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Old 06-23-2011, 02:12 PM   #11
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Well that is a fairly difficult question to answer. The problem with sand and sea water straight from the ocean is it's hard to tell. The rain runoff and pollution are hard to track. 50 miles out sounds like it would be clean but with things like the gulf spill, boat fuel, even certain minerals from volcanic eruptions (in some areas), etc male it hard to say. You might get the best sand you'll ever find or you might get something that will annihilate a tank. Most of the large aquariums who use products straight from the ocean run them through rigorous purification procedures. Large scale filters, uv sterilizers, and they cure them for months. Some folks on forums swear by it. Some people say that they've lost entire tanks. This hobby is time consuming and expensive. I personally don't even hate when I have to take the chance of putting live rock into my tank... However I am fairly conservative. If I were starting out a new tank I would be cautious. It sounds natural... What could be better right? But as a novice in the hobby I'm not sure that you have the ability to be able to quickly identify problems that could arise. Aquariums are a very delicate balance. It doesn't take much to throw that small closed system off. In the ocean a small amount of toxic substance (heavy metals for example) is quickly diluted. 150 gallons is not that much to work with and even trace amounts of cleaners like windex can be lethal. It's not as straight forward as we would like it to be. It's up to you to discover what is legitimate risk for your tank. Your decisions will be vastly different than other peoples but there is always more than one way to do things. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:09 PM   #12
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Well that is a fairly difficult question to answer. The problem with sand and sea water straight from the ocean is it's hard to tell. The rain runoff and pollution are hard to track. 50 miles out sounds like it would be clean but with things like the gulf spill, boat fuel, even certain minerals from volcanic eruptions (in some areas), etc male it hard to say. You might get the best sand you'll ever find or you might get something that will annihilate a tank. Most of the large aquariums who use products straight from the ocean run them through rigorous purification procedures. Large scale filters, uv sterilizers, and they cure them for months. Some folks on forums swear by it. Some people say that they've lost entire tanks. This hobby is time consuming and expensive. I personally don't even hate when I have to take the chance of putting live rock into my tank... However I am fairly conservative. If I were starting out a new tank I would be cautious. It sounds natural... What could be better right? But as a novice in the hobby I'm not sure that you have the ability to be able to quickly identify problems that could arise. Aquariums are a very delicate balance. It doesn't take much to throw that small closed system off. In the ocean a small amount of toxic substance (heavy metals for example) is quickly diluted. 150 gallons is not that much to work with and even trace amounts of cleaners like windex can be lethal. It's not as straight forward as we would like it to be. It's up to you to discover what is legitimate risk for your tank. Your decisions will be vastly different than other peoples but there is always more than one way to do things. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

I follow ya Maya, so let me ask this. . . .

For a tank with nothing but air in it right now, where is the cheapest place to buy sand (Anywhere online?)

Also, same question about protein skimmer/refugium.

If you were to ask me where to buy scuba gear, I'd say leisure pro. Electronics; New egg. Is there somewhere like those places for aquarium supplies?
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Well that is a fairly difficult question to answer. The problem with sand and sea water straight from the ocean is it's hard to tell. The rain runoff and pollution are hard to track. 50 miles out sounds like it would be clean but with things like the gulf spill, boat fuel, even certain minerals from volcanic eruptions (in some areas), etc male it hard to say. You might get the best sand you'll ever find or you might get something that will annihilate a tank. Most of the large aquariums who use products straight from the ocean run them through rigorous purification procedures. Large scale filters, uv sterilizers, and they cure them for months. Some folks on forums swear by it. Some people say that they've lost entire tanks. This hobby is time consuming and expensive. I personally don't even hate when I have to take the chance of putting live rock into my tank... However I am fairly conservative. If I were starting out a new tank I would be cautious. It sounds natural... What could be better right? But as a novice in the hobby I'm not sure that you have the ability to be able to quickly identify problems that could arise. Aquariums are a very delicate balance. It doesn't take much to throw that small closed system off. In the ocean a small amount of toxic substance (heavy metals for example) is quickly diluted. 150 gallons is not that much to work with and even trace amounts of cleaners like windex can be lethal. It's not as straight forward as we would like it to be. It's up to you to discover what is legitimate risk for your tank. Your decisions will be vastly different than other peoples but there is always more than one way to do things. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Hi there dary!
Marine depot runs good sales on things. That's where we bought our skimmer. Dr.'s Foster and smith is a great online and catalog resource as well and liveaquaria is an online option for stock. For a refugium, craigslist is a great place to find used tanks. Ebay is also a huge resource for CHEAP prices, and a great place to find things like refractometers, thermometers, etc. Places like Petmountain.com have good prices on some things like testing kits and powerheads. Shop around and make good use of google cause you honestly don't ever know where you can find good deals on this stuff. Also make a conscience effort to find a good reputable LFS (local fish store). If you find one that really knows there stuff... You've found gold. They are out there but sometimes hard to come by.
Sand is a hot button issue around here. Some folks use pool filter sand and you should research deep sand beds to see how you feel about those. They make a great natural filter if you plan on doing natural filtration with live rock and a refugium. If you are patient, sand can easily be seeded from a few pieces of live rock. Other folks buy live sand in bags and use that. Search some old threads and see what you think about other member's ideas on sand. You'll quickly form your own opinion. We all do. Lol
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The next build I do.. Im looking at doing a fowlr .. pool sand is not only cheap imo but also at that right grain size... Also if your looking at saving money on rock I know personaly a few poeple in my town that make thier own..there are some great articles on line .. Here is one that I feel is simple to follow. http://www.premiumreef.com/forum/sho...-own-Live-rock . Im looking at doing this I think it would be a blast to incorperate the kids in to it.. Plus u can do your part being a responsible reefer.
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