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Old 01-12-2005, 11:22 AM   #1
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Sand directly from the beach in So-Cal??

I live along the gorgeous beaches in southern California - Huntington Beach, to be exact. Is there a problem with walking out into the ocean and retrieving 50# of sand for my tank?

Just curious. Seems to be teaming with shells and such and also seems to make perfect sense or??? not?
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Old 01-12-2005, 11:46 AM   #2
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It seems it would make perfect sense. However, we don't know what kind of toxins, diseases or pollutants that the sand may contain. It could be a gamble. Maybe someone else here has experienced that process and can chime in for you.

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Old 01-12-2005, 12:15 PM   #3
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Just want to back up Mike here by saying I agree its not a good idea unless you can get a boat and go out a few miles to dive for it.
Sand from the beach can be extremely polluted.
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Agreed. Sand from the beach also has all of the skimate from the ocean in it, so you basicly put everything that a skimmer would take out, into your tank.
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disagree ! i have on a few occasions taking sand from around chest deep with out any issues ! and will have allot more life than bought sand
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I wouldnt do it. I have heard of some bad stuff happening.
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Old 01-12-2005, 02:35 PM   #7
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I wouldnt do it. I have heard of some bad stuff happening.
lmao ya couldnt be anymore specific than that
have heard cell phones are bad for ya to but is there any true findings?

not knocking you rocket but lets hear or read these bad issues !
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have heard cell phones are bad for ya to but is there any true findings?
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...436543,00.html


regarding taking sand from the beach, First and foremost, check your local laws! There are a number of beaches that are protected by local, state and sometimes federal conservation laws that either limit or outright prohibit taking sand from the beachs/oceans.

if you're clear legally, then I agree with not taking it from the beach as there can be a lot of "junk" taking it from the beach or right at the shore line. I don't think you need to go to the depths you would need scuba gear for, but the furthor out you can get and safely retrieve teh sand the better, IMO.

No, i don't have any studies or links to back it up, I'm just thinking logically. Walk along the shorline during a storm, you get foam from the proteins collecting at the shoreline, human garbage washes up to the shore line and settles there, dead fish wash up and settle there, etc. these are the things we're refering to. Being at the shore line the amoune of natural "clean up" seems as though it would be less than that deeper where there is always water, and more life than what crawls the beaches.

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interesting on the cell phone link ! curious if gsm phones cause the same issues ! my guess is these test were done on either older anolog phones or mabe digital ones ! gsm is radio waves which most people are switching to these days anyway ?!? whats that gonna do to us ?

right were the waves break are animals that need to be expossed to the air ect..(sand fleas,coccenoes (sp?) those animals will not live long in a tank! but the sand that never sees air has the same life that would be out 1 mile or more !
going out chest deep or even swimming to the sand bar your not gonna find trash ect.. most that stuff floats and why it on the beach ! but do as ya wish i know ive done it twice for my tanks and once for my brothers and happy i didnt spend the money for someone to get it for me
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This is interesting discussion cause I live in fla and I know you cant take live rock from state waters here but I dont read under the regulations about sand/live sand. I personally wouldnt trust sand off the beach....I agree with Fenix plus never know all the unknow junk in beach sand....chemicals and such
It is something I was thinkin of looking into goin out and getting some sand about a mile off shore....I guess it wold be best to cure it awhile before adding it to an existing tank
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