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
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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


(3092 Points)

2. Hewnda 2 Pound Fish Tank Sand Glass Beads - Aquarium Decoration Ornament Stone for Fish Turtle Tank ...

Hewnda First Impressions

"I didn't want tan."

It looks great and it's super quality. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes.

  • Hewnda 2 Pound Fish Tank Sand Glass Beads - Aquarium Decoration Ornament Stone for Fish Turtle Tank Landscape Bottom
  • Non-Toxic & Safe: made of glass, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water. Good choice for your aquarium and succulent decoration.
  • Weight: 2 pounds, about 1000 gram. Stone size: 3-6 mm. Material: glass sand. Volume: 0.22 gallons.
  • Use indoor & outdoor. Shiny in water. Perfect decor for fresh & saltwater aquariums, ponds, terrariums, gardens, potted plants, vases, ash trays, crafts & hobbies
  • Use Rinse with water 3-4 times before,do not rubbing force.Not toy, keep away from children for chocking hazard.
  • perfect for accenting your potted succulent creations and aquarium! Keep it away from children under 3 years in case chocking hazard!
  • Manufacture: Hewnda
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Hewnda Final Thoughts

"I recommend this."

Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

3. JW Pet Company Anchorstone Sand Airstone Aquarium Accessory

User Ratings: 35 33

JW Pet 21210 First Impressions

"Really good stuff."

Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. The grain size will range from fine to medium. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. But I have to give it to this sand. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead.

  • JW Pet Company Anchorstone Sand Airstone Aquarium Accessory
  • Produces constant bubble flow
  • Adds oxygen to aquariums
  • Patented anchor feet, no suction cups
  • Securely place anywhere in your aquarium
  • 6-Inch anchorstone
  • Manufacture: JW Pet Company
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 10 x 1.5 inches; 3.68 Ounces
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JW Pet 21210 Final Thoughts

"Good Luck!"

Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle.

Overall Score
3.0


(24 Points)

4. uxcell Gray Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Gravel Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Shovel

uxcell a17042100ux0710 First Impressions

"Super easy."

Plant tanks require high light levels. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. It looks really pretty and natural. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! My Corydoras are having a field day! This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft!

  • uxcell Gray Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Gravel Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Shovel
  • Color: Gray; Package Content: 1 x Sand Shovel
  • Product Name: Sand Shovel
  • Material: Plastic
  • Net Weight: 50-73g
  • VariationTheme: Color
  • Manufacture: uxcell
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uxcell a17042100ux0710 Final Thoughts

"Back to the washing."

I received this aquarium sand yesterday. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

5. Carib Sea ACS05840 Super Naturals Crystal River Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 75 3

Carib Sea 008479058409 First Impressions

"Love it, great product."

A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. But I have to give it to this sand. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too!

  • Carib Sea ACS05840 Super Naturals Crystal River Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • Create a supernatural experience by re-creating the natural world in your home
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • ph neutral ; safe for all aquariums
  • no paints or dyes used
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479058409 Final Thoughts

"Plants love it!"

One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. But I have to give it to this sand. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it.

Overall Score
4.5


(725 Points)

6. FLYING TIGER 14 PCS Gravel Paper for Bird cage, Penn Plax Calcium Plus Gravel Paper-16.5x11 Inch Gra...

User Ratings: 65

FLYING TIGER First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

  • FLYING TIGER 14 PCS Gravel Paper for Bird cage, Penn Plax Calcium Plus Gravel Paper-16.5x11 Inch Gravel Paper Special for Bird Cage in sea Sand
  • The packaging includes: you will get 14 pieces of the same gravel paper as the market, enough for you to replace.
  • Crushed paper can keep pets' beaks and claws clean and healthy. Ideal size: The size of the gravel paper is 16.5 x 11 inches, which can be cut to the appropriate size as needed.
  • Tips: The particles on the paper are sea sand, don't worry about the birds being swallowed, and help digestion.
  • Safe, clean and sanitary
  • Gravel paper is also safe, clean and sanitary to keep your pet happy and healthy
  • Manufacture: FLYING TIGER
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FLYING TIGER Final Thoughts

"Stick hose into bucket."

The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white.

Overall Score
4.4


(16 Points)

7. 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.
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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


(398 Points)

8. 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
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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


(44 Points)

9. 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)

10. Aqua KT Premium Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Sand Cleaner Filler Strainer Water Changer for Fish Tank

User Ratings: 49 10

Aqua KT First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

My Corydoras are having a field day! When adding water, no dust, no mess. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. It helped the water clear up faster.

  • Aqua KT Premium Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Sand Cleaner Filler Strainer Water Changer for Fish Tank
  • Professional gravel cleaner is required for universal fish aquarium in your home.
  • Design to separate and remove the debris from gravel in your fish tank, very effective and helpful.
  • With long nozzle and vacuum design, offer strong suction and separate gravel quickly. Not only Time saving, but also less stressful on both fish and owner.
  • 3 in 1 multifunctional product, for Water Changer, Gravel Cleaning and Dirt Suction. No smell and safety, able to change water quickly, supporting over 50 gallons of fish tank.
  • Enough to clean every corner of the fish tank without wet hands, quickly draining dirty water.
  • Manufacture: Aqua KT
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Aqua KT Final Thoughts

"Love love love love love!"

You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! It's as close to white sand as you can get! This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

Overall Score
3.8


(23 Points)

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