Editor's Choice - Our Favorite BXI Aquarium Sand

1. BXI - Decorative Stones - Garden Yard Walkway Fish Tank Aquaruim - Gravel Pebble Rock - 2 Pounds

User Ratings: 76 3

BXI First Impressions

"You can see in photos."

The grain size will range from fine to medium. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

  • BXI - Decorative Stones - Garden Yard Walkway Fish Tank Aquaruim - Gravel Pebble Rock - 2 Pounds
  • Weight: 2 pounds, about 1000 gram. Stone size: 1-3 mm. Material: glass sand. Volume: 0.22 gallons
  • Colorfast, non-Toxic, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Use indoor & outdoor. Shiny in water. Perfect decor for fresh & saltwater aquariums, ponds, terrariums, gardens, potted plants, vases, ash trays, crafts & hobbies...
  • For a fish tank with length of L'' & width of W'', 1'' thickness of stone layer needs L * W / 23 pounds of stones. E.g. for a 10''*10'' tank, 1'' stone layer needs 4.35 pounds of stones
  • Please rinse with water 3-4 times before putting in a fish tank
  • Manufacture: BX-FishTankStone-GlassSand-Blue
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches; 2.2 Pounds
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BXI Final Thoughts

"This sand is very fine."

All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product.

Overall Score
4.5


(555 Points)

2. OMEM Aquarium Stone Decorations,Quartz Sand Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Decorations,Gravel Pebble,Aqua...

User Ratings: 43

OMEM First Impressions

"It is a very fine sand."

The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. 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. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water.

  • OMEM Aquarium Stone Decorations,Quartz Sand Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Decorations,Gravel Pebble,Aquarium Decor (2.2 lb(1kg))
  • Decorative & Smooth Glass Stones add Color and Refract Light.
  • Comfortably, Fish, Shrimp and other Aquarium Pets live. Its All-Natural, Eco-Friendly Material helps Recreate the look and feel of their Natural Habitats, Making them Happier and Healthier Aquarium Dwellers.
  • Material: Made from 100% Raw Materials,High-temperature firing, Never fade, Size:2-4mm, Weight:1.1 Lb(0.5KG) and 2.2Lb(1KG)
  • It can be used for Decorative Aquarium fish tank and Pet Habitat Decoration,Indoors and Outdoors, Home Decoration, Dried Flower Cuttings, etc .
  • It is a Good Gravel Ornament for your Garden ,Yard Garden Walkway or Aquarium Fish Tank.
  • Manufacture: OMEM
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OMEM Final Thoughts

"But its natural SAND."

I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. The water was clear by the next day.

Overall Score
4.3


(7 Points)

3. 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
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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)

4. Carib Sea ACS00223 African Ivory Coast Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 77 7

Carib Sea 008479002235 First Impressions

"I hope it goes away soon."

I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Plant tanks require high light levels. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on.

  • Carib Sea ACS00223 African Ivory Coast Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound
  • Keeps water crystal clear
  • A superior natural buffer
  • Provides an excellent substrate
  • Conditions water naturally
  • Made in the usa
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
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Carib Sea 008479002235 Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. 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. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine.

Overall Score
4.4


(200 Points)

5. Carib Sea ACS00824 Super Naturals Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 58

Carib Sea 008479008244 First Impressions

"I really like it!"

I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Plant tanks require high light levels.

  • Carib Sea ACS00824 Super Naturals Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound
  • perfect for re-creating natural river ecosystems
  • ph neutral ; great for all aquariums
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • no paints or dyes used
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479008244 Final Thoughts

"I couldn't be happier."

I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I thought it was soap, but it's not. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out.

Overall Score
4.4


(9 Points)

6. TOCO FREIDO Fish Tank Cleaner Kit, Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Gravel Cleaner with Algae Scraper, Water F...

User Ratings: 53 16

TOCO FREIDO First Impressions

"Love love love love love!"

It helped the water clear up faster. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. The Estes sand came highly recommended. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going.

  • TOCO FREIDO Fish Tank Cleaner Kit, Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Gravel Cleaner with Algae Scraper, Water Flow Controller and Extendable Pipe for Quick Water Changing, Tank, Sand and Gravel Cleaning
  • 1)【6 IN 1 AQUARIUM GRAVEL CLEANER FISH TANK CLEANER KIT】- 【PACKAGE INCLUDED】: Water changer set + Algae Scraper + Fishnet + Rake + Fork + Sponge. 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.
  • 2)【ANTI-BACK FLOW VALVE DESIGN】 - Widened anti-reverse pipe makes drainage more effective. Note: Put the QV letter end downward against the bucket when using because the pump is unidirectional.
  • 3)【EASY TO USE】 - Syphon pump is easy to grip, just squeeze the pump a few times, water will start flow automatically. High quality PVC tube won't collapse to block the water flow, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use. (Note: The position of water outlet must be lower than the inlet.)
  • 4)【EASY TO INSTALL】 - The fish tank gravel cleaner can be split into different parts and you can adjust them as per your needs. Besides, it can be fixed on the fish tank to free your hands, great for daily maintenance and routine water changing.
  • 5)【MULTIFUNCTIONAL WATER TANK CLEANER KIT 】 Keep your hands dry and clean with this 5 in 1 multi-function aquarium cleaning tool. TOCO FREIDO fish tank cleaner great for cleaning and removing dirty debris from your tank and aquarium. All made of durable ABS plastic material, anti-rust
  • 1 x water changer set (cleaning the water and sand)
  • 1 x Fishnet (catching fish and aquatic plants)
  • 1 x Gravel Rake ( raking and cleaning gravel )
  • Manufacture: TOCO FREIDO
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TOCO FREIDO Final Thoughts

"Shrimp tank."

Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag.

Overall Score
3.9


(71 Points)

7. Carib Sea Super Natural Moonlight Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound (2 Pack)

User Ratings: 80 3

Carib Sea First Impressions

"You'll thank me later!"

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

  • Carib Sea Super Natural Moonlight Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound (2 Pack)
  • Natural white creates great color contrasts
  • Ph neutral ; used in salt and freshwater aquariums
  • No dyes or paints used
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Carib Sea
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"It is to be expected."

The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. It helped the water clear up faster. My Corydoras are having a field day! Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
4.6


(91 Points)

8. Royal Ram 2 pounds Natural White Marble Decorative Real Sand - for Interior Decor, Vase Filler, Sand...

User Ratings: 77 3

Royal Ram First Impressions

"Arrived well."

Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

  • Royal Ram 2 pounds Natural White Marble Decorative Real Sand - for Interior Decor, Vase Filler, Sand Crafts, Aquariums & More
  • 100% Natural white marble sand.
  • Natural crushed marble sand, not coated with any color.
  • Medium grain size, suitable for various arts and crafts projects.
  • Safe for most aquarium and pet habitats.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. We stand by our products.
  • Manufacture: Royal Ram
  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
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Royal Ram Final Thoughts

"Make sure you rinse it."

Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

Overall Score
4.6


(1343 Points)

9. Tropic Eden Aragasnow Dry Sand 30lbs (Sugar Size.5mm)

Tropic Eden First Impressions

"This sand is very light."

I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! I never did get around to switching to gravel. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water.

  • Tropic Eden Aragasnow Dry Sand 30lbs (Sugar Size.5mm)
  • Pure Aragonite Clean - super clean compared to competition
  • Precisely Graded - Three steps of expert sieving to even sizes, completely sorted into well defined aragonite flakes and grains.
  • Easy to Use - Ready to use, minimal rinsing required.
  • Manufacture: Tropic Eden
  • Item Weight: 29.98 Pounds
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Tropic Eden Final Thoughts

"HOW TO WASH SAND."

The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

10. POPETPOP 2Pcs Betta Cave Hollow Hiding Cave Ornament - Betta Fish Accessories, Aquarium Decorations ...

POPETPOP U45345DZ4QTII13DVX First Impressions

"The sand is nice."

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind.

  • POPETPOP 2Pcs Betta Cave Hollow Hiding Cave Ornament - Betta Fish Accessories, Aquarium Decorations Purple Sands Fish Shrimp Habitat
  • Enhance visual appeal and provide a hiding place for your fish.
  • Safe for aquatic fish and suitable for both fresh and salt water environment.
  • It can stay underwater for a long time.
  • Fish hiding out made of high quality material to look extremely beautiful and elegant.
  • Small fish tank decorations,Easy to clean. Create a beautiful aquarium with this habitat.
  • Manufacture: POPETPOP
  • Product Dimensions: 2.83 x 1.46 x 1.46 inches; 3.39 Ounces
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POPETPOP U45345DZ4QTII13DVX Final Thoughts

"LOVE THE SAND!"

A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

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