Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Aqueon Aquarium Sand

1. Aqueon Plant & Shrimp Aquarium Substrate, 5 lbs., Standard

User Ratings: 72 9

Aqueon 100534685 First Impressions

"I really like this sand."

I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. It looks really pretty and natural. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice!

  • Aqueon Plant & Shrimp Aquarium Substrate, 5 lbs., Standard
  • Promotes the growth of a wide variety of freshwater plants
  • For use with freshwater shrimp, snails and tropical fish
  • Made from clay based material, great for aquascaping
  • Available in 5 pound bags
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Item Weight: 4.75 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.25 x 10.25 inches
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Aqueon 100534685 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. I never did get around to switching to gravel. The Estes sand came highly recommended. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

Overall Score
4.4


(20 Points)

2. Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Clean Algae Scrapers Set 5 in 1, Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siphon Vacuum f...

User Ratings: 53 14

Aisamco First Impressions

"75 inches L by 8."

You really can't go wrong buying this sand! I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. I thought it was soap, but it's not. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Clean Algae Scrapers Set 5 in 1, Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siphon Vacuum for Water Changing and Sand Cleaner, Algae Glass Cleaner Scrubber Floating Clean Brush
  • Including: Fish Tank Clean Algae Scrapers Set 5 in 1, Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siphon Vacuum, Floating Clean Brush.
  • Efficient aquarium cleaning solution: water changing and cleaning action can be easily accomplished with this tool kit, eliminating the need to purchase multiple tools separately.
  • Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Algae Scrapers set 5 in 1 includes: fish net, gravel rake, scraping algae, fork and sponge brush, can be easily assembled and disassembled.
  • Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner: with the siphon vacuum design, water changing and sand cleaning can be so easy.
  • Floating Clean Brush: Let your hand free from the water of fish tank, strong magnetic block wipe the inside while the outside handle moving. Notice: Made for common glass fish tank. Not for acrylic and low iron glass.
  • Manufacture: Aisamco
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Aisamco Final Thoughts

"This sand is gorgeous!"

You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles.

Overall Score
3.8


(52 Points)

3. Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, Gold

User Ratings: 75 6

Zoo Med VG10 First Impressions

"Highly recommend."

It helped the water clear up faster. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again.

  • Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, Gold
  • Available in 6 colors
  • All natural calcium carbonate
  • No dyes or additives
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med Laboratories
  • Item Weight: 9.9 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 3 x 15 inches
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Zoo Med VG10 Final Thoughts

"I couldn't be happier."

Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful.

Overall Score
4.4


(193 Points)

4. Ecicdo Aquarium Rocks, Fish Turtle Tank Accessories Decorations Set, 1.1Lb/500g Natural Irregular Gr...

User Ratings: 65 4

Ecicdo First Impressions

"Back to the washing."

I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. The sand looks more natural and clean. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems.

  • Ecicdo Aquarium Rocks, Fish Turtle Tank Accessories Decorations Set, 1.1Lb/500g Natural Irregular Gravel Stones Pebbles Sand for Lizard Tanks, Reptile Habitat.(Include Artificial Plastic Plants)
  • SIZE DETAILS. About 1.1lb(500grams) Mixed Stones, every piece is about (8-12mm) and there are 3 different styles, different colors of plants, the height is about 3.54 to 4.72 in. Plants Dimension,3.9" x 1.18"(H x W), 1.97" x0.98"(H x W).
  • NATURAL DéCOR. Every owner of underwater pets knows that decorations and aquarium substrates not only look nice, but also affect the environment of our fish. That is why it should be ensured that most of them are colorful. It is similar to the natural and does not affect the pH of water, nor its cloudiness. It is suitable for all types of aquariums.
  • NOTE. Please rinse in warm water before placing it in the aquarium. the aquatic plants will become more beautiful, but also to remove odors. These colorful crystal pebbles decorate the aquarium/fish/turtle tank and also maintain the water clean. easy to clean, natural quartz stones aquarium gravel create a true underwater world for the aquatic animals.
  • MULTI-PURPOSE. simulated aquatic plants are produced by LDPE material, which can provide a place for the attachment of nitrifying bacteria. Natural stone rocks also perfect for home decor projects, handicrafts, air plants decoration, healing home indoor, floral arrangements, vase fillers, bowls, display glass jars, glass hurricane candle holders, wishing bottle, bamboo plants, rock gardens, potted plants and more.
  • BEST. Choosing our offer, you will receive a perfectly composed set of stones of different sizes.You can rely on our many years of experience. We select carefully selected pieces only. Your little baby will love it.
  • Manufacture: Ecicdo
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Ecicdo Final Thoughts

"This sand is gorgeous!"

You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light.

Overall Score
4.3


(32 Points)

5. Zoo Med Laboratories SZMHC2Y Hermit Crab, 2-Pound, Sand Yellow

User Ratings: 61 10

Zoo Med 976005 First Impressions

"Stick hose into bucket."

I received this aquarium sand yesterday. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. It's as close to white sand as you can get! This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great.

  • Zoo Med Laboratories SZMHC2Y Hermit Crab, 2-Pound, Sand Yellow
  • Natural Pigment colors
  • No paints or dyes
  • It provides the necessary source
  • A calcium carbonate sand substrate in four fun colors
  • Available in five natural colors
  • No paint or dye used in processing
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Zoo Med 976005 Final Thoughts

"It cleans fairly well."

I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

Overall Score
4.1


(33 Points)

6. Worldwide Imports AWW80045 Aqua Terra Sand, Green

User Ratings: 32 16

Worldwide Imports 29590 First Impressions

"A REALLY LOT."

The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. The item is as pictured and described. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice!

  • Worldwide Imports AWW80045 Aqua Terra Sand, Green
  • Worldwide Imports Aqua Terra Sand
  • Natural Coated Sand
  • Will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Weight - 5lbs
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 2 Pounds
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Worldwide Imports 29590 Final Thoughts

"Stick hose into bucket."

I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank.

Overall Score
3.5


(5 Points)

7. Carib Sea Arag-Alive Substrate Special Grade Reef Sand, 10 lb.

Carib Sea 01790 First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

The grain size will range from fine to medium. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy.

  • Carib Sea Arag-Alive Substrate Special Grade Reef Sand, 10 lb.
  • May also be used in marine or African cichlid aquariums
  • Contains millions of beneficial marine bacteria to enhance biological filtration
  • Ideal for most freshwater aquaria, including discus, tetras, angelfish, water turtles, rays, plants, cichlids and more
  • Manufacture: Pro-Motion Distributing - Direct
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 2 x 14 inches; 10 Pounds
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Carib Sea 01790 Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium.

Overall Score
5.0


(6 Points)

8. Clifford W Estes Products Sand

User Ratings: 59 10

Clifford W Estes 8206502 First Impressions

"This can be true."

It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. But I have to give it to this sand. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats.

  • Clifford W Estes Products Sand
  • Great for marine and freshwater tanks
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Anchors down Plants
  • Blue Color sand
  • Manufacture: Pro-Motion Distributing - Direct
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 1 Pounds
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Clifford W Estes 8206502 Final Thoughts

"Make sure you rinse it."

Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind.

Overall Score
4.1


(28 Points)

9. 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
  • Manufacture: TERAPUMP
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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)

10. BestFire Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner with 16.40ft Long Siphon Hose, 3 Types of...

User Ratings: 27 24

BestFire First Impressions

"Very good product."

If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I never did get around to switching to gravel. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes.

  • BestFire Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner with 16.40ft Long Siphon Hose, 3 Types of Faucet Connector, Siphon Ball and Hose Clip for Water Changing, Sand Washing, Residue Removing
  • 【Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaner】We are equipped with 3 kinds of connectors for arbitrary switching, 1. washbasin connector + conversion connector, 2. standard connector, 3. universal connector. The 16.40ft pc fish tank siphon is tasteless, high temperature resistance, aging resistance, tear resistance and equipped with fish tank water pipe clamp, fixed water pipe operation making it is easy to free your hands. Note: The fixing clip can clamp glass 1-18mm.
  • 【Multi-Purpose】3-in-1 multifunctional, water changing, sand washing and residue removing. Gravel cleaner for fish aquarium uses aquarium siphon to change water, filter gravel and remove fish poop.
  • 【Air-Pressing】Aquarium vacuum gravel cleaner comes with an siphon ball, 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.
  • 【Labor-Saving】Fish tank water changer is simple to operate. Pressing the siphon ball 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. Note: When changing the water tank of the aquarium, please insert the one-third hose directly at the siphon ball interface. Do not insert all the hoses to prevent the hose from being pulled out.
  • 【Applicable Scope of Water Refilling Set】3 kinds of joints can be switched without worry. They are suitable for single cold faucet, filter faucet, washing machine, kitchen faucet, basin faucet, bathroom faucet.
  • Manufacture: BestFire
  • Product Dimensions: 0.12 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches; 1.72 Pounds
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BestFire Final Thoughts

"75 inches L by 8."

It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. When adding water, no dust, no mess. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag.

Overall Score
3.2


(17 Points)

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