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
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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


(147 Points)

2. EcoQube Origin Sand

User Ratings: 26

EcoQube First Impressions

"Hope it works out."

At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. The water was clear by the next day.

  • EcoQube Origin Sand
  • Origin Aquarium Sand Decoration Gravel For Betta Fish Tank
  • Manufacture: EcoQube
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EcoQube Final Thoughts

"Just some dust."

This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste.

Overall Score
4.3


(2 Points)

3. Yescom AquaBasik Aquarium Gravel Rock Sand Cleaner for Small Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Changer P...

User Ratings: 69

Yescom First Impressions

"The sand is nice."

I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty.

  • Yescom AquaBasik Aquarium Gravel Rock Sand Cleaner for Small Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Changer Pump Filter
  • [Multifunctional Tool for Wide Application]: Aquarium vacuum cleaner for multifunctional use, changing water of fish tanks, cleaning gravel or siphon waste out of aquarium, suitable for 16" height small aquarium with 8 to 13 gallon water, to create a clean and clear habitation for your favorite pets
  • [Easy to Operate]: Water will automatically flow out by squeezing the siphon bulb several times
  • [Inlet Nozzle with Filter Net]: Prevents gravels and fishes from being sucked into hose, effectively clean up the underwater world
  • [Safe & Durable Material]: Made by ABS, perfect for using in water, BPA-free material guarantees no harmful effect on fishes
  • [Easy to Maintain]: Simple & Compact design for easy cleaning after use, save your time for precious moment with your adorable fishes
  • Manufacture: Yescom
  • Product Dimensions: 54.33 x 1.97 x 1.97 inches; 5.28 Ounces
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Yescom Final Thoughts

"This sand looks great!"

The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

Overall Score
4.4


(4 Points)

4. Yokgrass 5 in 1 Fish Tank Cleaner, Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Gravel Cleaner Siphon Vac with Algae Scrap...

User Ratings: 57 14

Yokgrass First Impressions

"Hope this helps!"

Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank.

  • Yokgrass 5 in 1 Fish Tank Cleaner, Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Gravel Cleaner Siphon Vac with Algae Scraper, Water Flow Controller and Extendable Pipe for Quick Water Changing, Sand and Gravel Cleaning
  • AIR-PRESSING AND WATER FLOW CONTROLLER: This 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 MULTIFUNCTIONAL: Water changing, sand washing, and excrement absorbing, raking sand, scraping algae. No immersing your hands in the aquarium water, No spilling water on the ground, minimum water disturbance. 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 tanks
  • EXTENSION WATER INLET & OUTLET TUBES: This Aquarium cleaner tool kit has 2 inlet tubes (2*15.75in), which can be extended and combined together. It must work with a various fish tank. The 81 feet flexible hose with clip can be attached on the bucket to prevent water from splashing.
  • 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
  • CUSTOMER SUPPORT: The siphon will work as long as the drainage bucket is lower than the tank, fitting different-sized fish tank. We strive to provide the best satisfaction for all our customers. If you are not satisfied with our aquarium gravel cleaner, please feel free to contact us.
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Yokgrass Final Thoughts

"Very good product."

This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum.

Overall Score
4.0


(529 Points)

5. Fantasy Star Aquarium Background Easy to Apply and Remove Fish Tank Wallpaper Sticker Background Dec...

User Ratings: 62 20

Fantasy Star HZY0622Fantasy-TK-LEOBON-0563j First Impressions

"My fish was undisturbed."

This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. It helped the water clear up faster.

  • Fantasy Star Aquarium Background Easy to Apply and Remove Fish Tank Wallpaper Sticker Background Decoration
  • Made out of high quality PVC
  • Size: 75x30cm(29.5"x11.8")
  • High Defintion Images: With its vibrant colors and detailed HD images, it is sure to create a lifelike effect for your tank
  • Easy to Apply and Remove, Easy to Apply and Remove
  • Package Include: 1x Aquarium Background Sticker(Others Not Include)
  • Manufacture: Fantasy Star
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Fantasy Star HZY0622Fantasy-TK-LEOBON-0563j Final Thoughts

"There's been zero issues."

A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

Overall Score
3.8


(16 Points)

6. U.P. Aqua Shrimp Sand

User Ratings: 74 6

U.P. Aqua D-550 First Impressions

"Oh, and one other thing."

Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. The item is as pictured and described. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine.

  • U.P. Aqua Shrimp Sand
  • Small uniform grain sizes
  • Contains trace minerals vital for shrimps
  • Easy to maintain, great for breeding
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 4.4 Pounds
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
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U.P. Aqua D-550 Final Thoughts

"I hope it goes away soon."

Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. It looks great and it's super quality. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product.

Overall Score
4.5


(88 Points)

7. Hewnda 2 Pound Fish Tank Sand Glass Beads - Aquarium Decoration Ornament Stone for Fish Turtle Tank ...

Hewnda First Impressions

"I didn't want tan."

It looks great and it's super quality. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes.

  • Hewnda 2 Pound Fish Tank Sand Glass Beads - Aquarium Decoration Ornament Stone for Fish Turtle Tank Landscape Bottom
  • Non-Toxic & Safe: made of glass, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water. Good choice for your aquarium and succulent decoration.
  • Weight: 2 pounds, about 1000 gram. Stone size: 3-6 mm. Material: glass sand. Volume: 0.22 gallons.
  • Use indoor & outdoor. Shiny in water. Perfect decor for fresh & saltwater aquariums, ponds, terrariums, gardens, potted plants, vases, ash trays, crafts & hobbies
  • Use Rinse with water 3-4 times before,do not rubbing force.Not toy, keep away from children for chocking hazard.
  • perfect for accenting your potted succulent creations and aquarium! Keep it away from children under 3 years in case chocking hazard!
  • Manufacture: Hewnda
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Hewnda Final Thoughts

"I recommend this."

Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

8. 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
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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


(23 Points)

9. Hermit Crab Sand Substrate

Carolina Biological Supply Company First Impressions

"More like micro gravel."

2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Hermit Crab Sand Substrate
  • This sand substrate is perfect for your hermit crab habitat
  • Unlike the calcium carbonate "sand" often sold as hermit crab substrate, this premium blend of natural sand, coconut fiber, calcium carbonate, sea salt mix, and probiotics is the superior choice for healthy land hermit crabs
  • This mix won't cling to crabs and promotes natural digging and healthy molting
  • 6-lb bag.
  • Manufacture: Carolina Biological Supply Company
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Carolina Biological Supply Company Final Thoughts

"He digs holes."

I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. But that is also something to consider with all sands. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
5.0


(5 Points)

10. Finest-Filters Fluidised Bed Reactor for Phosphate Remover, Carbon, Bio Pearls, Sand (Small)

User Ratings: 81

Finest-Filters First Impressions

"I really like it!"

Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank!

  • Finest-Filters Fluidised Bed Reactor for Phosphate Remover, Carbon, Bio Pearls, Sand (Small)
  • You are purchasing a fluidised bed reactor filter, that will fluidise filter media such as phosphate remover, activated carbon, bio pearls etc.
  • Our fluidised bed reactors are available in a choice of 3 sizes - small, medium and large. Please see the specification table below when selecting the model.
  • Each reactor comes with three short lengths of flexible pipe, two elbows, and a valve to adjust the water flow into the reactor. Sand is also supplied for those who wish to use the reactor as a biological filter.
  • Please Note: NO PUMP is supplied with these reactors, and if required, a pump should be purchased separately.
  • Please see description below for reactor sizes and recommended flow rates
  • Manufacture: Finest-Filters
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Finest-Filters Final Thoughts

"They love it!"

My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! But I have to give it to this sand. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this.

Overall Score
4.4


(4 Points)

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