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PostPosted: 2005.03.06(Sun)17:54    Post subject: Ocean Sand Reply with quote

I'm not actually going to do this but what would happen if I put actual beach sand in my tank, Just Curious, Its a saltwater tank
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PostPosted: 2005.03.06(Sun)20:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

you could do that. but what is the beach sand made off? are you going to intorduce any annoying pests? there are pros and cons. pro its free, con its most likely illegal.

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PostPosted: 2005.03.06(Sun)22:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

why illegal
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PostPosted: 2005.03.24(Thu)20:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is illegal b/c the beaches are protected, I beleive it is considered dredging. but if some chance you could do it bearing the thought of possibly hurting nature you would want to boil the sand to kill pests that it would harbor inside it.
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PostPosted: 2005.03.25(Fri)11:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know here on this coastline it's illegal to collect beach sand. The beaches have eroded so much over the years that the Department of Fish and Wildlife is cracking down on dredging. Many species of animals ar losing habitats.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.04(Mon)6:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, I'm all for collecting sand, from the ocean, or perhaps clean river mouth. It makes sense to me that it introduces many beneficial organisms, instant live bacteria, and plznktonic organisms. For more information about sand and water collection, I reccomend this site
[url]http://www.petsforum.com/personal/trevor-jones/default.html[/url]
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PostPosted: 2005.04.05(Tue)10:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you live anywhere near an industrial area, you should be aware that pollutants can accumulate in beach sand and that these could definitely be harmful, even devastating, to the long term health of a given tank. A much more feasible option is to use Play Sand. Aragonitic Play Sand is generally available from Home Depot or other home improvement superstores.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.07(Thu)16:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Live sand that you would buy from importers such as tampabaysaltwater or others is collected from about 50 feet deep so far from shore that pollution is decreased by the dillution effect. If you can dive that deep and charter a boat, go for it. Check legalities. Most those guys have liscences and have to place as much or more in the ocean than they take out. Another way around it is to buy Southdown, Old Castle, or Yardright and use that, then seed it with about 10% of live sand from either other local reef club members or the LFS.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.22(Fri)18:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the responses Very Happy Very Happy I think I'd pass on beach sand.
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