Recreate your finned friends’ natural habitat with Pure Water Pebbles Bio-Activ Live African Cichlid Aquarium Substrate. Designed to simulate the bed of an African rift lake, this Bio-Activ, nutrient-enriched material contains live bacteria that quickly stabilizes your tank so you can add fish the same day you set it up. It eliminates nitrogenous waste and restores natural organic balance to provide a safe environment for your fish. In addition, it helps reduce harmful nitrate, maintain proper pH and enhance buffering capacity, while also providing essential inorganic elements needed to achieve and maintain pristine water quality.
100% natural substrate is collected using a unique process that preserves all bacteria in their natural live state.
Live heterrotophic, autotrophic and chemolithotrophic bacteria provide proper inorganic balance.
Instant cycling eliminates nitrogenous waste including ammonia and nitrite and restores natural organic balance to provide a safe environment.
Also helps reduce harmful nitrate, maintain proper pH and enhance buffering capacity, along with providing essential inorganic elements.
White or black granules measure 1.2-1.7 mm, and rift lake granules measure 6-8 mm; also includes trace elements and critical nutrients needed to maintain ideal tank water quality.
Use a minimum of 1-lb Pure Water Pebbles African Cichlid Substrate per gallon of fresh water. Set up filtering system and allow it to circulate. During the first month introduce no more than 1 inch of sand per 5 gallons of fresh water.
This gravel is great but it is mostly black so it's rather dark in the tank. I prefer a combination of it and the Pure Water Pebbles Malawi Mix. It creates a more pleasing appearance. My fish seem happy and they don't dig as much as before.
on Nov 10, 2020
I love it! My tank water is so clear and they rocks are so natural looking
Happy with purchase
on May 25, 2020
Substrate is a big decision for the detail oriented hobbyist and I am very happy with this. The color is nice and the variation of material is interesting. I added a couple hand fulls of bigger shells from my old aquarium and they matched great. Not 100% sure on the effect of the ph because i do have some bleached coral in it as well thats supposed to raise ph but it seems to help. My ph is good for cichlids either way. Was real happy with my decision but i do think its a bit expensive. Would buy again but I'd be happier if it was about 25% cheaper.
on Jul 18, 2020
It is a great product but it ships terribly. It leaked throughout the box and ruined several items. Why would these bags be shipped and handled in a fashion that allows them to get broken?
Best Substrate I have ever used
on Aug 22, 2019
If you want your PH, and basically all your chemical levels to have a good start then this stuff is the best there is. I dumped 3 bags straight out of the bag in the tank after treating the water and not even 24 hours later it is crystal clear. There are beautiful shells and little red rocks in the substrate. I researched long and hard and settled on this substrate. Amazing product. Highly highly recommended.
cichlids loved this
on Aug 11, 2019
My new fishies loved this! When I put it in their tank they were picking at all the shells and were busy for a long time at the bottom! They seemed so happy! They also don't carry this at my local pet store so I was happy Chewy had it!
Fake stone color
on Mar 16, 2019
Do not buy if you want natural black stone. Black stones are coated with black color. Not natural black. A large number of large size stones are in substrate. I did first sifting with ¼ mesh screen. Tried to break the large ones up with steel plate. They are not black stones but gray to white coated with black color. Turns into grey mess. Very disappointed opened two bags.
on Apr 12, 2019
This substrate works just as it says able to add fish with 24hrs of setting tank up. I would recomend adding a small amount of fish as a time until tank is established.
on Mar 25, 2019
Great substrate for getting your tank started ASAP! Added my new fish in the next day after getting the temp good.
Non live substrate
on Dec 29, 2018
If your buying this or any substrate to help cycle your tank don't bother. It looks great but I've set up 3 or 4 tanks and non of the "live" substrate has ever done anything for ammonia or nitrites, even for 1 fish. Buy for appearance only. Bio Live is a marketing gimmick. Would give it 5 stars for appearance but only 3 because of the misleading Bio Live name.