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Greensand

Post by CrabbyLover77 » Sat May 23, 2020 5:49 pm

Does anyone know where to get greensand in bulk? I got a little sample pack from ACrabADay and my crabs love it, so it won't last long. I'm thinking maybe like a 1 lb bag? I saw a 5 lb box on Amazon for $20, but I don't need quite that much.
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Edit: Curly made a good point. I guess I don't really want bulk, more like a pound or two lol.

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Post by curlysister » Sat May 23, 2020 7:43 pm

The box on Amazon is the 'bulk' quantity! LOL!
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Re: Greensand

Post by Links » Sat May 23, 2020 8:26 pm

That’s what I got. Guess I’ll be using it on my garden since I have multiple lifetime supply relative to what my crabs eat.

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Post by CrabbyLover77 » Sat May 23, 2020 8:26 pm

curlysister wrote:The box on Amazon is the 'bulk' quantity! LOL!
Oh geeze, I'd be swimming in sand with the 5-7 lb boxes I saw on there lol! Wish you weren't in Canada, I'd buy the box and split it with you. Image I was thinking like a pound or two would be good. But I guess it's either a small baggie or 5 lbs lol.

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Re: Greensand

Post by Brian_T » Sat May 23, 2020 8:27 pm

You can try garden centers. It's used as a natural fertilizer and soil conditioner.


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Edited to delete espoma as a possible brand. It has other ingredients.
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Post by CrabbyLover77 » Sat May 23, 2020 8:30 pm


Links wrote:That’s what I got. Guess I’ll be using it on my garden since I have multiple lifetime supply relative to what my crabs eat.
Or you could put a big pile of it in the tank, and the crabs could stuff themselves until they couldn't fit in their shells anymore LOL j/k. Image

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Re: Greensand

Post by CrabbyLover77 » Sat May 23, 2020 8:31 pm

Brian_T wrote:You can try garden centers. It's used as a natural fertilizer and soil conditioner.

Espoma (sp?) is one of the brand names.

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That's awesome, I didn't realize that, thank you!
Darn it, I was just at a garden center a week ago. Guess I'll have to try again this week and see what they have.

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Re: Greensand

Post by Brian_T » Sat May 23, 2020 8:37 pm

CrabbyLover77 wrote:That's awesome, I didn't realize that, thank you!
Darn it, I was just at a garden center a week ago. Guess I'll have to try again this week and see what they have.

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Sorry, I just read a post further down, the espoma brand has other ingredients added, so probably best to avoid that brand.

Still garden center might have it. Seems to be easier to get on the west coast.

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Post by CrabbyLover77 » Sat May 23, 2020 8:38 pm

Brian_T wrote:Sorry, I just read a post further down, the espoma brand has other ingredients added, so probably best to avoid that brand.

Still garden center might have it. Seems to be easier to get on the west coast.

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No worries. Image I'll try Lowe's or Home Depot too if the garden shop doesn't have it.

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Post by curlysister » Sat May 23, 2020 9:54 pm

I am in Canada - but I had it shipped to California when I was there in the winter. And I only brought a little zip loc bag of it back with me because we were doing carry on luggage only. But now I have no idea when we are ever going to get back there again.
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Post by CrabbyLover77 » Sat May 23, 2020 10:06 pm

curlysister wrote:I am in Canada - but I had it shipped to California when I was there in the winter. And I only brought a little zip loc bag of it back with me because we were doing carry on luggage only. But now I have no idea when we are ever going to get back there again.
Aw that's a shame! This virus has everything messed up. Image

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Re: Greensand

Post by Motörcrab » Sun May 24, 2020 2:07 am

We ordered one of those 5 lbs boxes of Greensand off Amazon a few months ago. We definitely have a lifetime supply!

We also purchased a similar size boxes of crab and lobster exo, ground up fish bone, and azomite. We will have healthy crabs and healthy plants!

@curlysister I didn't do any research on it. Is it an import issue shipping greensand from the US to Canada? Or is it just the cost of shipping it over the border?

I've been meaning to look into shipping to Canada for our shop. At work we ship various coaster parts, wheels, lapbars, upholstery, nuts, bolts, washers, and treated lumber all over the world. We don't have many issues as long as the documentation is correct. Flammable items, and magnets are the only things that are really difficult to ship.
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Re: Greensand

Post by CrabbyLover77 » Sun May 24, 2020 6:19 am


Motörcrab wrote:We ordered one of those 5 lbs boxes of Greensand off Amazon a few months ago. We definitely have a lifetime supply!

We also purchased a similar size boxes of crab and lobster exo, ground up fish bone, and azomite. We will have healthy crabs and healthy plants!

@curlysister I didn't do any research on it. Is it an import issue shipping greensand from the US to Canada? Or is it just the cost of shipping it over the border?

I've been meaning to look into shipping to Canada for our shop. At work we ship various coaster parts, wheels, lapbars, upholstery, nuts, bolts, washers, and treated lumber all over the world. We don't have many issues as long as the documentation is correct. Flammable items, and magnets are the only things that are really difficult to ship.
It sounds like your crabbies and plants will be happy for a long time! Image

The shipping cost to Canada from the US is crazy. I was going to ship 3 used shells to a member on here who lives in Canada. The package would have been under 1lb. I called my local post office, and it would have cost anywhere from $14-$24 to ship, and that was with the cheapest option! If you check out Naples, they'll ship a package weighing under 2 lb to Canada for $20. I can see why people in Canada are hesitant to buy online from US stores. The shipping costs as much or more than the product. ImageImage

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Re: Greensand

Post by Motörcrab » Sun May 24, 2020 8:14 am

Yea, It's crazy. With having 5 tanks and around 40 crabs they can really go through foods. A small pack of greensand from a store will only last us 2-3 weeks if we offer it frequently. We had to go to buying bulk because we had to save some money.

After I posted last night I did some playings around on the USPS site with international shipping. If it was correct I could mail something 2 lbs, just under 1 kg, in a box for $20.75 to Regina, Saskatchewan. The same box going to Plentywood, Montana (closest US City to Regina due south) was $12.60.

We were having issues with postage calculations on our Etsy. At first it was too low and we're loosing $0.40 - $0.80 per sale. When we adjusted it slightly the shipping was way overpriced and had to refund $1-$4 depending on what was purchased. I would love to offer international but that could be extremely costly if the pricing was off.

Last fall I ordered a dozen Turbo Cornutus shells form Indonesia. I checked a few places here and weren't available in the US. Shipping here was like $35. They were all larger shells 1-1/4 openings or larger. Even with shipping they averaged out to $6 per shell. So I figured it wasn't much more expensive. We still haven't had any takers for them either!



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Re: Greensand

Post by GotButterflies » Sun May 24, 2020 10:45 am

IMO, Greensand is something you want to offer your crabs at all times - it won't hurt you to have a lifetime supply. My crabs live in their dishes. Plus - it is great for your plants! :)
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