anyone know a good place without pollutants that you can collect live sand? I have family in san bernadino who will be driving back to pennsylvania next month and was going to have them bring me a cooler full to add to my system
Last time I went to the ocean it was not very tropical feeling. I think Florida might be closer to the ecosystem your looking for. By the time it got to you all the good stuff would be pretty smelly and nasty. I'm going to +1 for another local reefers tank.
The sand here is not aragonite sand, nor is it seeded with anything particularly useful in a reef tank. It won't do a thing to buffer pH, as it is not calcium carbonate. Definitely not worth the effort.