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Old 02-02-2015, 07:41 PM
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Question advice on this sand plz......

Hello all, would really appreciate some advice on this sand......


http://www.amazon.com/Live-Sand-Pure...2923953&sr=1-3

and do i need to wash the sand since it is live ?

ty you much for your thoughts on this.
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Old 02-08-2015, 01:53 PM
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Hello all, would really appreciate some advice on this sand......


http://www.amazon.com/Live-Sand-Pure...2923953&sr=1-3

and do i need to wash the sand since it is live ?

ty you much for your thoughts on this.
I ordered my 180 lbs. from eBay at $0.89/lb from the same seller- Crystal Reef. Free shipping. For fresh water tank, you don't need live sand, so why the added weight? You could ask Crystal Reef to ship dry as that's one of the options. Here is my experiences with this sand:
- Sand was really white. It looks beautiful.
- it's random in size, ranging from baking powder (look like that's what it is) size the around size #20.
- I had to rinse it many, many times.
- Once in the tank and the dust settled, so do speak, the substrate looked so glowing white under my BeamsWork LED. Too white for my taste. It would look real good for a reef tank though!
- HERE WAS MY REAL PROBLEM. After a bout 5 days, and one after another, all the fins on my Mobas started to rot due to some mysterious reason. First I thought one of the Moba was having some kind of problem. But after they all developed the same problem, I suspected that it has something to do with the substrate. After removing all of the sand, the fin condition of my Mobas recovered. So that confirmed my suspicion about the origin of the cause.
- I returned the sand to the seller. THE ONLINE CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST THAT I HAVE EVER DEALT WITH!!! The person I've talked to,by emails and phone, Shelley, was supper helpful!
- I've ended up returning all <150 lbs. and get a full refund for 180 lbs. even though one of the 6 boxes of 30 lbs. each got lost in shipping. eBay (or seller?) paid for my return shipping cost. Even though the website stated that there may be a 20% restocking fee, but they gave me FULL REFUND due to my circumstance.
So, that was my experiences with this sand. The decision is yours
Hope this help.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:50 AM
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Default Crystal Reef sand

thanks joe,

i did get the sand dry and washed it many times...i already added it to my tank. ill keep a very close eye on the fish and tank for any problems.
thats amazing that crystal reef took the sand back and even paid for shipping.
you dont get cust service like that anymore.
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:08 PM
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thanks joe,

i did get the sand dry and washed it many times...i already added it to my tank. ill keep a very close eye on the fish and tank for any problems.
thats amazing that crystal reef took the sand back and even paid for shipping.
you dont get cust service like that anymore.
Yeah, Lord Zodiac. Please keep me/us update about this sand. I am curious about wether the same problem I had experienced would happened to you as well, or was it just an isolated case. Btw, what species of fish are you keeping in the tank that uses this substrate?
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:05 PM
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I personally like the black substrate is the fish are brightly colored like Zaire variants or other africans like peacocks or victorians. but if the fish are dark colored like say Burundi I like like colored substrate.
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Black all day long!

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