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Old 12-31-2011, 04:48 PM   #1
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Sea water?

So I live in California and I like like 30 minutes away from the pacific ocean. I was wondering could I use water straight from the ocean after it is warmed up to use for a salt water tank?
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Well, maybe in theory. But you have no idea what else you'd be bringing in other than salt and water. Parasites, diseases, pollution... I wouldn't risk it, personally.
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Old 12-31-2011, 05:35 PM   #3
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i would assume the water after being disinfected might be more benefitial to the fish? or am i completely wrong about that?
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:19 PM   #4
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i would assume the water after being disinfected might be more benefitial to the fish? or am i completely wrong about that?
They sell that water but it's gotten miles off shore
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Ya that makes sense and they probubly disinfect it
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:59 PM   #6
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I use sea water I collect off my dock. I live on the Atlantic side though. No ill effects yet as far as parasites are anything like that.
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You could probably collect seawater safely for years with nothing bad ever happening. I'm just paranoid. I put a lot of time, work, love, attention, and money into my tank - and it's only about a month old! I don't want to take any unnecessary risks. Just me. I'm a little paranoid.
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I don't do it, but there are several folks who fill a couple of trash cans from the Gulf of Mexico and use in their reef tanks. They haven't had any water issues that I am aware of. I do know they go out at least 17 miles past our barrier islands where the water is much cleaner.
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Thats exactly what you should do. Closer to the beach, there is alot of polution in some areas. If you know whats in the water, than your fine.
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Well I wouldn't use any water from the gulf of Mexico at all, regardless of where it's collected LOLOLOL
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