Editor's Choice - Our Favorite LONDAFISH Aquarium Sand

1. 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
  • Manufacture: LONDAFISH
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LONDAFISH
  • Quality [star rating='3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

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

[star rating="3.3"]
(503 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated LONDAFISH Aquarium Sand

2. LONDAFISH Aquarium Air Stone Disk Tray Aquarium Oxygen Pump Sand Stone Bubble for Fish Tank High Tem...

User Ratings: 48 9

LONDAFISH First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

The sand looks more natural and clean. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. It looks great and it's super quality. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good.

  • LONDAFISH Aquarium Air Stone Disk Tray Aquarium Oxygen Pump Sand Stone Bubble for Fish Tank High Temperature Sintered Gas Airstone Diffuser Plate
  • Durable: The bubble plate with high temperature made and the fine bubbles can increase oxygen levels, lower CO2 and raise PH, it also can be easily washed for re-use.
  • Strong Compatibility: Round fish tank bubble sand round disk fits for 4mm or 8mm inner diameter tube.
  • High Material: The airstone disk uses finely compressed material and the bubble is small and bubble is concentrated at one surface.
  • Adjustable Atmospheric plate:Adjustable bubbles, the smaller the volume, the smaller the bubbles. Weight enough to sink in the bottom, no need suction cups.
  • Application: Aquarium Air Stone ideal for freshwater, saltwater aquariums, hydroponic, or in aqua farms, aqua cultures.
  • Manufacture: LONDAFISH
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LONDAFISH
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

LONDAFISH Final Thoughts

"RINSE VERY WELL!"

Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Plant tanks require high light levels. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Plants are easy to plant in it as well.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(13 Points)

3. Carib Sea ACS00020 Aragonite Reef Sand for Aquarium, 15-Pound

User Ratings: 71 5

Carib Sea 008479000200 First Impressions

"Incredibly fine and soft."

Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. The item is as pictured and described. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. But I have to give it to this sand. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great.

  • Carib Sea ACS00020 Aragonite Reef Sand for Aquarium, 15-Pound
  • A grade of aragonite specifically for plenum type nitrate reducing beds
  • Use where a deeper bed is needed
  • Allows maximum pH support and dissolution of calcium Carbonate
  • Grain size is 10-20 mm
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 008479000200
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Carib Sea 008479000200 Final Thoughts

"So soft, so beautiful."

It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! It helped the water clear up faster. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(25 Points)

4. Aqueon Plant & Shrimp Aquarium Substrate, 5 lbs., Standard

User Ratings: 72 9

Aqueon 100534685 First Impressions

"I really like this sand."

I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. It looks really pretty and natural. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice!

  • Aqueon Plant & Shrimp Aquarium Substrate, 5 lbs., Standard
  • Promotes the growth of a wide variety of freshwater plants
  • For use with freshwater shrimp, snails and tropical fish
  • Made from clay based material, great for aquascaping
  • Available in 5 pound bags
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Item Weight: 4.75 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.25 x 10.25 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100534685
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Aqueon 100534685 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. I never did get around to switching to gravel. The Estes sand came highly recommended. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

Overall Score
4.4

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

5. Dennerle Shrimp King Active Soil - 8L Bag

User Ratings: 81 6

Dennerle 6178 First Impressions

"Overall, I like it!"

Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. The item is as pictured and described. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. It's as close to white sand as you can get! My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too!

  • Dennerle Shrimp King Active Soil - 8L 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
  • 8 Liter Bag
  • Manufacture: Dennerle
  • Product Dimensions: 15.75 x 11.81 x 3.15 inches; 12 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Dennerle 6178
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Dennerle 6178 Final Thoughts

"Love the look!"

I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. My Corydoras are having a field day! One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. The sand looks more natural and clean.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(23 Points)

6. DERCLIVE Aquarium gravel cleaner, quick water changer with air pressure button, fish tank sand remov...

User Ratings: 32 34

DERCLIVE 1097194/120204RJQKGB First Impressions

"This sand is very fine."

That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The Estes sand came highly recommended. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

  • DERCLIVE Aquarium gravel cleaner, quick water changer with air pressure button, fish tank sand remover kit, straw vacuum cleaner with hose controller clip
  • 1.Powerful auto siphon pump for easy operation with dirt cleaning efficiency.
  • 2.Eco-friendly and soft tube.
  • 3.Separate On/Off flow value switch.
  • 4.Integrated gravel and sand strainer.
  • 5.Widely work with small to large aquarium tanks.
  • Manufacture: DERCLIVE
  • Product Dimensions: 17.32 x 9.45 x 2.95 inches; 1.06 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DERCLIVE 1097194/120204RJQKGB
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.7']

DERCLIVE 1097194/120204RJQKGB Final Thoughts

"Hope it works out."

Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. The item is as pictured and described. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. It looks really pretty and natural. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate.

Overall Score
3.3

[star rating="3.3"]
(3 Points)

7. African Cichlid Substrates Rift Lake Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound, Dry

User Ratings: 36 17

African Cichlid Substrates 88424 First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

When adding water, no dust, no mess. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. When adding water, no dust, no mess. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon.

  • African Cichlid Substrates Rift Lake Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound, Dry
  • Reduces harmful nitrate
  • Maintains proper pH for the life of the aquarium
  • Provide enhanced buffering capacity
  • Provides essential inorganic elements such as strontium, cobalt, zinc and Molybdenum
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 12 x 2 inches; 18.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The African Cichlid Substrates 88424
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

African Cichlid Substrates 88424 Final Thoughts

"The sand is nice."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises.

Overall Score
3.4

[star rating="3.4"]
(25 Points)

8. Nature's Ocean Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Sand 0.1-0.5mm, 20 lbs., White

User Ratings: 75

Nature's Ocean First Impressions

"Bottom line."

All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. I thought it was soap, but it's not. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was.

  • Nature's Ocean Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Sand 0.1-0.5mm, 20 lbs., White
  • 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: Nature's Ocean
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 8 x 4 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nature's Ocean
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Nature's Ocean Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(13 Points)

9. 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.
  • Manufacture: YCTECH
  • Editor's Impressions Of The YCTECH
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

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

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

10. POPETPOP Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Cleaning Kit for Water Changing and Filter ...

User Ratings: 63 6

POPETPOP 37902QHKZM17AB First Impressions

"Hope this helps!"

My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well.

  • POPETPOP Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Cleaning Kit for Water Changing and Filter Sand Cleaning
  • 2 IN 1 MULTIFUNCTIONAL CLEANER - POPETPOP gravel cleaner is perfect for water changing and sand washing. The nozzle net prevents absorbing of juvenile fish, grass and gravel. Attached nozzle can help clean gravels which will effectively separates excrement and food residue from your aquarium, keep the water fresh.
  • COMPACT STRUCTURE - Equipped with 1pcs soft water pipe(72.4in) and 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2). The gravel cleaner's hole is connected tightly with no worries the problem of spilling water. Fitting different-sized fish tank.
  • ANTI-BACK FLOW VALVE DESIGN - Widened anti-reverse pipe makes drainage more effective. Note: Put the QV letter end downward against the bucket when using because the pump is unidirectional.
  • EASY TO USE - Syphon pump is easy to grip, just squeeze the pump a few times, water will start flow automatically. High quality PVC tube won't collapse to block the water flow, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use. (Note: The position of water outlet must be lower than the inlet.)
  • EASY TO INSTALL - The fish tank gravel cleaner can be split into different parts and you can adjust them as per your needs. Besides, it can be fixed on the fish tank to free your hands, great for daily maintenance and routine water changing.
  • Manufacture: POPETPOP
  • Product Dimensions: 71.65 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches; 13.86 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The POPETPOP 37902QHKZM17AB
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

POPETPOP 37902QHKZM17AB Final Thoughts

"Plants love it!"

I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. It helped the water clear up faster. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind.

Overall Score
4.2

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

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