Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Number-One Aquarium Sand

1. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Number-One
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.4']

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

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

2. Lot of 2 Green 10" Double Riffle Gold Pans - 2 Bubble Snuffers - 2 Gold Vials-Nuggets-Fine Gold-Rive...

User Ratings: 82

Make Your Own Gold Bars First Impressions

"Shrimp tank."

Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown.

  • Lot of 2 Green 10" Double Riffle Gold Pans - 2 Bubble Snuffers - 2 Gold Vials-Nuggets-Fine Gold-River-Camping-Gravel-Black Sand-Concentrates-Clean Up-10 inches
  • This Kit contains;
  • 2-10" Gold Pans
  • 2-Bubble Snuffers
  • 2-Gold Vials
  • Manufacture: Make Your Own Gold Bars
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Make Your Own Gold Bars
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Make Your Own Gold Bars Final Thoughts

"Love it, great product."

It looks great and it's super quality. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. It's as close to white sand as you can get!

Overall Score
4.8

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

3. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

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

[star rating="4.3"]
(653 Points)

4. Estes' 28199 Aqua Sand, White, 5 lb

User Ratings: 58 6

Estes' 28199 First Impressions

"The sand is nice."

This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand.

  • Estes' 28199 Aqua Sand, White, 5 lb
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great value
  • This product is manufactured in United States
  • Manufacture: Prime Pet Deals - Code 2
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 10 x 8 inches; 5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Estes' 28199
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Estes' 28199 Final Thoughts

"I really like it!"

Plants are easy to plant in it as well. But that is also something to consider with all sands. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. It looks great and it's super quality. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

Overall Score
4.2

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

5. Seachem Fluorite Black Sand Substrate, 7.7 Ounces Each

User Ratings: 74 4

Seachem 67135230 First Impressions

"He digs holes."

The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. It looks great and it's super quality. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind.

  • Seachem Fluorite Black Sand Substrate, 7.7 Ounces Each
  • Premium natural sand for the planted aquarium
  • Good for the life of the aquarium
  • Manufacture: Seachem
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 67135230
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Seachem 67135230 Final Thoughts

"Sand is beautiful."

I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. The grain size will range from fine to medium.

Overall Score
4.6

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

6. SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank V...

User Ratings: 44 29

SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 First Impressions

"Overall I'm a fan."

I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

  • SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner, Siphon Cleaning Tool for Gravel Sand
  • Supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums.
  • Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.
  • Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • Battery case on the top, only 2 batteries needed for easy and safe installation.
  • Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease.
  • Manufacture: SANON
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 10.3 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117
  • Quality [star rating='2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
3.0

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

7. Zoo Med Laboratories SZMHC2Y Hermit Crab, 2-Pound, Sand Yellow

User Ratings: 61 10

Zoo Med 976005 First Impressions

"Stick hose into bucket."

I received this aquarium sand yesterday. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. It's as close to white sand as you can get! This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great.

  • Zoo Med Laboratories SZMHC2Y Hermit Crab, 2-Pound, Sand Yellow
  • Natural Pigment colors
  • No paints or dyes
  • It provides the necessary source
  • A calcium carbonate sand substrate in four fun colors
  • Available in five natural colors
  • No paint or dye used in processing
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med 976005
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Zoo Med 976005 Final Thoughts

"It cleans fairly well."

I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(33 Points)

8. Tropic Eden Aragasnow Dry Sand 30lbs (Sugar Size.5mm)

Tropic Eden First Impressions

"This sand is very light."

I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! I never did get around to switching to gravel. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water.

  • Tropic Eden Aragasnow Dry Sand 30lbs (Sugar Size.5mm)
  • Pure Aragonite Clean - super clean compared to competition
  • Precisely Graded - Three steps of expert sieving to even sizes, completely sorted into well defined aragonite flakes and grains.
  • Easy to Use - Ready to use, minimal rinsing required.
  • Manufacture: Tropic Eden
  • Item Weight: 29.98 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tropic Eden
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Tropic Eden Final Thoughts

"HOW TO WASH SAND."

The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes.

Overall Score
5.0

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

9. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Number-One
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.4']

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

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

10. TERAPUMP Genuine Aquarium Pond Fish Tank Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Free

User Ratings: 61 8

TERAPUMP A-TRFTCLN-S-P02-NW-001 First Impressions

"Yes, its grey not black."

I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it.

  • TERAPUMP Genuine Aquarium Pond Fish Tank Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Free
  • Narrow Suction Tube: This smaller suction tube allow for use in smaller Aquariums ( 10 Gallons or less)
  • Flow Control: Water flow can be controlled by pinching the flow control tube
  • Nozzle is for cleaning Fish Leftover Food, Droppings and Fine Gravel / Takes the Waste out while Replacing the Water; Will not Hurt any Small Aquarium Life when in use
  • Suction Cub: Securely keeps the suction tube in place allowing the pump to operated with one hand
  • Filter will keeps Large Gravel from entering pump to prevent blockage while operating ( 1 Gallons per Minute )
  • Flow Control: Water flow can be controlled by pinching the flow control tube
  • Filter: Keeps large gravel from entering pump to prevent blockage while operating
  • Operation bulb: Squeeze the bulb to initiate the siphon to start transferring liquid from one receptacle to another
  • Manufacture: TERAPUMP
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TERAPUMP A-TRFTCLN-S-P02-NW-001
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

TERAPUMP A-TRFTCLN-S-P02-NW-001 Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps!"

Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! Not too white, more a beige-grey color. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(5167 Points)

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