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How much can I get from the beach

I live in southwest Florida on the Gulf side. I am looking to start a SW tank hopefully soon, but I am more than on a budget! I am very experienced with FW and have some beautiful tanks. I know what and how to pick outside stuff out and clean it for my tanks now. My question is what can I go to the beach and bring home to use in the tank.

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Re: How much can I get from the beach

I almost forgot about this one!
You can use any shells ,rocks and pieces of coral.
I would think you could even use the sand but I would rinse it especially well.
all stuff should probly be rinsed well unless you are daring enough to be trying to import the little bugs and such(they are a good thig).
If you used the sand I might even run carbon in the filter for a week or two.If you had any issues with fish or other creatures surviving I would look at the sand first.
I just kind of think there could be a lot of crap(pollution) in the sand not to mention that all the organic protiens(the foam from the ocean) settles and dries out on the sand.Protien skimmers are one of the more expensive pieces of equipment for a good reason,they remove nasty crap very efficiently.we don't want to just be adding that crap on purpose by introducing it in free sand!
I would rinse sand super good,OR go deep enough to get sand that is never out of the water?



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Ok. So without going diving it's best just to buy stuff that I know is going to be clean.

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Re: How much can I get from the beach

My biggest concern would be the sand.
Rocks,coral pieces and shells should be all good and easily cleaned.



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Ya ok. Storm season is about to start, plus all the snowbirds are gone now. So they won't be on the beach as much trying to clean them. Maybe I can find some neat pieces to add.

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