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Old 07-05-2013, 12:40 AM   #1
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Washed up rock on the beach

I'm at the beach and there are alot of sea rocks washing up. I want to start a saltwater tank soon and was wondering if they would work?
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:08 AM   #2
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There is usually a lot of laws concerning taking live rock from the ocean. I might look at those before you take any.
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There is usually a lot of laws concerning taking live rock from the ocean. I might look at those before you take any.
Really? There are such laws? Even for the rocks who are on the beach?
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They vary in different states. In Hawaii you can't take it from the beach I believe. There may be others as well.
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Whereever you are out call their wild life number or whoever takes care of that dept. Then call again & asked the question with someone else. Here in Florida they changed the laws so fast that you can be hit with a fine. We need a saltwater fishing lic. to begin. Can only take 5 polyps of each and no stony/hard corals. ect... I know this doesnt anwered your question but best to call and get the right answer from the state you are in & the right dept.
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:01 PM   #6
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If its washed up on the beach I bring it home. Key word washed up. Like was stated laws in Fl change so much people take home shells,driftwood and whatever else they find. I see a nice rock I take it home.
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But the question may have been from something other than a "legal" perspective...

The rock will certainly work in your tank... but if it goes in "as-is" you will likely bring in a lot of unknown "critters" and such to your tank. Some may be good, others bad.

If you plan on just bagging it and transporting it any significant distance (like a multi-day trip)... it's gonna stink when you get home, it's gonna be full of dead and dying algae and bacteria, and you'll probably want to boil and clean it before you used it in a tank... due to the time and effort involved in that, it'd probably be much easier just to have BRS deliver "new" dry rock to your doorstep.
...(and then seed the system, if you desire, with one or two pieces of cultured LR from your LFS.)
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I would agree, all though rubble piles are where most live rock that isn't cultured comes from. By the time it gets to the beach, it may have contaminates you don't want. But if its a cool rock, sterilize it, scrub it and then use it after it is clean.
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DO NOT BOIL LIve Rock!!!! Especially if you do not know what was on/in it. It could be very toxic. Read this post...

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...1#post21077351
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DO NOT BOIL LIve Rock!!!! Especially if you do not know what was on/in it. It could be very toxic. Read this post...

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...1#post21077351
Edited my post. You are correct. It can be sterilized by other safer means. Zoas in particular can release poison into the steam.
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