Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Mr. Aqua Aquarium Sand

1. Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066 1 L Fine Pet Habitat Water Plant Soil

User Ratings: 64 6

Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066 First Impressions

"They love it!"

I never did get around to switching to gravel. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. The item is as pictured and described. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up.

  • Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066 1 L Fine Pet Habitat Water Plant Soil
  • Composed of organic and inert ingredients providing all essential elements
  • Long lasting fertilized plant substrate lasting up to 12-18 months
  • Prolongs water exchange periods
  • One bag Covers approximately 12" x 6" at 1" deep or 6" x 6" at 2" deep.
  • Black in Color
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2.5 x 9.5 inches; 1.85 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066 Final Thoughts

"I hope it goes away soon."

This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash.

Overall Score
4.2

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

2. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Laifoo
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

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

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

3. ROSEBEAR Siphon Pump Water Filter,Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner,Great for Gravel Sand Cl...

User Ratings: 47 15

ROSEBEAR 1101916/120163AM93YB001 First Impressions

"My fish was undisturbed."

I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. Plants are easy to plant in it as well.

  • ROSEBEAR Siphon Pump Water Filter,Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner,Great for Gravel Sand Cleaning.
  • 1. EFFICIENT:Aquarium gravel filter cleaner can replace the water and keep water fresh,with filter basket in the tube, effectively avoiding blocking by gravel.Itâ€s effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium.
  • 2. DURABLE:Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.Supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums.
  • 3. DESIGN:Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease.
  • 4. ADJUSTABLE:Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • 5. AFTER-SALES SERVICE:Feel free to contact us for any if you have any questions or concerns about this product Our customer care team is here to help!90-Day money back guarantee,24-Hour customer service support.
  • Manufacture: ROSEBEAR
  • Item Weight: 10.3 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ROSEBEAR 1101916/120163AM93YB001
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.7']

ROSEBEAR 1101916/120163AM93YB001 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it.

Overall Score
3.6

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

4. AquaNatural Hermit Crab Aragonite 10LB, Sand for Habitat

User Ratings: 82 5

AquaNatural ARAGH010 First Impressions

"Arrived well."

This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. It looks great and it's super quality. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap.

  • AquaNatural Hermit Crab Aragonite 10LB, Sand for Habitat
  • Natural habitat of the Hermit Crab
  • Encourages their natural burrowing behaviour
  • Naturally renewable oolitic aragonite
  • Sustainably sourced
  • Phosphate free
  • Manufacture: Pisces USA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaNatural ARAGH010
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

AquaNatural ARAGH010 Final Thoughts

"Won't go back to gravel!"

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. It looks great and it's super quality. The grain size will range from fine to medium. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well.

Overall Score
4.5

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

5. Allnice Fish Tank Cleaner Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Water Changer Gravel Filter Siphon Vacuum Pump Wat...

User Ratings: 67 7

Allnice First Impressions

"So yes the sand is dusty!"

Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times.

  • Allnice Fish Tank Cleaner Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Water Changer Gravel Filter Siphon Vacuum Pump Water Changing Sand Washing Adjustable Water Flow with Inbuilt Strainer Outlet Valve Pumping Airbag
  • 【7 IN 1 Multifunctional】- The fishing cleaning set equipped with many accessories: Inlet tubeso, outlet hose, adjustable water flow controller clamp, fixture clamp, fish net and glass scraper, to change water, filter gravel, remove fish poop, efficient water cleaning.
  • 【Air-Pressing】- Aquarium siphon gravel cleaner comes with an airbag, vacuum pumping, powerful suction, can easily remove sediment from the bottom of the tank. Built-in strainer in the water inlet effectively prevents little fish or aquatic plant from being discharged.
  • 【Easy to Use】- Aquarium gravel filter is simple to operate. Pressing the airbag repeatedly till the water flows out automatically, greatly facilitates the cleaning process. When pumping water, the outlet level must be lower than the inlet level.
  • 【Adjustable Water Flow】- PVC water outlet pipe, excellent oxidation-resistant and corrosion-resistant performance, fairly soft, flexible and durable. Fish tank siphon is equipped with an outlet valve, handy to control the water yield.
  • 【Wide Applications】- The kit is equipped with two 15.7-inch inlet tubes. The installation length can be selected according to the height of the fish tank.
  • Manufacture: Allnice
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Allnice
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

Allnice Final Thoughts

"But its natural SAND."

There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. I never did get around to switching to gravel. I never did get around to switching to gravel. It looks really pretty and natural. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I thought it was soap, but it's not. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again.

Overall Score
4.2

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

6. uxcell Black Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Gravel Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Shovel

uxcell a17042100ux0711 First Impressions

"Worked beautifully."

It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. Some people might have time to, but I do not. My Corydoras are having a field day! But I have to give it to this sand. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes.

  • uxcell Black Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Gravel Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Shovel
  • Color: Black; Package Content: 1 x Sand Shovel
  • Product Name: Sand Shovel
  • Material: Plastic
  • Net Weight: 79g
  • Size: 20.6 x 8.2 x 10cm/8.1" x 3.2" x 3.9"(L*W*H)
  • Manufacture: uxcell
  • Editor's Impressions Of The uxcell a17042100ux0711
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

uxcell a17042100ux0711 Final Thoughts

"I really like it!"

Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on.

Overall Score
5.0

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

7. WAYBER 1 Lb/460g Irregular Decorative Pebbles Crystal Quartz Stones Rock Sand for Aquarium/Fish Turt...

User Ratings: 73 3

WAYBER 208 First Impressions

"Somewhat tricky to clean."

My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Some people might have time to, but I do not. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product.

  • WAYBER 1 Lb/460g Irregular Decorative Pebbles Crystal Quartz Stones Rock Sand for Aquarium/Fish Turtle Tank/Vase Fillers/Air Plants/Succulent Plants Decor
  • NET WEIGHT: 1 pound (460 grams). Fill 1 Cup or 0.25 L volume. NB the stones are 1 lb heavy enough but SMALL BAG!
  • NATURAL MATERIAL: Good selection of natural raw crystal stones. Beaten into gravel, processed into irregular shape with top-class technology. Non-toxic and safe just like river gravels, natural color won't fade away through time.
  • BEST GIFT: Crystal stones mean good wishes like flowers and more permanent. Give it to yourself or friends as Birthday, Christmas gift which represents luck and happiness, to express your love and blessings.
  • USEFUL DECORATIVE HELPER: Build a natural and shining looking for home of you and your de-lovelys. Excellent for fish, succulent plant. Decorate your fish tank and also maintain the water clean, ensuring a safety and no pollution living condition for your fish; Add vitality to your plants, reducing the splashing water when watering.
  • WIDELY USAGE: Perfect for all kinds of handcraft projects; Good for floral arrangement, wedding, party decoration; Excellent for chakra cleansing, reiki healing, and crystal grids, etc.
  • Manufacture: WAYBER
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WAYBER 208
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

WAYBER 208 Final Thoughts

"Oh, and one other thing."

The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. The water was clear by the next day. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Plants are easy to plant in it as well.

Overall Score
4.5

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

8. Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066 1 L Fine Pet Habitat Water Plant Soil

User Ratings: 64 6

Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066 First Impressions

"They love it!"

I never did get around to switching to gravel. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. The item is as pictured and described. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up.

  • Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066 1 L Fine Pet Habitat Water Plant Soil
  • Composed of organic and inert ingredients providing all essential elements
  • Long lasting fertilized plant substrate lasting up to 12-18 months
  • Prolongs water exchange periods
  • One bag Covers approximately 12" x 6" at 1" deep or 6" x 6" at 2" deep.
  • Black in Color
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2.5 x 9.5 inches; 1.85 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066 Final Thoughts

"I hope it goes away soon."

This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash.

Overall Score
4.2

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

9. Carib Sea ACS00824 Super Naturals Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 58

Carib Sea 008479008244 First Impressions

"I really like it!"

I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Plant tanks require high light levels.

  • Carib Sea ACS00824 Super Naturals Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound
  • perfect for re-creating natural river 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 008479008244
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Carib Sea 008479008244 Final Thoughts

"I couldn't be happier."

I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I thought it was soap, but it's not. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out.

Overall Score
4.4

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

10. Carib Sea ACS05832 Super Natural Peace River Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 83 2

Carib Sea 008479058324 First Impressions

"Fantastic sand."

The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank.

  • Carib Sea ACS05832 Super Natural Peace River Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • Grain size reduces built up detritus
  • May Also Be Used In Marine Or African Cichlid Aquariums
  • Ideal for most freshwater aquaria, including discus, tetras, angelfish, water turtles, rays, plants, cichlids and more
  • Re-create natural river environments
  • 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 008479058324
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Carib Sea 008479058324 Final Thoughts

"Like a dog."

I thought it was soap, but it's not. The sand looks more natural and clean. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(467 Points)

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