Editor's Choice - Our Favorite DINY Home & Style Aquarium Sand

1. DINY Home & Style Aquarium Cleaner Siphon Pump Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner with Long Nozzle with W...

User Ratings: 64 7

DINY Home & Style 4346781915 First Impressions

"Beautiful aquarium sand."

Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. The item is as pictured and described. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. It's as close to white sand as you can get!

  • DINY Home & Style Aquarium Cleaner Siphon Pump Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner with Long Nozzle with Water Flow Controller
  • Easy to use gravel cleaner pump for fish tanks - removes the dirt from the bottom of your tank
  • Safe on fish during use - perfect fro both small and large aquarium's
  • Tube length is appx 5.5 feet and the tube diameter is appx 0.55"
  • Easy to use: Squeeze the large suction balloon softly so that the water and dirt can be sucked up
  • Includes Water Flow Control and Suction cup - The perfect water cleaner
  • Manufacture: Dependable Industries inc
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DINY Home & Style 4346781915
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

DINY Home & Style 4346781915 Final Thoughts

"It worked like a charm."

My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. 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. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller.

Overall Score
4.3

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

2. REPTI ZOO 2PCS Reptile Sand Fine Mesh Reptile Scooper Bearded Dragon Sand Shovel Terrarium Substrate...

User Ratings: 81

REPTI ZOO SS012 First Impressions

"Yes, its grey not black."

I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. It's as close to white sand as you can get! The sand looks more natural and clean. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum.

  • REPTI ZOO 2PCS Reptile Sand Fine Mesh Reptile Scooper Bearded Dragon Sand Shovel Terrarium Substrate Durable Litter Cleaner Corner Scoop Combo Set
  • Set of 2: Standard size: 11"(L)*3.9"(W)*2"(H); Large size:12.2"(L)*5.5"(W)*2.3"(H), suitable to use in most of terrariums.
  • High Quality Material: The sand litter scoop is made of high-quality stainless steel mesh; the handle is made of top-grade material with ergonomic design and superior texture.
  • Fine Mesh and Durable: Specially designed with dense holes for cleaning reptile excrement or corners of the reptile terrarium easily; Featured with superior stainless steel material, it is rust resistant and durable for years to use.
  • The reptile shovel cooper is perfect for tortoise, lizard, spider, snake, scorpion, chameleon, frogs reptiles.
  • Can also be used for fine substrates in small animal enclosures or cat litter boxes.
  • Manufacture: REPTI ZOO
  • Editor's Impressions Of The REPTI ZOO SS012
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

REPTI ZOO SS012 Final Thoughts

"Yes, its grey not black."

Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out.

Overall Score
4.8

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

3. Zoo Med Laboratories SZMHC2Y Hermit Crab, 2-Pound, Sand Yellow

User Ratings: 61 10

Zoo Med 976005 First Impressions

"Stick hose into bucket."

I received this aquarium sand yesterday. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. It's as close to white sand as you can get! This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great.

  • Zoo Med Laboratories SZMHC2Y Hermit Crab, 2-Pound, Sand Yellow
  • Natural Pigment colors
  • No paints or dyes
  • It provides the necessary source
  • A calcium carbonate sand substrate in four fun colors
  • Available in five natural colors
  • No paint or dye used in processing
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med 976005
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Zoo Med 976005 Final Thoughts

"It cleans fairly well."

I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(33 Points)

4. Dennerle Shrimp King Active Soil - 8L Bag

User Ratings: 81 6

Dennerle 6178 First Impressions

"Overall, I like it!"

Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. The item is as pictured and described. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. It's as close to white sand as you can get! My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too!

  • Dennerle Shrimp King Active Soil - 8L Bag
  • The irregular shaped grains, with a diameter of 1-4 mm also give a natural appearance
  • The dark black colouring provides excellent contrast with the vibrant colours of the shrimps
  • Promotes growth – bacteria, single-cell organisms, single-cell algae and other microorganisms - as valuable, natural nutrition, especially for young shrimps
  • Binds harmful substances for healthy living conditions
  • 8 Liter Bag
  • Manufacture: Dennerle
  • Product Dimensions: 15.75 x 11.81 x 3.15 inches; 12 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Dennerle 6178
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Dennerle 6178 Final Thoughts

"Love the look!"

I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. My Corydoras are having a field day! One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. The sand looks more natural and clean.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(23 Points)

5. Lot of 2 Green 10" Double Riffle Gold Pans - 2 Bubble Snuffers - 2 Gold Vials-Nuggets-Fine Gold-Rive...

User Ratings: 82

Make Your Own Gold Bars First Impressions

"Shrimp tank."

Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown.

  • Lot of 2 Green 10" Double Riffle Gold Pans - 2 Bubble Snuffers - 2 Gold Vials-Nuggets-Fine Gold-River-Camping-Gravel-Black Sand-Concentrates-Clean Up-10 inches
  • This Kit contains;
  • 2-10" Gold Pans
  • 2-Bubble Snuffers
  • 2-Gold Vials
  • Manufacture: Make Your Own Gold Bars
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Make Your Own Gold Bars
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Make Your Own Gold Bars Final Thoughts

"Love it, great product."

It looks great and it's super quality. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. It's as close to white sand as you can get!

Overall Score
4.8

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

6. JW Pet Company Anchorstone Sand Airstone Aquarium Accessory

User Ratings: 35 33

JW Pet 21210 First Impressions

"Really good stuff."

Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. The grain size will range from fine to medium. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. But I have to give it to this sand. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead.

  • JW Pet Company Anchorstone Sand Airstone Aquarium Accessory
  • Produces constant bubble flow
  • Adds oxygen to aquariums
  • Patented anchor feet, no suction cups
  • Securely place anywhere in your aquarium
  • 6-Inch anchorstone
  • Manufacture: JW Pet Company
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 10 x 1.5 inches; 3.68 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JW Pet 21210
  • Quality [star rating='2.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

JW Pet 21210 Final Thoughts

"Good Luck!"

Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle.

Overall Score
3.0

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

7. Imagitarium White Aquarium Sand, 20 LBS

User Ratings: 79 1

Imagitarium First Impressions

"Love love love love love!"

This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. The Estes sand came highly recommended. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank!

  • Imagitarium White Aquarium Sand, 20 LBS
  • White Sand Aquarium Substrate from Imagitarium
  • Helps simulate a positive natural environment
  • Promotes the growth of healthy bacteria which breaks down waste
  • Reduces the amount of unhealthy debris in the water
  • Manufacture: Imagitarium
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Imagitarium
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"It worked like a charm."

The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. It looks great and it's super quality. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand.

Overall Score
4.7

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

8. Carib Sea ACS00050 Aragonite Reef Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound

User Ratings: 91 3

Carib Sea 008479000507 First Impressions

"HOW TO WASH SAND."

All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

  • Carib Sea ACS00050 Aragonite Reef Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound
  • 100% aragonite sand supports stable ph
  • For use in marine aquariums and hard water freshwater aquariums
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • re-create natural reef environment
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 008479000507
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Carib Sea 008479000507 Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. My Corydoras are having a field day! I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea.

Overall Score
4.8

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

9. Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand

Carib Sea First Impressions

"I have no complaints."

Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water.

  • Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand
  • Caribsea Inc
  • Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand for Fish and Aquatic, Size: 20 POUND, Count: 2
  • 20 POUND
  • Manufacture: Caribsea Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 inches; 20 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"It worked like a charm."

The water was clear by the next day. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. But I have to give it to this sand. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste.

Overall Score
5.0

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

10. Carib Sea ACS05824 Super Natural Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 54 15

Carib Sea 008479058249 First Impressions

"I really like this sand."

No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea.

  • Carib Sea ACS05824 Super Natural Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • re-create natural river eco-systems
  • ph neutral ; safe for all aquariums
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • no dyes or paints used
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 008479058249
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Carib Sea 008479058249 Final Thoughts

"Overall I'm a fan."

Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(19 Points)

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