Are these aquarium gravel okay for potting mix?

DavidL.caJuly 26, 2014

I finally got my hand on some turface through eBay ($15 shipping for a pound...), so I'm making some new soil. I still couldn't find anything for the gravel part other than aquarium gravel. I found a few unpolished, edgy ones. Do you think these would work? And which one is better?

Gravel #1

Gravel #2

The second one is slightly smaller compared to 1, and have less dust. But I would wash them before use anyway.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I think the second pack would be better, Some stones in the first one look rather large.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 12:01PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


I'd use the second one over the first, too, but some of the first might be OK.

I know the GTA is a large place, but if you call first to confirm, these two places allegedly have Turface.


(905) 793-7000

(519) 684-7591

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 1:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks guys! @cactusmcharris I will check those place out, one of the problems is that they probably only sell them in bulk, and I live in apartment so have no space for huge bags like that :(

I repotted 4 plants today and already almost finished all my turface!

Here's my final potting mix. I think it's the best I've done so far... getting there!

I tried to sift out as much bark and twigs as possible. Also get rid of those fines in the perlite.

Repotted plants~ I even redid the moon cactus, this thing better live another year or so!

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 2:19PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Kudos, David they look exuberantly happy and healthy.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 2:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


Turface comes in roughly 40-50lb bags. Get one or two and you'll have enough for a while. The bags themselves are about as large as a carry-on suitcase.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 2:44PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Some cactus like water
Who says you can't water cactus every day? This cactus...
Nil13 usda:9a sunset:21 LA,CA (Mount Wash.)
Help! Unhappy succulents!
Help! My succulents don't look happy! Their little...
Can you please name this succulent (Qatar)
This was growing along with cactus it has red ripe...
Thanksgiving cactus needs help
I have a TC that I have had for perhaps 7 years. Last...
Gigi z 7B, Upstate SC, USA
Show my new collection of succulents
I got a present. Look at these succulents.
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™