Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Freshwater Aquarium Sand

1. Upettools Aquarium Gravel Cleaner - Electric Automatic Removable Vacuum Water Changer Sand Algae Cle...

User Ratings: 53 13

UPETTOOLS First Impressions

"You'll thank me later!"

I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have.

  • Upettools Aquarium Gravel Cleaner - Electric Automatic Removable Vacuum Water Changer Sand Algae Cleaner Filter Changer 110V/28W
  • ✔【Upgraded 6 In 1 Multifunction Aquarium Gravel Cleaner】The upgraded aquarium gravel vacuum cleaner have 6 in 1 functions with water changer + sand washer + debris cleaning + water filter + water shower + water flow. Suit for freshwater and seawater and various depth fish tank.
  • ✔【Strong Power】The 110V/28W powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 1700L/H. It only takes 0.5 hour to pump out a 180-gallon tank. At the same time, the pump flow is adjustable.
  • ✔【Powerful Cleaning Function】It can be used for clean gravel, absorb dirt, change water, wash sand, suck the stool. Strong Power with Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly.
  • ✔【Easy to Install and Use】Please check the video before using. Plug in the power and turn on the switch to use.
  • ✔【Satisfaction Guaranted】Our team of professionals is constantly working to make you happier. We provide technical support for customers 24/7, If you have any questions or issues about your purchase, please feel free to reach us directly to us and we will gladly assist you at any time!! We are confident in the quality of our product and give you LIFETIME WARRANTY and great customer support.
  • Manufacture: UPETTOOLS
  • Product Dimensions: 2.76 x 5.12 x 31.5 inches; 2.2 Pounds
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UPETTOOLS Final Thoughts

"It worked like a charm."

It looks great and it's super quality. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. The grain size will range from fine to medium. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too.

Overall Score
3.9


(837 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Freshwater Aquarium Sand

2. Carib Sea ACS05820 Super Natural Moonlight Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 75 4

Carib Sea 008479058201 First Impressions

"This sand is very fine."

If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea.

  • Carib Sea ACS05820 Super Natural Moonlight Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • natural white creates great color contrasts
  • ph neutral ; used in salt and freshwater aquariums
  • no dyes or paints 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 008479058201 Final Thoughts

"This sand looks great!"

And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. 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! I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand.

Overall Score
4.5


(577 Points)

3. Carib Sea ACS05832 Super Natural Peace River Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 83 2

Carib Sea 008479058324 First Impressions

"Fantastic sand."

The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank.

  • Carib Sea ACS05832 Super Natural Peace River Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • Grain size reduces built up detritus
  • May Also Be Used In Marine Or African Cichlid Aquariums
  • Ideal for most freshwater aquaria, including discus, tetras, angelfish, water turtles, rays, plants, cichlids and more
  • Re-create natural river environments
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479058324 Final Thoughts

"Like a dog."

I thought it was soap, but it's not. The sand looks more natural and clean. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand.

Overall Score
4.7


(467 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)

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5. 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)

6. Estes Gravel Products AES06606 Este Marine Sand Black for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 76 2

Estes' 346001 First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown.

  • Estes Gravel Products AES06606 Este Marine Sand Black for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • Great for marine and freshwater tanks
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Anchors down Plants
  • Black Color sand
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Estes' 346001 Final Thoughts

"Somewhat tricky to clean."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
4.5


(291 Points)

7. YCTECH Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaner: 6 Watt Automatic Filter Gravel Cleaning | Fish Tank Sand Clea...

User Ratings: 41 15

YCTECH First Impressions

"It is a very fine sand."

It looks great and it's super quality. It looks really pretty and natural. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy.

  • YCTECH Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaner: 6 Watt Automatic Filter Gravel Cleaning | Fish Tank Sand Cleaner | Sludge Extractor | Water Changer | Sand Washing | Dirt Suction
  • Application: This aquarium electric gravel sand washer is suitable for daily fish tank cleaning or water change maintenance,Suit for freshwater and seawater. Easy To Install And Use
  • Cleaning mode: sand washing mode and suction mode, this sand washing device can effectively clean the sand at the bottom of the fish tank or suck away the excess dirt at the bottom of the fish tank.
  • Water change mode: When using the water change mode, please install the water pipe at the package to easily change the water.
  • Power is 6W, powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 92 GPH. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Save your time and reduce fatigue.
  • With 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,water low level can reach 1.97In - 3.94In.it is also equip with soft water hose, it is more easy to empoty the water out or add water.
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YCTECH Final Thoughts

"Get an unused bucket."

The sand looks more natural and clean. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good.

Overall Score
3.6


(207 Points)

8. Carib Sea ACS00050 Aragonite Reef Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound

User Ratings: 91 3

Carib Sea 008479000507 First Impressions

"HOW TO WASH SAND."

All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

  • Carib Sea ACS00050 Aragonite Reef Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound
  • 100% aragonite sand supports stable ph
  • For use in marine aquariums and hard water freshwater aquariums
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • re-create natural reef environment
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
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Carib Sea 008479000507 Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. My Corydoras are having a field day! I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea.

Overall Score
4.8


(94 Points)

9. Carib Sea Super Natural Moonlight Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound (2 Pack)

User Ratings: 80 3

Carib Sea First Impressions

"You'll thank me later!"

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

  • Carib Sea Super Natural Moonlight Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound (2 Pack)
  • Natural white creates great color contrasts
  • Ph neutral ; used in salt and freshwater aquariums
  • No dyes or paints used
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Carib Sea
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"It is to be expected."

The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. It helped the water clear up faster. My Corydoras are having a field day! Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
4.6


(91 Points)

10. Eurobuy Automatic Gravel Cleaner, Electric Aquarium Cleaner, Aquarium Washing Sand Filtering and Dra...

User Ratings: 36 24

Eurobuy 1101916/120427AM12UK2 First Impressions

"Love it, great product."

The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. But that is also something to consider with all sands. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean.

  • Eurobuy Automatic Gravel Cleaner, Electric Aquarium Cleaner, Aquarium Washing Sand Filtering and Draining, Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner, Siphon Cleaning Tool for Gravel Sand
  • MULTIFUNCTION GRAVEL CLEANING TOOL - Powerful siphon pump with dirt and fishing waste cleaning efficiency. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Save your time and reduce fatigue. Also can be used for absorb dirt, change water, wash sand, suck the stool, feed the coral fish, and feed the medicine, increase oxygen, filter and so on.
  • CLEANING MODE - Sand washing mode and suction mode, this sand washing device can effectively clean the sand at the bottom of the fish tank or suck away the excess dirt at the bottom of the fish tank. Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.
  • ADJUSTABLE TUBE LENGTH - Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease, supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums. Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • EASY TO INSTALL AND USE - Please power on only after put the gravel vacuum into aquarium water. If you power on out of water, it would suck into air and would stop working. Suitable for fish and turtle tank, freshwater and saltwater.
  • AUTOMATIC WORK BY BATTERY - Battery case on the top, only 2* batteries needed for easy and safe installation. (Not Included Battery)
  • Manufacture: Eurobuy
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 10.3 Ounces
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Eurobuy 1101916/120427AM12UK2 Final Thoughts

"Wonderful sand."

I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. The item is as pictured and described. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned.

Overall Score
3.3


(57 Points)

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