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Old 09-04-2004, 08:44 AM   #1
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straight from ocean

i am new to SW. i have kept FW for quite awhile.

anyway, i just bought a 75 gal to setup as my SW tank. i live in hawaii so i am considering getting sand and rocks straight from the ocean. has anyone on this forum done this or know of anyone who has. further, isthere anything i should know before doing this? if i do this, will this seed my tank to help cycling.

i plan on getting the sand and rocks about 100 yards out to reduce the likelihood of contaminants from beach goers and also plan to go to a beach that is not a popular recreational beach.

also, should i get my water from the ocean for my tank? if i fill my tank with water, sand and rocks from the ocean, will i be able to skip cycling?
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Old 09-04-2004, 09:25 AM   #2
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the thing is that its always good to have a mixture of live rock from diferent places
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also when you get the rock for the ocean you should lay it out then rinse it to rid it of and dangerous parisites.
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I am not sure what the collcetion laws are in your state so you should check that out first. I would be leary of collecting rocks from the ocean. Buying acu-cultured LR is more envirnmentally friendly and you get very nice "reef" style rock. I do not think you would want to collect your won from a natual reef. i am pretty sure that is a no-no. As for the LS, you do not know whats in it, you could end up intoducing pollution or parasites to your tank. Ording LR/LS from an on-line vendor or getting it at your LFS will greatly reduce the cycle time of your tank. As far as what philly said about the benifit of having a mixture of LR from different places...I have never read or heard of any support in this. Good luck! Lando
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As far as diversity, it is a good thing. Not necessary, but if you get it from a few sources you will end up with some interesting things from around the globe. Now if I knew anything more about SW, I might be able to give you some examples.
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I wouldn’t use ocean water, but would be tempted to grab some sand. Heard of several people doing this in Florida with good success, but would have its risks as lando said.
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well, looks like the general consensus is not to use sand, rocks and water from the ocean due to possible pollutants and such. thanks all for your input.
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No problem. For LR and LS, check out liverocks.com. It is all acu-cultured and wonderful stuff. It gets the highest praise on this site. Devilvered it is just over $5 a pound and comes with wonderful life on it. A great way to go to get started.
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I can't believe I forgot this but...WELCOME TO AA!!!
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Old 09-05-2004, 07:07 PM   #10
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i have seen a lot of talk about liverocks.com in this forum and i did check them out. however, shipping costs to hawaii gets a bit costly (not to mention that i feel a bit silly ordering stuff that grow naturally here!). that is why i was curious about "harvesting" my own. at any rate, to increase my success at starting up my marine aquarium, i will probably have to go ahead and pay the extra shipping costs.

FW tanks are easy compared to marine tanks. after researching the SW information, i have to admit that i sometimes think i should just stick with FW. however, i am going to give SW a try none-the-less. i will definitely have more questions to ask.

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