Editor's Choice - Our Favorite AQQA Aquarium Sand

1. AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5-in-1 Electric Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Set for Absorb Dirt, C...

User Ratings: 75

AQQA First Impressions

"I love the color!"

I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle.

  • AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5-in-1 Electric Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Set for Absorb Dirt, Change Water, Wash Sand, Water Shower, 20W, 320GPH
  • MULTIFUNCTION GRAVEL CLEANER: AQQA aquarium gravel cleaner is designed to clean up small gravel and change water of fish tank. It also can remove the dirt, residue from the bottom of aquarium. 5 in 1 functions with water changer + sand washer + debris cleaning + water filter + water shower. Should connect with different connector when working for different function, eliminating the need to purchase multiple tools separately
  • ADJUSTABLE DESIGN: Equipped with an inlet tube and two extension tubes, can create a total length of 38.4 inches. The tube can be extended from 16.9 inches to 33.6 inches, so user can adjust the height according to fish tank size or the water level, which is suitable for tanks with different heights
  • STRONG POWER: The 110V/20W powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 320GPH. Strong Power with Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Suitable for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • EFFECTIVE FILTERING: Clean gravel, siphon the fish excrement and other debris by the filter mesh bag, then the clean water will permeate from the bag and flow into tank, also can drain out water through outlet pipe.The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water
  • WHAT YOU GET: Aquarium Gravel Cleaning kit includes 2 sections of extension tubes,1 filter bag,1 outlet hose,1 sand washing head,1 brush head,1 sand vacuum,1 water intake strainer,1 duckbill suction inlet,1 shower head,1 power adapter. AQQA provide 12 Month Warranty and 24 Hour Professional After-sales Service. Please don't hesitate to contact us to get help
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AQQA Final Thoughts

"Plants love it!"

It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.8


(7 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated AQQA Aquarium Sand

2. AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Siphon Kit,6 in 1 Electric Automatic Removable Vacuum Water Changer,M...

User Ratings: 62

AQQA First Impressions

"I hope it goes away soon."

Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. It helped the water clear up faster. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand.

  • AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Siphon Kit,6 in 1 Electric Automatic Removable Vacuum Water Changer,Multifunction Wash Sand Suck The Stool Filter 110V/20W 320GPH
  • 【Multifuncation Aquarium Gravel Cleaner】The main function is ①automatic changer water ②sand washer ③debris cleaning ④water filter ⑤water shower ⑥water cycle,With this product,make your fish tank cleaning activities are time-saving and efficient.
  • 【Complete Accessories, High Quality】①360° Brush Head,can clean the dirt on the wall of the fish tank ②45 ° Corner Suction Inlet,Used to clean fine sand ③Duckbill Suction Inlet with spatula,Used to absorb debris and feces at the bottom of the fish tank. If can’t suck it up, you can use a Plastic spatula ④360 ° Water Intake Strainer with suction cups,used change water, add water ⑤Gravel Washer with filter sponge,used wash sand ⑥Water Shower with Filter Bag,used turtle showering and filter
  • 【Extendable Handle Suitable For All Fish Tanks】The tube can be extended from 16.9 inches to 33.6 inches,just turn on the switch at the junction of the pipe to extend the pipe.suitable for various sizes of fish tanks,never worry about your hands being not long enough and the fish tank is too high.External switch for easy operation,Please note that the switch is not waterproof, please stay away from water.
  • 【Upgrade Electric Water Changer, Cleaning is Easier】Electric Water pump provides powerful power,rapid change water,effectively clean up impurities in the fish tank.The incident that made you clean the fish tank is no longer so hard.The starting water level can be as low as 2in and the pumping as low as 0.3in.Equipped ceramic shaft,Very quiet operation.
  • 【Fast And Convenient Installation And Disassembly】The assembly is very simple, you can assemble in order, without any other tools,can be disassembled and freely assembled to meet your different needs.When you don't need to use it, it can be disassembled and stored without taking up space.
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AQQA Final Thoughts

"One is a dechlorinator."

You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Plant tanks require high light levels. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned.

Overall Score
4.2


(3 Points)

3. AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5-in-1 Electric Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Set for Absorb Dirt, C...

User Ratings: 75

AQQA First Impressions

"I love the color!"

I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle.

  • AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5-in-1 Electric Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Set for Absorb Dirt, Change Water, Wash Sand, Water Shower, 20W, 320GPH
  • MULTIFUNCTION GRAVEL CLEANER: AQQA aquarium gravel cleaner is designed to clean up small gravel and change water of fish tank. It also can remove the dirt, residue from the bottom of aquarium. 5 in 1 functions with water changer + sand washer + debris cleaning + water filter + water shower. Should connect with different connector when working for different function, eliminating the need to purchase multiple tools separately
  • ADJUSTABLE DESIGN: Equipped with an inlet tube and two extension tubes, can create a total length of 38.4 inches. The tube can be extended from 16.9 inches to 33.6 inches, so user can adjust the height according to fish tank size or the water level, which is suitable for tanks with different heights
  • STRONG POWER: The 110V/20W powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 320GPH. Strong Power with Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Suitable for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • EFFECTIVE FILTERING: Clean gravel, siphon the fish excrement and other debris by the filter mesh bag, then the clean water will permeate from the bag and flow into tank, also can drain out water through outlet pipe.The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water
  • WHAT YOU GET: Aquarium Gravel Cleaning kit includes 2 sections of extension tubes,1 filter bag,1 outlet hose,1 sand washing head,1 brush head,1 sand vacuum,1 water intake strainer,1 duckbill suction inlet,1 shower head,1 power adapter. AQQA provide 12 Month Warranty and 24 Hour Professional After-sales Service. Please don't hesitate to contact us to get help
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AQQA Final Thoughts

"Plants love it!"

It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.8


(7 Points)

4. Penn-Plax Deco-Replicas Sand & Seashell Lighthouse Aquarium Ornament – 3 Safe for Freshwater and S...

User Ratings: 67 17

Penn-Plax RR1052 First Impressions

"A REALLY LOT."

Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. It looks really pretty and natural. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. When adding water, no dust, no mess. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Penn-Plax Deco-Replicas Sand & Seashell Lighthouse Aquarium Ornament – 3 Safe for Freshwater and Saltwater Tanks
  • LIKE SAND BETWEEN THE TOES: Bring the warmth and joy of the beach to your aquarium with the Deco-Replicas Sand & Seashell Lighthouse Aquarium Ornament. This piece is accented with a blue trim, mini decorative windows and entries, an open star cutout, and 2 large entrance swim-throughs.
  • MADE OF SAFE AND DURABLE RESIN: Our ornaments are inspected with your fish’s safety in mind; the material is safe for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. With a finely constructed base, you don’t need to worry about the Lighthouse floating around once you place it underwater.
  • SUPER SIMPLE TO CLEAN: Before placing into your tank, or as you as perform regular cleaning and maintenance, simply wipe down and rinse off the ornament with warm water. Never use soap, as the residual soap particles can harm your fish.
  • MEASUREMENTS: The Lighthouse measures overall at 3.5” (Diameter) x 8.3” (Height). The 2 large entrance swim-throughs measure 2” (W) x 2.5” (H) and 1.5” (W) x 2.25” (H).
  • NAUTICAL DÉCOR: The Sand & Seashell Lighthouse also makes for a great decoration piece for parties, weddings, beach houses, nautical themed rooms, or the bedroom of an ocean loving child who’s into all things aquatic.
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: PENN-PLAX
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 8 inches; 4.8 Ounces
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Penn-Plax RR1052 Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

Overall Score
4.1


(40 Points)

5. Houkr Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Tools, 6 in 1 Adjustable Cleaning Kit & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siph...

User Ratings: 55

Houkr First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium.

  • Houkr Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Tools, 6 in 1 Adjustable Cleaning Kit & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siphon for Water Changing, Sand Cleaner
  • Six Multi-purpose Tools:6 PCS,Fish net ,Spoon net, Algae scraper, Window sponge, Plant fork and Gravel rake.
  • Aquarium Cleaning Pump: Help you save more time and be more efficient when cleaning your fish tank. Just squeeze the suction balloon softly so that the water can be suck up.
  • Adjustable Handle:35-87cm / 13.7-34.25inch.Stretching freely, tightly fixed and not to fall off.
  • Durable ABS Plastic:It's made of high quality ABS plastic for long-lasting use.
  • Easy to Use:Assemble the handle and accessory holder to the rod,tighten the connection for the length you want.
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Houkr Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. It looks really pretty and natural. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand.

Overall Score
4.3


(30 Points)

6. Gerbil Sand Chinchilla Bath Dust Hamster Bathing Sand Pure Pumice Dust Sand Toys for Degus Guinea Pi...

User Ratings: 66 9

Hamiledyi First Impressions

"HOW TO WASH SAND."

I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

  • Gerbil Sand Chinchilla Bath Dust Hamster Bathing Sand Pure Pumice Dust Sand Toys for Degus Guinea Pigs Bunny Rabbits (2LB)
  • ❤100% natural volcano dust and is totally free from bacteria.Great chioice for chinchilla,bunny hamster bath.
  • ❤ It is the choice of many owners of show chinchillas for ideal coat condition.
  • ❤Pet will thoroughly enjoy themselves and the sand will help keep their coats healthy by removing excess oils.
  • ❤Keeps your pet entertained for hours.This small animal grooming sand an also be used as a potty training kit for degus,gerbil, chinchilla, hedgehog, guinea pig,etc
  • ❤Package including:1 bag*2LB bathing sand
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Hamiledyi Final Thoughts

"Great product."

Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. The item is as pictured and described. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! Plant tanks require high light levels.

Overall Score
4.3


(44 Points)

7. TERAPUMP Genuine Aquarium Pond Fish Tank Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Free

User Ratings: 61 8

TERAPUMP A-TRFTCLN-S-P02-NW-001 First Impressions

"Yes, its grey not black."

I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it.

  • TERAPUMP Genuine Aquarium Pond Fish Tank Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Free
  • Narrow Suction Tube: This smaller suction tube allow for use in smaller Aquariums ( 10 Gallons or less)
  • Flow Control: Water flow can be controlled by pinching the flow control tube
  • Nozzle is for cleaning Fish Leftover Food, Droppings and Fine Gravel / Takes the Waste out while Replacing the Water; Will not Hurt any Small Aquarium Life when in use
  • Suction Cub: Securely keeps the suction tube in place allowing the pump to operated with one hand
  • Filter will keeps Large Gravel from entering pump to prevent blockage while operating ( 1 Gallons per Minute )
  • Flow Control: Water flow can be controlled by pinching the flow control tube
  • Filter: Keeps large gravel from entering pump to prevent blockage while operating
  • Operation bulb: Squeeze the bulb to initiate the siphon to start transferring liquid from one receptacle to another
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TERAPUMP A-TRFTCLN-S-P02-NW-001 Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps!"

Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! Not too white, more a beige-grey color. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in.

Overall Score
4.2


(5167 Points)

8. ZJchao Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Height Adjustabld Electric Fish Tank Siphon Cleaning Water Changer E...

User Ratings: 58 42

ZJchao First Impressions

"Plants love it!"

I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light.

  • ZJchao Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Height Adjustabld Electric Fish Tank Siphon Cleaning Water Changer Equiped with Extension Tube, Sand Algae Cleaner Filter
  • Clean gravel, siphon the fish excrement and other debris by the filter mesh bag, then the clean water will permeate from the bag and flow into tak, also can drain out water through outlet pipe
  • Comes with a water inlet tube and two extension tubes, so user can adjust the height according to fish tak size or the water level
  • The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water
  • Powered by 2pcs
  • Top handle part can be hung on the edge of fish tak, the cleaner helps to free your hands and clean the tak effortlessly
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ZJchao Final Thoughts

"This sand is gorgeous!"

I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I never did get around to switching to gravel. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Plant tanks require high light levels. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand.

Overall Score
3.3


(2 Points)

9. Hermit Crab Sand Substrate

Carolina Biological Supply Company First Impressions

"More like micro gravel."

2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Hermit Crab Sand Substrate
  • This sand substrate is perfect for your hermit crab habitat
  • Unlike the calcium carbonate "sand" often sold as hermit crab substrate, this premium blend of natural sand, coconut fiber, calcium carbonate, sea salt mix, and probiotics is the superior choice for healthy land hermit crabs
  • This mix won't cling to crabs and promotes natural digging and healthy molting
  • 6-lb bag.
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Carolina Biological Supply Company Final Thoughts

"He digs holes."

I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. But that is also something to consider with all sands. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
5.0


(5 Points)

10. One Stop Outdoor Decorative Stones, (5-lbs/2250g) Stones/Rock Crystal Sands for Bonsai Succulent Pla...

User Ratings: 88

One Stop Outdoor First Impressions

"Highly recommended."

Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

  • One Stop Outdoor Decorative Stones, (5-lbs/2250g) Stones/Rock Crystal Sands for Bonsai Succulent Plants Ornament/Bottom Decoration/Aquarium Turtle Tank Landscape (Fills 6.25 Cups)
  • BLACK 1/5" Pebbles
  • Aquarium, Terrarium, Decoration, Landscape, Vase or Pot Fill
  • Indoor & Outdoor Use
  • PREMIUM PEBBLE & STONE PRODUCTS
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One Stop Outdoor Final Thoughts

"Yes, its grey not black."

I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria.

Overall Score
4.8


(5 Points)

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