Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Imagitarium Aquarium Sand

1. Imagitarium Black Aquarium Sand, 20 LBS

User Ratings: 76 2

Imagitarium First Impressions

"I love the color!"

Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller.

  • Imagitarium Black Aquarium Sand, 20 LBS
  • Black Sand Aquatic Substrate from Imagitarium
  • Helps simulate a positive natural environment
  • Promotes the growth of healthy bacteria which breaks down waste
  • Reduces the amount of unhealthy debris in the water
  • Manufacture: Imagitarium
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
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Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"Beautiful aquarium sand."

The water was clear by the next day. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. When adding water, no dust, no mess. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6.

Overall Score
4.6


(397 Points)

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2. Imagitarium White Aquarium Sand, 20 LBS

User Ratings: 79 1

Imagitarium First Impressions

"Love love love love love!"

This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. The Estes sand came highly recommended. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank!

  • Imagitarium White Aquarium Sand, 20 LBS
  • White Sand Aquarium Substrate from Imagitarium
  • Helps simulate a positive natural environment
  • Promotes the growth of healthy bacteria which breaks down waste
  • Reduces the amount of unhealthy debris in the water
  • Manufacture: Imagitarium
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
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Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"It worked like a charm."

The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. It looks great and it's super quality. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand.

Overall Score
4.7


(161 Points)

3. UPETTOOLS Removable Multifunctional Water Pump, 110V Handheld Electric Water Changer + Sand Washer +...

User Ratings: 64 3

UPETTOOLS First Impressions

"Just be careful."

All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste.

  • UPETTOOLS Removable Multifunctional Water Pump, 110V Handheld Electric Water Changer + Sand Washer + Aquarium Cleaner + Filter for Aquarium Fish Tank Pond(28W) (Filter Bag)
  • Aquarium Mesh Bag Filter Cotton Bag Bio Ball Foods Grain Filter Bag.
  • Suitable for Bio-Balls, Activated Carbon, Ceramic and Ammonia Remover.
  • Easy to Partner with Any Aquarium Tank.
  • Easy to Clean and Maintain.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: We are try our best to help our customers and respond all message within 24 hours. 30 days money back guarantee and 12 month support warranty.
  • Manufacture: Upettools
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UPETTOOLS Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water.

Overall Score
4.4


(69 Points)

4. uxcell Aquarium Fish Tank Plastic Sand Scoop Scraper Gravel Cleaner Pan Grit Shovel Gray

User Ratings: 58

uxcell a17031400ux0630 First Impressions

"I hope it goes away soon."

Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. The item is as pictured and described. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

  • uxcell Aquarium Fish Tank Plastic Sand Scoop Scraper Gravel Cleaner Pan Grit Shovel Gray
  • Color: Gray; Package Content: 1 x Sand Scoop
  • Product Name: Sand Scoop
  • Material: Plastic
  • Total Size: 21 x 8.5 x 10cm/8.3" x 3.3" x 4"(L*W*H)
  • Handle Size: 11 x 3 x 1cm/4.3" x 1.2" x 0.4"(L*W*T)
  • Manufacture: uxcell
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uxcell a17031400ux0630 Final Thoughts

"My fish was undisturbed."

I received this aquarium sand yesterday. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag.

Overall Score
4.4


(10 Points)

5. POPETPOP 1.5M Aquarium Water Filter Cleaner, Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Pump H...

POPETPOP First Impressions

"This sand is very fine."

Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft!

  • POPETPOP 1.5M Aquarium Water Filter Cleaner, Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Pump Hose for Water Changing and Sand Cleaning - White
  • Easy-to-use cleaner pump for aquarium.
  • Easy to install and use.
  • With this tool, you can remove the dirt from the bottom of your aquarium.
  • Supplied with long suction pipe, it is suitable for both large and small aquariums.
  • Does not hurt any aquarium fish when using. Especially for small fish tank.
  • Manufacture: POPETPOP
  • Product Dimensions: 70.87 x 0.79 x 0.79 inches; 2.12 Ounces
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POPETPOP Final Thoughts

"It is a very fine sand."

Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. My Corydoras are having a field day! This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

6. Stoney River Blue Aquatic Sand Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 79 3

Stoney River 6602 First Impressions

"Stick hose into bucket."

It looks really pretty and natural. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Some people might have time to, but I do not. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going.

  • Stoney River Blue 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; 1 Pounds
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Stoney River 6602 Final Thoughts

"But its natural SAND."

Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again!

Overall Score
4.6


(42 Points)

7. Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, Sahara Slate

User Ratings: 49 16

Zoo Med VS10 First Impressions

"Repeated 3-4 times."

10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. The water was clear by the next day. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here.

  • Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, Sahara Slate
  • Available in 6 colors
  • All natural calcium carbonate
  • No dyes or additives
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 3 x 15 inches; 9.92 Pounds
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Zoo Med VS10 Final Thoughts

"Love love love love love!"

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

Overall Score
4.0


(15 Points)

8. CaribSea Aquatics Eco-Complete African Cichlid Zack Sand, 20-Pound, Black

User Ratings: 75 4

CaribSea Aquatics 008479007773 First Impressions

"Oh, and one other thing."

My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase!

  • CaribSea Aquatics Eco-Complete African Cichlid Zack Sand, 20-Pound, Black
  • Mineralogical and Biologically complete
  • Eco-Complete maintains the high pH that African Cichlids need while helping to resist pH drops associated with Cichlid systems
  • Eco-Completes high internal porosity maximizes biological capacity, which keeps your fish healthier
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 2 x 13 inches; 20 Pounds
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CaribSea Aquatics 008479007773 Final Thoughts

"Back to the washing."

You really can't go wrong buying this sand! Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. The item is as pictured and described. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank.

Overall Score
4.5


(215 Points)

9. Carib Sea Ocean Direct Substrates

User Ratings: 75 3

Carib Sea 00940 First Impressions

"Really happy with it."

If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. It looks great and it's super quality.

  • Carib Sea Ocean Direct Substrates
  • This method preserves real live sand with its own original, natural bacteria
  • Package Weight: 18.37 kilograms
  • Age range description: all stages
  • Package Dimensions : 11.43 L x 50.8 H x 35.56 W (centimeters)
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.3 x 2.5 inches; 4.3 Pounds
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Carib Sea 00940 Final Thoughts

"Make sure you rinse it."

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. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy.

Overall Score
4.5


(424 Points)

10. U.P. Aqua Shrimp Sand

User Ratings: 74 6

U.P. Aqua D-550 First Impressions

"Oh, and one other thing."

Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. The item is as pictured and described. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine.

  • U.P. Aqua Shrimp Sand
  • Small uniform grain sizes
  • Contains trace minerals vital for shrimps
  • Easy to maintain, great for breeding
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 4.4 Pounds
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
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U.P. Aqua D-550 Final Thoughts

"I hope it goes away soon."

Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. It looks great and it's super quality. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product.

Overall Score
4.5


(88 Points)

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