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Old 12-15-2011, 10:10 PM   #11
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I've used natural beach sand and no harms has been done. I went out far from shore though when it was low tide and collected the sand using a bucket. Looks nice.
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don't put crushed coral on the bottom. it will make it's way to the top eventually. you can buffer the ph with live rock which is mostly calcium based and good gas exchange( surface agitation).
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:14 PM   #13
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Thanks for the feedback!

Here is a pic of the sand, is it bad that it's sooo fine for a DSB?
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I don't have the answer for this but...when I think about it...the ocean is a deep sand bed...sounds like it would work to me. There is the 2 useless cents for this post! lol
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What about pollution? I would worry about something hidden in the sand close to shore either some type run off from rain or something like that.
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What about pollution? I would worry about something hidden in the sand close to shore either some type run off from rain or something like that.
That is a concern, I have collected the cleanest sand I could find during low tide, I am hoping by soaking it in bleach and then soaking it in freshwater with frequent water changes for several weeks (as my tanks no where near ready to set up) that the sand will be cleaned up. Once I add it to the tank I am going to do an extra slow cycle and test all I can until I'm confident it's fish safe.

Sounds very excessive just to save $100 but as I'm in no rush I'm willing to do it, after all thats $100 more I can use for pumps, heaters etc etc.
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