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. CaribSea Aquatics Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 50-Pound, Crystal River

CaribSea Aquatics 008479008701 First Impressions

"But its natural SAND."

The Estes sand came highly recommended. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. My Corydoras are having a field day! Some people might have time to, but I do not.

  • CaribSea Aquatics Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 50-Pound, Crystal River
  • Create a supernatural experience by re-creating the natural world in your home
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • ph neutral ; great for all aquarium substrates
  • no paints or dyes used ; all natural
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 16 x 10 inches; 50 Pounds
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CaribSea Aquatics 008479008701 Final Thoughts

"Beautiful aquarium sand."

I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

3. JZMYXA 2 Pounds Landscape Glass Pebble Gravel Sand Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium Land...

User Ratings: 78

JZMYXA First Impressions

"Won't go back to gravel!"

Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

  • JZMYXA 2 Pounds Landscape Glass Pebble Gravel Sand Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium Landscape, Natural Blue
  • At least 2 pounds per package, glass pebble size, 4 mm to 10 mm. 100% Glass material.
  • High-temperature firing, Not easy to fade, No smell.It can be used for decorative aquarium fish tank and Pet Habitat Decoration,indoors and outdoors, home decoration, dried flower cuttings, vases decoration,landscape bottom decoratio bonsai plants etc .
  • Non-Toxic & Safe: just like river gravels, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water.
  • Please wash them three to four times with clean water before putting in the fish tank,but do not wash it violently.
  • Net weight & Attention: 2lb/907g, small bag but perfect for accenting your potted succulent creations and aquarium. Keep it away from children under 3 years in case chocking hazard!.
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JZMYXA Final Thoughts

"HOW TO WASH SAND."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind.

Overall Score
4.7


(68 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. EcoQube Origin Sand

User Ratings: 26

EcoQube First Impressions

"Hope it works out."

At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. The water was clear by the next day.

  • EcoQube Origin Sand
  • Origin Aquarium Sand Decoration Gravel For Betta Fish Tank
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EcoQube Final Thoughts

"Just some dust."

This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. 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. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste.

Overall Score
4.3


(2 Points)

6. 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)

7. OMEM Aquarium Stone Decorations,Quartz Sand Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Decorations,Gravel Pebble,Aqua...

User Ratings: 43

OMEM First Impressions

"It is a very fine sand."

The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water.

  • OMEM Aquarium Stone Decorations,Quartz Sand Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Decorations,Gravel Pebble,Aquarium Decor (2.2 lb(1kg))
  • Decorative & Smooth Glass Stones add Color and Refract Light.
  • Comfortably, Fish, Shrimp and other Aquarium Pets live. Its All-Natural, Eco-Friendly Material helps Recreate the look and feel of their Natural Habitats, Making them Happier and Healthier Aquarium Dwellers.
  • Material: Made from 100% Raw Materials,High-temperature firing, Never fade, Size:2-4mm, Weight:1.1 Lb(0.5KG) and 2.2Lb(1KG)
  • It can be used for Decorative Aquarium fish tank and Pet Habitat Decoration,Indoors and Outdoors, Home Decoration, Dried Flower Cuttings, etc .
  • It is a Good Gravel Ornament for your Garden ,Yard Garden Walkway or Aquarium Fish Tank.
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OMEM Final Thoughts

"But its natural SAND."

I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. The water was clear by the next day.

Overall Score
4.3


(7 Points)

8. Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, White

User Ratings: 76 2

Zoo Med VW10 First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. My Corydoras are having a field day! But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy.

  • Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, White
  • Available in 6 colors
  • All natural calcium carbonate
  • No dyes or additives
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med Laboratories
  • Item Weight: 10.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 3 x 15 inches
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Zoo Med VW10 Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps!"

I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! My Corydoras are having a field day! This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium.

Overall Score
4.6


(170 Points)

9. Nature's Ocean No.1 Aragonite Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 69

Nature's Ocean 10631 First Impressions

"It was ridiculous."

A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

  • Nature's Ocean No.1 Aragonite Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound
  • 100% From The Ocean Floor
  • Increases Carbonate Hardness
  • Provide Marine Trace Elements
  • Heat Sterilized
  • Ideal for culturing Live sand
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 12 x 2 inches; 20 Pounds
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Nature's Ocean 10631 Final Thoughts

"I didn't want tan."

I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! Some people might have time to, but I do not. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub.

Overall Score
4.7


(19 Points)

10. XMHF Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel Gray

User Ratings: 70

XMHF 4346787875 First Impressions

"It worked like a charm."

I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! When adding water, no dust, no mess. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph.

  • XMHF Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel Gray
  • Product Name: Sand Scoop
  • Color: Gray; Net Weight: 109g
  • Total Size: Scoop Size: 18 x 8.5 x 7.5cm / 7.1" x 3.3" x 3" (L*W*H); Material: Plastic
  • Handle Size: 10 x 3cm / 3.9" x 1.2" (L*W)
  • Package Content: 1 x Sand Scoop
  • Manufacture: XMHF
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 1 inches; 2.79 Ounces
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XMHF 4346787875 Final Thoughts

"Just be careful."

I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! Plant tanks require high light levels. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. I never did get around to switching to gravel.

Overall Score
4.4


(12 Points)

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