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Does any one now what beach is the safest to get beach sand from, no silicat based sand and where on the beach to get?
 

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I would only collect from below the water line, otherwise it could be full of fag ends and metals - and who alone knows what else, if you do pick some up, run a magnet through it.
 

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i took a bucket of sand up when i visited mekaeel, hear from him were i got it he told me a place, but i didn't want to go into the water so i got sand from where the waves stopped:whistling:

a magnet threw all that blady sand weeman, are u shiting me man?
 

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i took a bucket of sand up when i visited mekaeel, hear from him were i got it he told me a place, but i didn't want to go into the water so i got sand from where the waves stopped:whistling:

a magnet threw all that blady sand weeman, are u shiting me man?
No, i'm not, but if you want to risk ferrous metals rusting away in your tank that cost you thousands of "R"s then don't bother.;)
 

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o.k i'll clean it with magnet then;)

thanks for the heads up man
 

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I have started out with beach sand from Bloubergstrand Beach in Cape Town, and still have my beach sand. Whenever I do indeed redo my tank at some stage, I will rather get playsand, from Builder's Warehouse. Far less PT, and the amount of playsand that I would been would also save me on diesel (for my Jeep).

BUT - up to now, I have NEVER YET (in 3 years time) been able to blame ANYTHING on my beach sand.....

I did indeed have problems with the live rock that I bought, though.... containing detritus causing phosphates in my tank. Leading to uncontrollable nuisance algae blooms....
 

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Its best to get sand at low tide from a rocky shore area rather than a sandy beach area as the micro fauna is different. Preferably from below the water level in places such as in tidal pools and gullies.
If you snorkel/dive you can often find nice sand further out.
Keep the sand you collect moist to preserve the micro fauna.
Take an aquarium magnet and put it in a freezer bag (or similar) and spread out the sand on a sheet of plastic or in a plastic basin. Run the magnet over the sand several times and sift through it for broken glass, etc.
If any ferrous fragments are attracted to the magnet simply turn the bag inside out over the pieces and separate from the magnet to throw the bag with the metal away.
You can add the sand over a lengthy period as it does not need to be added all at once.
I am not sure if you need to get a permit from the Post Office, or collect it with someone who does. If you do need one it would probably be covered by the Molluscs section.
 

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Thanks guys, i have reggies play sand but i want to get beach sand.
 

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As far as I know

Live rock illegal
Sand and water free
All other fish and inverts on the list you need a permit - you get different permits for aquarium fish, angling, collecting inverts, etc
Not allowed to sell local live stock but you may give away ;)
 

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