Very fine white sea sand in Western Cape

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  1. sandersc

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    Hi everyone

    I was trying to think where about near the peninsula, Boland or west coast one can find a very fine white sea sand if you want to go and collect some. I can't remember where i've seen really white and nice fine sand.

    Anyone knows about a place?
     
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  3. Charl_Stanhope

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    How white are you talking about? In Hermanus you can get pretty fine sand - Not sure if you can remember the sand I have in my tank?
     
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    Why? Then maybe I can help. Fine sand triggers the thought of sandstorms. But maybe you have another application
     
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    I am tinkering with the idea of putting substrate again in my new shallow reef tank. Not sure about it yet.
    Byt then I am also going to do a much bigger DSB in the new sump. So I will be needing some sand.
     
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    Fine substrate in display a big no no from me. Just my professional opinion. Get many reefers that I advise against. They follow their thought and come back to us later for a more course substrate.
     
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    Try langebaan. I use it. Very heavy sand and i dont have sand going all kamakazi on me. Lol
     
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    Andre, Riaan thanks for the input.
     
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    Just check the shipwrecks for that area for the last couple of years.
     
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    Not a good idea ;)
     
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    I'm using real sea sand. It does have very small pieces of metal in it. Can see it when I run a magnet through it.

    Using it since July 2012. And no real issues so far due to that.

    Finding a clean beach is a problem. No pollution and no dirty rivers.

    Wet sea sand is extremely heavy. You wiull have die off in it, that you need to cycle before adding any livestock.
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    Previous setup with sea sand. Note the extra skimmer in the display. At this point the sand was already in for 20 days in the display. I just moved the DSB over. The sump is running on its own, recirculating directly back to skimmer chamber.

    Sandstorms. Not really. The sand do move due to the currents. But it is not blown all over.
     
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    @RiaanP did you wash and clean the sea sand before using it, or did you put it in as is, and then just let it cycle?
     
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    Just let it cycle.
     
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    @Charl_Stanhope


    Charl did you use the sand as it was or did you wash and dry it.
    Where in hermanus did you collect?
     
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    I collected on the Sandbaai beach,towards the right(ill gladly show you), on spring low. Not after heavy rain though. You can walk in for about 30/40meters and get really clean sand. I used as it. Just let it cycle. Ive tried washing once, but didnt work. Sand ended up with too much die off and stank after a day. Using as is, is much better. Sand on the beach is very white, compared to other beaches.
     
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    Thanks I'll contact you if I go that way again. Sanders
     
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    Bloubergstrand, fine and white.
     
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    What is that ships name that was stranded there between Blouberg and Cape Town now not too long ago.
    As far as I know it leaked a lot of oil and other rubbish out.

    I will not use sand from Blouberg.
     
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    Oh yes I remember.
     
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    @sandersc why don't you just buy playsand from Regies or ToysR Us its fine.
     
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