Sansibar Jbl Dark.
In one of our aquariums lay a light coloured soil. Later decided to replace it with a darker one. And in order not to disturb the biological balance, the light coloured soil decided to leave. And just put the dark soil on top. It turned out beautifully, but only up to the first siphon of soil. Then everything mixed up and it turned out an unpleasant type of colorful porridge.
Therefore, we decided to completely replace the soil in the aquarium. And since shrimps live in an aquarium, the soil was chosen mainly for them. Well, as always, the main criterion for the selection of the soil should be its naturalness. That there was no plastic and dyes in the composition. By the way, in the local and rather large pet store, I could not find a suitable soil. One solid plastic with some unimaginable cosmic colors. (That's why then there are so many posts in aquarium groups about fish diseases among novice aquatics).
In general, I had to search the Internet. And quite quickly and at a great price a suitable option was found, Sansibar Jbl Dark.
As we can see from the description on the package - Sansibar Jbl Dark completely natural, neutral in water, and most importantly, ideal for crabs and shrimps.
Sansibar Jbl Dark. Preparation and placement in the aquarium.
After removing the sand from the package, a dark-gray substance appears before us, which at a macro approximation looks more like black-and-white. Also, the sand will appear in the aquarium. From afar you look - gray, bring your eyes closer, black and white. (In the photo and video below). To the touch the sand is very fine and pleasant.
The most difficult with the preparation of this soil, is to wash it. Although manufacturers write that it is almost ready for use and you need to remove only dust that has arisen during transportation. We washed our own for quite a long time and many times. But, unlike other soils (read after this post) in our aquariums, we could not achieve perfect water clarity. And we came to the conclusion that some grains of sand are very small and simply do not immediately sink. Therefore, we decided to lay down and see what happens. In the end, after a couple of days everything settled down, and the water became clear. Shrimps, both large and small, they perfectly feel themselves on it, the paws do not scratch, and even pass grains of sand through their mouths. All this can be seen in detail in the video below.
Photos of the process:
Jbl Sansibar Dark. VIDEO.
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