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rock and sand from beach

I was wondering what people thought about colecting rocks and sand from the beach? could I get them, then boil them for about and hour?
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i dont know about the sand because it might have salt in it from the ocean o. O
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Usually the rocks and sand would have crap on it, so boiling would help. But then there are tons of other dead crap that will stay on the sand making ammonia problems from the beginning. Then your rocks could leach lots of calcium on it, so soak the rock in a solution of vinegar and see if it starts producing bubbles, cuz that means it has calcium on it.

I say buy your sand, and check your rocks. But really, rocks on the beach aren't too nice looking for freshwater aquascaping, unless you get lucky.


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i dont know about the sand because it might have salt in it from the ocean o. O

He never siad it was a beach by an ocean.

Just make sure you scrub then boil them reall well. Thats what I did for my tank. Mine weren't form the beach though.
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Tom Barr advocates the use of river silt heavily. In fact, he says the use of a mix of river silt and pool filter sand may rival ADA AS... so I'd say if it is a freshwater beach, you should be very well off.

As for the rocks, as long as they're not CaCO3 based, you should b fine.

Just some ideas.
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He never siad it was a beach by an ocean.

Just make sure you scrub then boil them reall well. Thats what I did for my tank. Mine weren't form the beach though.
oh, i guess i didnt read that carefully
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t is actually a beach from the ocean, but I have decided to just get some nice rocks from the LFS, and some good substrate.
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make sure that the area that you're pulling from isn't polluted, either. I live by lake erie, and have seen some truly beautiful driftwood wash up on shore, but wonder about the heavy metals and such in the wood. Although I wasn't sure about soaking it in bleach and boiling it.

Anyway...if you feel safe, try it!
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