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
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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)

2. MCombo Aquarium Gravel Gem Polished Natural Agate,Stone Filler for Vase,Colorful Pebble for Fish Tur...

User Ratings: 48 11

MCombo First Impressions

"I have no complaints."

I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on.

  • MCombo Aquarium Gravel Gem Polished Natural Agate,Stone Filler for Vase,Colorful Pebble for Fish Turtle Tank Turtle Lagoon Landscape Bottom Decoration Colorful Stones,Mini Agate Stone Sand,100PCS
  • Material - Natural Agate,Tumbled Stone,Smooth Crystal;Irregular,At Least 5 Different Colors,NO HOLE Loose Stones.
  • Stone size - Each stone size is about 0.3"-0.7", about 100pc per cell.
  • Mineral learning - Expand their sight and close to nature,improve knowledge.Natural Rock Chips Crystals Mineral Specimen is a good choice for children learning. Each different stone is very beautiful and adorable.Children will love to learing Mineral knowledge!
  • Gravel use - These stones are best for tumbling,cabbing,healing,massage,chakra balancing,positive energy,meditation,sound sleep,rock collection,pocket stones,fengshui,rock study,parper weight,bookend,divination,reiki jewelry makings,gift,pocket stone,and more.
  • Pay Attention - This Natural Agate Crystal kit suitables for children over three years of age. Don’t let kids put the crystal into their mouth. The Natural Quartz Crysta is very beautiful and adorable. Give this for kids as a gift, they will love it.
  • Manufacture: mcombo
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MCombo Final Thoughts

"Get an unused bucket."

This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. The item is as pictured and described. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

Overall Score
3.8


(57 Points)

3. Carib Sea Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 10 lbs, Tan

User Ratings: 62 6

Carib Sea FBA_11820 First Impressions

"This sand is very fine."

I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. But I have to give it to this sand. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! Poured water in, ran the filter for a day.

  • Carib Sea Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 10 lbs, Tan
  • Keeps water crystal clear
  • Resists packing channeling and anaerobic "Dead Spots" beneath rocks and coral
  • Maintains proper pH levels
  • Does not contain toxic metal impurities, petroleum residues or pesticides
  • Manufacture: Carib Sea
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10 x 13 inches; 9.95 Pounds
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Carib Sea FBA_11820 Final Thoughts

"I love the color!"

It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier.

Overall Score
4.1


(57 Points)

4. Stoney River White Aquatic Sand Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 70 4

Stoney River 6607 First Impressions

"They love it!"

I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. Some people might have time to, but I do not. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase!

  • Stoney River White Aquatic Sand Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag
  • Will not affect PH
  • Safe for use in freshwater aquariums
  • Non-Toxic coating
  • Manufacture: Estes Gravel Products
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1 inches; 5 Pounds
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Stoney River 6607 Final Thoughts

"I love the color!"

The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. My Corydoras are having a field day! If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in.

Overall Score
4.5


(428 Points)

5. 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
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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


(16 Points)

6. CaribSea Aquatics Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 50-Pound, Crystal River

CaribSea Aquatics 008479008701 First Impressions

"But its natural SAND."

The Estes sand came highly recommended. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. My Corydoras are having a field day! Some people might have time to, but I do not.

  • CaribSea Aquatics Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 50-Pound, Crystal River
  • Create a supernatural experience by re-creating the natural world in your home
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • ph neutral ; great for all aquarium substrates
  • no paints or dyes used ; all natural
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 16 x 10 inches; 50 Pounds
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CaribSea Aquatics 008479008701 Final Thoughts

"Beautiful aquarium sand."

I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

7. Bestgle Gorgeous Fish Tank Decoration Gems Aquarium Ornament Marbles Pebbles Beach Glass Beads, Deco...

User Ratings: 59 10

Bestgle First Impressions

"It is to be expected."

Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

  • Bestgle Gorgeous Fish Tank Decoration Gems Aquarium Ornament Marbles Pebbles Beach Glass Beads, Decorative Gravel Rocks Stones for Table Scatter, Vase Filler, Event, Wedding, Arts, Crafts
  • Made of high temperature fired glass material, high density, more durable and never fade. Also heavy enough to sink to your aquarium bottom.
  • Tumbled matte surface & Round edges, will not hurt your hands and fish. Not glowing, avoid scaring your fish
  • 2.5CM-3CM long each bead, total above 480g and the package . So bigger aquarium need 2 packs or more to make your fish tank incredible charming.
  • Ideal for aquarium, vase fillers, home and party decoration. It is a wonderful idea to adding a colorful base to your planters, vases, bowls and other decorative home items.
  • You will feel a little disappointed when you get them first due to the tumbled matte surface. Come on, just put them into water. Gusse what? amazing & gorgeous stones appear, charming & beautiful. Like some pulpy candy that you want to taste one.
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Bestgle Final Thoughts

"And it is perfect!"

10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. Some people might have time to, but I do not. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. When adding water, no dust, no mess. I received this aquarium sand yesterday.

Overall Score
4.1


(78 Points)

8. Seachem Fluorite Onyx Sand Substrate

User Ratings: 57 11

Seachem 3505 First Impressions

"More like micro gravel."

Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap.

  • Seachem Fluorite Onyx Sand Substrate
  • Fracted Porous substrate for the aquarium
  • Specially fracted Porous substrate for the aquarium; Suitable for most marine and freshwater environments including reef and planted aquariums
  • Most effective when used alone as an integral substrate bed but may be mixed with other gravels or Sands
  • Not chemically coated or treated but does have a slight buffering capacity
  • Premium natural sand for the planted aquarium
  • Rich in carbonates
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.75 x 1.75 inches; 15.4 Pounds
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Seachem 3505 Final Thoughts

"Will purchase again."

I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. The grain size will range from fine to medium. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag.

Overall Score
4.0


(334 Points)

9. Imagitarium Black Aquarium Sand, 20 LBS

User Ratings: 76 2

Imagitarium First Impressions

"I love the color!"

Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller.

  • Imagitarium Black Aquarium Sand, 20 LBS
  • Black Sand Aquatic Substrate from Imagitarium
  • Helps simulate a positive natural environment
  • Promotes the growth of healthy bacteria which breaks down waste
  • Reduces the amount of unhealthy debris in the water
  • Manufacture: Imagitarium
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
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Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"Beautiful aquarium sand."

The water was clear by the next day. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. When adding water, no dust, no mess. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6.

Overall Score
4.6


(397 Points)

10. UP AQUA Sand for Aquatic Plants

User Ratings: 68 5

U.P. Aqua UA-560B First Impressions

"Fantastic sand."

I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Some people might have time to, but I do not. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains!

  • UP AQUA Sand for Aquatic Plants
  • Ph value at 6.5
  • Does not require rinse before use
  • Not easy to break down
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 11.0 Pounds
  • Manufacture: UP AQUA
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 13 x 10 inches; 11 Pounds
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U.P. Aqua UA-560B Final Thoughts

"Like a dog."

Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. The Estes sand came highly recommended.

Overall Score
4.3


(75 Points)

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