Freshwater Substrates

  • AFRICAN CICHLID MIX™
  • Eco-Complete™ Cichlid
  • Eco‑Complete’s™ Planted
  • Super Naturals™
  • Samurai Soil™
  • Samurai Soil™ Multi-Color

Caribsea African Cichlid MixAFRICAN CICHLID MIX™

Offered in seven varieties to suit every aquarist’s taste. CaribSea’s African Cichlid substrates can help recreate a variety of environments. Rift Lake Authentic™ is a typical Mbuna setup while Sahara Sand™ is ideal for nesting featherfins. The African Cichlid Mix™ Original is great in just about any application! The bold colors of all the Cichlid Mixes encourage the vibrant, natural coloration of your fish. CaribSea’s Cichlid products naturally buffer for the life of the aquarium simplifying the process of matching water quality parameters to the Great Rift Lakes of Africa. African Cichlid Mixes™ also resist the eventual downward drift of pH in long established or crowded systems. Seasoned hobbyists and beginners alike appreciate the ease of maintaining water quality as much as the beauty of these substrates.

 
AFRICAN CICHLID MIX White Sand

White Sand

Typical Size: 0.5 – 1.5mm
Average Density: 73 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 20 lb bag (00226)

AFRICAN CICHLID MIX Sahara Sand

Sahara Sand

Typical Size: 0.5 – 1.5mm
Average Density: 92 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 20 lb bag (00222)

AFRICAN CICHLID MIX Original

Original

Typical Size: 5.0 – 10.0mm
Average Density: 70 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 20 lb bag (00220)

AFRICAN CICHLID MIX Ivory Coast Sand

Ivory Coast Sand

Typical Size: 1.0 – 2.5mm
Average Density: 94 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 20 lb bag (00223)

Caribsea Eco-Complete African CichlidEco-Complete™ Cichlid

Maintains the high pH that African Cichlids need while helping to resist pH drops associated with Cichlid systems. It buffers automatically for the life of the aquarium. Contains live, water purifying bacteria that makes cycling a new aquarium faster and safer. No rinsing required! Eco‑Complete™ is packed in a water conditioning solution for immediate results!

AFRICAN CICHLID MIX White Sand

White Sand

Typical Size: 0.5 – 1.5mm
Average Density: 54 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 20 lb bag (00778)

AFRICAN CICHLID MIX Sahara Sand

Sand

Typical Size: 0.5 – 1.5mm
Average Density: 92 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 20 lb bag (00772)

Eco‑Complete Eco Black

Zach Black

Typical Size: 4.0 – 10.0mm
Average Density: 54 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 20 lb bag (00777)

Setting Up a 65 Gallon African Cichlid Aquarium

With – South Seas Base Rock, South Seas Shelf Rock, LifeRock, Eco-Complete Cichlid, RhyzoMat, Rubble Zone, Ready-Water

Caribsea Eco-CompleteEco-Complete™ Planted

Eco‑Complete’s™ secret lies in rich basaltic volcanic soil which contains iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur plus over 25 other elements to nourish your aquatic plants. Floraspore™ symbionts activate the root-substrate interface to facilitate the uptake of minerals which make for a healthier root and healthier plant. Iron rich Eco‑Complete™ eliminates the need for laterite. No artificial dyes, paints, or chemical coatings. Eco-Complete™ has highly porous spherical grains for optimum diffusion performance and contains live Heterotrophic bacteria to rapidly convert fish waste into natural food for your aquatic plants. It establishes a natural biological balance which makes cycling a new aquarium faster and safer.

Eco‑Complete Eco Black

Black

Typical Size: 0.25 – 7.0mm
Average Density: 54 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 00770, 20 lb

Eco‑Complete Eco Red

Red

Typical Size: 3.0 – 6.0mm
Average Density: 54 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 00771, 20 lb

Super Naturals™

Create a supernatural experience by re-creating the natural world in your home. Enjoy a piece of the Rio Negro as it winds its way through dark and brooding jungles. Own a sliver of the sunlit Sri Lankan gravel streams famous for sapphires and rubies. Dramatic black sand rivers and beaches grace the flanks of verdant tropical islands capped by smouldering volcanoes. These exotic locales provide the backdrop for some of the world’s most spectacular aquatic life. The Super Naturals™ line is specially selected and crafted to match these exotic environments.

Supernaturals

SUPER NATURALS Crystal River

Crystal River

Typical Size: 0.5 – 1.0mm
Average Density: 95 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 05840, 5 lb; 00840, 20 lb; 00870, 50 lb

SUPER NATURALS Moonlight Sand

Moonlight Sand

Typical Size: 0.25 – 0.75mm
Average Density: 95 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 05820, 5 lb; 00820, 20 lb; 00850, 50 lb

SUPER NATURALS Peace River

Peace River

Typical Size: 1.0 – 2.0mm
Average Density: 93 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 05832, 5 lb; 00832, 20 lb; 00862, 50 lb

SUPER NATURALS Sunset Gold

Sunset Gold

Typical Size: 0.25 – 1.0mm
Average Density: 94 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 05839, 5 lb; 00839, 20 lb; 00869, 50 lb

SUPER NATURALS Torpedo Beach

Torpedo Beach

Typical Size: 0.5 – 2.0mm
Average Density: 94 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 05823, 5 lb; 00823, 20 lb; 00853, 50 lb

SUPER NATURALS Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Typical Size: 5.0 – 26.0mm
Average Density: 95 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 05874, 5 lb; 00874, 20 lb; 00894, 50 lb

SUPER NATURALS Gemstone Creek

Gemstone Creek

Typical Size: 3.0 – 5.0mm
Average Density: 96 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 05847, 5 lb; 00847, 20 lb; 00877, 50 lb

SUPER NATURALS Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans

Typical size: 13.0 – 26.0mm
Average Density: 99 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 05849, 5 lb; 00849, 20 lb; 00879, 50 lb

SUPER NATURALS Snowy River

Snowy River

Typical Size: 4.0 – 5.0mm
Average Density: 91 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 05846, 5 lb; 00846, 20 lb; 00866, 50 lb

SUPER NATURALS Zen Garden

Zen Garden

Typical Size: 9.5 – 13.0mm
Average Density: 92 pounds per cubic foot
Item: 05848, 5 lb; 00848, 20 lb; 00878, 50 lb

Samurai Soil JarSamurai Soil™

  • The ideal substrate for shrimp and planted aquaria
  • This unique, uniformly graded material fits the pH and mineral requirements of the most sensitive freshwater fauna and flora, without the muddy texture and crumbling often seen with other brands.
Samurai Soil Sample Black

Samurai Soil™

Typical Size: 1 mm approximately
Item: 05840, 5lb; 00840, 20lb; 00870, 50lb

Samurai Soil Multi-Color jarSamurai Soil™ Multi-Color

This interesting color twist on Samurai Soil makes for a spectacular display! Maroon, black, and white spheres (1 mm approx.) are a beautiful and functional backdrop for shrimp and planted aquaria. Samurai Soil is incredibly porous and pH neutral, and will not disintegrate or turn to mud. The smaller grain size keep smaller shrimp from getting lost in the substrate and increases biological filtration.

Samurai Soil sample Multi-Color

Samurai Soil™ Multi-Color

Typical Size: 1 mm approximately
Item: #00764 3.5 lb, #00765 9 lb

FRESHWATER ROCKS

  • Exotica™
  • South Seas Base Rock

Exotica™ Freshwater Rocks

Bold and Beautiful. Exotica™, the new freshwater rock line from CaribSea. Specially selected from around the world, these dramatic stones are the backdrop of the most spectacular freshwater aquascapes. All natural, no paints, dyes, or plastic coatings. Use with our Super Naturals™, Eco-Complete™, or Samurai Soil™ to create strikingly beautiful freshwater aquascapes.

Use: Freshwater Aquaria

Caribsea Black River Rock

Black River Rock

Rock: 00323 – 25lb box; 10323 – 12lb bag

Caribsea Dragon Stone

Dragon Stone

Stone: 00329 – 25lb box; 10329 10lb bag
Small Accent Pieces 11329 – 25lb box

Caribsea Mountain Stone

Mountain Stone

Stone: 00328 – 25lb box; 10328 – 12lb bag

South Seas Base Rock

Awesome porosity and void space

Great for marine, reef and cichlid – heck it’s cichlid heaven!

South Seas Base Rock – Natural weathering processes form the fantastic shapes of South Seas Base Rock by the erosion and pitting of limestone over the course of eons. It is clean and safe for marine, reef and hard water freshwater aquariums such as African cichlids. South Seas Base Rock can also be an interesting and realistic addition to a desert reptile biome. Also available as a flat shelf rock (#00371) as in LifeRock™.

Package Sizes:

New Size!  7 pound bag – Ideal for nano reefs or as accent rock in hardwater freshwater aquariums.

7 lb net bag (#10372); 10 lb net bag (#00372); 40 lb box (#00370); 500 lb pallet (#00373); 1000 lb pallet (#00374)
Shelf Rock 40 lb box (#00371)

Use: Freshwater, Marine and Reef Aquaria

South Seas Base Rock 2

CaribSea African Cichlid Tank

With – South Seas Base Rock, South Seas Shelf Rock, LifeRock, Eco-Complete Cichlid, RhyzoMat, Rubble Zone