The ideal substrate for refugiums, CaribSea Refugium Mineral Mud supplies trace elements, iodine, minerals, and nutrients, helping create a beneficial environment for aquarium food such as copepods, burrowing worms, decapods, and other sump organisms. CaribSea Refugium Mineral Mud can also help boost your refugium's filtration, as it supports many types of nitrifying bacteria.
Similar to varied sand in texture, CaribSea Refugium Mineral Mud includes marine bacteria, organic rich clay, iodine and chelated-element rich substrate, and super-fine aragonite organic acids. 1 gallon.
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CaribSea Refugium Mineral Mud
Directions for Use
For mud filters, empty jar into filter, then mix slightly, and add water (a "cap" of approximately 1/2 to 1 inch of live or dry aragonite sand is suggested). Wait 2-3 days, then begin pumps, and allow system to clear water (may take 1-2 days). Then add macro-algae, sea grasses, or mangroves. Allow tank to cycle, then add fish and corals into main tank. If using Mineral Mud in main tank, mix into a small area where you intend to plant your macro-algae, sea grasses, or mangroves. Do not cover the entire tank bottom. Run pumps for a day or two until water clears, and then add plants.
NOTE: This substrate contains marine organics, and was created to mimic coastal marine mangrove environments. It is designed to reach anaerobic conditions within an inch of the substrate/water interface. Once established, avoid disturbing the bed.
CaribSea Refugium Mineral Mud is a unique blend of sediments that duplicate tropical fringing coastal mangrove environments. Mineral Mud particles are in a size range compatible with soft, burrowing infaunal, macro animal assemblages. Ideal for mud refugiums, sea grasses, macro-algae, and mangroves, Mineral Mud provides a variety of trace elements plus calcium, strontium, iron, sulfur and free carbon. In addition, Mineral Mud contains live marine bacteria to complete the tropical ecosystem.