Aragamax Sand is ideal for shallower beds, allowing for denitrification in as little as 1" depth. The fine grain size can also pass easily through the gills of gobies and other sand sifting organisms. The smooth round grains are gentle to soft bellied sharks and rays.
I'll start out by saying it looks good in the tank and the fish like it but to get to that point takes a lot of effort and patience. For the price they charge for 30lbs of the stuff it should be easier to clean than it is. I devoted about 2-3 hrs to cleaning this stuff using the bucket method and never got the water to run clear. Put it in my tank and turned my water to milk. Takes a long time to clear as no filter will clear "milk." Water coming out of my diatom is still "milk." Did several large water changes over a weeks period to clear up my water. Save your money and buy PFS.
I bought this stuff....and let me just say that it looks awesome in the tank! Defintly needs to be rinsed off well before adding. I followed the sand cleaning video that is on this site..and that worked very effectivly...just takes time. If you want sand that will buffer your tank...this is the stuff...My africans love digging in to it!
Bought this stuff to mix with Carib-Seas' black tahition moon sand. Originally considered the Eco-Complete version of the african cichlid mix(sand), but found there wasn't enough black in the mix. So I opted for 30lbs. of the Carib-Seas' Aragamax(sugar chalk) mixed with 40lbs. of black moon sand. Now I've been keeping aquariums for quite some time(reefs included), and this stuff is absolute garbage. I rinsed the #%$& out of it, till' it washed clear, added it to my 125gal., had it in there for about 2 months now and still looks chalky! I've used my diatom filter, in addition to having adequate filtration...and stillll the darn tank is clouded witth "sugar chalk"! If ya' love your tank and you insist on a clear tank...forget this #%$&! Otherwise prepare for an unescesary takedown.
i originally bought this to buffer my water to 8.0 and like the nearly white look to it. it keeps my ph at 8.0 and looks amazing. it doesnt have that fake look like some pool filter or playground sand. i didnt give it a perfect 10 because it was very difficult to clean and very expensive. it literally took hours to clean the 2 whole bags. i am glad i did though, because i have no cloudiness and my fish love sifting and digging in it. my emp 400 has ingested some with no bad results have to give it more time, but overall i really like it and will buy it again for my other tanks.
Then you should stear clear of this stuff. This sand is made for MARINE tanks and my experience with it is that it doesn't belong in a fresh water tank with digging cichlids. Its very fine sand always finds its way into power filters slowly destroying the impeller. Its designed to create anaerobic zones and when it settles it feels like concrete. When you go to do your once a month sand shake up and shake up those zones not only does your room smell a lovely sulphur smell but your tank is cloudy for a few days later...YAY!!!... Color is off white, bone color. As with all carib-sea's products, quality is great.
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