Is Irish sea water safe for tanks?

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A guy who lives near me uses water from the Irish sea from his tanks which he collects himself. Is this safe?

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For not from

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It can be. Of course it can come with parasites, etc. Running it through a UV (slowly) and into a new container can help, then the risk is pretty low.
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My LFS sells NSW for 40p per litre but firstly will the beneficial bacteria or plankton etc from our seas live in a tropical environment? And if they would do they survive the the filtration process?


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The plankton in our cold sea will most likely not survive (my best guess). Bacteria generally lives on the surfaces in our tanks, not the water column, so no benefit there.

The main reason to do this is to save buying salt. It's a lot of effort though,  and you need to find somewhere with no pollution.
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Others I've heard of doing this also have to get out away from the shore line either by boat or end of unused pier and pump out water from under the surface to avoid excessive debris and pollutants .

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I wasn’t going to collect it myself as Suffolk water is to polluted. My LFS uses UV filter so I’m struggling to see the benefit if the organic soup I’m after is all killed off. I can’t seem to find anything on line, they just talk about collecting it yourself.


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