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Need to add more sand to my 180 gallon reef tank. I live at the Atlantic ocean- what are the thoughts on adding "live" ocean sand?


I almost never think this is a good idea. You'd be better off just adding bagged "live" sand and adding it to your sand. Your sand will seed it.
If you're intent on taking sand from the ocean, you really need to go far off shore to get uncontaminated sand.


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depends on where you live of course. I have a friend who built his entire tank around the sand and water near his house on Key West.
HOWEVER - if you are not in Hawaii, Keys, it's most likely a bad idea.