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I know CBBSteve has used Galveston sand in his old tank. You might want to bake it to kill off any parasites, pathogens, etc. Apparently it isn't real great to look at though, just kind of grey and dull. It can be done though.
There is nothing wrong with using Galveston sand as long as you take into account that it is a Silica sand, not Calcium Carbonate. It won't buffer the tank as well as a Calcium based sand, but a lot of people don't use sand at all and have no problems with pH and alk. The grain size is smaller, so it packs itself down more, which can be good or bad depending what you are going for. A smaller grain size means more of it will go into suspension in the water column. This can be a problem for magnetic impellers in pumps and powerheads, so try not to stir it up too much. Some seagrasses do better in silica sand and many digging inverts like it a lot better than coarser Calcium sand. It will provide a constant source of bio available Silica to the tank. This is great if you have sponges, but can be a problem since Silica is a limiting element in diatom growth, and too much Silica can help diatoms take over a tank in the early stages. As long as you supplement on a regular basis and keep the water quality stable, you should not have too many problems using Galveston sand. At least you can replace it if you don't like it and not worry about having wasted money since it was free.
I'm planning on making a trip to galveston this week or next week and was hopeing someone could give me details on how to collect some of these great things. I know I need to buy a permit but what kind of net, and where extactly should I try. Any info you can give will be greatly appreciated
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We are from the Louisiana . We came here sun night to find out about catching peppermint shrimp. My husband and I decided to go spend the night there Monday. We stayed at a hotel along the sea wall. We went across the Ramada. There were two jetties one on one side of the resturant and one on the other. This was our first time. We went ate at the resturant and had a couple of drinks and around 10:30-11:00 we went. We caught around 24 and some HUGE hermit crabs! I know now that we should have brought some bait! But we caught and had fun-maybe it was the drinks lol
caught around 20 or so porcelin crabs at the dyke, would've been a little easier to have a pair of tweezers... do you guys collect them during the day or at night? cause me and my gf got tore up by mosquitos =x