Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Fine Aquarium Sand

1. TERAPUMP Genuine Aquarium Pond Fish Tank Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Free

User Ratings: 61 8

TERAPUMP A-TRFTCLN-S-P02-NW-001 First Impressions

"Yes, its grey not black."

I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it.

  • TERAPUMP Genuine Aquarium Pond Fish Tank Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Free
  • Narrow Suction Tube: This smaller suction tube allow for use in smaller Aquariums ( 10 Gallons or less)
  • Flow Control: Water flow can be controlled by pinching the flow control tube
  • Nozzle is for cleaning Fish Leftover Food, Droppings and Fine Gravel / Takes the Waste out while Replacing the Water; Will not Hurt any Small Aquarium Life when in use
  • Suction Cub: Securely keeps the suction tube in place allowing the pump to operated with one hand
  • Filter will keeps Large Gravel from entering pump to prevent blockage while operating ( 1 Gallons per Minute )
  • Flow Control: Water flow can be controlled by pinching the flow control tube
  • Filter: Keeps large gravel from entering pump to prevent blockage while operating
  • Operation bulb: Squeeze the bulb to initiate the siphon to start transferring liquid from one receptacle to another
  • Manufacture: TERAPUMP
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TERAPUMP A-TRFTCLN-S-P02-NW-001 Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps!"

Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! Not too white, more a beige-grey color. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in.

Overall Score
4.2


(5167 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Fine Aquarium Sand

2. REPTI ZOO Reptile Sand Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Reptile Substrate Metal Sand Shovel Terrarium Subst...

User Ratings: 76 2

REPTI ZOO SS02 First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

  • REPTI ZOO Reptile Sand Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Reptile Substrate Metal Sand Shovel Terrarium Substrate Durable Litter Cleaner Corner Scoop
  • High Quality Material: The sand litter scoop is made of high-quality stainless steel mesh; the handle is made of top-grade material with ergonomic design and superior texture.
  • Fine Mesh and Durable: Specially designed with dense holes for cleaning reptile excrement or corners of the reptile terrarium easily; Featured with superior stainless steel material, it is rust resistant and durable for years to come.
  • Size and Package: 11"(L)*3.9"(W)*2.3"(H); Package include : 1Pcs*Reptile Shovel Sifter
  • The reptile shovel cooper is perfect for tortoise, lizard, spider, snake, scorpion, chameleon, frogs reptiles.....
  • Professional: REPTI ZOO has a strong design & production team and quality strict control system; professional in design and produce of all kinds of Reptile pet supplies. Such as: Snake hook, Gecko Feeder, Reptile Shovel and so on. If you have any questions or are not satisfied with the goods received, please contact our customer service. Thank you for your cooperation. Wish you have a pleasant shopping experience.
  • Manufacture: REPTI ZOO
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.9 x 2.3 inches; 3.99 Ounces
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REPTI ZOO SS02 Final Thoughts

"Like go overboard."

A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank.

Overall Score
4.6


(564 Points)

3. (5 Pounds) Natural Decorative Real Sand - Beige - for use in Crafts, Decor, Vase Filler, Aquariums a...

User Ratings: 78 2

Royal Ram First Impressions

"It is to be expected."

You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy.

  • (5 Pounds) Natural Decorative Real Sand - Beige - for use in Crafts, Decor, Vase Filler, Aquariums and More!
  • 100% Natural Beige Sand
  • Fine grain size, suitable for various arts and crafts projects
  • Safe for most aquarium and pet habitats. Safe for sand boxes. May also be used as play sand
  • Thoroughly Washed, Graded and Kiln Dried
  • Satisfaction Guarantee. We stand by our products
  • Manufacture: Royal Ram
  • Item Weight: 5 pounds
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Royal Ram Final Thoughts

"I have no complaints."

I received this aquarium sand yesterday. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

Overall Score
4.6


(482 Points)

4. Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066 1 L Fine Pet Habitat Water Plant Soil

User Ratings: 64 6

Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066 First Impressions

"They love it!"

I never did get around to switching to gravel. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. The item is as pictured and described. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up.

  • Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066 1 L Fine Pet Habitat Water Plant Soil
  • Composed of organic and inert ingredients providing all essential elements
  • Long lasting fertilized plant substrate lasting up to 12-18 months
  • Prolongs water exchange periods
  • One bag Covers approximately 12" x 6" at 1" deep or 6" x 6" at 2" deep.
  • Black in Color
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2.5 x 9.5 inches; 1.85 Pounds
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Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066 Final Thoughts

"I hope it goes away soon."

This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash.

Overall Score
4.2


(229 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Fine Aquarium Sand

5. Persuper Aquarium Gravel Sand Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Aquarium Gravel ...

User Ratings: 49 18

PERSUPER First Impressions

"This is a nice size sand."

This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. It looks great and it's super quality.

  • Persuper Aquarium Gravel Sand Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Minnow Betta Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Changing Cleaner
  • Easy to use- Our fish tank cleaner is a powerful, effective unit at water change, It comes with an extension accessory so you won't have to get your hands wet even if the water is deep.
  • Two types of nozzles- Shorter nozzles for drainage, longer nozzles for cleaning fish surplus food, excrement and fine gravel/discharging waste while replacing water; use will not damage the life of any aquarium.
  • Large Intake Tube- Our gravel vacuum is just over 8 feet long, but it has a small intake tube and a hand pump. It also comes with a clip to hold the hose in the bucket. The design includes a sieve to stop sand and gravel from flowing up into the discharge tube and away.
  • Safety materials- Manufactured from environmentally friendly materials, which helps you to take out dirty water as well as vacuum waste from the bottom with no contamination and harm to your fish tank environment.
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed- There are any questions or issues about our product, please feel free to reach us directly and we will gladly assist you at any time! our team will try our best to provide great customer support.
  • Manufacture: PERSUPER
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.96 x 9.25 inches; 3.53 Ounces
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PERSUPER Final Thoughts

"I really like this sand."

10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. But that is also something to consider with all sands. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white.

Overall Score
3.6


(216 Points)

6. Pettex Roman Aquatic Gravel

User Ratings: 69 8

Pettex 4014 First Impressions

"You'll thank me later!"

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great.

  • Pettex Roman Aquatic Gravel
  • Suitable for all types of aquariums including coldwater, tropical and marine
  • Increased surface area allows for improved anaerobic activity
  • Makes the perfect planting medium due to its finer size
  • Suitable for bottom feeders and barbed fish
  • Manufacture: Pettex Limited
  • Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 5.91 x 9.84 inches; 4.41 Pounds
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Pettex 4014 Final Thoughts

"Repeated 3-4 times."

Plants are easy to plant in it as well. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. It helped the water clear up faster. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
4.3


(134 Points)

7. 396GPH DC Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5 in 1 Automatic Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Set Vacuum Wate...

User Ratings: 51 16

hygger First Impressions

"Hope this helps!"

I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on.

  • 396GPH DC Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5 in 1 Automatic Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Set Vacuum Water Changer Sand Washer Filter Siphon Adjustable Length 12V 20W
  • FUNCTION 1 SAND WASHING: Electric operation, water flow up to 396GPH, more time and labor saving than manual operation, is your perfect choice. Use sand vacuum to meet your needs for washing sand and gravel. In addition, the accessorie has been upgraded with a filter sponge inside, which can block the sand from entering the motor pump and cause blockage.
  • FUNCTION 2 CLEANING: using the brush head, you can clean the dirt on the wall of the fish tank and brush the deposited stains on the bottom of the fish tank. Using the duckbill head, it can absorb the fish food and dung remaining at the bottom of the fish tank, and other large impurities. The control tube can be freely assembled, which can meet the fish tank of up to 40in.
  • FUNCTION 3 FILTRATION and WATER CHANGE: Use filter housing, you can directly drain clean water back into the tank. The filter material can be washed and used multiple times, and other filter materials can be replaced. Use water pipe, the water is directly flows out of the tank. It is suitable for very dirty fish tanks. It can also change and add water. The starting water level can be as low as 2in and the pumping as low as 0.3in.
  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL FISH TANK CLEANER: 5-in-1 functional clean pump, can be disassembled and freely assembled to meet your different needs. High-quality materials, wear-resistant and long service life. Safe to use, equipped with an external independent switch, the adapter is DC 12V, the power supply is UL certified, and can be used with confidence.
  • PACKAGE INCLUDE: 5 functional head accessories-45 ° corner suction inlet, duckbill suction inlet(Debris vacuum), brush head, gravel washer(sand vacuum), 360 ° water intake strainer. 2 water outlet accessories-filter housing, outlet + water pipe. Other accessories-electric pump motor, long connecting tubes, small connector, three-way valve, handle, wire slot, power adapter, switch controller.
  • Power: 20W
  • H-MAX: 9.85ft
  • F-MAX: 396GPH
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"I couldn't be happier."

Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. I never did get around to switching to gravel. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

Overall Score
3.8


(118 Points)

8. Jancoo Fish Tank Cleaner Aquarium Gravel Sand Cleaner Vacuum Siphon Pump Fish Tank Accessories Aquar...

User Ratings: 69 8

Jancoo First Impressions

"Highly recommend."

I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. It helped the water clear up faster. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. The water was clear by the next day. It looks great and it's super quality.

  • Jancoo Fish Tank Cleaner Aquarium Gravel Sand Cleaner Vacuum Siphon Pump Fish Tank Accessories Aquarium Water Hose 100 inches Aquarium Water Changer with Flow Control Tap for Tank 20-100 Gallon Tank
  • SUPERIOR FISH TANK CLEANER --- Jancoo Aquarium siphon made from premium material:thick PVC hose&silicone hand pump&ABS suction cup&flow control tap, not like those cheap plastic ones, easy aging, easy broken.Our aquarium cleaner serves longer lifespan, saving money in the long run
  • LONG AQUARIUM WATER HOSE --- Aquarium vacuum pump total length nearly 100 inches, fit for small and big fish tanks from 20-100 gallon tanks. Suction cup length+hard hose Length 20 inches, easily reach to bottom without wet your hands. If you have smaller tank, you can cut off the PVC hose to fit for your need
  • EFFICIENT AQUARIUM WATER CHANGER --- Self-priming Aquarium siphon, pressing hand pump for 5-8 times, water will start flow automatically, max water drain flow rate:1.7 gallon/min, draining 10 gallon within 6 minutes, flow control tap to control a proper flow rate to your need, make your routine aquarium maintenance fast and efficient
  • AQUARIUM CLEANER FOR SAND AND GRAVEL --- Gravel cleaner not only for gravels, also for fine aquarium sand. Suction cup diameter:2.3ines, easy to clean coarse aquarium gravels,suction cup length: 7.2inches, easy to do fine sand washing, for novice aquarium lover, welcome to contact us for tutorial for aquarium gravel cleaning
  • VERSATILE FISH TANKS SIPHON CLEANING KIT --- Aquarium Vacuum siphon can also be used to pump water for hydroponics system or small pond,or pump gasoline, we offer you, 30 days free return,12 month money back, purchase without risk. Any problem, contact us, a solution will be offered within 24 hour
  • Manufacture: Jancoo
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Jancoo Final Thoughts

"Yes, its grey not black."

I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. Some people might have time to, but I do not. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. I never did get around to switching to gravel.

Overall Score
4.3


(64 Points)

9. Penn-Plax Deco-Replicas Sand & Seashell Lighthouse Aquarium Ornament – 3 Safe for Freshwater and S...

User Ratings: 67 17

Penn-Plax RR1052 First Impressions

"A REALLY LOT."

Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. It looks really pretty and natural. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. When adding water, no dust, no mess. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Penn-Plax Deco-Replicas Sand & Seashell Lighthouse Aquarium Ornament – 3 Safe for Freshwater and Saltwater Tanks
  • LIKE SAND BETWEEN THE TOES: Bring the warmth and joy of the beach to your aquarium with the Deco-Replicas Sand & Seashell Lighthouse Aquarium Ornament. This piece is accented with a blue trim, mini decorative windows and entries, an open star cutout, and 2 large entrance swim-throughs.
  • MADE OF SAFE AND DURABLE RESIN: Our ornaments are inspected with your fish’s safety in mind; the material is safe for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. With a finely constructed base, you don’t need to worry about the Lighthouse floating around once you place it underwater.
  • SUPER SIMPLE TO CLEAN: Before placing into your tank, or as you as perform regular cleaning and maintenance, simply wipe down and rinse off the ornament with warm water. Never use soap, as the residual soap particles can harm your fish.
  • MEASUREMENTS: The Lighthouse measures overall at 3.5” (Diameter) x 8.3” (Height). The 2 large entrance swim-throughs measure 2” (W) x 2.5” (H) and 1.5” (W) x 2.25” (H).
  • NAUTICAL DÉCOR: The Sand & Seashell Lighthouse also makes for a great decoration piece for parties, weddings, beach houses, nautical themed rooms, or the bedroom of an ocean loving child who’s into all things aquatic.
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: PENN-PLAX
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 8 inches; 4.8 Ounces
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Penn-Plax RR1052 Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

Overall Score
4.1


(40 Points)

10. YOOTOP Aquarium Plastic Gravel Strainer Shovel Sand Scraper Clean Tool for Fish Tank or Terrarium Ta...

User Ratings: 59 8

YOOTOP First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

The item is as pictured and described. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. The sand looks more natural and clean. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off.

  • YOOTOP Aquarium Plastic Gravel Strainer Shovel Sand Scraper Clean Tool for Fish Tank or Terrarium Tank
  • PACKAGE - 1 x Aquarium Tank Fine Hole Gravel Strainer Shovel.
  • DESIGN - Hollow slats design and fast drainage, hanging buckle design for easy hanging.
  • MATERIAL - Gravel Shovel is made of plastic material, lightweight pratical and no harm to your aquarium residents.
  • FUNCTION - Sand Scraper is perfect for filtering sand and removing large waste items for quick disposal, or sifting dirt from fish tank gravel.
  • GUARANTEE - Contact us if you encounter any product problems. We will provide solutions or even refund services for products with quality problems.
  • Manufacture: Yootop
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YOOTOP Final Thoughts

"Overall I'm a fan."

It looks great and it's super quality. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. I never did get around to switching to gravel. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy.

Overall Score
4.0


(31 Points)

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