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Old 05-13-2011, 02:27 PM   #1
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curing beach sand?

So taking the familiy to the outer banks next month was thinking about taking some sand and rock.. i know id have to cure the rock but what's the easiest way.. or am i looking to far onto things .. its a 12 hour drive from the beach. Any ideas? _
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Sand is usually harvested off shore. The beach sand is loaded with stuff you don't want near your tank and if you clean it up, it looses it's bio load. If you dive and it is permitted, go out a ways underwater and harvest some. Same thing with rock, it must not have pollutants on it.
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How far out... 50/100 yards?
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i know id have to cure the rock but what's the easiest way..
Curing live rock? I didn't even know it was sick!
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You should first see if it is legal.......maybe you should think about getting the rock and sand from a LFS....but that's just me.......
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I havnt found anything otherwise that states it is not. With that said melosu with that artical given states day or two out of water but what about max 12 hours im guessing 10 like the norm but you never know. even if I keep in sea water?
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I know the best bet is still cure it just wondering how long it would take.. last time i ordered live rock took over 3 weeks to cure with that same method.... think I would have to cure the sand?
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I have to second the recommendation to not get the beach sand. It may work out fine but at the same time it could have a lot of bad stuff in it. When they get the sand off shore we are talking miles, not yards and in much deeper water.

If you get it I would spread it on a tarp out in the yard for at least a week or so to let it dry and kill off anything you can. Once that is done rinse it really well and then soak it in a large can or something and test for the normal stuff after a day or so and see what you get.

This may sound a bit over-the-top but I wouldn't want to risk my tank just for some sand...
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I my self had picked up some sand from the gulf. Before I am gonna put I in my tank I plan on letting it dry all the way then washing it in very hot water to kill off anything. I plan on doing this over the next month or so.
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I am in the OBX right now! I would love to find some rock as well. Did you find any answers?
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