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Old 06-26-2009, 09:50 PM   #1
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beach water?

sounds stupid but i live so close to the beach and dont see why it would be needed to purchase sinthetic salt mixes when i can drive five minuites and get as much water as i need so would it work or is there something im not understanding?
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see the foam at the surfs edge??? POLLUTION- Storm run offs n stuff like that. You would have to go a few miles off shore at minimum to get decent water and even then it may be illegal in your community/town/state.
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yes beach water is dirty. i would never use it and i am not even a sw person. think of all the waste that gets dumped into the water by man.
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theres small reefs all down the coast, it would still be dirty if i were to get it from say 300 yards offshore where the reefs are? just trying to find out if its even worth trying, thanks
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I agree with the previous posters. You won't know what's in it and the beaches are nature's protein skimmers... the stuff you don't want in your tank is concentrated there. Natural sea water is an option, but for me to feel safe about it collection would have to take place miles from shore. Easier to start with a known IMO.
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it has its ups n downs
Some folks have done it or do it on a regular basis others have found out it wasnt worth the trouble as there were too many impurities. Get a small sample and test it. post and see what some others may think.
personally.. I wouldnt do it.


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it has its ups n downs
Some folks have done it or do it on a regular basis others have found out it wasnt worth the trouble as there were too many impurities. Get a small sample and test it. post and see what some others may think.
personally.. I wouldnt do it.
The trouble is that you can't test for the possibilities. Phosphates, Mag, NH3, NH4, etc. ok, but how do you test for heavy metals or medical waste?
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Near shore saltwater in heavily populated areas are mostly polluted by man. But a second train of thought is that unfilter seawater has lots of organisms that could ruin our tanks in short order. Our tanks are such a small section of what an ocean is and as such we have to be that much more careful of what we add to it.
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thanks for the input so far, just seeing if it would work before i try it and the worst happens
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the aquarium uses water from the ocean but you have to see the things they do to it before hand...







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