National Geographic™ Aquarium Sand
This is beautiful jet black sand. Does not feel sharp and is heavy enough to settle really quickly. Even heavy enough that it doesn't want to get sucked up in the gravel vac when it is hoovering 1/2 above the surface.
The directions say to rinse the sand in cold water before use. Since I am upgrading tanks and about to start cycling my new larger tank (29g), I dumped the whole 25lb bag into the tank and started adding water. (The new python drain and fill made this REALLY fast btw) I filled the tank not quite half way and mixed the heck out of the sand with my hands. There was hardly any cloudiness. I went right back to the sink to switch the python to suction mode and siphoned out as much water as possible. Then, filled it up half way again, threw in some plants (fake for now), and filled it the rest of the way.
I am really impressed! Maybe this is because I started out with blasting sand recommended by hobbyists all over the net that's only $8 for 50lbs. sounded like a deal, but it just did not work out. It was brown and black, not black. And it would not settle and it made the water really cloudy. I waiting 4 days and washed that stuff for literally 6 hours over 3 days. Finally, my husband said forget the cost, it's $20 for 25lbs, at this point lets cut our losses.
So after all that washing, we ran to Pet Smart at 8pm. After I got all the yucky sand out, it took less than 30 mins to dump in the sand, rinse the sand, completely assembly the filter, plug in the heater, adjust the light, and throw in the plants. I was DONE by 10. 2 hours for round trip driving, shopping, tank clean out and set up. Not too shabby.
AWESOME SUBSTRATE :)
I hope my fish will like it as much as I do.
October 17, 2014
High Quality Aquarium Sand
I purchased a 25 pound bag of white sand for my 20 gallon high. One bag was plenty for this tank. I did rinse the sand before putting it in the tank but it is very clean to begin with. The sand was very easy to work with and looks great in my tank. I have not had any issues with cloudy water or sand getting caught in the filter (HOB). Unlike another reviewer, I also did not have any issues with the bag ripping. I have been very pleased with this and other Nat Geo products.
October 16, 2014
Great Sand - fix the bag strength
So I bought 10lbs of this to give it a test and it worked great. I didn't rinse it. There was some stuff on top that went in the filter but not much and it settles nicely. I have cories and snails on it and they rummage through it and it never floats or anything. It looks great too and the cories love it. Why I'm knocking off a star is that I went back to buy a 25lb bag - that's how much I liked it, but when I was carryin it, it ripped open. Of course, petsmart is great and they let me trade it for a new one, but you guessed it, by the time I was in the parking lot, the bag was ripping. THe national geographic bag is so cheap that with 25lbs of sand, it starts to give. When I looked at the bags at the store, almost everyone was ripped and had holes. It's a thin bag for such a heavy product, so while I recommend it, I want to give a heads up to handle the larger bags with caution.
September 1, 2014