Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Fantasy Star Aquarium Sand

1. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fantasy Star HZY0622Fantasy-TK-LEOBON-0563j
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

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

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

2. POPETPOP 2Pcs Betta Cave Hollow Hiding Cave Ornament - Betta Fish Accessories, Aquarium Decorations ...

POPETPOP U45345DZ4QTII13DVX First Impressions

"The sand is nice."

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind.

  • POPETPOP 2Pcs Betta Cave Hollow Hiding Cave Ornament - Betta Fish Accessories, Aquarium Decorations Purple Sands Fish Shrimp Habitat
  • Enhance visual appeal and provide a hiding place for your fish.
  • Safe for aquatic fish and suitable for both fresh and salt water environment.
  • It can stay underwater for a long time.
  • Fish hiding out made of high quality material to look extremely beautiful and elegant.
  • Small fish tank decorations,Easy to clean. Create a beautiful aquarium with this habitat.
  • Manufacture: POPETPOP
  • Product Dimensions: 2.83 x 1.46 x 1.46 inches; 3.39 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The POPETPOP U45345DZ4QTII13DVX
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

POPETPOP U45345DZ4QTII13DVX Final Thoughts

"LOVE THE SAND!"

A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand.

Overall Score
5.0

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

3. Worldwide Imports AWWA10801 Live Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound, Pink

User Ratings: 87

Worldwide Imports 029621 First Impressions

"No harm to the fish."

But that is also something to consider with all sands. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted.

  • Worldwide Imports AWWA10801 Live Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound, Pink
  • Worldwide live aragonite pink sand 20lb-2pieces
  • Collected in its natural environment and packaged in its natural state
  • Just place in tank add saltwater
  • 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 029621
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Worldwide Imports 029621 Final Thoughts

"Nice touch."

Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! The grain size will range from fine to medium. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. But I have to give it to this sand. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
4.9

[star rating="4.9"]
(7 Points)

4. Toopify Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Tools, 6 in 1 Adjustable Cleaning Kit & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Si...

User Ratings: 52 5

Toopify First Impressions

"I have two Dojo Loaches."

Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. The item is as pictured and described. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

  • Toopify Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Tools, 6 in 1 Adjustable Cleaning Kit & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siphon for Water Changing and Sand Cleaner
  • 6 in 1 CLEANING TOOLS: Aquarium cleaning tools including an aquarium net, a fish net, an algae scraper, a window sponge, a plant fork and a gravel rake.
  • AQUARIUM SIPHON: Help you save more time and be more efficient when cleaning your fish tank. Just squeeze the suction balloon softly so that the water can be suck up.
  • TELESCOPIC HANDLE: Special buckle design, stretching freely, tight and not to fall off. It can be adjustable from 3.15in to 14.2in, long enough to clean your aquarium fish tank clear without wetting your hands.
  • DURABLE ABS PLASTIC: It's made of sturdy ABS plastic for long-lasting use for many years without bending or breaking. It is a must have tool for all home aquariums.
  • EASY TO INSTALL AND USE: The aquarium cleaning kit is easy to assemble and disassemble, perfect for removing the dirty things from the bottom of your tank effectively.
  • Manufacture: Toopify
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Toopify
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Toopify Final Thoughts

"It is a very fine sand."

The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. The item is as pictured and described. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate.

Overall Score
4.1

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

5. 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)

6. Bon Tool 84-804 14-Inch by 26-Inch White Gravel or Sand Bags, 25-Pack

User Ratings: 62 5

Bon Tool 84-804 First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. When adding water, no dust, no mess. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake.

  • Bon Tool 84-804 14-Inch by 26-Inch White Gravel or Sand Bags, 25-Pack
  • The largest selection of tools manufactured to the highest quality standards
  • Leader in professional construction tools
  • Innovative, durable
  • High UV rating
  • Manufacture: Bon Tool
  • Part Number: 84-804
  • Item Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4 x 4 inches
  • Power Source: Solar
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Bon Tool 84-804
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Bon Tool 84-804 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(64 Points)

7. Caribsea Arag-Alive Fiji Aquarium Sand, 10-Pound, Pink

User Ratings: 74 9

Carib Sea 008479017925 First Impressions

"They love it so far!"

For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. It looks really pretty and natural. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. It looks really pretty and natural.

  • Caribsea Arag-Alive Fiji Aquarium Sand, 10-Pound, Pink
  • You can now bring the world's most exotic reefs into your home with CaribSea Arag-Alive
  • It is developed from CaribSea cooperation with public aquariums and zoological parks, where authenticity is a must
  • Arag-Alive helps maintain a proper pH for the life of your aquarium without the constant addition of chemicals
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 10 inches; 10 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 008479017925
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Carib Sea 008479017925 Final Thoughts

"Bottom dwellers love it."

Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. It looks great and it's super quality. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(35 Points)

8. Penn-Plax 64671 Finding Dory Hank on Sand, Mini

User Ratings: 65

Penn-Plax 64671 First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. But that is also something to consider with all sands. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. It looks really pretty and natural.

  • Penn-Plax 64671 Finding Dory Hank on Sand, Mini
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great Value
  • This product is Manufactured in China
  • Manufacture: PS04O
  • Item Weight: 0.352 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 1.5 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax 64671
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Penn-Plax 64671 Final Thoughts

"Great substrate."

This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. When adding water, no dust, no mess. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
4.3

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

9. 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)

10. Carib Sea Arag-Alive Substrate Special Grade Reef Sand, 10 lb.

Carib Sea 01790 First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

The grain size will range from fine to medium. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy.

  • Carib Sea Arag-Alive Substrate Special Grade Reef Sand, 10 lb.
  • May also be used in marine or African cichlid aquariums
  • Contains millions of beneficial marine bacteria to enhance biological filtration
  • Ideal for most freshwater aquaria, including discus, tetras, angelfish, water turtles, rays, plants, cichlids and more
  • Manufacture: Pro-Motion Distributing - Direct
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 2 x 14 inches; 10 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 01790
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Carib Sea 01790 Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium.

Overall Score
5.0

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

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