Editor's Choice - Our Favorite CaribSea Aquatics Aquarium Sand

1. Caribsea Super Naturals Aquarium Sand

User Ratings: 77 3

CaribSea Aquatics 8479008404 First Impressions

"This is a nice size sand."

I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. My Corydoras are having a field day! I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake.

  • Caribsea Super Naturals Aquarium Sand
  • Create a supernatural experience by re-creating the natural world in your home
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • no paints or dyes used
  • ph neutral ; safe for all aquarium systems
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 10 inches; 10 Pounds
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CaribSea Aquatics 8479008404 Final Thoughts

"Incredibly fine and soft."

A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for.

Overall Score
4.6


(1168 Points)

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2. CaribSea Aquatics Eco-Complete African Cichlid Zack Sand, 20-Pound, Black

User Ratings: 75 4

CaribSea Aquatics 008479007773 First Impressions

"Oh, and one other thing."

My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase!

  • CaribSea Aquatics Eco-Complete African Cichlid Zack Sand, 20-Pound, Black
  • Mineralogical and Biologically complete
  • Eco-Complete maintains the high pH that African Cichlids need while helping to resist pH drops associated with Cichlid systems
  • Eco-Completes high internal porosity maximizes biological capacity, which keeps your fish healthier
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 2 x 13 inches; 20 Pounds
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CaribSea Aquatics 008479007773 Final Thoughts

"Back to the washing."

You really can't go wrong buying this sand! Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. The item is as pictured and described. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank.

Overall Score
4.5


(215 Points)

3. CaribSea Aquatics Ocean Direct Sand, 40-Pound, Oolite

User Ratings: 41 11

CaribSea Aquatics 008479019400 First Impressions

"Great product."

But that is also something to consider with all sands. It's as close to white sand as you can get! I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank.

  • CaribSea Aquatics Ocean Direct Sand, 40-Pound, Oolite
  • Caribe Ocean Direct Iolite 20 pound
  • Every grain of Ocean Direct is coated with bacteria and encapsulated by capillary action in a thin film of real ocean water
  • The thin film is open to the atmosphere for unparalleled gas exchange
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 16 x 10 inches; 40 Pounds
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CaribSea Aquatics 008479019400 Final Thoughts

"No harm to the filters."

The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. My Corydoras are having a field day! This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. But I have to give it to this sand. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out.

Overall Score
3.8


(18 Points)

4. CaribSea Aquatics Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 50-Pound, Moonlight Sand

User Ratings: 45

CaribSea Aquatics 008479008503 First Impressions

"Somewhat tricky to clean."

This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. Some people might have time to, but I do not. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty.

  • CaribSea Aquatics Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 50-Pound, Moonlight Sand
  • Create a supernatural experience by re-creating the natural world in your home
  • ph neutral ; safe for all aquariums
  • no dyes or paints used
  • used in fresh and salt water systems
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 7 x 14 inches; 1 Pounds
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CaribSea Aquatics 008479008503 Final Thoughts

"Great substrate."

The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Some people might have time to, but I do not. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

Overall Score
3.6


(4 Points)

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5. CaribSea Aquatics Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 50-Pound, Crystal River

CaribSea Aquatics 008479008701 First Impressions

"But its natural SAND."

The Estes sand came highly recommended. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. My Corydoras are having a field day! Some people might have time to, but I do not.

  • CaribSea Aquatics Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 50-Pound, Crystal River
  • Create a supernatural experience by re-creating the natural world in your home
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • ph neutral ; great for all aquarium substrates
  • no paints or dyes used ; all natural
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 16 x 10 inches; 50 Pounds
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CaribSea Aquatics 008479008701 Final Thoughts

"Beautiful aquarium sand."

I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

6. CaribSea Aquatics Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 50-Pound, Crystal River

CaribSea Aquatics 008479008701 First Impressions

"Love the look!"

I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. It looks great and it's super quality. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. Some people might have time to, but I do not. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants.

  • CaribSea Aquatics Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 50-Pound, Crystal River
  • Create a supernatural experience by re-creating the natural world in your home
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • ph neutral ; great for all aquarium substrates
  • no paints or dyes used ; all natural
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 16 x 10 inches; 50 Pounds
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CaribSea Aquatics 008479008701 Final Thoughts

"I really like it!"

I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

7. Worldwide Imports AWW80035 Aqua Terra Sand, 5-Pound, Black

Worldwide Imports 29589 First Impressions

"No issues."

I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great.

  • Worldwide Imports AWW80035 Aqua Terra Sand, 5-Pound, Black
  • Worldwide Imports Aqua Terra Sand
  • Natural Coated Sand
  • Will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29589 Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps!"

A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

8. TELLW Coral Sand Aquarium Filter Material Coral Sand Coral Bone Bottom Sand Improve ph Filter Water ...

User Ratings: 50

TELLW First Impressions

"Won't go back to gravel!"

If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag.

  • TELLW Coral Sand Aquarium Filter Material Coral Sand Coral Bone Bottom Sand Improve ph Filter Water Purification seawater Sand
  • 1-4cm,500g
  • Coral Bone
  • Exquisite life from exquisite home decoration and household stuff,let the good always accompany
  • Please watch the size before buying
  • Due to the screen display reason, maybe have slightly chromatic aberration, please understand
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TELLW Final Thoughts

"I have two Dojo Loaches."

You really can't go wrong buying this sand! The water was clear by the next day. It helped the water clear up faster. It looks really pretty and natural. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff.

Overall Score
4.5


(4 Points)

9. PIVBY Hamster Bathing Sand Tiny Friends Farm Chinchilla Dust Bathing Sand Toys for Bunny Rabbits Gui...

User Ratings: 68 10

PIVBY First Impressions

"RINSE VERY WELL!"

I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it.

  • PIVBY Hamster Bathing Sand Tiny Friends Farm Chinchilla Dust Bathing Sand Toys for Bunny Rabbits Guinea Pigs Gerbils(2LB)
  • Bathing Sand is 100% natural sand and is more like dust and free from bacteria. It is also naturally absorbent. It is the choice of many owners of show chinchillas for ideal coat condition.
  • Safe, effective product for hamster baths.This is fantastic because it's safe and watching hamsters take sand baths is super cute.Also,if your pet has health problems such as fungal infection,appear oily,moist body and matted fur,you can use this bathing sand to solve these problems.
  • Chinchillas should have a sand bath every day. Place bathing sand into a high-sided box or cat litter tray and let your Chinchillas roll around in it. They will thoroughly enjoy themselves and the sand will help keep their coats healthy by removing excess oils.
  • Bathing sand is essential for some small animals are a nice treat for others,It will do fur-grooming,moisture -absorbing-,oil-absorbing and skin disease preventure, such as hamsters and gerbils.
  • Package including:2LB hamster bathing sand.You will love watching them roll around and enjoy their bath time.
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PIVBY Final Thoughts

"I really like this sand."

It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. The grain size will range from fine to medium. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for.

Overall Score
4.3


(102 Points)

10. Carib Sea ACS00854 Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 50-Pound

Carib Sea 008479008541 First Impressions

"He digs holes."

Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240.

  • Carib Sea ACS00854 Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 50-Pound
  • re-create natural river environments
  • ph neutral ; safe 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 008479008541 Final Thoughts

"You can see in photos."

There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

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