- Original Grade Ocean Direct Live Reef Sand
Orignal Grade Ocean Direct Live Reef Sand uses "Sea Breathe" technology to preserve the live sand in its own original ocean bacteria.
Caribsea's Ocean Direct Caribbean Live Sand is a great choice for aquarists who are wanting a reef tank set up in minutes.
- Contains live ocean bacteria resulting in a fast cycle
- Grain size: 0.25-6.5mm
- High Surface Area for Bacteria
BRS suggests 1 pound of sand per 2 gallons of display tank volume on average
Update to Review of 2 Feb, 2019 By Philip C on 3/1/2019Philip C wouldn't recommend this product to a friendStill trying to clear my tank after I had rinsed and re rinsed and started tank again on 17 Feb. Now it is brown water, no ammonia as yet but have had to rinse my filter sponge every day because of brown stain. Finally able to start my HOB skimmer without water boiling over. Skimmer is going crazy. I have never had this problem with sand before.
Lots of Silt By Philip C on 2/2/2019Philip C wouldn't recommend this product to a friendBeen trying to clear sand for a few days now and busted the impeller on my power filter, sand particles apparently did it. Fortunately I had another filter to use and have been rinsing the filter pad every so often and using water clarifier. The sand is nice looking so I am hoping that conditions will improve. Some of the comments indicate improvement so am keeping fingers crossed. This was the 40lb bag for my 40gal tank which i recently tore down to start fresh after 10yrs of using tank.
Great, natural look! By Daniel on 12/14/2017Daniel would recommend this product to a friendUsed 69lbs in a new setup. Followed instruction on bag and then shifted sand around every few hours for first 24hrs. Tank was clear after 48hrs. Now I can shift sand around with no clouding. Also really like the look of it. Some small to medium shells, small coral frags. Gives it a more natural look.
NICE LOOKING SAND BUT By Charlie on 8/27/2016Charlie wouldn't recommend this product to a friendi hope you like cloudy water. This sand has so much silt in it that it clogs my filter sock in a few days and it is always in my skimmate. It settles down but if you stir your sand be ready for a silt whiteout in the tank for a couple hours. I hope the silt diminishes over time. If not I will remove it from my tank and try something else.
Great buy By Aimie on 1/12/2016Aimie would recommend this product to a friendI grabbed this to help weigh my finer grain sand in hot areas where the sand shifted easily. I was easily able to mix this in with the places that needed a little more weight with no issues of making it look natural. Truth is, it made it look more natural having the few spots of heavier grain variance. The bag came with the bacteria to add after the fact and it is a critical point to use. It helps to weigh the suspended stuff clouding the tank so it drops more quickly. I added it even though I didn't end up with a huge sand storm even without rinsing the sand. I also saw no major fluctuations when I added this. I didn't add the whole bag to my 150 gallon, but there was a decent amount used and expected a small spike but none came. The packaging from BRS was a million times better for this sand in comparison to the other online place I bought my first batch of sand (which also sent the wrong sand and started the need for this purchase). I have only positive things to say about the packaging BRS provides for their goods! A+ service and A+ product!
good looking sand By carl on 12/26/2015carl would recommend this product to a friendI purchased a 40lb. bag and made the mistake of just dumping it right into my new tank setup. Was cloudy for a week. Once it cleared, the sand looked great. Bought a second 40lb. bag and pre-washed it in new saltwater. cleared up after a day. Am really happy with the end result.
There is a lot of junk in it By John on 12/22/2015John wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis sand likes fine but when you put it in oar tank there is a lot of junk in it stones, big shells 3”to4” in size. Brown in color like play sand. I would not recommend this to a friend
AWESOME By ALEX on 9/15/2015ALEX would recommend this product to a friendGreat product..Shipping was super fast and the price was right!
No Problems By Brett on 8/20/2015Brett would recommend this product to a friendThis is my second experience with this sand. Never had any problems with any water quality.
Great Sand, Very Natural Lookin By Garrett on 6/30/2015Garrett would recommend this product to a friendI was originally hesitant to buy this sand due to the large variety of grain size, presence of shells, and the possibility of sand storms in an SPS dominated tank. I am really glad I went with this sand because of they very natural looking mixture of sizes and shells. This sand gives the feel of the actually variety you would see when diving. Small grain size is no problem with 2 alternating Gyre 150s and the shells/debris that you don't like can be picked. out.
Great sand but lots of big items By Josh on 12/18/2014Josh would recommend this product to a friendI have to say that I am pleased with the sand. I purchased 60lbs. for my 60 gallon SSB, and ended up using less thank 40. I guess the rocks directly on the glass took up a lot of surface area. I placed the sand in then filled the tank by placing a glass bowl at the bottom and filling that up and letting it flow over. I did not rinse the sand first, and I have to say that I am impressed with the cloudiness, as it was not bad at all. The only con is that there were a ton of chunks, shells, ect in the rock.
Excellent By Roger on 11/20/2014Roger would recommend this product to a friendI've used this sand for almost a year now. Liked it so much I bought some more last month for a tank upgrade. Nice color and size.
Can you add additional live sand to an established tank without causing it to cycle?
It makes a cloudy mess to add any sand to an existing tank (which is just an inconvenience more then an actual issue) but it shouldn't cause any sort of cycle. Live sand isn't like live rock in the sense of it having critters in it (that could die, cycle, etc) it just has bacteria on it.
My 120 gallon tank is 72L x ~21H x 18W. What are ideal sand bed depths? If I wanted ~1-1.5 inches of sand, how much should I order? Thanks for your time!
The ideal sand bed will vary from tank to tank whichever you prefer! For 1-1.5" sand bed you will need 70 lbs of sand for a tank of your size. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
What is the shelf life on this live sand?
Thank you for reaching out with your question.
The sand is good for about 24 months after manufacturing and is marked with a best before date.
Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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300 gal. tank, 120"L x 24"W with 4" depth of sand. How much sand
What is the sand composed of? Silica? Aragonite? I'm just curious.
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