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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Yarssir
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

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

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

2. JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Terrarium Garden Flowerpot G...

User Ratings: 66 4

JZMYXA First Impressions

"Will purchase again."

But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. But that is also something to consider with all sands. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

  • JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Terrarium Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decoration,2 Lbs
  • Net weight 2.2 pounds. Made of 100% Natural Gravel Pebbles.
  • Fit for Aquariums Terrarium Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decoration.
  • Non-toxic just like river gravels.
  • Natural color won't fade away through time.
  • Please wash them 5-6 times before use.
  • Manufacture: JZMYXA
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.53 x 2.17 inches; 2.34 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JZMYXA
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

JZMYXA Final Thoughts

"Oh, and one other thing."

The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. It looks great and it's super quality. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum.

Overall Score
4.3

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

3. uxcell® Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner Manual Squeeze Water Flow Cleaning Pump

uxcell a17032200ux0575 First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. The water was clear by the next day. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty.

  • uxcell® Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner Manual Squeeze Water Flow Cleaning Pump
  • Color: White,Blue,Clear; Package Content: 1 x Aquarium Cleaning Pump
  • Product Name: Aquarium Cleaning Pump; Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 129g; Total Length: 202cm/6.6ft
  • Hose Dia: 1.8cm/0.7"; Water Inlet Dia: 5cm/2"
  • Water Outlet Dia: 1.4cm/0.6"; Vacuum Cup Size: 10 x 6cm/3.9" x 2.4"(L*Max D)
  • Manufacture: uxcell
  • Editor's Impressions Of The uxcell a17032200ux0575
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

uxcell a17032200ux0575 Final Thoughts

"Love it, great product."

I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. But I have to give it to this sand. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean!

Overall Score
5.0

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

4. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CaribSea Aquatics 008479008701
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

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

5. WAYBER 1 Lb/460g Irregular Decorative Pebbles Crystal Quartz Stones Rock Sand for Aquarium/Fish Turt...

User Ratings: 73 3

WAYBER 208 First Impressions

"Somewhat tricky to clean."

My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. 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.

  • WAYBER 1 Lb/460g Irregular Decorative Pebbles Crystal Quartz Stones Rock Sand for Aquarium/Fish Turtle Tank/Vase Fillers/Air Plants/Succulent Plants Decor
  • NET WEIGHT: 1 pound (460 grams). Fill 1 Cup or 0.25 L volume. NB the stones are 1 lb heavy enough but SMALL BAG!
  • NATURAL MATERIAL: Good selection of natural raw crystal stones. Beaten into gravel, processed into irregular shape with top-class technology. Non-toxic and safe just like river gravels, natural color won't fade away through time.
  • BEST GIFT: Crystal stones mean good wishes like flowers and more permanent. Give it to yourself or friends as Birthday, Christmas gift which represents luck and happiness, to express your love and blessings.
  • USEFUL DECORATIVE HELPER: Build a natural and shining looking for home of you and your de-lovelys. Excellent for fish, succulent plant. Decorate your fish tank and also maintain the water clean, ensuring a safety and no pollution living condition for your fish; Add vitality to your plants, reducing the splashing water when watering.
  • WIDELY USAGE: Perfect for all kinds of handcraft projects; Good for floral arrangement, wedding, party decoration; Excellent for chakra cleansing, reiki healing, and crystal grids, etc.
  • Manufacture: WAYBER
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WAYBER 208
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

WAYBER 208 Final Thoughts

"Oh, and one other thing."

The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. The water was clear by the next day. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Plants are easy to plant in it as well.

Overall Score
4.5

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

6. Landen Namaule Sand, Super Natural for Aquarium Landscaping, Cosmetic Sand for Plant Tank, Natural R...

User Ratings: 85

Landen 2kg First Impressions

"I hope it goes away soon."

I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I never did get around to switching to gravel. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in.

  • Landen Namaule Sand, Super Natural for Aquarium Landscaping, Cosmetic Sand for Plant Tank, Natural River Sand for Freshwater or Blackwater Biotope Tank
  • 【Nature Landscaping】NAMAULE SAND is a natural product used as a general aquarium fish tank sand and a make-up sand for aquatic plant landscaping.
  • 【Natural Color】With a gentle and natural color, available for different landscaping designs, applicable in a variety of ways; can express riverbed styles in natural landscapes
  • 【Quality Assurance】With a gentle and natural color, available for different landscaping designs, applicable in a variety of ways; can express riverbed styles in natural landscapes
  • 【Safe to Use】Purely natural product with moderate PH, friendly to the quality of water, without releasing any hazardous matter harmful to fish and aquatic plant
  • 【Size】Weight per Bag: 2kg (approx. 4.4 lbs.); Grain Size: 0.3 - 0.5mm; Average Density: 75 pounds per cubic foot
  • Manufacture: Landen
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Landen 2kg
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Landen 2kg Final Thoughts

"Just some dust."

I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. I never did get around to switching to gravel.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(33 Points)

7. CaribSea Arag-Alive 20-Pound Fiji Pink Sand

User Ratings: 86 3

Carib Sea 792 First Impressions

"This sand looks great!"

You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. But that is also something to consider with all sands. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either.

  • CaribSea Arag-Alive 20-Pound Fiji Pink Sand
  • Functional and beautiful aragonite substrate for all types of marine aquariums
  • Contains millions of beneficial marine bacteria to enhance biological filtration
  • Many styles to help recreate any marine environment
  • Manufacture: Carib Sea
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 792
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Carib Sea 792 Final Thoughts

"Incredibly fine and soft."

They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. When adding water, no dust, no mess. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(754 Points)

8. ATPWONZ Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Fish Tank Cleaner, Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Siphon Vac with Algae Scr...

User Ratings: 54 10

ATPWONZ 120655 First Impressions

"Get an unused bucket."

Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. 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. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

  • ATPWONZ Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Fish Tank Cleaner, Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Siphon Vac with Algae Scraper, Water Flow Controller and Extendable Pipe for Quick Water Changing, Sand and Gravel Cleaning
  • Keep Your Tank Beautiful with Aquarium Cleaning Supplies and Fish Tank Kit Tools: Maintain the beauty of your aquarium as well as the health and vitality of your fish with adequate fish tank cleaner. this aquarium gravel vacuum can help you changing water, washing sand, absorbing excrement, raking sand, and scraping algae. Plastic scraper assembly which may be attached to the cleaner for removing deposits to accumulate upon the interior surface of an aquarium, won't scratch your precious glass t
  • With Air-Pressing Button and Adjustable Water Flow Controller: This gravel cleaner with air-pressing button has strong suction, can allow one-hand operation even as a child. The water flow clamp can help you optimize the water flow and fix the pipe. When you want to clean and drainage water, first connect the inlet and outlet pipe, then press the Air-pressing Button to create a siphon until water comes into the bucket automatically.
  • 5 in 1 Multi-Function Aquarium Tank Cleaning Kit: This fish tank aquarium gravel cleaner kit coming with 2 inlet tubes (15.75in) and can fit all sizes of fish tanks, which can be extended and combined together. It must work with a various fish tank. The 6-foot flexible hose with clip can be attached on the bucket to prevent water from splashing.
  • Prevent Blocking and Fish Protector: The fish tank gravel cleaner includes a filter basket net which prevents aquarium gravel from jamming the check valve assembly and smaller fish from being sucked into the apparatus.Note: No immersing your hands in the aquarium water, No spilling water on the ground, minimum water disturbance.
  • Easy Operation and Easy to Install: Do not need to energize when changing water, this siphon will work as long as the drainage bucket is lower than the tank, fitting different-sized fish tank. Equipped with a holder that can be attached to the aquarium to release hands for ease of use. It does not affect the normal activities of fish when used.
  • Manufacture: ATPWONZ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ATPWONZ 120655
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

ATPWONZ 120655 Final Thoughts

"4 lb bags."

It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(76 Points)

9. XMHF Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel Gray

User Ratings: 70

XMHF 4346787875 First Impressions

"It worked like a charm."

I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! When adding water, no dust, no mess. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph.

  • XMHF Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel Gray
  • Product Name: Sand Scoop
  • Color: Gray; Net Weight: 109g
  • Total Size: Scoop Size: 18 x 8.5 x 7.5cm / 7.1" x 3.3" x 3" (L*W*H); Material: Plastic
  • Handle Size: 10 x 3cm / 3.9" x 1.2" (L*W)
  • Package Content: 1 x Sand Scoop
  • Manufacture: XMHF
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 1 inches; 2.79 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The XMHF 4346787875
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

XMHF 4346787875 Final Thoughts

"Just be careful."

I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! Plant tanks require high light levels. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. I never did get around to switching to gravel.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(12 Points)

10. AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Siphon Kit,6 in 1 Electric Automatic Removable Vacuum Water Changer,M...

User Ratings: 62

AQQA First Impressions

"I hope it goes away soon."

Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. It helped the water clear up faster. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand.

  • AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Siphon Kit,6 in 1 Electric Automatic Removable Vacuum Water Changer,Multifunction Wash Sand Suck The Stool Filter 110V/20W 320GPH
  • 【Multifuncation Aquarium Gravel Cleaner】The main function is ①automatic changer water ②sand washer ③debris cleaning ④water filter ⑤water shower ⑥water cycle,With this product,make your fish tank cleaning activities are time-saving and efficient.
  • 【Complete Accessories, High Quality】①360° Brush Head,can clean the dirt on the wall of the fish tank ②45 ° Corner Suction Inlet,Used to clean fine sand ③Duckbill Suction Inlet with spatula,Used to absorb debris and feces at the bottom of the fish tank. If can’t suck it up, you can use a Plastic spatula ④360 ° Water Intake Strainer with suction cups,used change water, add water ⑤Gravel Washer with filter sponge,used wash sand ⑥Water Shower with Filter Bag,used turtle showering and filter
  • 【Extendable Handle Suitable For All Fish Tanks】The tube can be extended from 16.9 inches to 33.6 inches,just turn on the switch at the junction of the pipe to extend the pipe.suitable for various sizes of fish tanks,never worry about your hands being not long enough and the fish tank is too high.External switch for easy operation,Please note that the switch is not waterproof, please stay away from water.
  • 【Upgrade Electric Water Changer, Cleaning is Easier】Electric Water pump provides powerful power,rapid change water,effectively clean up impurities in the fish tank.The incident that made you clean the fish tank is no longer so hard.The starting water level can be as low as 2in and the pumping as low as 0.3in.Equipped ceramic shaft,Very quiet operation.
  • 【Fast And Convenient Installation And Disassembly】The assembly is very simple, you can assemble in order, without any other tools,can be disassembled and freely assembled to meet your different needs.When you don't need to use it, it can be disassembled and stored without taking up space.
  • Manufacture: AQQA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQQA
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

AQQA Final Thoughts

"One is a dechlorinator."

You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Plant tanks require high light levels. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(3 Points)

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