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Old 09-17-2003, 01:29 PM   #11
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as far as the laws go, I would imagine there's a bit of a difference in taking sand from the beach... and taking it from in the water. This could be viewed as "from the reef" which as others have warned is often controlled.

You best bet would be to call your local "Dept of Evironmental Conservation" [DEC] (thats what we refer to them in NY) they will likely have a ready answer for you.
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Old 09-17-2003, 02:20 PM   #13
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As far as I know, you can legally get sand here in Florida from either the beach or the Gulf. We use sand off the beach for all kinds of stuff that we make and sell in our store...

I wonder how "alive" the sand out in the Gulf actually is. For instance, if I went out about 100 yards or so off the beach, would that sand be any good to seed my tank with?
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Biggen, I got sand with a friend from there a coupla times. My roomate at the time had more life in the sand than in his tank! He generally preferred going a little further east to Mexico Beach from PC (a little cleaner I guess) and always ended up with small crabs worms and other inverts. Man I wish I still lived there!
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Old 09-17-2003, 10:09 PM   #15
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I was thinking about going out to St. Andrews state park, and snorkling out about 100 yards or so into 10-15 feet of water and then collecting the sand there. I would think it would be clean enough espeically since the "pass" is located next to the park...

I may do that this weekend and see what I come up with.
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Let me know how it works out for you, Biggen
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Thanks for the input everyone, I have a 4" DSB and acual SALT Water in my 55gal as of about 10 minutes ago!!! I am now entering the most difficult part of this setup.....the being patient part!! LOL I will be adding LR this weekend and tring to ignore the tank for the next month or so....gotta wait....gotta wait...its not easy!!!
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