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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hewnda
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

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

[star rating="4.2"]
(325 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Hewnda Aquarium Sand

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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hewnda
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

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

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

3. Yescom AquaBasik Aquarium Gravel Rock Sand Cleaner for Small Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Changer P...

User Ratings: 69

Yescom First Impressions

"The sand is nice."

I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty.

  • Yescom AquaBasik Aquarium Gravel Rock Sand Cleaner for Small Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Changer Pump Filter
  • [Multifunctional Tool for Wide Application]: Aquarium vacuum cleaner for multifunctional use, changing water of fish tanks, cleaning gravel or siphon waste out of aquarium, suitable for 16" height small aquarium with 8 to 13 gallon water, to create a clean and clear habitation for your favorite pets
  • [Easy to Operate]: Water will automatically flow out by squeezing the siphon bulb several times
  • [Inlet Nozzle with Filter Net]: Prevents gravels and fishes from being sucked into hose, effectively clean up the underwater world
  • [Safe & Durable Material]: Made by ABS, perfect for using in water, BPA-free material guarantees no harmful effect on fishes
  • [Easy to Maintain]: Simple & Compact design for easy cleaning after use, save your time for precious moment with your adorable fishes
  • Manufacture: Yescom
  • Product Dimensions: 54.33 x 1.97 x 1.97 inches; 5.28 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Yescom
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Yescom Final Thoughts

"This sand looks great!"

The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(4 Points)

4. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Worldwide Imports 29609
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

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

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

5. Worldwide Imports AWWA10801 Live Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound, Pink

User Ratings: 87

Worldwide Imports 029621 First Impressions

"No harm to the fish."

But that is also something to consider with all sands. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted.

  • Worldwide Imports AWWA10801 Live Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound, Pink
  • Worldwide live aragonite pink sand 20lb-2pieces
  • Collected in its natural environment and packaged in its natural state
  • Just place in tank add saltwater
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Worldwide Imports 029621
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Worldwide Imports 029621 Final Thoughts

"Nice touch."

Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! The grain size will range from fine to medium. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. But I have to give it to this sand. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
4.9

[star rating="4.9"]
(7 Points)

6. uxcell Aquarium Fish Tank Plastic Hand Held Scraper Gravel Cleaner Cleaning Tool Sand Scoop Blue

uxcell a17032400ux1243 First Impressions

"I hope it goes away soon."

I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown.

  • uxcell Aquarium Fish Tank Plastic Hand Held Scraper Gravel Cleaner Cleaning Tool Sand Scoop Blue
  • Color: Blue; Package Content: 1 x Sand Scoop
  • Product Name: Sand Scoop; Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 79g
  • Total Size: 21 x 8.8 x 9.5cm/8.3" x 3.5" x 3.7"(L*W*H)
  • Handle Size: 10 x 2.8 x 1.5cm/3.9" x 1.1" x 0.6"(L*W*T)
  • Manufacture: uxcell
  • Editor's Impressions Of The uxcell a17032400ux1243
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

uxcell a17032400ux1243 Final Thoughts

"Just some dust."

Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off.

Overall Score
5.0

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

7. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TERAPUMP A-TRFTCLN-S-P02-NW-001
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

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

[star rating="4.2"]
(5167 Points)

8. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 3505
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

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

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

9. Time wave Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kits, Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Water Changer Pump Fish Tank Accesso...

User Ratings: 22

Time wave First Impressions

"I really like it!"

My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. The grain size will range from fine to medium. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

  • Time wave Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kits, Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Water Changer Pump Fish Tank Accessories Filter Gravel & Sand Cleaner Fish Siphon Pump for Cleaning and Changing Water in Tank
  • ⭐3 in 1 Great Value Function: 1): Dirt Suction. Gravel vacuum for aquarium equipped with a duckbill suction inlet accessory, and it is easy to suck the feces away. 2): Sand Washing. Aquarium siphon with 3D Filter Basket Net, protect your love fish and small gravel from suck out of the aquarium. 3): Water Changing. Built-in dual airbags, atmospheric cavity, good resilience, effortless operation.
  • ⭐Simple & Easy to Use: Just Put the nozzle and hose in your aquarium tank, Press on, or squeeze the pump bulb 5 to 7 times and the water will start to flow out of the nozzle. The sand can move up and down in the extension tube to remove debris from your aquarium.
  • ⭐Flow Control Faucet Design: The enhanced fish tank vacuum cleaner has a shut-off valve that can easily and quickly clean the aquarium. It is easy to use to ensure that water will not splash on the ground during cleaning, effectively keeping your house tidy Ideal for water changes and gravel cleaning.
  • ⭐Accessories Include: 1 * Filter basket valve; 1 *Duckbill suction inlet(Debris vacuum); 1 *anti-suction cover; 2 * Inlet pipe; 1 *Water inlet hose; 1 *Outlet pipe + valve switch(Flow Control),easily adjust water flow; 1 *Air-pressing control body; 1 *Fixture clamp(Water pipe clamp), freely fix, free your hands.
  • ⭐Wide Application: Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner is suitable for various types of fish tanks, with spliced extension tubes, two-stage splicing combination, both large and small tanks are suitable, and extension tube can be installed according to demand. Three lengths of water pipes are available: 5.6ft, 8.5ft, 9.8ft, whgich provide you with the best aquarium cleaning experience.
  • Manufacture: Sheng Litong
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Time wave
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Time wave Final Thoughts

"I couldn't be happier."

The water was clear by the next day. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(5 Points)

10. Kicode TOPmountain Square Aquarium Fish Tank Bottom Sand Gravel Filter Board Filtration Plate Aquari...

User Ratings: 49 51

Kicode First Impressions

"It is to be expected."

A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. But that is also something to consider with all sands. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket.

  • Kicode TOPmountain Square Aquarium Fish Tank Bottom Sand Gravel Filter Board Filtration Plate Aquarium Accessory Black/White Portable
  • High efficiency, eco-friendly and portable.
  • Assembled structure, with unlimited expension, mesh design.
  • Length: 14.3cm;Width: 14.3cm
  • This undergravel filter hides from view for maximum aesthetics. Safe for use in both freshwater and saltwater tanks.
  • Simply place filter plates at the bottom of the tank and cover with gravel.
  • Manufacture: Kicode
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Kicode
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

Kicode Final Thoughts

"Good Luck!"

Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. The water was clear by the next day. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it.

Overall Score
3.0

[star rating="3"]
(2 Points)

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