question about Nature's Ocean black sand

Discussion in 'Freshwater Substrates - Gravel, Sand' started by midthought, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    I'm tempted to pick up a couple bags of this sand (), but I have three questions:

    1. Is it really okay to use in freshwater? My understanding is that this is reef/beach sand and meant to help cycle tanks (I presume saltwater tanks).
    2. Will it in fact not affect my pH? I'm concerned because, in short, beach sand -> coral -> higher pH.
    3. Is that really sand sand? The close up picture looks like gravel.

    I want inert sand for (freshwater) cory cats to play seems so simple until Craigslist shows up, making me all weary.
  2. Goldwing_DonWell Known MemberMember

    Looks like a good deal to me does look like very fine gravel to me. so it would be great for your Cory cats.. you could see if they have it at your LFS and check it out..
  3. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    My main concern was that I had no time to go to the LFS to look at it this week, at least before I leave town Thursday-Tuesday. So I emailed the guy to see if I could come see it Thursday morning or the following week...

    Also, it doesn't look like it's actually Nature's Ocean reef sand, but rather Aqua Terra...but the blurb he put up on Craigslist is exactly the same as the one on  . Hopefully that means it's sand and not the fine gravel in the picture. I have enough black gravel!