Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Fluker's Aquarium Sand

1. Fluker's All Natural Premium Sand Substrate Mixture for Hermit Crabs

User Ratings: 80 2

Fluker's 66027 First Impressions

"Yes, its grey not black."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! My Corydoras are having a field day! Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day.

  • Fluker's All Natural Premium Sand Substrate Mixture for Hermit Crabs
  • 6 pound bag
  • Manufacture: Flukers
  • Item Weight: 6.1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluker's 66027
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Fluker's 66027 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

The water was clear by the next day. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(3092 Points)

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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The REPTI ZOO SS02
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

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

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

3. 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.
  • Manufacture: GOTOTOP
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GOTOTOP
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

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

[star rating="3.3"]
(10 Points)

4. WAYBER White Stones Decorative Pebble Rock Sand for Aquarium/Fish Turtle Tank/Vase Filler/Succulent ...

User Ratings: 63 2

WAYBER W-ST-WHITE-2LB First Impressions

"And it is perfect!"

My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Some people might have time to, but I do not. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank.

  • WAYBER White Stones Decorative Pebble Rock Sand for Aquarium/Fish Turtle Tank/Vase Filler/Succulent Plants Decoration
  • Net Weight: 2 pounds (920 grams). Fill 2 Cups or 0.5 L volume. NB the stones are 2 lbs heavy enough but SMALL BAG!
  • Safe & Long Lasting: Non-toxic just like river gravels, color won't fade away through time.
  • Widely Usage: Excellent for fish and succulent plant, build a natural and shining looking for home of you and your de-lovelys. Perfect for aquarium, terrarium, flowerpot, vase, wedding decoration, etc.
  • Easy to Clean - Pebbles are polished and smooth. But due to transportation bump, it's normal to be some powder on surface. So before you first use, please wash 2-3 times until their surface clean.
  • Warm Tips: To avoid children eating by mistake, keep it away from children under 3.
  • Manufacture: WAYBER
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WAYBER W-ST-WHITE-2LB
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

WAYBER W-ST-WHITE-2LB Final Thoughts

"Very good product."

If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted.

Overall Score
4.3

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

5. Kesheng 50g Mini White Quartz Sands for Aquariums Terrariums Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decora...

Kesheng First Impressions

"Repeated 3-4 times."

I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. The Estes sand came highly recommended. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have.

  • Kesheng 50g Mini White Quartz Sands for Aquariums Terrariums Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decoration
  • Color: White; Package Content: 50g mini aquarium decor stones
  • Material: dinas. Weight: 50g
  • White stones, fit for fish tank waterscape decoration, garden, flower pots, vase and more.
  • Create a nature environment for your aquatic fish and pets, enhance visual beauty.
  • When you receive the parcel, please wash it 3-4 times before use.
  • Manufacture: Kesheng
  • Product Dimensions: 0.04 x 0.04 x 0.04 inches; 1.76 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Kesheng
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3']

Kesheng Final Thoughts

"Very good product."

I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(1 Points)

6. LONDAFISH Electric Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer

User Ratings: 37 25

LONDAFISH First Impressions

"Love the look!"

The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Plant tanks require high light levels. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! The Estes sand came highly recommended.

  • LONDAFISH Electric Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer
  • fish tank siphon vacuum cleaner fish tank automatic cleaner
  • EASY TO USE- Installed gravel cleaner,please keep the water level between the MAX and MIN,then strat switch.When the outlet can draw water,raise the gravel cleaner,let the head and outlet above the water.
  • MULTIPURPOSE- The cleaner can install the battery and use by the adaptor directly.(the package contain the connector:3V 2A) Freely adjust the different lengths:62cm/73cm/100cm, suitable for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • CLEANING FUNCTION- Can clean gravel, siphon the fish excreta and other dirt out effectively without requiring a water change.
  • PLEASE NOTE- Ideal for complete aquarium cleaning or quick spot maintenance and actually continuous work within 20 minutes
  • FEATURE AND ACCESSORIES- High safety performance,only need 2 size C type alkaline battery(not included).The blue hose length:70 cm;diameter:1 cm.Accessories :Siphon Water Siphon Asin: B077HS6YPS ;The Filter Bag Asin: B07B48GZ23
  • Manufacture: LONDAFISH
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LONDAFISH
  • Quality [star rating='3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

LONDAFISH Final Thoughts

"Overall I'm a fan."

Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake.

Overall Score
3.3

[star rating="3.3"]
(503 Points)

7. Landen Namaule Sand, Super Natural for Aquarium Landscaping, Cosmetic Sand for Plant Tank, Natural R...

User Ratings: 85

Landen 2kg First Impressions

"I hope it goes away soon."

I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I never did get around to switching to gravel. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in.

  • Landen Namaule Sand, Super Natural for Aquarium Landscaping, Cosmetic Sand for Plant Tank, Natural River Sand for Freshwater or Blackwater Biotope Tank
  • 【Nature Landscaping】NAMAULE SAND is a natural product used as a general aquarium fish tank sand and a make-up sand for aquatic plant landscaping.
  • 【Natural Color】With a gentle and natural color, available for different landscaping designs, applicable in a variety of ways; can express riverbed styles in natural landscapes
  • 【Quality Assurance】With a gentle and natural color, available for different landscaping designs, applicable in a variety of ways; can express riverbed styles in natural landscapes
  • 【Safe to Use】Purely natural product with moderate PH, friendly to the quality of water, without releasing any hazardous matter harmful to fish and aquatic plant
  • 【Size】Weight per Bag: 2kg (approx. 4.4 lbs.); Grain Size: 0.3 - 0.5mm; Average Density: 75 pounds per cubic foot
  • Manufacture: Landen
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Landen 2kg
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Landen 2kg Final Thoughts

"Just some dust."

I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. I never did get around to switching to gravel.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(33 Points)

8. Unipac Silver Sand Fish Tank Substrate

User Ratings: 43

Unipac First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. Plants are easy to plant in it as well.

  • Unipac Silver Sand Fish Tank Substrate
  • Disposable
  • Material: Fine grade silica.
  • Silver sand is a popular substrate for aquariums and helps create a natural environment for your fish.
  • For use in freshwater tropical and cold water systems.
  • Fine grade makes it ideal for planted aquariums and is also great for bottom feeding fish, offering a smooth surface to swim over and potential damage to barbels.
  • Manufacture: Unipac
  • Item Weight: 4.41 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Unipac
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.2']

Unipac Final Thoughts

"I am so happy I did!"

I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. The sand looks more natural and clean. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. The water was clear by the next day. It's as close to white sand as you can get!

Overall Score
3.7

[star rating="3.7"]
(7 Points)

9. KSTE 1000g/Bag Aquarium Fish Tank Bottom Water Grass Seeds Plant Sand Mud

KSTE First Impressions

"I am so happy I did!"

I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240.

  • KSTE 1000g/Bag Aquarium Fish Tank Bottom Water Grass Seeds Plant Sand Mud
  • With high stability, not easy to decompose and will not make the water muddy
  • Contains rich organic acid and nutritional ingredient that can promote the growth of aquarium plants
  • Can make most aquarium plants adapting to weak acid water quality grows well
  • Simple to use, no need to clean
  • Suitable for the root growth of most types of grass
  • Manufacture: KSTE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The KSTE
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

KSTE Final Thoughts

"Somewhat tricky to clean."

Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Plant tanks require high light levels. It helped the water clear up faster. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! I received this aquarium sand yesterday. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said.

Overall Score
5.0

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

10. Seachem Fluorite Sand 3.5kg 7.7lb

User Ratings: 55 8

Seachem 001189 First Impressions

"No complaints at all."

But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

  • Seachem Fluorite Sand 3.5kg 7.7lb
  • Premium natural Sand for the Planted Aquarium
  • Good for the life of the Aquarium
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 1.98 x 1.98 x 1.98 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 001189
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

Seachem 001189 Final Thoughts

"Very good product."

It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! The Estes sand came highly recommended. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap.

Overall Score
4.1

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

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