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Old 03-30-2005, 12:13 AM   #1
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Sand question

Sorry if this is the dumbest quetion you guys have heard, but can you use sand from the beach for SW setup? or does it have to be bought from the LFS.

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Old 03-30-2005, 12:56 AM   #2
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i would not take sand from the beach period JMO. because it is highly possible that there could be things you do not want in your system in there like different toxins or such for example
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Old 03-30-2005, 01:18 AM   #3
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Pollution and contaminates are going to be found in the beach sands. If you insist on collecting your own it is recommended to go as far out as possible. Scuba gear and a boat being the best option.

As far as LFS sand you can do a bit better. Go to some home improvement stores and try to locate some tropical playsand. This is normally aragonite based sand and is the same stuff sold in LFS. It runs about $6 for 50lbs.
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...As far as LFS sand you can do a bit better. Go to some home improvement stores and try to locate some tropical playsand. This is normally aragonite based sand and is the same stuff sold in LFS. It runs about $6 for 50lbs.
Good luck in finding the sand though, its very regional and I never could find it in the Dallas area and had to buy it at the lfs.
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Old 03-30-2005, 09:58 AM   #5
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Yea good luck. I have been searching for this stuff for awhile. He is in NY though. There is a lot of NY guys finding it.
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can't get it in the UK either! tried B&Q, Argos and ELC.

one way to test the sand to insure that it is aragonite is to pour vineger on it, if it is it will bubble!

hope this helps

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can't get it in the UK either! tried B&Q, Argos and ELC.

one way to test the sand to insure that it is aragonite is to pour vineger on it, if it is it will bubble!

hope this helps

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Really??? Just any old vineger?
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Thanks alot all, once again very helpful. I will try to find the playsand, if not it LFS then.
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Don't do it....I have a freind in FL that used beach sand. He got a couple of 5 gallon buckets worth, got it home, no rinse no nothing just dumped it in the tank and spread it out. After a few weeks of the tank being full of water and sand he noticed this white thing floating on top....IT WAS A TAMPON....lol....what a dumb A.......hahahaha.....
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Lol,
Ok, things like that was what i was afraid of.
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