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PetSmart also carries Laterite (well, at least here they do).

As far as removing the sand goes, you can vacuum it out using a garden hose. You actually need two hoses, one to feed water into the tank, and another the syphon out the sand. Depending on how much sand you have, you can probably have it drain into a large plastic bin. Go to the hardware store and buy some wire mesh with holes big enough to pass the sand through, but small enough to catch any MTSs. Fold some over the bin like a sieve and let the sand flow through it.

Ideally you can do this outdoors so that you don't have to worry about water overflowing the bin. If the hose run isn't too long and you don't have anthing in the sand to clog it you can empty out a tank pretty quick this way without causing too much discomfort for the fish.

Now, adding in a new substrate is a differnt matter as that can get very messy. That may not be something you want to expose your fish to.
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