Freshwater Substrates 20 lbs Style: Rio Grande
Beautiful white sand/gravel
I wanted to write this to help anyone else trying to find a good white colored substrate. I wanted an "island" effect with a planted area surrounded by white sand. However, there are three options here so I had a hard time choosing. I used ADA aqua soil for the planted part, then surrounded it with "Moonlight Sand" which is pretty, but SUPER fine, like powdered sugar. I found it didn't look that great although it was really nice sand it just did not have the look I wanted and quickly got discolored from the Aquasoil. I also bought a bag of the "Torpedo Beach" which I really like, and used to cover up the "Moonlight Sand". It is more the texture of coarse raw sugar (only smoother grained) and is heavier, and covers and weights everything else down really nicely. It also has a little sparkle or shimmer to it, but in a very natural way. I don't know, but I suspect that the "Crystal River" is analogous in size and texture to Tahitian Moon sand, which I love for a black substrate. Anyway, if you are torn, I would recommend the coarse/sand-fine/gravel texture of the "Torpedo Beach" for ease in working with and appearance. I think my orange eye black tiger shrimp are going to look great against it.
September 21, 2014
Resembles a natural river bed!
I just set up a 125 gallon freshwater tank with "sharks" in it and wanted it to resemble a river bed looking natural. The shipment came in 20 lb bags packaged individually so it was not hard to load it into the house. The enclosed packets in each gravel bag contained water conditioner and beneficial bacteria which helped with the cycling of the new tank. I used the Sungold sand on the bottom and Kon Tiki on top and achieved a beautiful natural look, and my fish are happy. Definitely recommend it for the price.
July 1, 2014
EXCELLENT FRESH WATER SUBSTRATE
I USE THE PEACE RIVER SUBSTRATE IN ALL MY FRESH WATER AQUARIUMS. NOT ONLY IS IT A VERY ATTRACTIVE SUBSTRATE, BUT BECAUSE OF IT'S UNIFORM STONE DIAMETER SIZE IT PREVENTS UNEATEN FOOD FROM PENETRATING TOO DEEP IN THE SUBSTRATE. THIS MAKES AQUARIUM MAINTENCE MUCH EASIER AND KEEPS THE TANK MUCH CLEANER.
June 19, 2014
Great sand, no matter what
I have purchased a total of 340 pounds of this sand (various grades) over my aquarist career, i have a BS in aquatic biology, and have over 800 gallons of freshwater aquariums in my "office" i have added this to an existing tanks, and i've started new tanks with this sand.
the different grades cycle new tanks different speeds i've noticed, the finer the sand, the quicker it cycles a new tank, only by a few days at most, but that could matter.
when i added the finer sand to an existing tank, it made the water cloudy for about 14 hours. make sure you turn all filters and pumps off, otherwise the sand can really mess them up.
i have them in snail tanks, my hatcheries, pleco tanks, arowana tanks, even cichlid tanks.
if you're adding to an existing tank, just make sure the sand sizes are close, unlike i did my second tank. lol. i foolishly put fine sand on top of larger gravel, made some really gross mold and all sorts of issues.
May 30, 2014