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Old 12-20-2005, 02:13 PM   #1
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use real beach sand?!?!?!?!?!

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i have a few 5 gallon buckets full of genuine beach sand from beautiful huntington beach, ca. i've been thinking about changing over my 46gl bowfront to sand for awhile now and was thinking of using this newly acquired sand.

are ther any toxins/poisons i would need to worry about? any potential heatlh risks? inhabitants are 5 emerald cats. 1 5in green severum and few dither fish.
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I wouldn't do it. You have no idea what kind of stuff could be in that beach sand, diseases, parasites, and all that. Plus if it's from the beach it wouldn't be unreasonable to think it may have sea salt on it, or stuff that can raise your pH.
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I wouldn't use sand that I found on the beach only cause it's impossible to tell what's in it and will likely have high carbonate components. Also I think it's illegal to take sand from most or all United States beaches.
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[sarcasm]Toxins/poisons in sand from Huntington Beach? No way![/sarcasm]

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I agree. Aside from natural pollution, there is human contaminants all over that sand. I would not use it, if I were you. 8)
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I just think of all the cigarettes that must have been put out in that sand. EEEwwwww
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I agree. It doesn't matter how secluded the beach is. Pollutants from boats, etc. will wash up on the sand.
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I also agree. I was trying to think of a way you could bake the sand to sterilize it...but that wouldn't do anything for chemical contaminents, oil, etc.
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maybe I'm ignorant but aren't tropical fish in their natural habitat exposed to all sorts of pollutants (cigarette butts, boat poluution, human pollution) I'm no fish expert by any means, but other than the salt water connection, I don't see why it couldn't be used.
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u2_Crazy, you are absolutely correct. However, in their natural environment, you have tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of gallons of water to dillute the pollution (and even more if we are talking about the ocean). Plus you have WAY more plants and natural cleaners. A home aquarium, no matter how big, is a relatively small, and very sensitive environment. One article I read said to think of your tank as a large test tube with live organisms (ie. your fish) living in it. Any small impurity can quickly contaminate the tank, even if it might not do so in nature. Due to the amount of HIGHLY toxic junk people have dumped along our coastlines, either accidentally or on purpose, using sand from a beach--especially a beach in Southern California--is a really bad idea.
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