- Indo-Pacific Black Arag-Alive! Live Reef Sand - CaribSea (DISCONTINUED)
Caribsea's Arag-Alive! Live Reef Sand is a great choice for new aquarists and new reef tank setups. Arag-Alive sands clear quickly and contain millions of live bacteria, speeding up your tanks cycle and leading to less nuisance algae.
- Contains live bacteria to assist with a faster cycle
- Grain size: 0.25 - 5.0mm
- High Surface Area for Bacteria
- Wide variety of particle size
Selecting the right sand: When choosing the right sand for your tank, it is important to keep a few things in mind.
How much flow will be in the tank?
Aquariums with high amounts of water movement will require sand with a larger grain size. Smaller particles can be blown around easily.
What kind of inhabitants will you be keeping?
Many species do require particular types of sand, like gobies, jawfish, and wrasses. Fish and invertebrates that like to burrow or sift through the sand will do best with smaller particle sizes.
Will it be for a refugium or deep sandbed?
Sand that will be used for filtration or refugium, we suggest using smaller particles that will give bacteria more surface area to grow and thrive on.
How much sand do I need?
BRS suggests 1 pound of sand per 2 gallons of display tank volume on average.
Below is a table of common tank sizes and how many pounds of Indo-Pacific Black sand is required to achieve a certain depth. Results may vary depending on the aquascaping in your tank, overflow styles, and the specific tank manufacturer. We always recommend getting a little extra sand to make sure you have enough on hand when you are filling your tank.
|Common Tank Sizes||Dimension||1" Depth||2" Depth||3" Depth|
|10 Gallon||20x10x12||10.4 lbs||20.8 lbs||31.3 lbs|
|20 Gallon||24x12x16||15.0 lbs||30.0 lbs||45.0 lbs|
|29 Gallon||30x12x18||18.8 lbs||37.5 lbs||56.3 lbs|
|30 Gallon||36x13x16||24.4 lbs||48.8 lbs||73.1 lbs|
|40 Gallon||36x18x16||33.8 lbs||67.5 lbs||101.3 lbs|
|55 Gallon||48x13x20||31.8 lbs||63.6 lbs||95.5 lbs|
|75 Gallon||48x18x21||44.1 lbs||88.1 lbs||132.2 lbs|
|90 Gallon||48x18x24||44.1 lbs||88.1 lbs||132.2 lbs|
|120 Gallon||48x24x24||58.8 lbs||117.5 lbs||176.3 lbs|
|180 Gallon||72x24x24||90.0 lbs||180.0 lbs||270.0 lbs|
|220 Gallon||72x24x30||90.0 lbs||180.0 lbs||270.0 lbs|
|300 Gallon||72x36x27||135.0 lbs||270.0 lbs||405.0 lbs|
|Sand Type||Grain Sizes (mm)||Average Density|
|Fiji Pink||0.5 - 1.5||90lbs per cubic foot|
|Special Grade||1.0 - 2.0||85lbs per cubic foot|
|Bahamas Oolite||0.25 - 1.0||96lbs per cubic foot|
|Indo-Pacific Black||0.25 - 5.0||90lbs per cubic foot|
|West Caribbean Reef||1.0 - 5.0||90lbs per cubic foot|
|Hawaiian Black||0.25 - 3.5||80lbs per cubic foot|
|Bimini Pink||0.5 - 5.0||90lbs per cubic foot|
|Natural Reef||3.0 - 5.5||85lbs per cubic foot|
|Florida Crushed Coral||3.0 - 5.5||72lbs per cubic foot|
I love the look of it ! By AquaRatt on 11/4/2018AquaRatt would recommend this product to a friendI love the way this sand looks in my tank !! It really stands out and catches your attention. I'm sure it's to grainy for sand sifters. But the look is worth paying a little extra for, and it didn't leave my water heavily clouded like finer grain sand does.
Great stuff By Old Salt on 2/19/2018Old Salt would recommend this product to a friendLooks great in a nano tank. No problems. Grains might be a little thick for sifting gobies or burying wrasses.
Good stuff By Joseph on 8/13/2017Joseph would recommend this product to a friendBought this stuff to try it out. I like the black white pattern of th sand. If you are looking for all fine grain this stuff will not work for you. But if you are looking for an even distribution of grain size this stuff is for you. Simply good stuff