Nature's Ocean Reef Sand and Reef Substrate 20 lb Black Beach Reef Sand
This product works
I purchased this to replace my substrate after reading an article concerning high phosphates and incorrect substrates. I had extremely high nitrate and phosphate levels and tried many solutions with no resolution. I got very tired of reading that I was over feeding or not cleaning enough. After replacing my old substrate and a 50 % water change my phosphate level has been reduced to 0 ppm and my nitrate levels continue to go down, currently around 30 after a month, previously I could not get either below 100+. My fish were noticeably more active and happy, yes it seamed they were happier. I will do my first 20% water change this weekend In hopes of finally being able to support some invertebrates if I can maintain these levels for another couple of weeks.
March 6, 2015
Added the black reef sand to my tank. I have a painted the back outside of my tank black and with the black sand it really showcases my fish.
Just beautiful. If you do as the instructions state...place empty bags on top of the sand and then add the water on top of the bags. (bags will float) but still pour water on the bags. The will water will clear in less than an hour.
April 6, 2014
I broke down and set up a tank and used all new sand. The tank has live rock, fish, inverts, and coral. I used 60lbs of this sand and there was no cycle it was instant. No spikes in water chemistry!
It can take up to 3 days for the water to clear as I have noticed in 3 other tanks. The use of water polishing pads by Flu Val really helped speed it along. These can be added to any filter.
February 8, 2011
Can't beat the instant Aquarium!
I used this sand when setting up a 240 gallon aquarium. The tank settled within one day and I had fish in the tank the day after (2 days). The tank cycled itself within a two week process and within 15 days of the first fish I had 15 fish in the tank with zero loss.
I would not recommend doing this at your house but, if your in business and need to setup an instant aquarium with fish. There is no better way to go.
January 23, 2011