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. Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Natural Sedona

User Ratings: 78 2

Reptile Sciences 81010 First Impressions

"Good Luck!"

My Corydoras are having a field day! Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Natural Sedona
  • 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
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Reptile Sciences 81010 Final Thoughts

"And it is perfect!"

Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand.

Overall Score
4.6


(228 Points)

3. Penn-Plax 64671 Finding Dory Hank on Sand, Mini

User Ratings: 65

Penn-Plax 64671 First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. But that is also something to consider with all sands. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. It looks really pretty and natural.

  • Penn-Plax 64671 Finding Dory Hank on Sand, Mini
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great Value
  • This product is Manufactured in China
  • Manufacture: PS04O
  • Item Weight: 0.352 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 1.5 inches
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Penn-Plax 64671 Final Thoughts

"Great substrate."

This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. When adding water, no dust, no mess. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
4.3


(22 Points)

4. ZJchao Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Height Adjustabld Electric Fish Tank Siphon Cleaning Water Changer E...

User Ratings: 58 42

ZJchao First Impressions

"Plants love it!"

I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light.

  • ZJchao Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Height Adjustabld Electric Fish Tank Siphon Cleaning Water Changer Equiped with Extension Tube, Sand Algae Cleaner Filter
  • 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 tak, also can drain out water through outlet pipe
  • Comes with a water inlet tube and two extension tubes, so user can adjust the height according to fish tak size or the water level
  • The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water
  • Powered by 2pcs
  • Top handle part can be hung on the edge of fish tak, the cleaner helps to free your hands and clean the tak effortlessly
  • Manufacture: ZJchao
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ZJchao Final Thoughts

"This sand is gorgeous!"

I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I never did get around to switching to gravel. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Plant tanks require high light levels. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand.

Overall Score
3.3


(2 Points)

5. Caribsea Aquariam Reptilite Smokey Sands 20Lb

Carib Sea First Impressions

"I just love it!"

Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well.

  • Caribsea Aquariam Reptilite Smokey Sands 20Lb
  • An all natural calcium substrate, ideal for desert dwelling reptiles and arachnids.
  • The naturally spherical grains won t scratch your valuable animals inside or out.
  • There are no artificial dyes or chemicals in reptilite.
  • Manufacture: CARIBSEA INC
  • Item Weight: 41 Pounds
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"Won't go back to gravel!"

The Estes sand came highly recommended. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

6. Disney's Finding Dory, Dory with Coral Reef on Tan Sand Aquarium Ornament

User Ratings: 73 13

Disney-Pixar First Impressions

"Hope this helps!"

I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate.

  • Disney's Finding Dory, Dory with Coral Reef on Tan Sand Aquarium Ornament
  • Realistic Replica of your favorite Finding Dory Character
  • Manufacture: American Paws Pet Products
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Disney-Pixar Final Thoughts

"Really happy with it."

My Corydoras are having a field day! Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling.

Overall Score
4.0


(6 Points)

7. uxcell Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Sand Gravel Grit Shovel Scraper Scoop Gray

uxcell a17032200ux1007 First Impressions

"Hope it works out."

One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I thought it was soap, but it's not. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL.

  • uxcell Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Sand Gravel Grit Shovel Scraper Scoop Gray
  • Material: Plastic; Scoop Size: 18 x 8.7 x 8cm/7" x 3.4" x 3"(L*W*H)
  • Handle Size: 8 x 3 x 0.5cm/3" x 1.2" x 0.2"(L*W*H); Weight: 85g
  • Color: Gray
  • Package Content: 1 x Aquarium Sand Scoop
  • Product Name: Aquarium Sand Scoop
  • Manufacture: uxcell
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uxcell a17032200ux1007 Final Thoughts

"One is a dechlorinator."

Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

8. Worldwide Imports AWWA1063 Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 48 19

Worldwide Imports 29615 First Impressions

"Repeated 3-4 times."

I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I never did get around to switching to gravel. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much!

  • Worldwide Imports AWWA1063 Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound
  • Worldwide aragonite 1 sand 20lb-2piece
  • Reduces nitrates
  • Ideal for reef system tank bottoms denitrifying anaerobic beds extremely high surface area filter media
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29615 Final Thoughts

"I love the color!"

If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. The item is as pictured and described. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

Overall Score
3.6


(15 Points)

9. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum for Water Changer Sand Cleaning Kit Tools with Air-P...

User Ratings: 62 8

GDH XS First Impressions

"Just be careful."

Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. I never did get around to switching to gravel.

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum for Water Changer Sand Cleaning Kit Tools with Air-Pressing Button and Water Hose Controller Clamp- BPA Free
  • 【Multi-Purpose Function】: ① Dirt Suction - Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium equipped with a duckbill suction inlet accessory, easy to suck the feces away. ② Sand Washing - Greater suction, easy to clean up sand and debris hidden in the sand.③ Water Changing - Built-in dual airbags, atmospheric cavity, good resilience, effortless operation.
  • 【Prevent Blockage】: Aquarium gravel filter cleaner can replace the water and keep water fresh, with a filter basket in the tube, effectively avoiding blocking by gravel. It effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium and prevent smaller fish from being sucked into the apparatus
  • 【Easy to Use】: Push the siphon switch of the aquarium siphon vacuum cleaner several times, and make sure that the inlet tube part is full of water, and then observe the outlet hose. After the water continuously flows out, you can stop push to observe whether it automatically works. If not, continue to operate until the water flows out quickly and automatically. The sand can move up and down in the extension tube to remove debris from your aquarium.
  • 【Wide Application】: Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner is suitable for various types of fish tanks, with spliced extension tubes a two-stage splicing combination, both large and small tanks are suitable.
  • 【Equipped Accessories】:1 *Air-pressing control body; 2 x Extension Inlet Tube; 1*Extension tube connector; (1.18inch );1*Duckbill suction inlet(Debris vacuum); 1*Outlet hose( 78.74inch, the water pipe can be cut according to demand);1*Water Flow Clamp(Flow Control); 1*Fixture clamp(Water pipe clamp),1 *Lightweight Fishing Net.
  • Manufacture: GDH
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GDH XS Final Thoughts

"But its natural SAND."

I never did get around to switching to gravel. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

Overall Score
4.2


(67 Points)

10. uxcell Aquarium Fish Tank Plastic Hand Held Scraper Gravel Cleaner Cleaning Tool Sand Scoop Blue

uxcell a17032400ux1243 First Impressions

"I hope it goes away soon."

I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown.

  • uxcell Aquarium Fish Tank Plastic Hand Held Scraper Gravel Cleaner Cleaning Tool Sand Scoop Blue
  • Color: Blue; Package Content: 1 x Sand Scoop
  • Product Name: Sand Scoop; Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 79g
  • Total Size: 21 x 8.8 x 9.5cm/8.3" x 3.5" x 3.7"(L*W*H)
  • Handle Size: 10 x 2.8 x 1.5cm/3.9" x 1.1" x 0.6"(L*W*T)
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uxcell a17032400ux1243 Final Thoughts

"Just some dust."

Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

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