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Old 01-23-2010, 09:44 AM   #11
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Also Silica Sand By Rob Toonen and Beaches - Products of Waves and Sand from the USGS
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:55 AM   #12
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You can use pool filter sand if you rinse it well.
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:47 PM   #14
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There are a couple of local forums\ and people that are either downsizing or getting out of the hobby seems to always get rid of their sand very cheap or free. I got enough for one of my tanks and part of another one free when I got some live rock from them. The rock was $3 a lb some with zoas and mushrooms on them.
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I go to the beach. it's free.
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Beach sand is dicey for use in an aquarium. It's possibly contaminated with heavy metals and who knows what. You should go a few miles offshore and bring up some sand, though I'm sure there are laws about how much you can remove at one time.
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well of course it is dicey. But if you want cheap, free is the cheapest. There is no way I could have afforded whatever weight three 5 gallon bucket fulls of sand is. Should have seen me out there on the beach with my strainer, taking the shells and chunks out.

If I had a boat and diving gear, it would make the expense of a harvest almost equal to that of buying.
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