Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Estes' Aquarium Sand

1. Estes Gravel Products AES06606 Este Marine Sand Black for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 76 2

Estes' 346001 First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown.

  • Estes Gravel Products AES06606 Este Marine Sand Black for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • Great for marine and freshwater tanks
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Anchors down Plants
  • Black Color sand
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Estes' 346001 Final Thoughts

"Somewhat tricky to clean."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
4.5


(291 Points)

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2. Estes' 28199 Aqua Sand, White, 5 lb

User Ratings: 58 6

Estes' 28199 First Impressions

"The sand is nice."

This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand.

  • Estes' 28199 Aqua Sand, White, 5 lb
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great value
  • This product is manufactured in United States
  • Manufacture: Prime Pet Deals - Code 2
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 10 x 8 inches; 5 Pounds
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Estes' 28199 Final Thoughts

"I really like it!"

Plants are easy to plant in it as well. But that is also something to consider with all sands. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. It looks great and it's super quality. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

Overall Score
4.2


(38 Points)

3. Estes Gravel Products AES25206 Este Marine Sand Natural for Aquarium, 25-Pound

Estes' 346041 First Impressions

"Nice touch."

Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. The Estes sand came highly recommended. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! But that is also something to consider with all sands.

  • Estes Gravel Products AES25206 Este Marine Sand Natural for Aquarium, 25-Pound
  • Perfect for use in aquariums, terrariums, and planters
  • Coated with environmentally-friendly Resin
  • Virtually dust-free!
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Natural Color
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 26 Pounds
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Estes' 346041 Final Thoughts

"One is just the sand."

No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

4. CaribSea Arag-Alive 20-Pound Special Grade Reef Sand, Bahamas Oolite

User Ratings: 65 8

Carib Sea 793 First Impressions

"He digs holes."

It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned.

  • CaribSea Arag-Alive 20-Pound Special Grade Reef Sand, Bahamas Oolite
  • 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
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 2 inches; 20 Pounds
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Carib Sea 793 Final Thoughts

"I really like it!"

Plant tanks require high light levels. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium.

Overall Score
4.3


(35 Points)

5. Caribsea Aquariam Reptilite Smokey Sands 20Lb

Carib Sea First Impressions

"I just love it!"

Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well.

  • Caribsea Aquariam Reptilite Smokey Sands 20Lb
  • An all natural calcium substrate, ideal for desert dwelling reptiles and arachnids.
  • The naturally spherical grains won t scratch your valuable animals inside or out.
  • There are no artificial dyes or chemicals in reptilite.
  • Manufacture: CARIBSEA INC
  • Item Weight: 41 Pounds
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"Won't go back to gravel!"

The Estes sand came highly recommended. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

6. LONDAFISH Electric Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer

User Ratings: 37 25

LONDAFISH First Impressions

"Love the look!"

The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Plant tanks require high light levels. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! The Estes sand came highly recommended.

  • LONDAFISH Electric Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer
  • fish tank siphon vacuum cleaner fish tank automatic cleaner
  • EASY TO USE- Installed gravel cleaner,please keep the water level between the MAX and MIN,then strat switch.When the outlet can draw water,raise the gravel cleaner,let the head and outlet above the water.
  • MULTIPURPOSE- The cleaner can install the battery and use by the adaptor directly.(the package contain the connector:3V 2A) Freely adjust the different lengths:62cm/73cm/100cm, suitable for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • CLEANING FUNCTION- Can clean gravel, siphon the fish excreta and other dirt out effectively without requiring a water change.
  • PLEASE NOTE- Ideal for complete aquarium cleaning or quick spot maintenance and actually continuous work within 20 minutes
  • FEATURE AND ACCESSORIES- High safety performance,only need 2 size C type alkaline battery(not included).The blue hose length:70 cm;diameter:1 cm.Accessories :Siphon Water Siphon Asin: B077HS6YPS ;The Filter Bag Asin: B07B48GZ23
  • Manufacture: LONDAFISH
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LONDAFISH Final Thoughts

"Overall I'm a fan."

Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake.

Overall Score
3.3


(503 Points)

7. Stoney River Black Aquatic Sand Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 70

Stoney River 06606 First Impressions

"No harm to the filters."

Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. The item is as pictured and described. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph.

  • Stoney River Black Aquatic Sand Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag
  • Will not affect PH
  • Safe for use in freshwater aquariums
  • Non-Toxic coating
  • Package Dimensions: 27.177 L x 5.08H x17.78Wcentimeters
  • Manufacture: Clifford W. Estes CO, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1 inches; 5 Pounds
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Stoney River 06606 Final Thoughts

"They love it!"

It looks really pretty and natural. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.7


(5 Points)

8. Clifford W Estes Products Sand

User Ratings: 59 10

Clifford W Estes 8206502 First Impressions

"This can be true."

It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. But I have to give it to this sand. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. 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. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats.

  • Clifford W Estes Products Sand
  • Great for marine and freshwater tanks
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Anchors down Plants
  • Blue Color sand
  • Manufacture: Pro-Motion Distributing - Direct
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 1 Pounds
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Clifford W Estes 8206502 Final Thoughts

"Make sure you rinse it."

Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind.

Overall Score
4.1


(28 Points)

9. Carib Sea ACS01790 Aragamax Alive Sand for Aquarium, 10-Pound, 4 Per Case

User Ratings: 58

Carib Sea 008479017901 First Impressions

"It was ridiculous."

Some people might have time to, but I do not. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it.

  • Carib Sea ACS01790 Aragamax Alive Sand for Aquarium, 10-Pound, 4 Per Case
  • Helps maintain a proper pH for the life of your aquarium
  • Creates a biological balance to discourage nuisance algae
  • Contains millions of bacteria per pound
  • Engineered to suppress "new tank syndrome" and compress the ammonia cycle
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479017901 Final Thoughts

"I am so happy I did!"

I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. My Corydoras are having a field day! It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

Overall Score
4.6


(2 Points)

10. uxcell Aquarium Fish Tank Plastic Sand Scoop Scraper Gravel Cleaner Pan Grit Shovel Gray

User Ratings: 58

uxcell a17031400ux0630 First Impressions

"I hope it goes away soon."

Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. The item is as pictured and described. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

  • uxcell Aquarium Fish Tank Plastic Sand Scoop Scraper Gravel Cleaner Pan Grit Shovel Gray
  • Color: Gray; Package Content: 1 x Sand Scoop
  • Product Name: Sand Scoop
  • Material: Plastic
  • Total Size: 21 x 8.5 x 10cm/8.3" x 3.3" x 4"(L*W*H)
  • Handle Size: 11 x 3 x 1cm/4.3" x 1.2" x 0.4"(L*W*T)
  • Manufacture: uxcell
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uxcell a17031400ux0630 Final Thoughts

"My fish was undisturbed."

I received this aquarium sand yesterday. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag.

Overall Score
4.4


(10 Points)

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