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Old 06-17-2006, 12:17 PM   #11
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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......
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Old 06-17-2006, 12:37 PM   #12
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I would stop by your local home improvement store like Home Depot or Lowe's and look for play sand for a sandbox. It is cheap and will work just fine. Make sure it is aragonite based sand and not silicate sand.
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I have heard people using the sand from the ocean before. Can't say for sure but I would think as long as you took precautions. I would think washing and drying the sand would be fine to clean it. May be wrong, but I don't see it being the end of the world as long as you are careful.
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Old 06-17-2006, 12:44 PM   #14
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IMO, washing and drying the sand defeats the purpose of using LS from the ocean. All of the beneficial bacteria will be destroyed. If you go this route, it may end up costing more money and being far less convenient then just going to the store.
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very true, it would not serve the purpose of LS anymore. Would just be sand, would have to do the same things to establish beneficial bacteria as you would with store-bought sand.
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Old 06-17-2006, 03:28 PM   #16
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Would just be sand, would have to do the same things to establish beneficial bacteria as you would with store-bought sand.
This is true, however, buying "live sand" in a bag off the self a the LFS is also a waste of money. It is more like wet dead sand at a premium price. I suggest getting aragonite play sand and seeding it wil a few cups of LS from an established reef tank. You may be able to coax the LFS sout of some substrate if you have a good relationship with them.
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Well I guess maybe I will try both....since it's such a big tank and needs several hundred pounds!! I'll go off to the inlet one day and get the live and add it to some from the depot... At least it wont be so much $. I will just have to to some big H2O changes a few times before adding fish.

Figure it's a fun day and I can easy get about 10 buckets full in the back of the van with all the kids junk. Maybe fill when tide is out so that I can get further out....

If the water has poor qaulities or looks cloudy after some time or smells etc. I can always start over....

I know the washing would of killed off everything but I was just thinking of the price ....$0 vs. depot/Lowes $$$


Thanks for the input!

Be sure to check out my post in DIY on chiller idea and see what you think.......


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