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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BXI
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

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

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

2. 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)

3. LONDAFISH Electric Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer

User Ratings: 37 25

LONDAFISH First Impressions

"Love the look!"

The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Plant tanks require high light levels. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! The Estes sand came highly recommended.

  • LONDAFISH Electric Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer
  • fish tank siphon vacuum cleaner fish tank automatic cleaner
  • EASY TO USE- Installed gravel cleaner,please keep the water level between the MAX and MIN,then strat switch.When the outlet can draw water,raise the gravel cleaner,let the head and outlet above the water.
  • MULTIPURPOSE- The cleaner can install the battery and use by the adaptor directly.(the package contain the connector:3V 2A) Freely adjust the different lengths:62cm/73cm/100cm, suitable for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • CLEANING FUNCTION- Can clean gravel, siphon the fish excreta and other dirt out effectively without requiring a water change.
  • PLEASE NOTE- Ideal for complete aquarium cleaning or quick spot maintenance and actually continuous work within 20 minutes
  • FEATURE AND ACCESSORIES- High safety performance,only need 2 size C type alkaline battery(not included).The blue hose length:70 cm;diameter:1 cm.Accessories :Siphon Water Siphon Asin: B077HS6YPS ;The Filter Bag Asin: B07B48GZ23
  • Manufacture: LONDAFISH
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LONDAFISH
  • Quality [star rating='3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

LONDAFISH Final Thoughts

"Overall I'm a fan."

Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake.

Overall Score
3.3

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

4. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BXI
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

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

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

5. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Worldwide Imports 29590
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

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

[star rating="3.5"]
(5 Points)

6. Beachcombers Sand & Shell Seahorse

User Ratings: 84

Beachcombers SS-BCS-03293 First Impressions

"Bottom line."

The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. It looks really pretty and natural. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy.

  • Beachcombers Sand & Shell Seahorse
  • A must buy item
  • Give it as a gift or add to your collection
  • Manufactured in China
  • Product Dimension: 3.0"L x 1.75"W x 6.0"H
  • Manufacture: Beachcombers
  • Item Weight: 3.48 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 1.75 x 6 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beachcombers SS-BCS-03293
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Beachcombers SS-BCS-03293 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommended."

If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. The grain size will range from fine to medium. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. The grain size will range from fine to medium. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either.

Overall Score
4.5

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

7. MCombo Aquarium Gravel Gem Polished Natural Agate,Stone Filler for Vase,Colorful Pebble for Fish Tur...

User Ratings: 48 11

MCombo First Impressions

"I have no complaints."

I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on.

  • MCombo Aquarium Gravel Gem Polished Natural Agate,Stone Filler for Vase,Colorful Pebble for Fish Turtle Tank Turtle Lagoon Landscape Bottom Decoration Colorful Stones,Mini Agate Stone Sand,100PCS
  • Material - Natural Agate,Tumbled Stone,Smooth Crystal;Irregular,At Least 5 Different Colors,NO HOLE Loose Stones.
  • Stone size - Each stone size is about 0.3"-0.7", about 100pc per cell.
  • Mineral learning - Expand their sight and close to nature,improve knowledge.Natural Rock Chips Crystals Mineral Specimen is a good choice for children learning. Each different stone is very beautiful and adorable.Children will love to learing Mineral knowledge!
  • Gravel use - These stones are best for tumbling,cabbing,healing,massage,chakra balancing,positive energy,meditation,sound sleep,rock collection,pocket stones,fengshui,rock study,parper weight,bookend,divination,reiki jewelry makings,gift,pocket stone,and more.
  • Pay Attention - This Natural Agate Crystal kit suitables for children over three years of age. Don’t let kids put the crystal into their mouth. The Natural Quartz Crysta is very beautiful and adorable. Give this for kids as a gift, they will love it.
  • Manufacture: mcombo
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MCombo
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

MCombo Final Thoughts

"Get an unused bucket."

This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. The item is as pictured and described. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

Overall Score
3.8

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

8. HEEPDD Pipette Dropper, Fish Tank Water Changer with Prolonged Pipe Aquarium Pipette Feeder Water Cl...

User Ratings: 78

HEEPDD First Impressions

"I really like this sand."

Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste.

  • HEEPDD Pipette Dropper, Fish Tank Water Changer with Prolonged Pipe Aquarium Pipette Feeder Water Cleaner Transfer Tool with Extension Tube Aquarium Gravel Sand Cleaner
  • Qualitative Materials---This aquarium dropper is made of high quality plastic material, which is non-toxic, eco-friendly and durable, will not harm your fish.
  • Multi Purpose---This aquarium dropper not only can remove the dirt and residual feed at the fish tank bottom, but also can be used as a water changer for mini fish tank and aquarium.
  • Two-stage Design---This aquarium dropper adopts two-stage design, in addition to the dropper, we provide an extension pipe, you can decide whether to add it or not based on the depth of the water.
  • With 4 Scales on the Pipe---This aquarium dropper with 4 scales on the pipe (10ml/15ml/20ml/30ml), that is easy for you to read standard measurement markings conveniently.
  • Easy to Use---The amount of water absorbed by dropper can be adjusted by controlling the strength of grasping the dropper end. Please clean the product before use.
  • Manufacture: HEEPDD
  • Product Dimensions: 3.94 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches; 2.72 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HEEPDD
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

HEEPDD Final Thoughts

"There's been zero issues."

I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. My Corydoras are having a field day! Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes.

Overall Score
4.3

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

9. Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Battery Powered Fish Tank Siphon Water Change Cleaning Tool Sand Gr...

Pssopp First Impressions

"Bottom dwellers love it."

Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! The grain size will range from fine to medium. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate.

  • Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Battery Powered Fish Tank Siphon Water Change Cleaning Tool Sand Gravel Washing Filter with a Water Inlet Tube and Two Extension Tubes
  • 【Keeping Clean Environment】Clean gravel, siphon the fish excrement and other debris by the filter mesh bag, then the clean water will permeate from the bag and flow into tank, also can drain out water through outlet pipe.
  • 【Inner Mesh】The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water. Keeping a clean and healthy environment of fish, turtle and other creatures.
  • 【Batteries Powered】Powered by 2pcs "C" type batteries, with switch button to control on / off. Battery powered cleaner is easy to operate, press the button on the top, the water in the aquarium will automatically be pumped to change water through a hose.
  • 【Adjustable Height】Comes with a water inlet tube and two extension tubes, so user can adjust the height according to fish tank size or the water level.
  • 【Top Handle】Top handle part can be hung on the rim of fish tank, the cleaner helps to free your hands and clean the tank effortlessly.
  • Manufacture: Pssopp
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pssopp
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.2']

Pssopp Final Thoughts

"I really like this sand."

If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. It looks really pretty and natural. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants.

Overall Score
3.2

[star rating="3.2"]
(3 Points)

10. 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)

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