local rock

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  1. Tla

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    hi came in to some local base rock from some beach apparently around cape town (looks exactly like base rock from the pet store). Will it be ok to put in my new tank or not so much?
     
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    Illegal
     
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    Haha im paying for it. Aslong as i never got it from the beach
     
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    It is illegal to own, purchase, collect, bata, etc.......
     
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    Serious? Lucky i never paid for it yet. Always a reason why things are so cheap
     
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    Great that you asked. The penalties can be very harsh.
     
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    It is illegal as Nemo has mentioned, if it.looks like the lfs live rock how do you know it is local?
     
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    If its the usual light brown stuff we have in cape twon, then its sandstone and not the greatest to put in your tank. Besides being illegal, it often leaches phosphates.
     
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    It looks like normal base rock just not as porus, has like a powder feel on the flat spots that what i was worried about. Anyways il give it a pass, dont want to get it and it leaches phosphate into the water. Anyone know of a place to get base rock for a decent price? Second hand or new
     
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    How much u need?
    Got some old dead LR u can have.
     
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    Well as much as i can get haha, i need alot i presume cause the tank is about 1500 litre and all i have is about 50 - 100k of live rock and sump rock included and to be honest i think i have closer to the 50 then the 100
     
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    You can get away with just the 50 - 100kg, dependant on what filtration methods you add. Fir a purely berlin method you gonna need quite a bit....
     
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    please can anyone show us where in the legislation it says removing rock from the sea is prohibited,

    no stories or opinions, just a quote from the legislation will be more than enough, ;)
     
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    'cites'
     
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    cites has nothing to do with picking up a piece of lr in a rock pool for personal use,
     
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    ?????
     
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    Also questioned this with parks board officials awhile .... They said they had no issues with people taking a few pieces of rock out the ocean .... The problem comes about when they find you raping the sea .... Worse if they find you with a chisel and hammer .... And I have no idea how lenient they are further down the coast but I can tell you from Ballito down to about Toti they look like asleep but the have eyes at the back of the heads ... Talking from experience here .... They are very well connected as in knowing where you are and collecting what .... I have buddies in the surveillance game that have helped in setting up cameras on beach facing hotels that assist officials in doing their jobs .... So just because you dont checked on physically by a ranger for permits does not mean you are getting away ....
     
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    @irie ivan, the problem i have is all my live rock is in my current tank so i will be adding alot of it for the new tank but i actually need dry rock to aquadcape with. Planing to use plastic rods and a marine epoxy so as little live rock is on the substrate as possible to avoid dead spots
     
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    I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem to collect dry rock from the vicinity of a beach, but you don't really want sandstone as a base because of the problems mentioned above. Have you looked into ceramic biorock? The shapes tend to be quite good for base rock because they allow good flow.
     
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