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. Carib Sea Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 10 lbs, Tan

User Ratings: 62 6

Carib Sea FBA_11820 First Impressions

"This sand is very fine."

I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. But I have to give it to this sand. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! Poured water in, ran the filter for a day.

  • Carib Sea Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 10 lbs, Tan
  • Keeps water crystal clear
  • Resists packing channeling and anaerobic "Dead Spots" beneath rocks and coral
  • Maintains proper pH levels
  • Does not contain toxic metal impurities, petroleum residues or pesticides
  • Manufacture: Carib Sea
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10 x 13 inches; 9.95 Pounds
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Carib Sea FBA_11820 Final Thoughts

"I love the color!"

It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier.

Overall Score
4.1


(57 Points)

8. Carib Sea ACS000920 Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 62 8

Carib Sea 008479009203 First Impressions

"Love it, great product."

This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. I thought it was soap, but it's not.

  • Carib Sea ACS000920 Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound
  • Each bag includes a packet of Bio-Magnet clarifier
  • Ocean Direct provides a thriving, natural aquarium in minutes!
  • Utilizes Sea Breathe laser technology which preserves real live sand with its own original bacteria
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479009203 Final Thoughts

"Stick hose into bucket."

I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! I thought it was soap, but it's not.

Overall Score
4.2


(18 Points)

9. Carib Sea ACS00457 Seaflor Super Reef Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound

Carib Sea 008479004574 First Impressions

"LOVE THE SAND!"

There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag.

  • Carib Sea ACS00457 Seaflor Super Reef Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound
  • re-create natural reef eco systems
  • 100% aragonite ; keeps ph stable
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • great for African cichlids
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 11.6 x 5.2 inches; 11.6 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479004574 Final Thoughts

"I recommend this."

I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too.

Overall Score
3.4


(3 Points)

10. Carib Sea ACS00820 Marine Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound, White

User Ratings: 57 19

Carib Sea 008479008206 First Impressions

"Back to the washing."

This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. Plant tanks require high light levels.

  • Carib Sea ACS00820 Marine Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound, White
  • Use to create a natural underwater environment
  • Will not affect ph or alkalinity
  • Recommended for freshwater aquariums with external filtration
  • Do not use with under gravel filtration
  • Made in the usa
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479008206 Final Thoughts

"Like a dog."

At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. The sand looks more natural and clean. It's as close to white sand as you can get! The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. You really can't go wrong buying this sand!

Overall Score
3.7


(32 Points)

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