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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Estes' 346001
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

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

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

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Estes' Aquarium Sand

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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Estes' 28199
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

[star rating="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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Estes' 346041
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

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

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

4. Houkr Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner, Aquarium Cleaning Pump Kit For Aquarium Water Change, Aquarium Clean...

User Ratings: 51 16

Houkr First Impressions

"No harm to the filters."

I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller.

  • Houkr Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner, Aquarium Cleaning Pump Kit For Aquarium Water Change, Aquarium Cleaner, Aquarium Gravel Sand Cleaner Fish Tank Water Change Cleaning Tool
  • Practical: It would effectively keep the aquarium clean to give your fish a nice living environment.
  • Professional Filtering: Built-in porous filter,prevent from sucking small fishes, water plants or Gravel out of the fish tank.
  • Easy To Use: Squeeze the gas filled tube softly and the water will come out automatically.
  • Suitable Length: Total length 255cm(100.4inch), suitable for all types of aquarium.
  • Hose Fixer:A fish tank water pipe clip to fix the hose which will help you changing water much easier.
  • Manufacture: Houkr
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 10.16 x 2.52 inches; 10.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Houkr
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Houkr Final Thoughts

"I recommend this."

It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! The water was clear by the next day. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(25 Points)

5. Royal Ram 2 pounds Natural White Marble Decorative Real Sand - for Interior Decor, Vase Filler, Sand...

User Ratings: 77 3

Royal Ram First Impressions

"Arrived well."

Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

  • Royal Ram 2 pounds Natural White Marble Decorative Real Sand - for Interior Decor, Vase Filler, Sand Crafts, Aquariums & More
  • 100% Natural white marble sand.
  • Natural crushed marble sand, not coated with any color.
  • Medium grain size, suitable for various arts and crafts projects.
  • Safe for most aquarium and pet habitats.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. We stand by our products.
  • Manufacture: Royal Ram
  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Royal Ram
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Royal Ram Final Thoughts

"Make sure you rinse it."

Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(1343 Points)

6. Boxtech Fish Tank Water Change, Aquarium Vacuum Siphon Water Changer Pump Sand Cleaner for Aquarium ...

User Ratings: 65 6

boxtech First Impressions

"Great product."

It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. 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. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

  • Boxtech Fish Tank Water Change, Aquarium Vacuum Siphon Water Changer Pump Sand Cleaner for Aquarium Water Filter
  • Boxtech Aquarium Cleaner: Water changer, washing sand, cleaning, it’s a multifunctional cleaning tool. Compatible with additional nozzle can help clean gravels which will effectively separates excrement and food residue from your aquarium, keep the water crystal clean.
  • Compact Structure: Compatible with 1pcs soft water pipe(72.4in) and 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2). It is easy to install and operate. fitting different-sized fish tank.
  • Anti-Back Flow Valve Design - Widened anti-reverse pipe makes drainage more effective. Kindly Note: Please put the QV letter end downward against the bucket when using because the pump is unidirectional.
  • Safe and Easy Use: Made of quality flexible PVC plastic which could ensure a long time use. It won't collapse to block the water flow, also, it is not too stiff, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use.
  • Special Design: Extra long tubing & hard pipes allows you to reach any dirty spots immediately without getting your hands wet
  • The water exchanger can be fixed on the glass of fish tank, great for daily maintenance and routine water changing.
  • 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2),
  • High quality PVC tube with High strength, corrosion resistant feature, won't collapse to block the water flow, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use
  • Manufacture: boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 3 x 11.3 inches; 14.39 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

boxtech Final Thoughts

"You can see in photos."

One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. I never did get around to switching to gravel. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend.

Overall Score
4.3

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

7. Carib Sea ACS00052 Fiji Pink Reef Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound

User Ratings: 43 23

Carib Sea 008479000521 First Impressions

"I really like it!"

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. The grain size will range from fine to medium. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank.

  • Carib Sea ACS00052 Fiji Pink Reef Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound
  • 100% aragonite supports stable ph
  • re-create natural reef environments
  • great for African cichlids
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • 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 008479000521
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.4']

Carib Sea 008479000521 Final Thoughts

"So soft, so beautiful."

I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
3.4

[star rating="3.4"]
(16 Points)

8. LONDAFISH Aquarium Air Stone Disk Tray Aquarium Oxygen Pump Sand Stone Bubble for Fish Tank High Tem...

User Ratings: 48 9

LONDAFISH First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

The sand looks more natural and clean. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. It looks great and it's super quality. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good.

  • LONDAFISH Aquarium Air Stone Disk Tray Aquarium Oxygen Pump Sand Stone Bubble for Fish Tank High Temperature Sintered Gas Airstone Diffuser Plate
  • Durable: The bubble plate with high temperature made and the fine bubbles can increase oxygen levels, lower CO2 and raise PH, it also can be easily washed for re-use.
  • Strong Compatibility: Round fish tank bubble sand round disk fits for 4mm or 8mm inner diameter tube.
  • High Material: The airstone disk uses finely compressed material and the bubble is small and bubble is concentrated at one surface.
  • Adjustable Atmospheric plate:Adjustable bubbles, the smaller the volume, the smaller the bubbles. Weight enough to sink in the bottom, no need suction cups.
  • Application: Aquarium Air Stone ideal for freshwater, saltwater aquariums, hydroponic, or in aqua farms, aqua cultures.
  • Manufacture: LONDAFISH
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LONDAFISH
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

LONDAFISH Final Thoughts

"RINSE VERY WELL!"

Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Plant tanks require high light levels. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Plants are easy to plant in it as well.

Overall Score
3.9

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

9. Worldwide Imports AWW80025 Terra Sand, 5-Pound, Light Blue

User Ratings: 51 12

Worldwide Imports 29588 First Impressions

"Overall I'm a fan."

I received this aquarium sand yesterday. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned.

  • Worldwide Imports AWW80025 Terra Sand, 5-Pound, Light Blue
  • Worldwide Imports Aqua Terra Sand
  • Natural Coated Sand
  • Will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Worldwide Imports 29588
  • Quality [star rating='2.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

Worldwide Imports 29588 Final Thoughts

"This sand is very light."

I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. I thought it was soap, but it's not.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(7 Points)

10. AquaNatural Hermit Crab Aragonite 10LB, Sand for Habitat

User Ratings: 82 5

AquaNatural ARAGH010 First Impressions

"Arrived well."

This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. It looks great and it's super quality. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap.

  • AquaNatural Hermit Crab Aragonite 10LB, Sand for Habitat
  • Natural habitat of the Hermit Crab
  • Encourages their natural burrowing behaviour
  • Naturally renewable oolitic aragonite
  • Sustainably sourced
  • Phosphate free
  • Manufacture: Pisces USA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaNatural ARAGH010
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

AquaNatural ARAGH010 Final Thoughts

"Won't go back to gravel!"

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. It looks great and it's super quality. The grain size will range from fine to medium. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well.

Overall Score
4.5

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

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