CaribSea Ocean Direct Caribbean Live Aquarium Sand
White cloud at first...
Brand new 36 gallon bow front and used a 40lb bag of this live sand. Oh my, what a cloud of white haze. It was everywhere. Stuck to the walls, Live Rock, heater, everything. I have been running a mechanical filter for 12 hours to help clean and it is still coming. If you want to rinse the sand first to help loosen all the fine dust, use a RO/DI and not straight chlorinated tap water. There is some live bacteria and you want to keep it alive. Chlorine will kill it off. This is great for reefs and a fine sugar like consistency with some crushed coral for texture.
To clean... open the top of the bad and place it in a utility sink upright. Run your RO/DI water on the top and keep it flowing for a couple of hours, slowly sifting the sand till the water runs clear. Then you can place it in the tank and have clear water with very minimal clouding.
February 19, 2014
Cure it and wash it and will be no mess
Any sand or agronite will cloud your water if you don't wash the dust off first. We always put it in a bucket and run water on it, stir, and pour off cloudy water. It is time consuming, but its the best way to go for me. I run 180 Gallon, fish, sps, lps, and mushroom tank with a 75 gallon sump/natural filter. My 29 gallon tank is only for Acan, LPS, mushroom and other soft corals. You will need 2-3.5 inch sand bed for proper buffering and provide plenty of hiding places for pods, and other fish and crabs. The more they stir it up, the better.
November 28, 2013
My First Sand.
I was in need of sand for raising and breeding triops, and this was the only sand I could find. That being said, I think I will never go back to gravel! It is easy to clean, since waste just sits on top, it gives my tanks a natural look, and so far, I have not had any issues with fish swallowing it. My only issue with it is that it takes a while to settle when I first start tanks, which isn't something I encountered with gravel, but that is something to expect with sand.
October 29, 2012
Cloudy mess at first, but....
First of all you do not want to add this to an existing tank. It will make it a cloudy mess for weeks.. it will stick to everything and make it a real pain. That being said the best way I found to use this is to add it to a new tank and let the filter run for a few hours.. at that point the white haze will fall to the bottom. You can vacuum up most of the white crud and add your decorations and plants. I waited 2 days and to add decorations and fish... I vacuumed it about 3-4 times in the 2 days and all was well. It is definitely worth the hassle, the fish love it and the tank/water has never been so healthy.
October 13, 2012