National Geographic™ Aquarium Sand
A+ for fish that like excavating
I purchased a 25lb bag for my 36 gallon bow front aquarium. It filled the tank out nicely, and was deep enough to anchor plants and decor into as well!
(I have some curious weather loach, so everything I put in has to be somewhat buried in sand so they don't uproot or knock it over.)
I did rinse the sand, just to be safe, but the runoff wasn't cloudy at all. Quite a flew floating granules, but it didn't affect the quantity whatsoever.
Would definitely recommend this product, especially if you have fish that like to dig -- the granules are not sharp, and stirring them up doesn't cloud the water.
January 3, 2015
I got the white sand and I have to say this is a great sand! It's got relatively large grains so they don't get sucked up by filters or anything like that. When I went outside to wash it out before using it there was almost NO dust! I was shocked! I washed it anyway just to get the light grains that floated out. However, I noticed something weird. I have a 36 gallon bowfront tank so I wanted to get at least 30 lbs of sand. I got one bag of 25 and one bag of 5. As I was washing the 5 lb bag, I noticed the grains seemed much smaller than the 25lb bag grains.
December 26, 2014
I always wanted to add sand to my aquarium, but didn't want to spend too much. I was also afraid of the water getting cloudy. But I didn't even have to rinse this sand. The water is not cloudy at all. Also, It's the perfect color. Sometimes small clumps float to the top, but if you crunch them with your finger, they sink back down. Will be back for more!
December 19, 2014
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