Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Laifoo Aquarium Sand

1. Laifoo 50ft Aquarium Water Changer Gravel & Sand Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Cleaning Tools

User Ratings: 69 5

Laifoo First Impressions

"My fish was undisturbed."

We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected.

  • Laifoo 50ft Aquarium Water Changer Gravel & Sand Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Cleaning Tools
  • ✮2-IN-1 FUNCTION: Convenient to siphon fish faeces, impurities, turbid water out of fish tank & refill clean water by switching connector.
  • ✮50 Feet HOSE: Made from elastic clear plastic. Harmless to fishes & No peculiar smell. Makes it more durable and anti-kinking.
  • ✮GRAVEL TUBE: Sinkable, with a filter screen inside. And appropriate suction force will not disturb fish or decor when it's working.
  • ✮SIPHON BALL: All you need to do is to pinch it several times, water will flow out automatically. Without striking a blowing.
  • ✮WARRANTY: 3 months after the date of purchase, we take care of all quality-related issues with a FREE replacement or refund. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our professional after-sale service.
  • Manufacture: Laifoo
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Laifoo Final Thoughts

"Bottom line."

If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review.

Overall Score
4.4


(668 Points)

2. Worldwide Imports AWWA1063 Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 48 19

Worldwide Imports 29615 First Impressions

"Repeated 3-4 times."

I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I never did get around to switching to gravel. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much!

  • Worldwide Imports AWWA1063 Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound
  • Worldwide aragonite 1 sand 20lb-2piece
  • Reduces nitrates
  • Ideal for reef system tank bottoms denitrifying anaerobic beds extremely high surface area filter media
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29615 Final Thoughts

"I love the color!"

If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. The item is as pictured and described. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

Overall Score
3.6


(15 Points)

3. LONDAFISH Electric Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer

User Ratings: 37 25

LONDAFISH First Impressions

"Love the look!"

The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Plant tanks require high light levels. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! The Estes sand came highly recommended.

  • LONDAFISH Electric Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer
  • fish tank siphon vacuum cleaner fish tank automatic cleaner
  • EASY TO USE- Installed gravel cleaner,please keep the water level between the MAX and MIN,then strat switch.When the outlet can draw water,raise the gravel cleaner,let the head and outlet above the water.
  • MULTIPURPOSE- The cleaner can install the battery and use by the adaptor directly.(the package contain the connector:3V 2A) Freely adjust the different lengths:62cm/73cm/100cm, suitable for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • CLEANING FUNCTION- Can clean gravel, siphon the fish excreta and other dirt out effectively without requiring a water change.
  • PLEASE NOTE- Ideal for complete aquarium cleaning or quick spot maintenance and actually continuous work within 20 minutes
  • FEATURE AND ACCESSORIES- High safety performance,only need 2 size C type alkaline battery(not included).The blue hose length:70 cm;diameter:1 cm.Accessories :Siphon Water Siphon Asin: B077HS6YPS ;The Filter Bag Asin: B07B48GZ23
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LONDAFISH Final Thoughts

"Overall I'm a fan."

Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake.

Overall Score
3.3


(503 Points)

4. Dennerle Shrimp King Active Soil - 4L Bag

User Ratings: 70 3

Dennerle 6177 First Impressions

"This sand is gorgeous!"

10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. My Corydoras are having a field day!

  • Dennerle Shrimp King Active Soil - 4L Bag
  • The irregular shaped grains, with a diameter of 1-4 mm also give a natural appearance
  • The dark black colouring provides excellent contrast with the vibrant colours of the shrimps
  • Promotes growth – bacteria, single-cell organisms, single-cell algae and other microorganisms - as valuable, natural nutrition, especially for young shrimps
  • Binds harmful substances for healthy living conditions
  • 4 Liter Bag
  • Manufacture: Dennerle
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 7.87 x 3.15 inches; 7.63 Pounds
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Dennerle 6177 Final Thoughts

"Just be careful."

If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! The sand looks more natural and clean. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

Overall Score
4.5


(54 Points)

5. 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)

6. Worldwide Imports AWW80025 Terra Sand, 5-Pound, Light Blue

User Ratings: 51 12

Worldwide Imports 29588 First Impressions

"Overall I'm a fan."

I received this aquarium sand yesterday. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned.

  • Worldwide Imports AWW80025 Terra Sand, 5-Pound, Light Blue
  • Worldwide Imports Aqua Terra Sand
  • Natural Coated Sand
  • Will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29588 Final Thoughts

"This sand is very light."

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! This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. 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 have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. I thought it was soap, but it's not.

Overall Score
3.6


(7 Points)

7. 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)

8. 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)

9. Worldwide Imports AWWS1016 Samoa Grade 1 Sand for Aquarium Decor, 20-Pound, Pink

Worldwide Imports 29627 First Impressions

"Fantastic sand."

Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. The water was clear by the next day. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

  • Worldwide Imports AWWS1016 Samoa Grade 1 Sand for Aquarium Decor, 20-Pound, Pink
  • Worldwide Samoa grade 1 pink sand 20lb-2pack
  • Ideal for reef system tank bottoms denitrifying anaerobic beds extremely high surface area filter media
  • Prewashed minimum rinse required
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29627 Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. It helped the water clear up faster. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

10. Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Battery Powered Fish Tank Siphon Water Change Cleaning Tool Sand Gr...

Pssopp First Impressions

"Bottom dwellers love it."

Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! The grain size will range from fine to medium. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate.

  • Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Battery Powered Fish Tank Siphon Water Change Cleaning Tool Sand Gravel Washing Filter with a Water Inlet Tube and Two Extension Tubes
  • 【Keeping Clean Environment】Clean gravel, siphon the fish excrement and other debris by the filter mesh bag, then the clean water will permeate from the bag and flow into tank, also can drain out water through outlet pipe.
  • 【Inner Mesh】The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water. Keeping a clean and healthy environment of fish, turtle and other creatures.
  • 【Batteries Powered】Powered by 2pcs "C" type batteries, with switch button to control on / off. Battery powered cleaner is easy to operate, press the button on the top, the water in the aquarium will automatically be pumped to change water through a hose.
  • 【Adjustable Height】Comes with a water inlet tube and two extension tubes, so user can adjust the height according to fish tank size or the water level.
  • 【Top Handle】Top handle part can be hung on the rim of fish tank, the cleaner helps to free your hands and clean the tank effortlessly.
  • Manufacture: Pssopp
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Pssopp Final Thoughts

"I really like this sand."

If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. It looks really pretty and natural. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants.

Overall Score
3.2


(3 Points)

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