Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Colored Aquarium Sand

1. Yarssir Natural Pebble Fish Tank Landscape Bottom Sand Colored Stones for Potted Turtles Aquarium De...

User Ratings: 73

Yarssir First Impressions

"I am so happy I did!"

You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. It looks really pretty and natural. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Yarssir Natural Pebble Fish Tank Landscape Bottom Sand Colored Stones for Potted Turtles Aquarium Decorations - 2 lb
  • Material:Colorful glass polished gravel.
  • Size and Pkg include:2-3mm; 1kg.
  • Rinse with water 3-4 times before,do not rubbing force.
  • Excellent for vases, bowls, table, aquarium, fish tank, or outside in the garden.
  • Not toy, keep away from children for chocking hazard.
  • Manufacture: Yarssir
  • Product Dimensions: 2.36 x 1.77 x 0.39 inches; 2.2 Pounds
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Yarssir Final Thoughts

"Great substrate."

Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

Overall Score
4.5


(10 Points)

2. Nature's Ocean No.0 Marine White Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 59 7

Nature's Ocean 10791 First Impressions

"Plants love it!"

If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium.

  • Nature's Ocean No.0 Marine White Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound
  • 100% From The Ocean Floor
  • Increases Carbonate Hardness
  • Provide Marine Trace Elements
  • Heat Sterilized
  • Ideal for culturing Live sand
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12 x 2 inches; 20 Pounds
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Nature's Ocean 10791 Final Thoughts

"More like micro gravel."

It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. The water was clear by the next day. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes.

Overall Score
4.1


(62 Points)

3. SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank V...

User Ratings: 44 29

SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 First Impressions

"Overall I'm a fan."

I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

  • SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner, Siphon Cleaning Tool for Gravel Sand
  • Supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums.
  • Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.
  • Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • Battery case on the top, only 2 batteries needed for easy and safe installation.
  • Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease.
  • Manufacture: SANON
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 10.3 Ounces
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SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
3.0


(4 Points)

4. Creative Farmer 2Kg Products Sugar Type Sand Gravel for Aquarium Decoration Pebbles for Decor & Mul...

User Ratings: 27

Creative Farmer First Impressions

"I have two Dojo Loaches."

I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. But I have to give it to this sand. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive.

  • Creative Farmer 2Kg Products Sugar Type Sand Gravel for Aquarium Decoration Pebbles for Decor & Multi Purpose Pack
  • Qty : 2KG , Material: Pebbles/Stone
  • Uses || Terrariums|Vases| Flower Vases| Garden Patios, Pavements || Waterfalls And Realted Decorations, || Water Fountains, Courtyard Gardens || Used In Aquariums And Artistic Monuments || Garden Walks / Pathways || Used For Decor Purpose At Hotels, Restaurants As Well As In Households || Perfect For Flooring, Shower Floors & Walls And Pools/Aquariums Etc.
  • Usage : Used For Decorating Home And Parks, Landscaping, Wall Cladding/Aquariums
  • Suitable For Fish Tank/Aquarium, Garden, Lawn, Table And Flower Vase.
  • A Quality Product From Creative Farmer
  • Manufacture: Creative Farmer
  • Item Weight: 12.3 ounces
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Creative Farmer Final Thoughts

"They love it!"

I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend.

Overall Score
3.6


(4 Points)

5. FLYING TIGER 14 PCS Gravel Paper for Bird cage, Penn Plax Calcium Plus Gravel Paper-16.5x11 Inch Gra...

User Ratings: 65

FLYING TIGER First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

  • FLYING TIGER 14 PCS Gravel Paper for Bird cage, Penn Plax Calcium Plus Gravel Paper-16.5x11 Inch Gravel Paper Special for Bird Cage in sea Sand
  • The packaging includes: you will get 14 pieces of the same gravel paper as the market, enough for you to replace.
  • Crushed paper can keep pets' beaks and claws clean and healthy. Ideal size: The size of the gravel paper is 16.5 x 11 inches, which can be cut to the appropriate size as needed.
  • Tips: The particles on the paper are sea sand, don't worry about the birds being swallowed, and help digestion.
  • Safe, clean and sanitary
  • Gravel paper is also safe, clean and sanitary to keep your pet happy and healthy
  • Manufacture: FLYING TIGER
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FLYING TIGER Final Thoughts

"Stick hose into bucket."

The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white.

Overall Score
4.4


(16 Points)

6. Seachem Fluorite Onyx Sand Substrate

User Ratings: 57 11

Seachem 3505 First Impressions

"More like micro gravel."

Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap.

  • Seachem Fluorite Onyx Sand Substrate
  • Fracted Porous substrate for the aquarium
  • Specially fracted Porous substrate for the aquarium; Suitable for most marine and freshwater environments including reef and planted aquariums
  • Most effective when used alone as an integral substrate bed but may be mixed with other gravels or Sands
  • Not chemically coated or treated but does have a slight buffering capacity
  • Premium natural sand for the planted aquarium
  • Rich in carbonates
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.75 x 1.75 inches; 15.4 Pounds
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Seachem 3505 Final Thoughts

"Will purchase again."

I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. The grain size will range from fine to medium. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag.

Overall Score
4.0


(334 Points)

7. Envirofill Green Silica Sand for Landscape Artificial Turf Synthetic Grass - 50 Pound Bag

User Ratings: 62

PREMIUM PRO TURF First Impressions

"Hope it works out."

I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. Some people might have time to, but I do not. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times.

  • Envirofill Green Silica Sand for Landscape Artificial Turf Synthetic Grass - 50 Pound Bag
  • 50 lb Bag Turf infill for your home’s artificial lawn: it’s clean, toxin-free, and durable
  • Zero watering. No frequent top-off. These factors and more make Envirofill the infill of choice for homes, parks, and facilities where people are more focused on living and playing than on upkeep and maintenance.
  • With its superior durability, Envirofill can be used for multiple turf lifecycles with no decrease in performance. In fact, the product carries a 16-year warranty, the most extensive coverage in the industry.
  • With over 150 synthetic turf fields nationwide and countless backyards, playgrounds, and parks choosing Envirofill, it’s the the most trusted and longest-lasting non-rubber turf infill on the market. It’s the perfect selection when maintenance, long-term performance, safety, and durability are key decision factors.
  • Athletes love the firm, fast and safe surface Envirofill provides. Its highly-rounded quartz core resists compaction so it doesn’t continue to compact over the life of your field - a must-have when consistent high performance is desired. It’s the only pet-friendly turf infill that combats odors while maintaining longevity and cleanliness in backyard, playground, and park applications.
  • Manufacture: Premium Pro Turf
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PREMIUM PRO TURF Final Thoughts

"More like micro gravel."

The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
4.4


(17 Points)

8. 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)

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. KISSTAKER 300g White Pebble Turtle Fish Tank Sand Rocks Aquarium Bonsai Succulent Plants Decoration ...

User Ratings: 49 12

ZUINIUBI First Impressions

"LOVE THE SAND!"

If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand.

  • KISSTAKER 300g White Pebble Turtle Fish Tank Sand Rocks Aquarium Bonsai Succulent Plants Decoration Ornament Stone Landscape
  • 100% Natural Decorative White Pebbles: set up a natural and shining looking foreground in tank and aquarium for your fishes,turtles frogs etc,. Very pretty under water.
  • Non-Toxic & Safe: just like river gravels, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water. Good choice for aquarium and succulent decoration.
  • Gorgeous Stones with Elegant Surface: smooth,polished and easy to clean. Make sure to rinse 3-4 times before your decoration projects,but DO NOT wash it violently!
  • Long Lasting & Colorfast Gravels: natural color won’t fade away through time!
  • Net Weight & Attention: 0.66lb/300g, small bag but perfect for accenting your potted succulent creations and aquarium! Keep it away from children under 3 years in case chocking hazard!. ZUINIUBI Guarantee: 100% NATURAL stones!
  • Manufacture: ZUINIUBI
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ZUINIUBI Final Thoughts

"It looks nice overall."

The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. I never did get around to switching to gravel. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
3.8


(59 Points)

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