CaribSea Aquarium Substrates: Closest Thing to a Chunk of Real Seafloor
Why does AlgaeBarn like CaribSea aquarium substrates?
Choice of aquarium substrate greatly affects the overall health of any marine aquarium, both during initial set-up and over the long term. CaribSea has offered the broadest selection of sands and gravels for decades and their product line has never been better. Seeded with nitrifying bacteria, the Arag-Alive substrates are especially good choices when establishing a new aquarium or refugium. Additionally, they are attractive and natural in appearance. Whether seeking a sand of a specific color to replicate a particular biotope, or seeking a specific grade to suit a particular burrowing animal, CaribSea aquarium substrates have your bottom covered.
CaribSea Aquarium Substrate Information:
As are many natural, reef-associated beach sands, CaribSea Aquarium substrates are composed primarily of calcium carbonate. Bits of shell hash, foraminiferan tests, calcareous algal crust, etc. give each blend its characteristic color and texture. Applying generously (1 1/2″ or more in depth) promotes the health of various anaerobic microbes, which contribute to the biological removal of nitrates and dissolved organics.
Though heavily inoculated with beneficial microbes, Arag-Alive substrates (unlike seed material scooped from someone else’s tank bottom) pose no risk of introducing pests or parasites.
CaribSea Aquarium Substrates Key Benefits:
- 1. They are clean, pest-free and completely reef-safe.
- 2. Their carbonate component helps to maintain proper aquarium water alkalinity.
- 3. Arag-Alive substrates are pre-seeded with nitrifying bacteria, shortening the cycling period in new systems.
- 4. They provides a massive amount of usable surface area for beneficial bacteria growth.
- 5. They provide an excellent habitat for infaunal (burrowing) species to anchor, forage and/or hide.
- 6. They reduce tank maintenance, allowing you to support a larger bioload in your tank.
Featured CaribSea Aquarium Substrates:
Caribsea Arag-Alive Fiji Pink
Caribsea Arag-Alive Indo-Pacific Black
Caribsea Arag-Alive Hawaiian Black
Caribsea Arag-Alive Special Grade Reef Sand
Caribsea Ocean Direct-Oolite
Note: This listing is for a 20lb bag of CaribSea Arag-Alive Live Sand