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. JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium L...

User Ratings: 54 6

JZMYXA First Impressions

"It cleans fairly well."

It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! My Corydoras are having a field day! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

  • JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium Landscape, 2 Pounds
  • Made of 100% Natural Gravel Pebbles.
  • Net weight 2 pounds. Size 0.24 inch-0.4 inch.
  • Fit for Aquariums Terrarium Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decoration.
  • Non-toxic just like river gravels.
  • Please wash them 5-6 times before use.
  • Manufacture: JZMYXA
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.53 x 2.17 inches; 2.15 Pounds
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JZMYXA Final Thoughts

"This is a nice size sand."

But I have to give it to this sand. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. The water was clear by the next day.

Overall Score
4.1


(79 Points)

5. GOTOTOP Aquarium Cleaner Detachable Auto Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit Flexible Fish Tank Vac...

User Ratings: 45 26

GOTOTOP First Impressions

"This sand is gorgeous!"

I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier.

  • GOTOTOP Aquarium Cleaner Detachable Auto Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit Flexible Fish Tank Vacuum Filter with Other Accessories for Big and Small Tank Water Changing and Sand Clean
  • Safe and Durable: This Aquarium Gravel Cleaner is made of high quality ABS plastic and electric components, which guarantees its safety and long-term use. The soft tube included is harmless to fishes, eco-friendly and no peculiar smell.
  • Keep Clean: Clean gravel, siphon the fish excrement and other debris by the filter mesh bag, then the clean water will permeate from the bag and flow into tank, also can drain out water through outlet pipe, which ensure the cleanness and won't soil your hands.
  • Easy to Operate: Just press the power button to start, place the cleans as the position you desire to clean fish excrete and other dirt in the aquarium. Supported two suction pipe sizes, suitable for both small and large aquariums.
  • Multiple Function: This Filter Cleaner can be used for water change, empty your aquarium when you connect a hose t outlet, energy saving and preventing jamming, and also can suck up any debris in your aquarium tank like fish feed,fish poops,or dead water plant leaves,feeding medicine food and so on.
  • Flexible Structure:You can adjust the flexible hose to appropriate length according to depth of your aquarium to suit for both shallow and deep aquarium, maximum water level can reach 29.53 Inch with adjustable height from 40cm to 95cm. It is also equipped with soft water hose,it is more easy to empty the water out or add water.
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GOTOTOP Final Thoughts

"It looks nice overall."

One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. My Corydoras are having a field day! My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank.

Overall Score
3.3


(10 Points)

6. CaribSea Eco-Complete African Cichlid White Sand Substrate, 20 lbs.

User Ratings: 66 17

Carib Sea First Impressions

"He digs holes."

Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful.

  • CaribSea Eco-Complete African Cichlid White Sand Substrate, 20 lbs.
  • Complete substrate for aquariums housing African Cichlids
  • Natural buffers maintain a high pH African Cichlids enjoy
  • Packed with living bacteria to cycle new cichlid aquariums
  • Manufacture: CaribSea
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"This sand is gorgeous!"

A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank.

Overall Score
4.0


(8 Points)

7. Worldwide Imports AWWA1063 Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 48 19

Worldwide Imports 29615 First Impressions

"Repeated 3-4 times."

I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I never did get around to switching to gravel. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much!

  • Worldwide Imports AWWA1063 Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound
  • Worldwide aragonite 1 sand 20lb-2piece
  • Reduces nitrates
  • Ideal for reef system tank bottoms denitrifying anaerobic beds extremely high surface area filter media
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29615 Final Thoughts

"I love the color!"

If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. The item is as pictured and described. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

Overall Score
3.6


(15 Points)

8. 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)

9. Automatic Electric Water Replacement Pump, Submersible Water Pump for Gravel Cleaner, Fish Tank Wate...

TERA PUMP First Impressions

"I really like it!"

It looks really pretty and natural. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! I thought it was soap, but it's not. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going.

  • Automatic Electric Water Replacement Pump, Submersible Water Pump for Gravel Cleaner, Fish Tank Water Changer Sand Washer with Filter & 30 ft Hose (Up to 8 Liters per Min)
  • Recycle your rain water, dirty water, with the build-in Filter or Replace Water from garden ponds, aquariums, bathtubs, pools etc.
  • Designed for Large Aquariums, Ponds, Pools with 30 ft Suction Tube
  • Up to 0 Meters from the ground: 2.1 GPM, 1 Meter from the ground: 1.7 GPM or 1.5M from the ground: 1.6 GPM
  • 3.3 ft Power Cord with 20 ft Extension and Extra Power Switch, New Flow Control Nozzle for long Water Sessions
  • Please Do Not Run longer than 15 Minute Intevals
  • Easy-to-use cleaner water pump for aquariums and pool etc
  • Recycle filtered water for multiple purposes, from dirty water or rainwater.
  • Manufacture: TERA PUMP
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TERA PUMP Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

10. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, New Quick Water Changer with Air-Pressing Button Fish Tank Sand Cleaner Kit...

User Ratings: 52 13

hygger First Impressions

"No complaints at all."

Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Some people might have time to, but I do not. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. The sand looks more natural and clean. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, New Quick Water Changer with Air-Pressing Button Fish Tank Sand Cleaner Kit Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Cleaner with Water Hose Controller Clamp
  • 【3 in 1 Function】: ① Dirt Suction. Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium equipped with a duckbill suction inlet accessory, and it is easy to suck the feces away. ② Sand Washing. Aquarium siphon with 3D Filter Basket Net, protect your love fish and small gravel from suck out of the aquarium. ③ Water Changing. Built-in dual airbags, atmospheric cavity, good resilience, effortless operation.
  • 【Working Principle】: Manual air-pressing. The upgraded part is equipped with a handle, which has more operating space and saves labor and brings convenience, by testing the fastest speed is to press 7 times. Sand Washer has 2 thickened airbags inside, which can pump water quickly. And using PP ABS materials, resistance to extrusion, do not worry about airbag damage and leakage, can be used for a long time.
  • 【Easy to Use】: Push the siphon switch of the aquarium siphon vacuum cleaner several times, and make sure that the inlet tube part is full of water, and then observe the outlet hose. After the water continuously flows out, you can stop push and observe whether it will automatically. If not, continue to operate until the water will flow out quickly and automatically. The sand can move up and down in the extension tube to remove debris from your aquarium.
  • 【Accessories Include】:1 *Air-pressing control body; 2 *Extension Inlet Tube; 1 *Extension tube connector; 1 *User Manual; 1 *Duckbill suction inlet(Debris vacuum); 1 *Outlet hose(79inch PVC Hose),the water pipe can be cut according to demand; 1 *Water Flow Clamp(Flow Control),easily adjust water flow; 1 *Fixture clamp(Water pipe clamp), freely fix, free your hands.
  • 【Wide Application】: Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner is suitable for various types of fish tanks, with spliced extension tubes, two-stage splicing combination, both large and small tanks are suitable, and extension tube can be installed according to demand.Four basic combinations(excluding handle length):2 tubes(31.4inch);2 tubes + head(34inch);1 tube(16inch);1 tube + head accessories(18inch).
  • 1 *Air-pressing control body
  • 2 *Extension Inlet Tube
  • 1 *Extension tube connector
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"Plants love it!"

This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! Some people might have time to, but I do not. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube.

Overall Score
3.9


(1566 Points)

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