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Using Atlantic Ocean water for water changes?
I live within 5 miles of the Atlantic and was wondering if I could get water from there when I set up my saltwater tank. I live in a rural area so the water should be fairly clean, I plan to keep two seahorses and two clownfish. Any input would be appreciated
Just bumping this, I would like to know the answer as well
I have pondered about this once upon a time.
I have seen post of a guy, who used a service, bringing him a very large amount of natural salt water from ocean for his tank water changes, and some of the nicest tanks on NanoReef were using it, not wonder.
Depends on level of pollution in particular area, I guess, if port or sewage are somewhere nearby.
I don't know the answer to you question but I wouldn't keep clownfish with seahorses. The seahorses constantly need food and the clownfish will bully the seahorse.
Assuming it is legal to collect sea water in your area, and the parameters are right, then yes, you could use it.
You could also get in contact with your local environment agency to see if they have pollution reports.
Best bet is to contact your local marine club/society and see where they get their water.