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    Posted: January 02 2016 at 8:49am
Update:
New thread added to the Reefkeeping Tips:

How to grow "bugs and worms" to aide in feeding Carnivores and Coral:

Aloha,
Mark  Hug
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Another update to the list of Reefkeeping Tips:

What if using a few different types of Garlic Oil has not helped? What next, UV Sterilizer or a skimmer with Ozone?

Aloha,
Mark  Hug

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If fine Oolitic sand is flying around in the water, it is probably due to one or more of the following conditions:
- extra fine particles were not properly washed out before use
- water flow is too fast directly over the sand 
- insufficient time has elapsed for bacteria to build up a sticky sort of biofilm
- a layer of at least 1/2" of larger particle sand was not used over the top of the Oolitic sand

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I never saw nor answered the 3 year old post above about that rock. Just fyi that rock is nothing like the stuff I have and sell. 
Yes, Oolitic Sand is very fine. I don't recommend "sand throwing gobies" anyway so a layer of fine sand underneath courser sand makes for an awesome biological filter and a good provider of Alk and Ca.

Here is a pile of good looking Utah Rock:




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Originally posted by Redrock Redrock wrote:

I am so ready to make the trip out west to gather some sand and rock. Old Lake Bonneville, who'da thunk it?
 
Hey I wish black lava rock was a good base rock substitue, I know where VERY MUCH of this stuff sits.
I have used tons of lava rock in my eef as base rock?? Its worked for me and a few other down here for years.
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Looks like I need to take a tour of Utah to get some free stuff!!  lol  I never thought of getting sand like that before...
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How was the luck of those that when looking for LBTR in 2011.  I'm putting together a 64 gallon 1/4 circle corner reef tank, and was told about the rock from a friend.  I'm probably looking at going out in a fiew weeks, if anyone has some good directions on where some might be found now days any help would be appreciated.
 
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hopefully it is, i may be going out there this saturday (5-29) to collect some.
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Is this information on where to get rock and sand still current?
I'm thinking of getting some this next weekend
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hmm maybe i will too. I was thinking i could buy some medium grade and throw it in there too, but i dunno
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Well the sand out there is REALLY REALLY fine sand.  I put it in my 150g when I set it up.  However with my BSJ and other sand diggers it has become a pain. I always have sand in my water colum.  If I ever get the ambition to do so, I think I will switch it out.
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Found these today thanks mark for the info ;) looks like LBTR can someone confirm the pics for me just to be certain. If so I found a ton of it out by the mud flats. Dunno about the sand though, it just seems too fine of grain for me. I still need to wash it, maybe it will clear out the really small grains. Oh if you go out there watch out for the nude tanners lol. I think its some nudist colony developing out there, I would leave the kids at home.
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If you could wait til Sat. maybe we could carpool?
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Has anyone been out this way since the big storm?  How deep is the snow out this way?  I would like to make a run out there on Friday.   
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Update regarding collecting Utah rock and sand.

The Utah Oolitic Sand is still available in the dunes west of the gravel road that runs along the west of Stansbury Island. Some people have used sand collected from the dunes south of the island on the east side of the road where the 4-wheelers play. That sand is not as clean and has flecks of black silica. It's okay to use but why not drive just a little further up the road to get the sand that is all white?
 
The best rock has all but disappeared from the places identified in this and more recent threads. All that is left in those locations is heavy stuff, twice the weight of the good rock. The good rock is still available. For the lightest and most porous Utah Rock, the good stuff, Smile please feel free to contact me by PM or at the phone # below.


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Sterling18, This rock is some of the best for use in a tank.  Get what you need then just seed it with some LR.  You cant even tell that it came from the desert at all. 
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Man, this thread and Utah is a blessing to our hobby.
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Since we started collecting LBTR about 7 yrs ago, we have moved from spot to spot in search of the best stuff. That location once had a truckload of very choice, very porous pieces. Sounds like you came across some good stuff on that same hill where we probably removed 10 tons of it over the years.

 Looking south toward the freeway exit
 
 
Me with some old friends.
 
LBTR was so plentiful in those days that it was always doing things to get itself noticed "pick me, pick me..."
 
This is a prime piece that I still have not put in a tank. It's too fine to be used.
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Hello all,
 
Just heard about this awesome site from a new friend I have met in my area.  I'm starting a 210 gal tank and like others, wished I had known about this information on LBTR.  Would have saved me mega $$.  But live and learn.  Just made a trip and picked up around 400 to 500 lbs of the stuff.  The directions given for the Exit 62 between Salt Lake and Wendover were very good.  You can take a left at the fork in the dirt road instead of heading straight up, that is gradual incline instead of taking that straight up steep incline to the top.  You'll know you are on the right track if you pass a smassed up TV.  I was mind boggled myself.  Who would ever take a TV that far out just to trash it.  Wasn't shot up or anything.  At first I couldn't see the LBTR, seems most of it on the south side of the outcrop has been taken.  Thought I was in the wrong spot for a while there.  But found that a lot of it is on the north side of the outcrop and there is quite a good amount still left.  Can also find more up the road (east)(or take a right at the top of the platoe/steep incline)  and the next incline.  But if you come across some cement in the shape of an arrow, then you've gone to far.  Past that cement pad I didn't see any. 
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I don't know about recycling, but the rinse cycle removes soap from the car so how could it leave soap in the rockConfused... I've never had a problem with this and I've done tons of it. I set the rocks against the side wall of the car wash, run down the line, turn the rocks, and repeat several times turning the rocks in between to get all the mud out. Prepare to get sprayed with mud as you go close into the holes in the rock.
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