Durban beach sand

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  1. MarcVanJ

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    Hey all

    My brother just brought me some beach sand for my nano from Durban and wanted to know if anyone knew if it's safe to use as substrate or if anyone has used it before?
     
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  3. KeeganP

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    Hi MarcVanJ

    Where did he collect it from?
    Was the tide in or out?

    The best place/time to collect sand is, when the tide is low and you collect from where the water breaks.
    And from a beach that's not heavy populated.

    Also if you going to use it, I suggest sterilizing it just to be safe.
     
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    Tide was all the way out and sand was collected at the waters edge, it was collected on umhlanga beach

    How do I sterilize?
     
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    Put it in a big bucket and wash aggressively with a hosepipe. Tip the bucket intermittently to tip out the top water with the fine white cloud of really fine suspended sand particles. This will help with cloudiness in your tank. Do over and over and over and over again until no more cloudiness can be observed. Pour all water out, spread sand out over CLEAN surface like lots of serving trays. Dry out in sun until bone dry.

    Sand "washed, fines and most organics removed, sterilized in sun.

    Add to tank.

    Then seed it with a small cup of live sand from your best friend's tank.




    Or just use live sand from the beach by quickly taking it home and adding it to your tank.
     
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    It's safe, but it's very coarse and looks kinda crap.
     
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    Agree with this. Sad though as I wish it did give us a natural look. but for some reason in a tank is just doesnt do it. But thats my opinion
     
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    Yeah, true.
    If you can get to a beach that has sand that looks whiter it's a bit better.
     
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    Eventually it will start to leech silica into the water...................... well thats what i heard!
     
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    Yet to see one of those in SA. Wouldnt mind collecting off Punaluu beach though :tt2:
     
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    This is a heated debate around using playsand as well. I doubt it will in the time that we keep our tanks. The sand is too inert to leech silica. The glass that our tanks are made with contains silica also. Not to mention the silicone we use to hold the panes together. We would have a bit of a Noah's Ark incident in our homes if this were the case.
     
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    I've seen some beach's that have slightly whiter sand, but still not that good,
    :lol: Black sand?
     
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    Lol, yup. I personally feel that a black substrate doesnt look all that bad.It also shows of the colors of fish and corals nicely. However when dirty would probably not look that good. Its also hard to notice things like cyano in the early stages to take action. Also doesnt reflect light too well. so "caves", etc would be very dark
     
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    That's true, I've seen coral's pop with black substraight.
    personally I don't like it tho.
     
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    You guys are lucky with beach sand collection; here we can only take it if we get it incidentally?
    No collection of it is allowed here, only if it gets stuck in your shoes or in a piece of live rock or what ever!
    Weird hey?
    A lot of shore line sand and where oceans once existed has silica, that’s a large source of silica that they sand mine to make glass and silicon.
    Its shells of algae based plankton over many thousands of years building up that they convert CO 2 from importation in to their shell, and then there is the mineral silica as well.
    Silicon valley is supposedly built on an extinct ocean with subsequent abundant silica reserves.
     
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    My opinion bad idea
     
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    Use aragonite - simple...:)
     
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    You going to start off do it right first time around else you will change your mind and have to start all over again..rather wait a bit till you can buy aragonite or get from someone closing down their system...my opinion..
     
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    There isn't anything wrong with beach sand, alot of systems run on beach sand.
    It's not a must to have aragonite :)
     
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    I also use some beach sand in my dsb. It was live sand so.I put it in. I took the chance and hoped it would have good bacteria to add. So far I haven't had any problems. It could be helping with something me nor a test kit could pick up.
     
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    There is an abundance of life in natural sea sand...
    I used a small scoop to seed my aragonite...
    within a couple days you'd be surprised how much of pod life etc is added.
     
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