Good points Lando...but the only advice was one not to use the beach sand (Which I wasnt planning I want to wade out and get from water.) then it went to conversation of buy it at a LFS
(Dont want to pay $30 for a 20lb bag of sand) or goto a construction supply store (Which I believe would be about as safe as digging up sand from my yard to use since they do not monitor or care where it comes from or what is in it due to the fact it is only destined to become cement and who cares what goes in cement...)
Many of the LS
companies claim they go out many miles to get the sand but I don't know if I really believe them ( If you owned a ship would you risk it going out 5+ miles just to fill up with sand... kinda expensive and dangerous I would think...They probably just do it off a dock too..)
Since the tank will be a new set-up I dont have to worry about fish... I just wonder if I could use the sand from the ocean or if it should washed and dried out before using?? Wouldnt any chemical pollutants float on waters surface and not penetrate the sand at the bottom?? Any debris pollution ie. cans,bottle caps etc. could be hand picked out....
There has to be someone here who gets sand and fish from the ocean......