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Old April 7th, 2015, 11:32 AM   #1
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Default Hello. Does anyone harvest their own Salt Water? [NY, LI]

Does anyone in NY or the east coast harvest their own saltwater from the ocean or LI Sound?

I imagine the salinity is correct, and it might need to be strained of particles (silt), but does anyone do this / or have tried this. Then, is there any reason Not to do this if the water is 1/2 mile away from home?

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I will be setting up a 37T with wet/dry top filter.
I have not yet decided the type but thought I would see Friday's lecture on Corals before I decide. (and maybe something interesting up)
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Old April 21st, 2015, 03:20 PM   #2
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I have not but I heard you can 🏊🏻
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Old April 21st, 2015, 07:12 PM   #3
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This would be done if you were able to assure the non detectable contaminants in the water such as mercury etc. There are also the countless bacteria and micro organisms that live in water close to shore. Believe me it has been attempted by many. Reefers won't do it.
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I did this for awhile why back when. We would take the boat out about 5 miles off shore and grab 50 Gallons of saltwater. In ten 5 Gallon Pails. The problems were -- lugging around 50 Gallons -- cost of getting it fuel etc. -- water did last long -- could not be stored. To get the water sqeeky clean we would diatom it. Real pain. Overall not worth it.
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The issue with the local sea water is actually not the salinity but more of the contaminants that can be found in the sea water from the erosion of the coastline. I've been using sand from the local beach but In prepping it I rinsed and sifted through it in fresh water and kept it for about a two week period . And it's been in my tank for the last 10 years now with no adverse effects. If you collect the water you would have to be a considerable distance from the shoreline in order to be sure that there were no contaminants from local runoff in that mix that you be adding to your aquarium . There's still no guarantee. Nor really worry it.
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Old February 8th, 2016, 03:46 PM   #6
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I have used play box sand for a African cichlid tank. It stayed cloudy for awhile but eventually cleared up. No issue or problems other than that.
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Default not worth the trouble.

If your trying to grow corals you'll also notice sea water does not the replace the trace elements used by coral, united you love in the Bahamas or something. The quality of salt mixed makes it much better to just mix it at home.
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