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Old 03-22-2011, 12:24 PM   #1
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Is it good practice to use ocean water in the tank?

I live very close to the beach, and wonder if it's common for those that also live close to the beach to use water in the DT from the ocean? Believe me the logistics are not that simple. There is the actual transporting the 8 or 10 five gallon water drums empty, then loading them in the car, finding access to take the drums down to the beach, filling them, then carefully loading them back in the car and finally getting back up to my apartment.

Performing this on a weekly basis will be back breaking, but if it's worth it, I'll do it.

When I asked my LFS about it he said it wasn't a good idea, there could be any kind of pollutant in the water and any kind of critter that can be introduced to the DT. But I normally take everything the LFS says with a grain of salt. After all, they're happy to sell me many bags of synthetic salt on a regular basis.

Believe me its much easier for me to have the water drums delivered to my door on a weekly basis and just buy the salt and mix it. But if there is a benefit I'm willing to try it.

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Old 03-22-2011, 01:38 PM   #2
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Beach water often has various pollutants and even open water public aquariums with open-systems will filtrate incoming water through several stages before using. Even then, many use incoming pipes located miles out. It's much safer to use a premade salt mix that is sterilized.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:23 PM   #3
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Your lfs was right on this one. Taking anything from the ocean is a bad idea.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:34 PM   #4
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yeah, unless you can source water from the middle of the ocean or some ultra clear lagoons i wouldnt advise it.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:43 PM   #5
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Exactly taking water from a beach wouldnt be good. Too much chance that you will pick up pollutants. If you went out on a boat maybe 10 miles or so, then maybe that would work. But honestly it isn't worth risking the death of your fish/inverts
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:29 PM   #6
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Thanks folks. It seems there is too much risk involved so I won't try it.

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I think it`s a good idea.
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If you had a long enough hose to suck in the sea water , filter it ,and then just as fast blow it back out , than it'll probably be great,..other than that it'll more than likely suck,....gotta go the safe route and mix your own water,...you just have to know what you got....
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i read a report on keeping anemomes alive and those that had the best luck in the survey used natural salt water, termed nsw. So it appeared to me that it was a common practice, although not shared as a good idea by everyone...

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There is a place Wilmington NC that actually has a place where locals can get water for their tanks. I have seen on the local forums where it has been shut down at times temporary because of water quality issues.
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