Editor's Choice - Our Favorite boxtech Aquarium Sand

1. Boxtech Fish Tank Water Change, Aquarium Vacuum Siphon Water Changer Pump Sand Cleaner for Aquarium ...

User Ratings: 65 6

boxtech First Impressions

"Great product."

It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

  • Boxtech Fish Tank Water Change, Aquarium Vacuum Siphon Water Changer Pump Sand Cleaner for Aquarium Water Filter
  • Boxtech Aquarium Cleaner: Water changer, washing sand, cleaning, it’s a multifunctional cleaning tool. Compatible with additional nozzle can help clean gravels which will effectively separates excrement and food residue from your aquarium, keep the water crystal clean.
  • Compact Structure: Compatible with 1pcs soft water pipe(72.4in) and 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2). It is easy to install and operate. fitting different-sized fish tank.
  • Anti-Back Flow Valve Design - Widened anti-reverse pipe makes drainage more effective. Kindly Note: Please put the QV letter end downward against the bucket when using because the pump is unidirectional.
  • Safe and Easy Use: Made of quality flexible PVC plastic which could ensure a long time use. It won't collapse to block the water flow, also, it is not too stiff, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use.
  • Special Design: Extra long tubing & hard pipes allows you to reach any dirty spots immediately without getting your hands wet
  • The water exchanger can be fixed on the glass of fish tank, great for daily maintenance and routine water changing.
  • 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2),
  • High quality PVC tube with High strength, corrosion resistant feature, won't collapse to block the water flow, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use
  • Manufacture: boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 3 x 11.3 inches; 14.39 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

boxtech Final Thoughts

"You can see in photos."

One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. I never did get around to switching to gravel. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend.

Overall Score
4.3

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

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated boxtech Aquarium Sand

2. Boxtech Electric Aquarium Cleaner, 12V DC/28W Auto Fish Tank Gravel Cleaning kit 6 in 1 Change Water...

User Ratings: 55 14

boxtech First Impressions

"This sand is gorgeous!"

This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand.

  • Boxtech Electric Aquarium Cleaner, 12V DC/28W Auto Fish Tank Gravel Cleaning kit 6 in 1 Change Water and Wash Sand Filter for Aquarium 10-200 Gallon
  • Multifunction Gravel Cleaner for Aquarium: Boxtech Electric Gravel Cleaner Kit with Water Changer+Sand Washer+Debris Cleaning+Water Filter+Water Shower+Water Flow 6 in 1 functions. Hmax can up to 118 inch, It takes only 0.3h to draw out a 180 gallon tank
  • Strong Power with Suction: Power is 28W, powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 256 GPH. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly
  • Safe & Durable: Only using DC12 Voltage power with UL certificated, Multi-page rotor spiral core, energy saving and preventing jamming, make sure it is safe to use for our customers and your love fish
  • With Flexible Structure: You Can Adjust The Flexible Hose To Appropriate Length According To Depth Of Your Aquarium to suit for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • Note: Only after putting the gravel vacuum cleaner into the fish tank water can it be turned on, otherwise it will stop working
  • Manufacture: Boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 6 inches; 2.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

boxtech Final Thoughts

"Make sure you rinse it."

Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. The item is as pictured and described. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I never did get around to switching to gravel.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(482 Points)

3. boxtech Cleaning Kit for Fish Tank, Fish Tank Cleaner, 5 in 1 Aquarium Cleaner(Stainless Steel Algae...

User Ratings: 69 7

boxtech First Impressions

"I didn't want tan."

I never did get around to switching to gravel. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. The Estes sand came highly recommended. The water was clear by the next day. It looks really pretty and natural.

  • boxtech Cleaning Kit for Fish Tank, Fish Tank Cleaner, 5 in 1 Aquarium Cleaner(Stainless Steel Algae Scraper, Fish Net, Water Grass Clip, Sand Rake, 360° Rotation Brush) for Aquarium 10-120 Gallon
  • 【Multi-purpose fish tank cleaner】Fits for fish tank cleaning. 360° rotation brush clean the dirt perfectly. Stainless steel scraper easy to clean tough stuff. Gravel rake use for raking and cleaning gravel. Algae Scraper easily extract aquatic plants. The 8.86(L)*6.7(W) inch fish net is perfect for catching fish, crab and cleaning debris.
  • 【Adjustable handle】Aquarium cleaner have 4 extension handle. It adopts threaded design. Ensure each one can be tightly integrated and will not bend or break. It can be extended from 11 inch to 32 inch. It is long enough to clean up to 2.8 ft depth tank. Use for Aquarium 10-120 Gallon.
  • 【Easy to swap out and use】The cleaning kit for fish tank is easy to assem and disassem. Attention: Please keep the tool dry after use to avoid oxidation of sewage.
  • 【Durable carbon fiber material】The aquarium cleaning tools are durable and anti- rust. Safe for aquarium and fish.
  • 【5 in 1 fish tank cleaning tools kit】Aquarium cleaning kit including 1 gravel rake, 1 Algae scraper, 1 water grass clip, 1 360° rotation brush, 1 fish net and 4 extension handle.
  • Efficiently clean hard-to-clean dirt around your fish tank
  • Cleans green algae on the surface of fish tanks more efficiently and quickly than flat sponges
  • High-density carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass pole.
  • Manufacture: Boxtech
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

boxtech Final Thoughts

"Beautiful aquarium sand."

At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. The Estes sand came highly recommended. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic.

Overall Score
4.4

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

4. Mcgrady1xm Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5 in 1 Automatic Vacuum Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Set,Wat...

User Ratings: 33 22

mcgrady1xm First Impressions

"Really happy with it."

This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. 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. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

  • Mcgrady1xm Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5 in 1 Automatic Vacuum Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Set,Water Changer Sand Washer with Filter Cotton
  • 【Full of Sincerity, Full in Packages】1 handle, 4 sections of extension tubes, 1 switch,1 low suction pump, 1 sand vaccum, 1 shower, 1 debris vacuum, 1 brush head, 1 sand washing head, 1 filter bag and 59in water hose
  • 【Longer and Deeper】Comes with 4 sections of extension tube, which can extend from 19 inches to 46 inches, longer than other products! 4-foot-deep fish tank can be easily cleaned and water changed
  • 【Water Changer】Super strong pump and high heed,flow rate up to 496GPH(8.3 Gallon per Minute), 7ft head, starting water level as low as 1.9in, pumping as low as 0.3in, shallow fish tank can also use, fast and efficient, no need to waste time manually changing water,drop your siphon!
  • 【Upgrade 5 in 1】We can do: ① Quickly suck impurities ② Quickly wash sand ③ Rain mode ④ Pumping mode ⑤ Quickly add water mode to meet all your cleaning and water changing requirements
  • 【Perform their duties】Duckbill suction head is suitable for bare tank use, corner sand washing head is suitable for landscaping sand and stone fish tank, effluent rain shower can bathe turtles, low suction seat can be sucked to low water level, Sand washing head attachment for cleaning coarse gravel , brush head for cleaning on the substrate
  • Manufacture: mcgrady1xm
  • Editor's Impressions Of The mcgrady1xm
  • Quality [star rating='2.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

mcgrady1xm Final Thoughts

"Good Luck!"

You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. 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. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend.

Overall Score
3.3

[star rating="3.3"]
(33 Points)

5. Estes Gravel Products AES06606 Este Marine Sand Black for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 76 2

Estes' 346001 First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown.

  • Estes Gravel Products AES06606 Este Marine Sand Black for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • Great for marine and freshwater tanks
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Anchors down Plants
  • Black Color sand
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Estes' 346001
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Estes' 346001 Final Thoughts

"Somewhat tricky to clean."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(291 Points)

6. 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)

7. Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Green

User Ratings: 76 8

Reptile Sciences 82310 First Impressions

"This can be true."

I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up.

  • Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Green
  • 100% Digestible Calcium Carbonate Prevents Internal and External Abrasions
  • 100% All-Natural Orbicular Grains; Silica & Phosphate-Free
  • Significantly Lowers Risk of Impaction in Reptiles
  • Contains Essential Strontium, Potassium and Magnesium
  • Natural Odor Neutralizer; Creates An All-Natural Environment
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 8 x 1.5 inches; 10 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Reptile Sciences 82310
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Reptile Sciences 82310 Final Thoughts

"Like go overboard."

You really can't go wrong buying this sand! The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(73 Points)

8. Yescom AquaBasik Aquarium Gravel Rock Sand Cleaner for Small Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Changer P...

User Ratings: 69

Yescom First Impressions

"The sand is nice."

I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty.

  • Yescom AquaBasik Aquarium Gravel Rock Sand Cleaner for Small Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Changer Pump Filter
  • [Multifunctional Tool for Wide Application]: Aquarium vacuum cleaner for multifunctional use, changing water of fish tanks, cleaning gravel or siphon waste out of aquarium, suitable for 16" height small aquarium with 8 to 13 gallon water, to create a clean and clear habitation for your favorite pets
  • [Easy to Operate]: Water will automatically flow out by squeezing the siphon bulb several times
  • [Inlet Nozzle with Filter Net]: Prevents gravels and fishes from being sucked into hose, effectively clean up the underwater world
  • [Safe & Durable Material]: Made by ABS, perfect for using in water, BPA-free material guarantees no harmful effect on fishes
  • [Easy to Maintain]: Simple & Compact design for easy cleaning after use, save your time for precious moment with your adorable fishes
  • Manufacture: Yescom
  • Product Dimensions: 54.33 x 1.97 x 1.97 inches; 5.28 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Yescom
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Yescom Final Thoughts

"This sand looks great!"

The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

Overall Score
4.4

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

9. Eurobuy Automatic Gravel Cleaner, Electric Aquarium Cleaner, Aquarium Washing Sand Filtering and Dra...

User Ratings: 36 24

Eurobuy 1101916/120427AM12UK2 First Impressions

"Love it, great product."

The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. But that is also something to consider with all sands. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean.

  • Eurobuy Automatic Gravel Cleaner, Electric Aquarium Cleaner, Aquarium Washing Sand Filtering and Draining, Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner, Siphon Cleaning Tool for Gravel Sand
  • MULTIFUNCTION GRAVEL CLEANING TOOL - Powerful siphon pump with dirt and fishing waste cleaning efficiency. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Save your time and reduce fatigue. 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.
  • CLEANING MODE - Sand washing mode and suction mode, this sand washing device can effectively clean the sand at the bottom of the fish tank or suck away the excess dirt at the bottom of the fish tank. Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.
  • ADJUSTABLE TUBE LENGTH - Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease, supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums. Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • EASY TO INSTALL AND 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. Suitable for fish and turtle tank, freshwater and saltwater.
  • AUTOMATIC WORK BY BATTERY - Battery case on the top, only 2* batteries needed for easy and safe installation. (Not Included Battery)
  • Manufacture: Eurobuy
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 10.3 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Eurobuy 1101916/120427AM12UK2
  • Quality [star rating='2.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.6']

Eurobuy 1101916/120427AM12UK2 Final Thoughts

"Wonderful sand."

I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. The item is as pictured and described. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned.

Overall Score
3.3

[star rating="3.3"]
(57 Points)

10. 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.
  • Manufacture: Carolina Biological Supply Company
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carolina Biological Supply Company
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

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

[star rating="5"]
(5 Points)

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