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Old 09-26-2005, 10:55 AM   #11
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the usual cautions and warnings.

1) take note of local conservations laws. At a minimum, most laws restrict you to a certain amount of sand per day, some places forbid it entirely and can hit you with some pretty nasty fines.

2)Take care of the water quality at the coast. Some places aren't that clean and if a lot of waste is settling at the beach, chances are you don't want that in the confined conditions of an aquarium.

3) if you are past the above two concerns, wait until low tide go as far away from the actual shore line as you safely can. This will minimize the amount of nitrates and other wastes that can be found at the wash edges of the beach. (all the foamy stuff you find on some beaches, thats the same as what you take out of a skimmer.)

Good luck.
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heh, steve beat me to it... but not by much!
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