Thank you all for the continuing replies. I would like to add my condolences, Doane, for your camera. I hope there weren't any pictures on it that you hadn't yet printed or saved to your computer. A camera, while expensive, can be replaced, but the pictures cannot. I would actually laugh right along with them...all the way to their wallet to write myself a check for a replacement camera, but maybe that's why I don't get along with people. :lol:
At any rate, after days of calling around, I FINALLY found someone who was willing to take my money. I called a distributor not realizing it was a distributor to order some and they said to call any pool supply place in the area because they distribute to all of them. I thought that would be simple...9 pool supply places later I found someone who would order it for me. None of the places had heard of it and even after telling them that I had just gotten off the phone with their distributor so I knew they carried the stuff, the retailers were simply unwilling to order it. I'm going to have to remember that if I ever start my own business...refuse services to customers for no good reason. :thumb: Idiots. :roll: I ended up having to drop $35 per bag on the stuff, but I figure it will last pretty much forever, so it was worth the extra expense.
I would definitely have loved to get some cheaper sand, but I couldn't find any white sand that was actually white. Apparently everyone thinks that grayish brown is white. The upside to that manner of thinking is that they'll never need to go to the dentist because their teeth will always look sparkling to them.
As to the buffering issue, I don't think I'm going to have much of a problem with that. Water rolls out of my tap at a pH of about 7.8 and I don't recall the exact hardness of the water, but when I posted it on a different forum, the term "liquid rock" came up more than once. I still put crushed coral in my canisters, though I imagine it's no more effective than throwing salt over my right shoulder after spilling some.
I would like to thank all of you again for your input and add this bit of advice for anyone considering buying colorquartz sand. If you can stand the thought of any other substrate, skip the colorquartz. I'm sure I'll love it, but I've honestly never had to work so hard for anything in my whole life.