Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Hewnda Aquarium Sand

1. Hewnda Gorgeous Aquarium Decorated with Aquarium Decorations Glass Beads Aquarium, 1 Pound of Enough...

User Ratings: 65 8

Hewnda First Impressions

"No harm to the fish."

I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes.

  • Hewnda Gorgeous Aquarium Decorated with Aquarium Decorations Glass Beads Aquarium, 1 Pound of Enough Decorative Gravel Rock Gravel Pebbles gem
  • Size: 2-4mm around the particles.
  • Cultivate nitrifying bacteria, aquaculture and landscaping sand, with the simulation of water plants with landscaping!
  • black bottom sand has a metallic bright black surface, especially in light illumination, can provide a contrasting black bed for ornamental fish and shrimp, help fish and shrimp hair color.
  • For guppies, ornamental rice shrimp (cherry, fire, yellow rice, etc.), crayfish, raw fish, ornamental turtle.
  • Cleaning: with a little dust, used for fish tank bottom sand, water to be cleaned, the way similar to Taomi, cleaning about 4.5 times the water gradually clear into the cylinder.
  • Manufacture: Hewnda
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Hewnda Final Thoughts

"Yes, its grey not black."

I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
4.2


(325 Points)

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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. Penn-Plax 64677 Finding Dory Hank on Sand

User Ratings: 63

Penn-Plax 64677 First Impressions

"Sand is beautiful."

My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. The grain size will range from fine to medium.

  • Penn-Plax 64677 Finding Dory Hank on Sand
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great Value
  • This product is Manufactured in China
  • Manufacture: Prime Pet Deals - Code 2
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.1 x 2 inches; 1.6 Ounces
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Penn-Plax 64677 Final Thoughts

"The algae will die off."

I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it.

Overall Score
4.4


(10 Points)

4. Carib Sea ACS000920 Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 62 8

Carib Sea 008479009203 First Impressions

"Love it, great product."

This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. I thought it was soap, but it's not.

  • Carib Sea ACS000920 Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound
  • Each bag includes a packet of Bio-Magnet clarifier
  • Ocean Direct provides a thriving, natural aquarium in minutes!
  • Utilizes Sea Breathe laser technology which preserves real live sand with its own original bacteria
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479009203 Final Thoughts

"Stick hose into bucket."

I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! I thought it was soap, but it's not.

Overall Score
4.2


(18 Points)

5. XMHF Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel

User Ratings: 67

XMHF 4346787863 First Impressions

"HOW TO WASH SAND."

But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

  • XMHF Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel
  • Product Name: Sand Scoop
  • Color: Blue; Net Weight: 109g
  • Total Size: Scoop Size: 18 x 8.5 x 7.5cm / 7.1" x 3.3" x 3" (L*W*H); Material: Plastic
  • Handle Size: 10 x 3cm / 3.9" x 1.2" (L*W)
  • Package Content: 1 x Sand Scoop
  • Manufacture: XMHF
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 1 inches; 2.79 Ounces
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XMHF 4346787863 Final Thoughts

"HOW TO WASH SAND."

This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! Plant tanks require high light levels. My Corydoras are having a field day! If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on.

Overall Score
4.4


(19 Points)

6. Houkr Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Tools, 6 in 1 Adjustable Cleaning Kit & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siph...

User Ratings: 55

Houkr First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium.

  • Houkr Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Tools, 6 in 1 Adjustable Cleaning Kit & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siphon for Water Changing, Sand Cleaner
  • Six Multi-purpose Tools:6 PCS,Fish net ,Spoon net, Algae scraper, Window sponge, Plant fork and Gravel rake.
  • Aquarium Cleaning Pump: 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.
  • Adjustable Handle´╝Ü35-87cm / 13.7-34.25inch.Stretching freely, tightly fixed and not to fall off.
  • Durable ABS Plastic:It's made of high quality ABS plastic for long-lasting use.
  • Easy to Use:Assemble the handle and accessory holder to the rod,tighten the connection for the length you want.
  • Manufacture: Houkr
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Houkr Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. It looks really pretty and natural. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand.

Overall Score
4.3


(30 Points)

7. Nature's Ocean Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Sand 20 lb.

User Ratings: 78 7

WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENTERPRISES FBA_10701 First Impressions

"Really good sand."

Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. When adding water, no dust, no mess. I thought it was soap, but it's not. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out.

  • Nature's Ocean Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Sand 20 lb.
  • 100% natural, premium marine substrate
  • Contains natural live marine bacteria to quickly stabilize tank
  • Removes nitrogenous waste and restores natural organic balance
  • Maintains proper pH
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENTERPRISES
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
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WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENTERPRISES FBA_10701 Final Thoughts

"Really happy with it."

There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
4.5


(229 Points)

8. Carib Sea ACS05823 Super Natural Torpedo Beach Sand Aquarium, 5-Pounds

User Ratings: 74 5

Carib Sea 008479058232 First Impressions

"One is just the sand."

The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty.

  • Carib Sea ACS05823 Super Natural Torpedo Beach Sand Aquarium, 5-Pounds
  • re-create natural ecosystems
  • ph neutral ; great for all aquariums
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • 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 008479058232 Final Thoughts

"Hope it works out."

You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. My Corydoras are having a field day! The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
4.5


(125 Points)

9. Carib Sea ACS01790 Aragamax Alive Sand for Aquarium, 10-Pound, 4 Per Case

User Ratings: 58

Carib Sea 008479017901 First Impressions

"It was ridiculous."

Some people might have time to, but I do not. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it.

  • Carib Sea ACS01790 Aragamax Alive Sand for Aquarium, 10-Pound, 4 Per Case
  • Helps maintain a proper pH for the life of your aquarium
  • Creates a biological balance to discourage nuisance algae
  • Contains millions of bacteria per pound
  • Engineered to suppress "new tank syndrome" and compress the ammonia cycle
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479017901 Final Thoughts

"I am so happy I did!"

I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. My Corydoras are having a field day! It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

Overall Score
4.6


(2 Points)

10. Worldwide Imports AWWA1037 Atlantic 1 Coral Sand, 20-Pound

Worldwide Imports 29609 First Impressions

"Stick hose into bucket."

I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times.

  • Worldwide Imports AWWA1037 Atlantic 1 Coral Sand, 20-Pound
  • Worldwide Atlantic 1 coral sand 20lb-2
  • Natural crushed coral sand
  • Prevents anaerobic dead spots in bacteria bed
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29609 Final Thoughts

"Beautiful aquarium sand."

Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Plant tanks require high light levels. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

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