Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Penn-Plax Aquarium Sand

1. Penn-Plax Deco-Replicas Sand & Seashell Lighthouse Aquarium Ornament – 3 Safe for Freshwater and S...

User Ratings: 67 17

Penn-Plax RR1052 First Impressions

"A REALLY LOT."

Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. It looks really pretty and natural. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. When adding water, no dust, no mess. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Penn-Plax Deco-Replicas Sand & Seashell Lighthouse Aquarium Ornament – 3 Safe for Freshwater and Saltwater Tanks
  • LIKE SAND BETWEEN THE TOES: Bring the warmth and joy of the beach to your aquarium with the Deco-Replicas Sand & Seashell Lighthouse Aquarium Ornament. This piece is accented with a blue trim, mini decorative windows and entries, an open star cutout, and 2 large entrance swim-throughs.
  • MADE OF SAFE AND DURABLE RESIN: Our ornaments are inspected with your fish’s safety in mind; the material is safe for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. With a finely constructed base, you don’t need to worry about the Lighthouse floating around once you place it underwater.
  • SUPER SIMPLE TO CLEAN: Before placing into your tank, or as you as perform regular cleaning and maintenance, simply wipe down and rinse off the ornament with warm water. Never use soap, as the residual soap particles can harm your fish.
  • MEASUREMENTS: The Lighthouse measures overall at 3.5” (Diameter) x 8.3” (Height). The 2 large entrance swim-throughs measure 2” (W) x 2.5” (H) and 1.5” (W) x 2.25” (H).
  • NAUTICAL DÉCOR: The Sand & Seashell Lighthouse also makes for a great decoration piece for parties, weddings, beach houses, nautical themed rooms, or the bedroom of an ocean loving child who’s into all things aquatic.
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: PENN-PLAX
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 8 inches; 4.8 Ounces
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Penn-Plax RR1052 Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

Overall Score
4.1


(40 Points)

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2. Penn-Plax 64671 Finding Dory Hank on Sand, Mini

User Ratings: 65

Penn-Plax 64671 First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. But that is also something to consider with all sands. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. It looks really pretty and natural.

  • Penn-Plax 64671 Finding Dory Hank on Sand, Mini
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great Value
  • This product is Manufactured in China
  • Manufacture: PS04O
  • Item Weight: 0.352 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 1.5 inches
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Penn-Plax 64671 Final Thoughts

"Great substrate."

This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. When adding water, no dust, no mess. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
4.3


(22 Points)

3. Penn-Plax 64677 Finding Dory Hank on Sand

User Ratings: 63

Penn-Plax 64677 First Impressions

"Sand is beautiful."

My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. The grain size will range from fine to medium.

  • Penn-Plax 64677 Finding Dory Hank on Sand
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great Value
  • This product is Manufactured in China
  • Manufacture: Prime Pet Deals - Code 2
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.1 x 2 inches; 1.6 Ounces
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Penn-Plax 64677 Final Thoughts

"The algae will die off."

I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it.

Overall Score
4.4


(10 Points)

4. Yescom AquaBasik Aquarium Gravel Rock Sand Cleaner for Small Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Changer P...

User Ratings: 69

Yescom First Impressions

"The sand is nice."

I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty.

  • Yescom AquaBasik Aquarium Gravel Rock Sand Cleaner for Small Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Changer Pump Filter
  • [Multifunctional Tool for Wide Application]: Aquarium vacuum cleaner for multifunctional use, changing water of fish tanks, cleaning gravel or siphon waste out of aquarium, suitable for 16" height small aquarium with 8 to 13 gallon water, to create a clean and clear habitation for your favorite pets
  • [Easy to Operate]: Water will automatically flow out by squeezing the siphon bulb several times
  • [Inlet Nozzle with Filter Net]: Prevents gravels and fishes from being sucked into hose, effectively clean up the underwater world
  • [Safe & Durable Material]: Made by ABS, perfect for using in water, BPA-free material guarantees no harmful effect on fishes
  • [Easy to Maintain]: Simple & Compact design for easy cleaning after use, save your time for precious moment with your adorable fishes
  • Manufacture: Yescom
  • Product Dimensions: 54.33 x 1.97 x 1.97 inches; 5.28 Ounces
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Yescom Final Thoughts

"This sand looks great!"

The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

Overall Score
4.4


(4 Points)

5. Worldwide Imports AWW80035 Aqua Terra Sand, 5-Pound, Black

Worldwide Imports 29589 First Impressions

"No issues."

I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great.

  • Worldwide Imports AWW80035 Aqua Terra Sand, 5-Pound, Black
  • Worldwide Imports Aqua Terra Sand
  • Natural Coated Sand
  • Will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29589 Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps!"

A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

6. Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Natural Sedona

User Ratings: 78 2

Reptile Sciences 81010 First Impressions

"Good Luck!"

My Corydoras are having a field day! Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Natural Sedona
  • 100% Digestible Calcium Carbonate Prevents Internal and External Abrasions
  • 100% All-Natural Orbicular Grains; Silica & Phosphate-Free
  • Significantly Lowers Risk of Impaction in Reptiles
  • Contains Essential Strontium, Potassium and Magnesium
  • Natural Odor Neutralizer; Creates An All-Natural Environment
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 8 x 1.5 inches; 10 Pounds
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Reptile Sciences 81010 Final Thoughts

"And it is perfect!"

Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand.

Overall Score
4.6


(228 Points)

7. 396GPH DC Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5 in 1 Automatic Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Set Vacuum Wate...

User Ratings: 51 16

hygger First Impressions

"Hope this helps!"

I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on.

  • 396GPH DC Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5 in 1 Automatic Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Set Vacuum Water Changer Sand Washer Filter Siphon Adjustable Length 12V 20W
  • FUNCTION 1 SAND WASHING: Electric operation, water flow up to 396GPH, more time and labor saving than manual operation, is your perfect choice. Use sand vacuum to meet your needs for washing sand and gravel. In addition, the accessorie has been upgraded with a filter sponge inside, which can block the sand from entering the motor pump and cause blockage.
  • FUNCTION 2 CLEANING: using the brush head, you can clean the dirt on the wall of the fish tank and brush the deposited stains on the bottom of the fish tank. Using the duckbill head, it can absorb the fish food and dung remaining at the bottom of the fish tank, and other large impurities. The control tube can be freely assembled, which can meet the fish tank of up to 40in.
  • FUNCTION 3 FILTRATION and WATER CHANGE: Use filter housing, you can directly drain clean water back into the tank. The filter material can be washed and used multiple times, and other filter materials can be replaced. Use water pipe, the water is directly flows out of the tank. It is suitable for very dirty fish tanks. It can also change and add water. The starting water level can be as low as 2in and the pumping as low as 0.3in.
  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL FISH TANK CLEANER: 5-in-1 functional clean pump, can be disassembled and freely assembled to meet your different needs. High-quality materials, wear-resistant and long service life. Safe to use, equipped with an external independent switch, the adapter is DC 12V, the power supply is UL certified, and can be used with confidence.
  • PACKAGE INCLUDE: 5 functional head accessories-45 ° corner suction inlet, duckbill suction inlet(Debris vacuum), brush head, gravel washer(sand vacuum), 360 ° water intake strainer. 2 water outlet accessories-filter housing, outlet + water pipe. Other accessories-electric pump motor, long connecting tubes, small connector, three-way valve, handle, wire slot, power adapter, switch controller.
  • Power: 20W
  • H-MAX: 9.85ft
  • F-MAX: 396GPH
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"I couldn't be happier."

Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. I never did get around to switching to gravel. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

Overall Score
3.8


(118 Points)

8. Worldwide Imports AWW80025 Terra Sand, 5-Pound, Light Blue

User Ratings: 51 12

Worldwide Imports 29588 First Impressions

"Overall I'm a fan."

I received this aquarium sand yesterday. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned.

  • Worldwide Imports AWW80025 Terra Sand, 5-Pound, Light Blue
  • Worldwide Imports Aqua Terra Sand
  • Natural Coated Sand
  • Will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29588 Final Thoughts

"This sand is very light."

I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. I thought it was soap, but it's not.

Overall Score
3.6


(7 Points)

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

User Ratings: 54 15

Carib Sea 008479058249 First Impressions

"I really like this sand."

No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea.

  • 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

"Overall I'm a fan."

Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand.

Overall Score
3.9


(19 Points)

10. Carib Sea ACS01790 Aragamax Alive Sand for Aquarium, 10-Pound, 4 Per Case

User Ratings: 58

Carib Sea 008479017901 First Impressions

"It was ridiculous."

Some people might have time to, but I do not. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it.

  • Carib Sea ACS01790 Aragamax Alive Sand for Aquarium, 10-Pound, 4 Per Case
  • Helps maintain a proper pH for the life of your aquarium
  • Creates a biological balance to discourage nuisance algae
  • Contains millions of bacteria per pound
  • Engineered to suppress "new tank syndrome" and compress the ammonia cycle
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479017901 Final Thoughts

"I am so happy I did!"

I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. My Corydoras are having a field day! It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

Overall Score
4.6


(2 Points)

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