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
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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)

2. 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
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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


(25 Points)

3. 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
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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


(118 Points)

4. CaribSea Aquatics Ocean Direct Sand, 40-Pound, Oolite

User Ratings: 41 11

CaribSea Aquatics 008479019400 First Impressions

"Great product."

But that is also something to consider with all sands. It's as close to white sand as you can get! I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank.

  • CaribSea Aquatics Ocean Direct Sand, 40-Pound, Oolite
  • Caribe Ocean Direct Iolite 20 pound
  • Every grain of Ocean Direct is coated with bacteria and encapsulated by capillary action in a thin film of real ocean water
  • The thin film is open to the atmosphere for unparalleled gas exchange
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 16 x 10 inches; 40 Pounds
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CaribSea Aquatics 008479019400 Final Thoughts

"No harm to the filters."

The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. My Corydoras are having a field day! This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. But I have to give it to this sand. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out.

Overall Score
3.8


(18 Points)

5. Carib Sea ACS00820 Marine Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound, White

User Ratings: 57 19

Carib Sea 008479008206 First Impressions

"Back to the washing."

This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. Plant tanks require high light levels.

  • Carib Sea ACS00820 Marine Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound, White
  • Use to create a natural underwater environment
  • Will not affect ph or alkalinity
  • Recommended for freshwater aquariums with external filtration
  • Do not use with under gravel filtration
  • Made in the usa
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479008206 Final Thoughts

"Like a dog."

At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. The sand looks more natural and clean. It's as close to white sand as you can get! The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. You really can't go wrong buying this sand!

Overall Score
3.7


(32 Points)

6. Carib Sea SCS00723 2-Pack Reptiles Calcium Substrate Sand, 20-Pound, Smokey Sands

User Ratings: 55 27

Carib Sea 008479007230 First Impressions

"Love it, great product."

The sand looks more natural and clean. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Plants are easy to plant in it as well. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand.

  • Carib Sea SCS00723 2-Pack Reptiles Calcium Substrate Sand, 20-Pound, Smokey Sands
  • Ideal for true chameleons or any tortoise, snake, lizard, arachnid or insect that comes from an arid or semi arid environment
  • Made of aragonite, the most soluble form of calcium carbonate
  • Features 100 percent edible and easily digestible and naturally spherical grains that will not scratch valuable animals inside or out
  • Contains strontium and magnesium while being free of silica and phosphates
  • Available in Smokey sands color; weighs 20-pounds; includes 2-piece per pack
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 20 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479007230 Final Thoughts

"My fish was undisturbed."

My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it.

Overall Score
3.7


(4 Points)

7. Frey Scientific - 190-0304 Sand Aquarium Gravel, 2 lbs Packet, Natural

Frey Scientific First Impressions

"Just some dust."

If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I never did get around to switching to gravel. But I have to give it to this sand. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. The item is as pictured and described. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase!

  • Frey Scientific - 190-0304 Sand Aquarium Gravel, 2 lbs Packet, Natural
  • Sand aquarium gravel
  • 0.1-inches to 0.25-inches Medium sized gravel
  • Available in natural color
  • 2 pounds packet
  • Manufacture: School Specialty
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Frey Scientific Final Thoughts

"Will purchase again."

It looks really pretty and natural. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic.

Overall Score
3.0


(1 Points)

8. Carib Sea ACS05824 Super Natural Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 54 15

Carib Sea 008479058249 First Impressions

"Stick hose into bucket."

I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. I never did get around to switching to gravel. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too.

  • Carib Sea ACS05824 Super Natural Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • re-create natural river eco-systems
  • ph neutral ; safe for all aquariums
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • no dyes or paints used
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479058249 Final Thoughts

"One is a dechlorinator."

This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. When adding water, no dust, no mess. Some people might have time to, but I do not. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank.

Overall Score
3.9


(19 Points)

9. Carib Sea ACS00854 Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 50-Pound

Carib Sea 008479008541 First Impressions

"He digs holes."

Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240.

  • Carib Sea ACS00854 Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 50-Pound
  • re-create natural river environments
  • ph neutral ; safe 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
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Carib Sea 008479008541 Final Thoughts

"You can see in photos."

There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. 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. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

10. Flourite Black Sand, 7 kg / 15.4 lbs

User Ratings: 70 4

Seachem 3525 First Impressions

"Great substrate."

Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. The Estes sand came highly recommended. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag.

  • Flourite Black Sand, 7 kg / 15.4 lbs
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great Value
  • This product is Manufactured in United States
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.75 x 1.75 inches; 1 Pounds
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Seachem 3525 Final Thoughts

"I have no complaints."

But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. The water was clear by the next day. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. The sand looks more natural and clean. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it.

Overall Score
4.5


(520 Points)

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