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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100534685
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

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

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

2. POPETPOP 1.5M Aquarium Water Filter Cleaner, Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Pump H...

POPETPOP First Impressions

"This sand is very fine."

Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft!

  • POPETPOP 1.5M Aquarium Water Filter Cleaner, Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Pump Hose for Water Changing and Sand Cleaning - White
  • Easy-to-use cleaner pump for aquarium.
  • Easy to install and use.
  • With this tool, you can remove the dirt from the bottom of your aquarium.
  • Supplied with long suction pipe, it is suitable for both large and small aquariums.
  • Does not hurt any aquarium fish when using. Especially for small fish tank.
  • Manufacture: POPETPOP
  • Product Dimensions: 70.87 x 0.79 x 0.79 inches; 2.12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The POPETPOP
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

POPETPOP Final Thoughts

"It is a very fine sand."

Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. My Corydoras are having a field day! This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag.

Overall Score
4.0

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

3. KISSTAKER 300g White Pebble Turtle Fish Tank Sand Rocks Aquarium Bonsai Succulent Plants Decoration ...

User Ratings: 49 12

ZUINIUBI First Impressions

"LOVE THE SAND!"

If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand.

  • KISSTAKER 300g White Pebble Turtle Fish Tank Sand Rocks Aquarium Bonsai Succulent Plants Decoration Ornament Stone Landscape
  • 100% Natural Decorative White Pebbles: set up a natural and shining looking foreground in tank and aquarium for your fishes,turtles frogs etc,. Very pretty under water.
  • Non-Toxic & Safe: just like river gravels, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water. Good choice for aquarium and succulent decoration.
  • Gorgeous Stones with Elegant Surface: smooth,polished and easy to clean. Make sure to rinse 3-4 times before your decoration projects,but DO NOT wash it violently!
  • Long Lasting & Colorfast Gravels: natural color won’t fade away through time!
  • Net Weight & Attention: 0.66lb/300g, small bag but perfect for accenting your potted succulent creations and aquarium! Keep it away from children under 3 years in case chocking hazard!. ZUINIUBI Guarantee: 100% NATURAL stones!
  • Manufacture: ZUINIUBI
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ZUINIUBI
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.8']

ZUINIUBI Final Thoughts

"It looks nice overall."

The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. I never did get around to switching to gravel. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
3.8

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

4. Nature's Ocean Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Sand 0.1-0.5mm, 20 lbs., White

User Ratings: 75

Nature's Ocean First Impressions

"Bottom line."

All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. I thought it was soap, but it's not. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was.

  • Nature's Ocean Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Sand 0.1-0.5mm, 20 lbs., White
  • 100% natural, premium marine substrate
  • Contains natural live marine bacteria to quickly stabilize tank
  • Removes nitrogenous waste and restores natural organic balance
  • Maintains proper pH
  • Manufacture: Nature's Ocean
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 8 x 4 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nature's Ocean
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Nature's Ocean Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(13 Points)

5. Creative Farmer 2Kg Products Sugar Type Sand Gravel for Aquarium Decoration Pebbles for Decor & Mul...

User Ratings: 27

Creative Farmer First Impressions

"I have two Dojo Loaches."

I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. But I have to give it to this sand. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive.

  • Creative Farmer 2Kg Products Sugar Type Sand Gravel for Aquarium Decoration Pebbles for Decor & Multi Purpose Pack
  • Qty : 2KG , Material: Pebbles/Stone
  • Uses || Terrariums|Vases| Flower Vases| Garden Patios, Pavements || Waterfalls And Realted Decorations, || Water Fountains, Courtyard Gardens || Used In Aquariums And Artistic Monuments || Garden Walks / Pathways || Used For Decor Purpose At Hotels, Restaurants As Well As In Households || Perfect For Flooring, Shower Floors & Walls And Pools/Aquariums Etc.
  • Usage : Used For Decorating Home And Parks, Landscaping, Wall Cladding/Aquariums
  • Suitable For Fish Tank/Aquarium, Garden, Lawn, Table And Flower Vase.
  • A Quality Product From Creative Farmer
  • Manufacture: Creative Farmer
  • Item Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Creative Farmer
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Creative Farmer Final Thoughts

"They love it!"

I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(4 Points)

6. REPTI ZOO 2PCS Reptile Sand Fine Mesh Reptile Scooper Bearded Dragon Sand Shovel Terrarium Substrate...

User Ratings: 81

REPTI ZOO SS012 First Impressions

"Yes, its grey not black."

I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. It's as close to white sand as you can get! The sand looks more natural and clean. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum.

  • REPTI ZOO 2PCS Reptile Sand Fine Mesh Reptile Scooper Bearded Dragon Sand Shovel Terrarium Substrate Durable Litter Cleaner Corner Scoop Combo Set
  • Set of 2: Standard size: 11"(L)*3.9"(W)*2"(H); Large size:12.2"(L)*5.5"(W)*2.3"(H), suitable to use in most of terrariums.
  • High Quality Material: The sand litter scoop is made of high-quality stainless steel mesh; the handle is made of top-grade material with ergonomic design and superior texture.
  • Fine Mesh and Durable: Specially designed with dense holes for cleaning reptile excrement or corners of the reptile terrarium easily; Featured with superior stainless steel material, it is rust resistant and durable for years to use.
  • The reptile shovel cooper is perfect for tortoise, lizard, spider, snake, scorpion, chameleon, frogs reptiles.
  • Can also be used for fine substrates in small animal enclosures or cat litter boxes.
  • Manufacture: REPTI ZOO
  • Editor's Impressions Of The REPTI ZOO SS012
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

REPTI ZOO SS012 Final Thoughts

"Yes, its grey not black."

Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(7 Points)

7. YOOTOP Aquarium Plastic Gravel Strainer Shovel Sand Scraper Clean Tool for Fish Tank or Terrarium Ta...

User Ratings: 59 8

YOOTOP First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

The item is as pictured and described. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. The sand looks more natural and clean. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off.

  • YOOTOP Aquarium Plastic Gravel Strainer Shovel Sand Scraper Clean Tool for Fish Tank or Terrarium Tank
  • PACKAGE - 1 x Aquarium Tank Fine Hole Gravel Strainer Shovel.
  • DESIGN - Hollow slats design and fast drainage, hanging buckle design for easy hanging.
  • MATERIAL - Gravel Shovel is made of plastic material, lightweight pratical and no harm to your aquarium residents.
  • FUNCTION - Sand Scraper is perfect for filtering sand and removing large waste items for quick disposal, or sifting dirt from fish tank gravel.
  • GUARANTEE - Contact us if you encounter any product problems. We will provide solutions or even refund services for products with quality problems.
  • Manufacture: Yootop
  • Editor's Impressions Of The YOOTOP
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

YOOTOP Final Thoughts

"Overall I'm a fan."

It looks great and it's super quality. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. I never did get around to switching to gravel. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy.

Overall Score
4.0

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

8. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aisamco
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

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

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

9. Fluker's All Natural Premium Sand Substrate Mixture for Hermit Crabs

User Ratings: 80 2

Fluker's 66027 First Impressions

"Yes, its grey not black."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! My Corydoras are having a field day! Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day.

  • Fluker's All Natural Premium Sand Substrate Mixture for Hermit Crabs
  • 6 pound bag
  • Manufacture: Flukers
  • Item Weight: 6.1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluker's 66027
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Fluker's 66027 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

The water was clear by the next day. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(3092 Points)

10. 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)

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