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Old 03-30-2005, 07:11 PM   #11
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the funny part is he snuck into a statepark after dark to get the sand...lol...IF he had only listened to everybody that told him to rinse it he would have found the thing before it made it in the tank....But no he kept saying your just going to wash away the bacteria if you mess with it...lol....I'm sure you all have at least one friend thats like that...
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Old 03-30-2005, 10:04 PM   #12
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the aragonite sand will bubble up with white vinegar. Put some sand on a plate and pour some vinegar on it and it should bubble up.
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Old 03-31-2005, 08:45 PM   #13
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i just used normal old table (brown vineger) and it worked, i suppose it doesn't matter as long as its acidic.
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Old 04-01-2005, 09:49 AM   #14
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I got all my sand from my beach. I took it from the sand bar out pretty far. I have had no problems with it at all.
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Old 04-01-2005, 10:37 AM   #15
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That's what I am planning on doing, going out as far as possible on the least populated beach I can find. It won't be white here in Texas though.
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I went to the gulf last summer. That would have been some nice sand. We got to go to a private military beach also. Had a huge sandbar very far out. The water was deeper that my head then suddenly becomes ankle deep. Tons of huge shells and stuff also. That place was awesome.
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That's what I am planning on doing, going out as far as possible on the least populated beach I can find. It won't be white here in Texas though.
I would avoid going to anywhere in Port A, Corpus or the Brownsville area. I was born and raised in Texas, thus I know those are the most polluted beaches.
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Old 04-01-2005, 12:58 PM   #18
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But no he kept saying your just going to wash away the bacteria if you mess with it...
He was right about that. It would kill the live part of the sand to rinse it really good. The object behind taking the sand from the ocean is to get the good bacteria in your tank with out having to pay for it. It is a total rip off to buy live sand from the store when you live by the ocean.

If you just run your fingers through the sand really good to check for any foreign objects and hiding animals, you should be okay.
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Old 04-01-2005, 03:37 PM   #19
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Now THAT's an original way to cycle a tank.
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I would avoid going to anywhere in Port A, Corpus or the Brownsville area. I was born and raised in Texas, thus I know those are the most polluted beaches.
I'm going to try to find the least populated place around the Galvaston area. Any ideas?
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