Special Grade Arag-Alive! Live Reef Sand - CaribSea

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Quick Overview

Why does BRS recommend this?


When we at Bulk Reef Supply set up a tank that we know will have large amounts of flow our instant choice for sand is the Arag-Alive Special Grade Sand from CaribSea.  With its larger particle size, it does not get pushed around like most other smaller grain sand sizes available and is great for all tanks especially those with a lot of water movement.


 


Special Grage Arag-Alive! Live Aragonite Reef Sand contains millions of live bacteria to create a natural biological balance in your reef tank.



  • Contains live bacteria to assist with a faster cycle

  • Grain size: 1-2mm

  • High Surface Area for Bacteria


 


BRS suggests 1 pound of sand per 2 gallons of display tank volume on average

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Why does BRS recommend this?

When we at Bulk Reef Supply set up a tank that we know will have large amounts of flow our instant choice for sand is the Arag-Alive Special Grade Sand from CaribSea.  With its larger particle size, it does not get pushed around like most other smaller grain sand sizes available and is great for all tanks especially those with a lot of water movement.

 

Special Grage Arag-Alive! Live Aragonite Reef Sand contains millions of live bacteria to create a natural biological balance in your reef tank.

  • Contains live bacteria to assist with a faster cycle
  • Grain size: 1-2mm
  • High Surface Area for Bacteria

 

BRS suggests 1 pound of sand per 2 gallons of display tank volume on average

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10 lb. Special Grade Arag-Alive
SKU: 207436

reg. $23.99

Special Price: $20.39

 
 
20 lb. Special Grade Arag-Alive
SKU: 207437

reg. $38.99

Special Price: $33.14

 

Full Details

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.

 

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?

Below is a table of common tank sizes and how many pounds of Special Grade 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. 

 

Gallons Dimension 1" Depth 2" Depth 3" Depth
10 Gallon 20x10x12 9.7 lbs 19.4 lbs 29.2 lbs
20 Gallon 24x12x16 14.0 lbs 28.0 lbs 42.0 lbs
29 Gallon 30x12x18 17.5 lbs 35.0 lbs 52.5 lbs
30 Gallon 36x13x16 22.8 lbs 45.5 lbs 68.3 lbs
40 Gallon 36x18x16 31.5 lbs 63.0 lbs 94.5 lbs
55 Gallon 48x13x20 29.7 lbs 59.4 lbs 89.1 lbs
75 Gallon 48x18x21 41.1 lbs 82.3 lbs 123.4 lbs
90 Gallon 48x18x24 41.1 lbs 82.3 lbs 123.4 lbs
120 Gallon 48x24x24 54.8 lbs 109.7 lbs 164.5 lbs
180 Gallon 72x24x24 84.0 lbs 168.0 lbs 252.0 lbs
220 Gallon 72x24x30 84.0 lbs 168.0 lbs 252.0 lbs
300 Gallon 72x36x27 126.0 lbs 252.0 lbs 378.0 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

Reviews

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  • Perfect Size By Shane on 10/29/2017

    This stuff is the perfect size and will be my go to from now on. I'm very happy with this sand and how it was shipped. Thanks BRS for carrying a wide variety of grain sizes to choose from. aaaaa
  • Great Sand By WebCitz on 9/10/2017

    Make sure you add this before fish - it makes an existing tank really messy for a day. Added this to a new frag tank and a bag to a refugium on a 2 week old tank. This sand is great - have used the oolite and special grade. Probably prefer the special grade a little more due to slightly larger size. The oolitr is like sugar crystal size.
  • Glad I chose it. By Randall on 4/15/2017

    Not much you can say about a bag of sand, but I can say that to me, this is the most natural looking sand I've used. Filled the tank by pumping the water in over the live rock, and the tank was cloudy for about 12 hours. The sand stays put with pretty high flow.
  • Nice sand By Garrett on 3/10/2017

    This sand is high quality, helps cycle your tank faster, and looks nice. However, after having it in my tank for a few months, I notice it tends to collect more debris than finer grain sand. I'd recommend mixing it about half and half with some finer grain sand. That seems to prevent the original problem, and helps keep the finer sand from blowing around the tank.
  • Special Grade Arag-Alive! Live Reef Sand - CaribSea By Mike. on 3/10/2017

    Special Grade Arag-Alive! Live Reef Sand - CaribSea help me shorten the reef tank cycle.
  • Special Grade Arag-Alive! Live Reef Sand - CaribSea By Mike. on 3/6/2017

    I use a bag and half of Special grade floor sand along with 20 lb bag of the alive reef sand sand in my 125 gallon tank,the water is crystal clear But I can't tell if there is actual bacteria in the tank.
  • Good By Breezy on 2/7/2017

    It worked
  • I highly recommend it By John on 10/27/2016

    Great product,, small enough to be sand and not look like gravel,, large enough so it doesn't blow around like fine sand,, I just put it in the tank last night,, this morning,, the water is crystal clear,, obviously,, I can't tell if there is actual bacteria,, but it's better than nothing :)
  • Da Best Sand! By Bobaloo on 9/10/2016

    This without a doubt is the best sand I've used to date. It was easy to use and it helped with the biological maturation of my newly setup reef. I just pour in ALL the contents of the bag and within a couple of hours, my water was gin clear to see the shimmer of my Kessil lights over the new sand bed!
  • Excellent By Bob on 7/30/2016

    When I set up my previous 120 gallon I used another type of sand and it took days to clear. I am now setting up a 400 gallon tank with a sump water flow of 1800 gal/hr and a closed loop in the tank of 1800 gal/hr with 8 returns. I was worried my tank may look cloudy for many days or the sand would blow around. It came moist with an additive which cleared the water. The next day the water was clear and the sand stayed in place. IMPRESSED!
  • Best sand on market. By Dirt Frog on 6/27/2016

    I use this sand in my 125 gallon tank. Much better than the fine/sugar grain that. BRS does not bag items containing liquid so if there is a puncture of any kind during transport it gets messy. Had a bag of this sand shipped with other items and it leaked salt water all over everything. Customer service was notified and hopefully they adjust their packaging.
  • Poorly packaged. By New Fisher77 on 4/18/2016

    Sand looks good and showed up wet but clearly a lot of moisture seeped out during shipping as the box it came in was soaked.

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Product Questions

Which sand is better for diamond gobies? Fuji or special grade? Will the coarser sand hurt their gills?
Question by: Wendy connolly on Apr 22, 2016 5:52:00 PM
Great question!
Both Sands will work great for a Goby! Technically the Fiji Pink is slightly smaller grains. Both will be fine with the gobies gills. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 26, 2016 6:48:00 PM
How long can I store live sand in the bag after my order arrives ??
Question by: Mark Sutliff on Jan 13, 2016 8:57:00 PM
Great question!
The live sand contains dormant bacteria and can last a very long time, 6-12 months typically in storage at room temperature. It can even in some cases last longer. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jan 14, 2016 11:30:00 AM
how many pounds would I need for a 1'' bed on a 90 gal dimensions 48Lx18Wx24H?
Question by: Josh Carver on Apr 14, 2016 7:06:00 PM
Great question!
You will need between 40 lbs (for 1" sand bed) to 60 lbs for 2" sand bed. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 19, 2016 12:17:00 PM
How many pounds will I need for a 2"-2.5" sand bed in my 150 gallon tank with a 48"x24" footprint?
Question by: Corey on Aug 15, 2016 4:58:00 PM
Hey there, great question! For a 2" sandbed on that tank, you would need about 93lbs. You can find those calculations here. :-)

http://www.garf.org/calculators/SandBedCalculator.asp

Thanks!
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Aug 16, 2016 6:24:00 PM
how many pounds would you guys recommend for a 1'' bed with a tank dimension of 84"L x 36"W x 24"H
Question by: Ferenc Nagy on Jun 10, 2016 11:23:00 PM
Great question
For a 1" sand bed you will technically need 122lbs. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 14, 2016 4:36:00 PM
How many bags would i need for a 1 inch sand bed in a 180gallon tank?
Question by: Christopher on Dec 2, 2013 2:40:00 PM
Hey Christopher,
It depends on the exact dimensions of your tank, but assuming a standard sized 180g tank your looking at right around 100lbs.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Dec 2, 2013 2:40:00 PM