Black aquarium gravel in Nassau County is selling for a bargain, and the Bahamas Aquarium says it’s made the decision in response to demand.
The Bahamas Aquaria’s Black aquarace gravel is being offered for $2.50 per pound.
It has been in use since 1997 and is sold as a white gravel, which it’s now called.
Black aquarist Mike Hickey, who has been growing and selling aquaria for decades, said he’s sold gravel for $10-$12 a pound for years, but he’s now seeing a lot more interest in it.
“It’s kind of hard to tell exactly how much is in it, but it’s a lot,” Hickey said.
Hickey said he saw demand skyrocket for gravels in his hometown of Bristol, West Virginia, when the Great Lakes were flooding in 2010.
He says that gravel was also used to create a floating garden at the local aquarium.
Hicky said he didn’t expect demand for gravel in Bahamas to skyrocket.
“It’s hard to say how much we’re going to get, but I would say we’re probably going to see maybe 50 percent,” he said.
But while he doesn’t expect the price of gravel to go through the roof, Hickey is selling gravel at a discount because it’s so affordable.
“If you buy gravel at $2 per pound, that’s $200 per pound,” he explained.
He’s sold the gravel for just under $100 in the past two months, but Hickey says it won’t be long before he’s selling more.
He’s still trying to find buyers, but said the demand for the gravel is so strong, he’s had people call him asking about purchasing it.
Hichlias aquarium has been operating in Nassua County since 2007.
He said he sold gravel in 2014 and he thinks demand has never been higher.
“I think that’s what’s going to keep it going,” Hichliss said.