I am setting up a 40G FOLR on a budget. I intend on a DSB
using sand from a beach here in RI.
I know everyone's going to advise I get some reef sand from the LFS
I have located a near by beach that has natural fine sand (not dredged or imported).
My plan is...
Collect 100lbs at low tide.
Test it with vinegar to see if it bubbles.
Soak the sand in a mixture of water & bleach for a couple of days (to kill any bacteria)
Then soak it in RO
freshwater, followed by saltwater for a few weeks (mixing often and changing the water).
As it would be sanitized and cleaned would you agree that this would be acceptable?
As the tanks not setup yet and I'm in no rush I want to take my time ensuring this sand will be as clean as possible. And the tank is purely going to be a FOLR.
Any opinions would be greatly appreciated!