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lunamoth 04-17-2011 03:57 PM

native aquarium?
Hi guys

I live on an island in Massachusetts and I am thinking of keeping a native aquarium - with all native plants, rocks, & animals. I figure it won't be tii hard to set up, i'll make sure to get everything from the same beach.

What my question is, is do you think it wild be safe to put in shells & rock that have been out of the water for a soace of time? im worried about the possibility of some bits of the shell inhabitants left inside, or the seaweed might have decayed, or othe environmental contaminants.

I don't know if in a native tank this would even be an issue?

Smitty 04-17-2011 04:15 PM

I know that typically that getting anything from the beach or close to shore is frowned upon because of 1) contamination - you really have no idea what is in that water or on the items and what it will do in a closed system and 2) in a lot of places it is illegal to take it.

Not only that, but if you are going to try and do something natural you are looking most likely at needing to get a big chiller because of where you are. The water temp in the New England states up north are going to be pretty cold compared to the tropics. I'm not saying it can't be done but it is more of a challenge to keep a cold water thank.

Good luck!

joy13 04-17-2011 04:44 PM

I know there are public places where you can get wild species for the home aquarium there is usually a very strict limit on species and numbers. Some times there is a license involved as well. There are actually groups that go out to gather species. There are places along the coast in NC that people gather live food for their tanks.

I don't think you would have to worry so much about the decay but in the pollution that might be in the shells and thing at is going to go into the tank.

Research is your best tool start checking out the local species and what their requirements. Then decide if it is worth finding out about regulations and permits. It might prove interesting to find out what is available in your area.

lunamoth 04-17-2011 05:35 PM

It's actually a really common practice here for kids to do a native aquarium, they usually only keep it for the summer, and generally it has hermit crabs, small horseshoe crabs, or herring and other small bait fish. The summer camps from the local conservation societies almost always do a native aquarium.

I asked them about this same thing & they didn't know, they rarely put anything more than a couple rocks or a scallop shell. My daughter wants to put in a conch shall she found and i just dont know if it's completely empty or not, or if it even matters.

lunamoth 04-17-2011 05:36 PM

We would only be keeping it for the summer...

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