Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Aqua KT Aquarium Sand

1. Aqua KT Fish Tank Aquarium Sand Shovel

User Ratings: 68

Aqua KT First Impressions

"I was looking for a 1-1."

There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. When adding water, no dust, no mess. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub.

  • Aqua KT Fish Tank Aquarium Sand Shovel
  • Made of plastic material, economical and practical.
  • Lightweight and handle well. Help to scoop the sand easily.
  • Sand Shovel is durable for home garden, fish tank, aquarium, pool use.
  • Designed with small slats, perfect for filtering sand and removing large waste items for sifting dirt from fish tank gravel.
  • You can find more products about fish tank in the Store “Aqua KT”.
  • Manufacture: Aqua KT
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqua KT
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Aqua KT Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

Some people might have time to, but I do not. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. It looks great and it's super quality. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(32 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Aqua KT Aquarium Sand

2. Aqua KT Premium Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Sand Cleaner Filler Strainer Water Changer for Fish Tank

User Ratings: 49 10

Aqua KT First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

My Corydoras are having a field day! When adding water, no dust, no mess. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. It helped the water clear up faster.

  • Aqua KT Premium Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Sand Cleaner Filler Strainer Water Changer for Fish Tank
  • Professional gravel cleaner is required for universal fish aquarium in your home.
  • Design to separate and remove the debris from gravel in your fish tank, very effective and helpful.
  • With long nozzle and vacuum design, offer strong suction and separate gravel quickly. Not only Time saving, but also less stressful on both fish and owner.
  • 3 in 1 multifunctional product, for Water Changer, Gravel Cleaning and Dirt Suction. No smell and safety, able to change water quickly, supporting over 50 gallons of fish tank.
  • Enough to clean every corner of the fish tank without wet hands, quickly draining dirty water.
  • Manufacture: Aqua KT
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqua KT
  • Quality [star rating='2.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

Aqua KT Final Thoughts

"Love love love love love!"

You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! It's as close to white sand as you can get! This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(23 Points)

3. XMHF Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Soil Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel

User Ratings: 53 19

XMHF First Impressions

"One is just the sand."

Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy.

  • XMHF Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Soil Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel
  • Product Name: Sand Scoop
  • Color: Orange; Net Weight: 60g
  • Total Size: 26.5 x 10 x 3.5cm / 10.4" x 4" x 1.4" (L*W*H); Material: Plastic
  • Handle Size: 11.5 x 2.5cm / 4.5" x 0.8" (L*W)
  • Package Content: 1 x Sand Scoop
  • Manufacture: XMHF
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 1 inches; 0.81 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The XMHF
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

XMHF Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

It looks great and it's super quality. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. The grain size will range from fine to medium. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains!

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(7 Points)

4. Unipac Silver Sand Fish Tank Substrate

User Ratings: 43

Unipac First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. Plants are easy to plant in it as well.

  • Unipac Silver Sand Fish Tank Substrate
  • Disposable
  • Material: Fine grade silica.
  • Silver sand is a popular substrate for aquariums and helps create a natural environment for your fish.
  • For use in freshwater tropical and cold water systems.
  • Fine grade makes it ideal for planted aquariums and is also great for bottom feeding fish, offering a smooth surface to swim over and potential damage to barbels.
  • Manufacture: Unipac
  • Item Weight: 4.41 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Unipac
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.2']

Unipac Final Thoughts

"I am so happy I did!"

I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. The sand looks more natural and clean. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. The water was clear by the next day. It's as close to white sand as you can get!

Overall Score
3.7

[star rating="3.7"]
(7 Points)

5. Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner - Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand ...

User Ratings: 52 48

Peralng First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out!

  • Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner - Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer for Aquarium and Water Changer, Aquarium Sand Cleaner Kit
  • 【6 IN 1 Version Multifunction: Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner】The aquarium gravel vacuum cleaner have 6 in 1 functions with water changer + sand washer + debris cleaning + water filter + water shower + water flow. A variety of cleaning functions allow you to solve cleaning troubles in one step without buying too many tools. Convenient and saves space.
  • 【Strong Power and Suction】Power: 28W, Suction: 1800L/H. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Also can be used for Absorb Dirt, Change Water, Wash Sand, Suck The Stool, Feed The Coral Fish, And Feed The Medicine, Increase Oxygen, Filter And So On.
  • 【Adjustable Length】Matching 4 extension tubes, it can be extends from 18.5 inch to 32.7 inch. You Can Adjust The Flexible Hose To Appropriate Length According To Depth Of Your Aquarium to suit for both shallow and deep aquarium.
  • 【Safe & Durable】 Multi-page rotor spiral core, energy saving and preventing jamming, make sure it is safe to use for our customers and your love fish.
  • 【EASY TO USE】After installation according to the mode of the manual, turn on the power to use. Please power on only after put the gravel vacuum into aquarium water. If you power on out of water, it would suck into air and would stop working.
  • Manufacture: Forever Forward
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Peralng
  • Quality [star rating='2.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

Peralng Final Thoughts

"They love it so far!"

Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. My Corydoras are having a field day! The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead.

Overall Score
3.1

[star rating="3.1"]
(3 Points)

6. African Cichlid Substrates Rift Lake Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound, Dry

User Ratings: 36 17

African Cichlid Substrates 88424 First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

When adding water, no dust, no mess. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. When adding water, no dust, no mess. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon.

  • African Cichlid Substrates Rift Lake Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound, Dry
  • Reduces harmful nitrate
  • Maintains proper pH for the life of the aquarium
  • Provide enhanced buffering capacity
  • Provides essential inorganic elements such as strontium, cobalt, zinc and Molybdenum
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 12 x 2 inches; 18.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The African Cichlid Substrates 88424
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

African Cichlid Substrates 88424 Final Thoughts

"The sand is nice."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises.

Overall Score
3.4

[star rating="3.4"]
(25 Points)

7. Petyoung Instant Siphon Cleaner Tool for Aquarium Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner for Sand Gravel,Manual Wa...

User Ratings: 32

Petyoung 1097194/120337AM16UK2AQW First Impressions

"Arrived well."

The item is as pictured and described. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap.

  • Petyoung Instant Siphon Cleaner Tool for Aquarium Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner for Sand Gravel,Manual Water Changer Cleaning Tools
  • Powerful auto siphon pump for easy operation with dirt cleaning efficiency.
  • Eco-friendly and soft tube.
  • Separate On/Off flow value switch.
  • Integrated gravel and sand strainer.
  • Widely work with small to large aquarium tanks.
  • Manufacture: Petyoung
  • Product Dimensions: 17.32 x 9.45 x 2.95 inches; 1.06 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Petyoung 1097194/120337AM16UK2AQW
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Petyoung 1097194/120337AM16UK2AQW Final Thoughts

"No harm to the fish."

The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(6 Points)

8. Pettex Roman Aquatic Gravel

User Ratings: 69 8

Pettex 4014 First Impressions

"You'll thank me later!"

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great.

  • Pettex Roman Aquatic Gravel
  • Suitable for all types of aquariums including coldwater, tropical and marine
  • Increased surface area allows for improved anaerobic activity
  • Makes the perfect planting medium due to its finer size
  • Suitable for bottom feeders and barbed fish
  • Manufacture: Pettex Limited
  • Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 5.91 x 9.84 inches; 4.41 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pettex 4014
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Pettex 4014 Final Thoughts

"Repeated 3-4 times."

Plants are easy to plant in it as well. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. It helped the water clear up faster. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(134 Points)

9. Number-one Fish Tank Cleaner, Aquarium Water Changer Gravel Filter Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Pump Water...

User Ratings: 43 25

Number-One First Impressions

"Really happy with it."

Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

  • Number-one Fish Tank Cleaner, Aquarium Water Changer Gravel Filter Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Pump Water Changing Sand Washing Adjustable Water Flow with Inbuilt Strainer Outlet Valve Pumping Airbag
  • 【Air-Pressing】- Aquarium siphon gravel cleaner comes with an airbag, vacuum pumping, powerful suction, can easily remove sediment from the bottom of the tank. Built-in strainer in the water inlet effectively prevents little fish or aquatic plant from being discharged
  • 【Multi-Purpose】- 3-in-1 multifunctional, water changing, sand washing & residue removing. Fish tank vacuum gravel cleaner uses vacuum siphon to change water, filter gravel, remove fish poop, efficient water cleaning.
  • 【Labor-Saving】- Aquarium gravel filter is simple to operate. Pressing the airbag repeatedly till the water flows out automatically, greatly facilitates the cleaning process. When pumping water, the outlet level must be lower than the inlet level.
  • 【Detachable】- Aquarium gravel cleaner can be split into different parts, easy to assemble and disassemble.
  • 【Adjustable Water Flow】- PVC water outlet pipe, excellent oxidation-resistant, fairly soft, flexible and durable. Fish tank siphon is equipped with an outlet valve, handy to control the water yield.
  • Manufacture: Number-One
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Number-One
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.4']

Number-One Final Thoughts

"WHAT A MESS!"

Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. I never did get around to switching to gravel. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out!

Overall Score
3.4

[star rating="3.4"]
(189 Points)

10. JZMYXA 2 Pounds Landscape Glass Pebble Gravel Sand Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium Land...

User Ratings: 78

JZMYXA First Impressions

"Won't go back to gravel!"

Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

  • JZMYXA 2 Pounds Landscape Glass Pebble Gravel Sand Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium Landscape, Natural Blue
  • At least 2 pounds per package, glass pebble size, 4 mm to 10 mm. 100% Glass material.
  • High-temperature firing, Not easy to fade, No smell.It can be used for decorative aquarium fish tank and Pet Habitat Decoration,indoors and outdoors, home decoration, dried flower cuttings, vases decoration,landscape bottom decoratio bonsai plants etc .
  • Non-Toxic & Safe: just like river gravels, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water.
  • Please wash them three to four times with clean water before putting in the fish tank,but do not wash it violently.
  • Net weight & Attention: 2lb/907g, small bag but perfect for accenting your potted succulent creations and aquarium. Keep it away from children under 3 years in case chocking hazard!.
  • Manufacture: JZMYXA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JZMYXA
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

JZMYXA Final Thoughts

"HOW TO WASH SAND."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(68 Points)

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