CaribSea African Cichlid Mix Aquarium Substrate
Simple Beautiful Sand
This was my first time using sand in my 5 gallon aquarium. I wasn't sure what I would be getting myself into with a sand substrate, whether it was hard to maintain, but I decided to give it a try anyway.
I bought a 5lb bag of the Tahitian Moon (Black). It was easier to clean than what I expected. I just dumped it into a bucket and stirred it around in some water, dumping out the slightly grey water and filling it back up with clean water. It didn't take me more than 10 minutes to get the majority of the lighter pieces of sand out. It comes with a clarifier but I felt no need to use it.
After getting the sand into my tank it only took a couple hours to start clearing up and by the next day the water was crystal clear. I knew I wanted live plants and was unsure if the sand would be too compact or heavy for roots to grow but the sand is so light that my plants (which started just as clippings) are growing healthy thick roots. Because of this I decided to by another 5lb bag so the plants roots could grow deeper (and so they stay firmly in place) so I have 10lbs in a 5 gallon tank which is plenty if not excessive! But oh well!
The sand does get stirred up if you are moving things around so I'd suggest turning off or taking your filter out of the tank so it doesn't suck up any sand and ruin the filter. I have a bubble wall at the back of the tank with sand over the tubing but the bubbles don't disturb or kick up the sand. The bubbles just moved a bit of the sand out of the way so the air could escape the tube but that's all.
Overall I love this sand. It's pretty, stylish and most importantly, easy to use.
February 25, 2013
This sand is so soft to the touch. Please make sure to rinse it out well before putting it into your tank, i only needed to use half the bag as i was only sanding a portion of my tank. Rinse it little by little in a big bucket as this makes the process easier.
Overall, you will be please with this purchase.
November 11, 2012
I bought the 5lb Moonlight Sand bag (the white sand) and it is absolutely amazing! Its soft and my albino cories LOVE it! Many people dont like sand because of the cleaning process but if you go onto youtube and look up "How to clean new aquariumsand the easy way" by endymion250 I promise the sand is worth it! I cleaned the sand (like how it was shown in the video) in about 10 minutes, put some water clearifier in it, and thats all! It was super easy and my tank is crystal clear. I highly reccomend this and recommend you look up the video, it will help dramaticly!
October 8, 2012
I love this product, but ...
I bought the sunset gold sand(20 lbs.) for my turtle tank, and it looks great. It has a few downers though. The filter sometimes picks it up. The main problem is, my water is pretty cloudy since I didn't rinse it well and I didn't add the bio-magnet clarifier. So don't make the same mistake I did or you'll be stuck with a tank that will have an even longer cycling time.
May 24, 2012