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. Alan Stone Glow in The Dark Home and Garden Fish Tank Aquarium Decorative Sand Gravel Rock (3-5mm, A...

User Ratings: 52 11

Alan Stone First Impressions

"More like micro gravel."

Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. The Estes sand came highly recommended.

  • Alan Stone Glow in The Dark Home and Garden Fish Tank Aquarium Decorative Sand Gravel Rock (3-5mm, Aqua)
  • When you receive the parcel please kindly put all the gravels in the sun for about half an hour to make them charge fully for the first time use, then you can watch in the dark, they will glow brightly. They will last the glowing for about 2 -3 hours in the fully dark space. They can charge and glow repeatedly.
  • If you want it to glow all the time in the dark indoor or outdoor please install a LED UV black light above them.
  • It can be applied to indoor and outdoor flooring, to make the terrazzo, to decorate pool, bar, vase, fish tank and Aquarium, It can also be used to decorate the garden flower pots, to mark paths and walk way or as a border for plant beds or ponds.
  • It varies in size. It includes about 280g in one PVC jar.
  • It's EN71 approved: non-toxic, non-radioactive and completely harmless to aquatic life.
  • Manufacture: Alan Stone
  • Item Weight: 10.6 ounces
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Alan Stone Final Thoughts

"Like go overboard."

If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. The item is as pictured and described. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes.

Overall Score
4.0


(42 Points)

3. Houkr Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Tools, 6 in 1 Adjustable Cleaning Kit & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siph...

User Ratings: 55

Houkr First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium.

  • Houkr Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Tools, 6 in 1 Adjustable Cleaning Kit & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siphon for Water Changing, Sand Cleaner
  • Six Multi-purpose Tools:6 PCS,Fish net ,Spoon net, Algae scraper, Window sponge, Plant fork and Gravel rake.
  • Aquarium Cleaning Pump: Help you save more time and be more efficient when cleaning your fish tank. Just squeeze the suction balloon softly so that the water can be suck up.
  • Adjustable Handle:35-87cm / 13.7-34.25inch.Stretching freely, tightly fixed and not to fall off.
  • Durable ABS Plastic:It's made of high quality ABS plastic for long-lasting use.
  • Easy to Use:Assemble the handle and accessory holder to the rod,tighten the connection for the length you want.
  • Manufacture: Houkr
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Houkr Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. It looks really pretty and natural. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand.

Overall Score
4.3


(30 Points)

4. Number-one Fish Tank Cleaner, Aquarium Water Changer Gravel Filter Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Pump Water...

User Ratings: 43 25

Number-One First Impressions

"Really happy with it."

Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

  • Number-one Fish Tank Cleaner, Aquarium Water Changer Gravel Filter Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Pump Water Changing Sand Washing Adjustable Water Flow with Inbuilt Strainer Outlet Valve Pumping Airbag
  • 【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
  • 【Multi-Purpose】- 3-in-1 multifunctional, water changing, sand washing & residue removing. Fish tank vacuum gravel cleaner uses vacuum siphon to change water, filter gravel, remove fish poop, efficient water cleaning.
  • 【Labor-Saving】- 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.
  • 【Detachable】- Aquarium gravel cleaner can be split into different parts, easy to assemble and disassemble.
  • 【Adjustable Water Flow】- PVC water outlet pipe, excellent oxidation-resistant, fairly soft, flexible and durable. Fish tank siphon is equipped with an outlet valve, handy to control the water yield.
  • Manufacture: Number-One
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Number-One Final Thoughts

"WHAT A MESS!"

Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. I never did get around to switching to gravel. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out!

Overall Score
3.4


(189 Points)

5. Nature's Ocean Aquarium Sand 20lb BIO-ACTIV Live Aragonite 20LB Natural White Reef Sand #1

User Ratings: 75

Nature's Ocean First Impressions

"My fish was undisturbed."

It looks really pretty and natural. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. It looks really pretty and natural. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. The item is as pictured and described. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have.

  • Nature's Ocean Aquarium Sand 20lb BIO-ACTIV Live Aragonite 20LB Natural White Reef Sand #1
  • Immediately removes nitrogenous waste (Ammonia, Nitrite and helps remove Nitrate).
  • Instant Cycling guaranteed. No Waiting...Just Add Fish!
  • Reduces harmful nitrate
  • Maintains proper pH
  • Provides enhanced buffering capacity
  • Manufacture: Nature's Ocean
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Nature's Ocean Final Thoughts

"They love it!"

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. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. But I have to give it to this sand. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. It looks great and it's super quality.

Overall Score
4.8


(14 Points)

6. PIVBY Hamster Bathing Sand Tiny Friends Farm Chinchilla Dust Bathing Sand Toys for Bunny Rabbits Gui...

User Ratings: 68 10

PIVBY First Impressions

"RINSE VERY WELL!"

I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it.

  • PIVBY Hamster Bathing Sand Tiny Friends Farm Chinchilla Dust Bathing Sand Toys for Bunny Rabbits Guinea Pigs Gerbils(2LB)
  • Bathing Sand is 100% natural sand and is more like dust and free from bacteria. It is also naturally absorbent. It is the choice of many owners of show chinchillas for ideal coat condition.
  • Safe, effective product for hamster baths.This is fantastic because it's safe and watching hamsters take sand baths is super cute.Also,if your pet has health problems such as fungal infection,appear oily,moist body and matted fur,you can use this bathing sand to solve these problems.
  • Chinchillas should have a sand bath every day. Place bathing sand into a high-sided box or cat litter tray and let your Chinchillas roll around in it. They will thoroughly enjoy themselves and the sand will help keep their coats healthy by removing excess oils.
  • Bathing sand is essential for some small animals are a nice treat for others,It will do fur-grooming,moisture -absorbing-,oil-absorbing and skin disease preventure, such as hamsters and gerbils.
  • Package including:2LB hamster bathing sand.You will love watching them roll around and enjoy their bath time.
  • Manufacture: PIVBY
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PIVBY Final Thoughts

"I really like this sand."

It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. The grain size will range from fine to medium. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for.

Overall Score
4.3


(102 Points)

7. Hermit Crab Sand Substrate

Carolina Biological Supply Company First Impressions

"More like micro gravel."

2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Hermit Crab Sand Substrate
  • This sand substrate is perfect for your hermit crab habitat
  • Unlike the calcium carbonate "sand" often sold as hermit crab substrate, this premium blend of natural sand, coconut fiber, calcium carbonate, sea salt mix, and probiotics is the superior choice for healthy land hermit crabs
  • This mix won't cling to crabs and promotes natural digging and healthy molting
  • 6-lb bag.
  • Manufacture: Carolina Biological Supply Company
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Carolina Biological Supply Company Final Thoughts

"He digs holes."

I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. But that is also something to consider with all sands. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
5.0


(5 Points)

8. 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)

9. Aqua KT Fish Tank Aquarium Sand Shovel

User Ratings: 68

Aqua KT First Impressions

"I was looking for a 1-1."

There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. When adding water, no dust, no mess. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub.

  • Aqua KT Fish Tank Aquarium Sand Shovel
  • Made of plastic material, economical and practical.
  • Lightweight and handle well. Help to scoop the sand easily.
  • Sand Shovel is durable for home garden, fish tank, aquarium, pool use.
  • Designed with small slats, perfect for filtering sand and removing large waste items for sifting dirt from fish tank gravel.
  • You can find more products about fish tank in the Store “Aqua KT”.
  • Manufacture: Aqua KT
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Aqua KT Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

Some people might have time to, but I do not. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. It looks great and it's super quality. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here.

Overall Score
4.4


(32 Points)

10. Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBA4 Ballistic Blue Sand, 1/2-Pound

User Ratings: 29

Zoo Med 976519 First Impressions

"The sand is nice."

If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. My Corydoras are having a field day! No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate.

  • Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBA4 Ballistic Blue Sand, 1/2-Pound
  • Zoo ballistic blue sand 1/2lb
  • Excellent for fishbowls or Nano tanks
  • Zoo med laboratories, inc Designs and manufactures reptile products as well as product for, amphibians, birds and aquatic pets
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Zoo Med 976519 Final Thoughts

"The algae will die off."

Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6.

Overall Score
3.7


(4 Points)

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