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
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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


(229 Points)

2. 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)

3. 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)

4. 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)

5. Boxtech Fish Tank Water Change, Aquarium Vacuum Siphon Water Changer Pump Sand Cleaner for Aquarium ...

User Ratings: 65 6

boxtech First Impressions

"Great product."

It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

  • Boxtech Fish Tank Water Change, Aquarium Vacuum Siphon Water Changer Pump Sand Cleaner for Aquarium Water Filter
  • Boxtech Aquarium Cleaner: Water changer, washing sand, cleaning, it’s a multifunctional cleaning tool. Compatible with additional nozzle can help clean gravels which will effectively separates excrement and food residue from your aquarium, keep the water crystal clean.
  • Compact Structure: Compatible with 1pcs soft water pipe(72.4in) and 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2). It is easy to install and operate. fitting different-sized fish tank.
  • Anti-Back Flow Valve Design - Widened anti-reverse pipe makes drainage more effective. Kindly Note: Please put the QV letter end downward against the bucket when using because the pump is unidirectional.
  • Safe and Easy Use: Made of quality flexible PVC plastic which could ensure a long time use. It won't collapse to block the water flow, also, it is not too stiff, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use.
  • Special Design: Extra long tubing & hard pipes allows you to reach any dirty spots immediately without getting your hands wet
  • The water exchanger can be fixed on the glass of fish tank, great for daily maintenance and routine water changing.
  • 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2),
  • High quality PVC tube with High strength, corrosion resistant feature, won't collapse to block the water flow, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use
  • Manufacture: boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 3 x 11.3 inches; 14.39 Ounces
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boxtech Final Thoughts

"You can see in photos."

One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. I never did get around to switching to gravel. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend.

Overall Score
4.3


(653 Points)

6. VavoPaw 5 in 1 Fish Tank Cleaner, Quick Water Changer with Air-Pressing Button, Glass Scraper, Water...

User Ratings: 53 12

VavoPaw First Impressions

"Very good product."

Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. It looks great and it's super quality. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. Some people might have time to, but I do not.

  • VavoPaw 5 in 1 Fish Tank Cleaner, Quick Water Changer with Air-Pressing Button, Glass Scraper, Water Flow Controller, Extendable Pipe, Fish Tank Sand Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit - Black
  • 5 in 1 Function: This Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner is suitable for various types of fish tanks, which can be used for Sand Washing, Water Channging, Excrement Absorbing, Sand Raking, Fish Tank Glass Scraping and so on.
  • Convenient Air-pressing Button: Keep pressing until the water flows out automatically. Tips: Please keep the outlet below the inlet at least 19.69 inch / 50 cm when pumping water.
  • Easy to Use: It's convenient to install and easy to operate. Do not need to energize when changing water, this siphon will work as long as the drainage bucket is lower than the tank. Please note that the water outlet must lower at least 20 inch than the inlet when using.
  • Fish Protector: The fish tank gravel cleaner includes a filter basket net which can protect little fish and small gravel from sucking out of the aquarium accidentally.
  • Included Glass Scraper: Clean your fish tank without scratching it. The dimension of the glass scraper is : 5.7 inch * 2.6 inch ( 14.5 cm * 6.7 cm ).
  • Manufacture: VavoPaw
  • Product Dimensions: 15.75 x 1.18 x 1.18 inches; 10 Ounces
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VavoPaw Final Thoughts

"Love the look!"

The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. I never did get around to switching to gravel. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. The water was clear by the next day. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube.

Overall Score
3.9


(161 Points)

7. Bestgle Gorgeous Fish Tank Decoration Gems Aquarium Ornament Marbles Pebbles Beach Glass Beads, Deco...

User Ratings: 59 10

Bestgle First Impressions

"It is to be expected."

Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

  • Bestgle Gorgeous Fish Tank Decoration Gems Aquarium Ornament Marbles Pebbles Beach Glass Beads, Decorative Gravel Rocks Stones for Table Scatter, Vase Filler, Event, Wedding, Arts, Crafts
  • Made of high temperature fired glass material, high density, more durable and never fade. Also heavy enough to sink to your aquarium bottom.
  • Tumbled matte surface & Round edges, will not hurt your hands and fish. Not glowing, avoid scaring your fish
  • 2.5CM-3CM long each bead, total above 480g and the package . So bigger aquarium need 2 packs or more to make your fish tank incredible charming.
  • Ideal for aquarium, vase fillers, home and party decoration. It is a wonderful idea to adding a colorful base to your planters, vases, bowls and other decorative home items.
  • You will feel a little disappointed when you get them first due to the tumbled matte surface. Come on, just put them into water. Gusse what? amazing & gorgeous stones appear, charming & beautiful. Like some pulpy candy that you want to taste one.
  • Manufacture: Bestgle
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Bestgle Final Thoughts

"And it is perfect!"

10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. Some people might have time to, but I do not. 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. When adding water, no dust, no mess. I received this aquarium sand yesterday.

Overall Score
4.1


(78 Points)

8. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum for Water Changer Sand Cleaning Kit Tools with Air-P...

User Ratings: 62 8

GDH XS First Impressions

"Just be careful."

Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. I never did get around to switching to gravel.

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum for Water Changer Sand Cleaning Kit Tools with Air-Pressing Button and Water Hose Controller Clamp- BPA Free
  • 【Multi-Purpose Function】: ① Dirt Suction - Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium equipped with a duckbill suction inlet accessory, easy to suck the feces away. ② Sand Washing - Greater suction, easy to clean up sand and debris hidden in the sand.③ Water Changing - Built-in dual airbags, atmospheric cavity, good resilience, effortless operation.
  • 【Prevent Blockage】: Aquarium gravel filter cleaner can replace the water and keep water fresh, with a filter basket in the tube, effectively avoiding blocking by gravel. It effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium and prevent smaller fish from being sucked into the apparatus
  • 【Easy to Use】: Push the siphon switch of the aquarium siphon vacuum cleaner several times, and make sure that the inlet tube part is full of water, and then observe the outlet hose. After the water continuously flows out, you can stop push to observe whether it automatically works. If not, continue to operate until the water flows out quickly and automatically. The sand can move up and down in the extension tube to remove debris from your aquarium.
  • 【Wide Application】: Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner is suitable for various types of fish tanks, with spliced extension tubes a two-stage splicing combination, both large and small tanks are suitable.
  • 【Equipped Accessories】:1 *Air-pressing control body; 2 x Extension Inlet Tube; 1*Extension tube connector; (1.18inch );1*Duckbill suction inlet(Debris vacuum); 1*Outlet hose( 78.74inch, the water pipe can be cut according to demand);1*Water Flow Clamp(Flow Control); 1*Fixture clamp(Water pipe clamp),1 *Lightweight Fishing Net.
  • Manufacture: GDH
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GDH XS Final Thoughts

"But its natural SAND."

I never did get around to switching to gravel. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

Overall Score
4.2


(67 Points)

9. 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)

10. Victories Fish Tank Backdrop-PVC HD Printing Wallpaper,Sea Bottom Sand Scenery Aquarium Poster Backg...

User Ratings: 60

Victories YQTFish200219LLRTakSLEO02850YGADVIS First Impressions

"One is just the sand."

We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful.

  • Victories Fish Tank Backdrop-PVC HD Printing Wallpaper,Sea Bottom Sand Scenery Aquarium Poster Background Decor Paper Cling Decals Sticker
  • Unique Design:Pictures printed in high definition on decorative background stickers,modern,elegant,chic.
  • Easy Fits:Aquarium Background is 16.4 Inches wide by 36.4 Inches long(41x91cm),available in 12 different size options.
  • High Quality:Fish tank paper cling decals poster made of high quality PVC,waterproof, easy to clean and durable.Lightweight.Indoor not easy to fade.
  • Good Package:Only HD background stickers, no fish tank.Roll the sticker into a cylinder and protect it with bubble wrap.Creases will disappear after pasting.
  • Easy Application:Aquarium background paper cling decals with self-adhesive design on the back,Please wet the surface of the fish tank with water to make sure there is no dirt or foreign matter bulged,remove bubbles after stick.
  • Manufacture: Victories
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Victories YQTFish200219LLRTakSLEO02850YGADVIS Final Thoughts

"This sand is very fine."

Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. Plant tanks require high light levels. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
4.4


(6 Points)

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