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Old 05-30-2011, 04:08 PM   #1
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Is it safe to use NSW?

I live on the water and I was wondering if I am able to use salt water from my backyard if I put it in a tank and filter it and maybe use a UV sterilizer to kill of any unwanted pests. Is it possible?
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Yes it is, if you go far enough into the ocean and get the water. You don't want from the shore because it will have pollutants.
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Exactly ^^, the shore acts like a natural protein skimmer almost
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:26 PM   #4
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What if I use water from my backyard? Like literally from my backyard? But I would put it in a separate tank to filter and check the SG and kill off any pests. Is it doable?
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You backyard? As in "the beach is in my backyard" or water that lays on the ground in your backyard? You have to be very careful with your water supply. If you have neighbors that use pesticides or some fertilizers they can leach onto your property killing the inhabitants of your tank.
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No as in, I live on the water. I took a picture from my iPads crappy camera lol
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Pretty view. I myself would worry about contaminants. Boats leeching oil and gas, runoff of chemicals from docks and land, etc. But I tend to be an overcautious worrier. Most folks who are proponents of NSW (and I think that you probably can't beat the real thing) go about 10-15 minutes out into the water via boat. I'm guessing that to be more than a mile out? I think that at that point you are clear of freshwater runoff and pollutants. Of course, as always it is completely up to
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Sure thing! I'll try it out on a shrimp or something small first just to make sure it won't kill everything lol
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I would highly recommend against it. The water you get from there will be highly contaminated with things like engine oil, human waste (boats dumping their waste), and other toxic substances.

The only safe way to use NSW is to go at least a couple miles out into the ocean, collect it, then haul it back in.
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and by safe, I should say less problematic. You still may end up with some sort of microscopic hitch hikers that can ruin your tank.
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