised the price to where other sources were cheaper for Oldcastle.

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