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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax RR1052
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

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

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

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Penn-Plax Aquarium Sand

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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax 64671
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

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

[star rating="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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax 64677
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

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

[star rating="4.4"]
(10 Points)

4. Nature's Ocean Aqua Terra Green Sand 5 lb Bag, Natural Aquarium Sand

User Ratings: 40 14

Nature's Ocean First Impressions

"Like go overboard."

I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either.

  • Nature's Ocean Aqua Terra Green Sand 5 lb Bag, Natural Aquarium Sand
  • Natural Coated Sands
  • 100% Acrylic Coating
  • Will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Non-toxic
  • Colorfast
  • Manufacture: Nature's Ocean
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nature's Ocean
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Nature's Ocean Final Thoughts

"I couldn't be happier."

I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum.

Overall Score
3.5

[star rating="3.5"]
(9 Points)

5. Mcgrady1xm Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5 in 1 Automatic Vacuum Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Set,Wat...

User Ratings: 33 22

mcgrady1xm First Impressions

"Really happy with it."

This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. 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. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

  • Mcgrady1xm Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5 in 1 Automatic Vacuum Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Set,Water Changer Sand Washer with Filter Cotton
  • 【Full of Sincerity, Full in Packages】1 handle, 4 sections of extension tubes, 1 switch,1 low suction pump, 1 sand vaccum, 1 shower, 1 debris vacuum, 1 brush head, 1 sand washing head, 1 filter bag and 59in water hose
  • 【Longer and Deeper】Comes with 4 sections of extension tube, which can extend from 19 inches to 46 inches, longer than other products! 4-foot-deep fish tank can be easily cleaned and water changed
  • 【Water Changer】Super strong pump and high heed,flow rate up to 496GPH(8.3 Gallon per Minute), 7ft head, starting water level as low as 1.9in, pumping as low as 0.3in, shallow fish tank can also use, fast and efficient, no need to waste time manually changing water,drop your siphon!
  • 【Upgrade 5 in 1】We can do: ① Quickly suck impurities ② Quickly wash sand ③ Rain mode ④ Pumping mode ⑤ Quickly add water mode to meet all your cleaning and water changing requirements
  • 【Perform their duties】Duckbill suction head is suitable for bare tank use, corner sand washing head is suitable for landscaping sand and stone fish tank, effluent rain shower can bathe turtles, low suction seat can be sucked to low water level, Sand washing head attachment for cleaning coarse gravel , brush head for cleaning on the substrate
  • Manufacture: mcgrady1xm
  • Editor's Impressions Of The mcgrady1xm
  • Quality [star rating='2.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

mcgrady1xm Final Thoughts

"Good Luck!"

You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend.

Overall Score
3.3

[star rating="3.3"]
(33 Points)

6. AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5-in-1 Electric Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Set for Absorb Dirt, C...

User Ratings: 75

AQQA First Impressions

"I love the color!"

I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle.

  • AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5-in-1 Electric Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Set for Absorb Dirt, Change Water, Wash Sand, Water Shower, 20W, 320GPH
  • MULTIFUNCTION GRAVEL CLEANER: AQQA aquarium gravel cleaner is designed to clean up small gravel and change water of fish tank. It also can remove the dirt, residue from the bottom of aquarium. 5 in 1 functions with water changer + sand washer + debris cleaning + water filter + water shower. Should connect with different connector when working for different function, eliminating the need to purchase multiple tools separately
  • ADJUSTABLE DESIGN: Equipped with an inlet tube and two extension tubes, can create a total length of 38.4 inches. The tube can be extended from 16.9 inches to 33.6 inches, so user can adjust the height according to fish tank size or the water level, which is suitable for tanks with different heights
  • STRONG POWER: The 110V/20W powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 320GPH. Strong Power with Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Suitable for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • EFFECTIVE FILTERING: Clean gravel, siphon the fish excrement and other debris by the filter mesh bag, then the clean water will permeate from the bag and flow into tank, also can drain out water through outlet pipe.The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water
  • WHAT YOU GET: Aquarium Gravel Cleaning kit includes 2 sections of extension tubes,1 filter bag,1 outlet hose,1 sand washing head,1 brush head,1 sand vacuum,1 water intake strainer,1 duckbill suction inlet,1 shower head,1 power adapter. AQQA provide 12 Month Warranty and 24 Hour Professional After-sales Service. Please don't hesitate to contact us to get help
  • Manufacture: AQQA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQQA
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

AQQA Final Thoughts

"Plants love it!"

It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.8

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

7. SunGrow Aquarium Gravel and Sand Cleaner Kit with Priming Bulb, 4-Minutes to Assemble, Easy-to-Use, ...

User Ratings: 50 9

SunGrow First Impressions

"I have two Dojo Loaches."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I never did get around to switching to gravel. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap.

  • SunGrow Aquarium Gravel and Sand Cleaner Kit with Priming Bulb, 4-Minutes to Assemble, Easy-to-Use, Perfect for Neon Tetra Fish Tanks, No Mess and Spillage During Water Maintenance
  • ✔ GOOD AQUARIUM KEEPING AT YOUR DOORSTEP — No more scooping up dirty water with a pail; that can be messy. SunGrow Aquarium Cleaning Pump kit is a system with a hand controller that helps you clear out your tank efficiently and quickly by having the features you definitely need! This is suitable for maintaining fish aquariums belonging to characiform order. Each part is meticulously designed to give you the best aquarium cleaning experience you can possibly have.
  • ✔ ROUTINE MAINTENANCE MADE EASY — Each SunGrow Gravel and Sand substrate cleaner comes with a short nozzle, nozzle net, flexible standard tubing, operation/pump bulb, and discharge hose. While all these parts can be adjusted and modified as per your needs, the operation bulb or the hand starter is the unique component that sets it apart from other similar items in the market.
  • ✔ FREQUENT WATER CHANGE ENSURES HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT — Without water changes, your Characidae inhabitants may have a hard time inside their little home. This tool by SunGrow has the ability to withstand kink. Routine maintenance is made possible and it will not take much of your time. This no-spill system is made high quality to not let your cardinal, black or serpae tetra fish get hurt or even disturbed while it is being used to transfer water.
  • ✔ 4-MINUTES TO SETUP — The short nozzle feature of SunGrow Aquarium sand and substrate cleaner is perfect when you want to replenish or drain water out of your tank. Just place the nozzle in your tank. For convenience, attach it with a suction cup. This will make work easier for you because you don’t need to hold it while draining out water! Press on, or squeeze the pump bulb 5 to 7 times and the water will start to flow out of the nozzle. See the description below for more details.
  • ✔ HASSLE-FREE STORAGE- The flexible siphon pump restricts the small gravel and debris from going into the hose. Not only that, after it has done the deed, it won’t give you a hard time thinking where you would store it, as it can be placed practically anywhere! With its strategic portable design, you can keep it in any place you want where you can easily access it the next time you need it.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.2']

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"Won't go back to gravel!"

This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Plant tanks require high light levels. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it.

Overall Score
4.0

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

8. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PIVBY
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

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

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

9. BPA-Free, TERAPUMP Aquarium Fish Tank Pond Cleaner Siphon Pump for Water Changing, Water Replacement...

TERA PUMP First Impressions

"Overall, I like it!"

I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. The grain size will range from fine to medium. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. But I have to give it to this sand. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine.

  • BPA-Free, TERAPUMP Aquarium Fish Tank Pond Cleaner Siphon Pump for Water Changing, Water Replacement etc
  • Suction Tube increased to Extra-Large (7ft ) allows for use in bigger Aquariums ( 20 Gallons or Greater )
  • Up to 1.5 Gallons per Minute with Discharge hose: 2.5 ft and Suction Hose of 7 ft
  • Suction Cub: Securely keeps the suction tube in place allowing the pump to operated with one hand
  • Shorter Nozzle is for Drainage, Long Nozzle is for Cleaning Fish Leftovers, Droppings, fine gravel while replacing the water (Will NOT hurt any Aquarium Life)
  • Gravel will not enter the pump and will NOT clog while operating
  • Manufacture: TERA PUMP
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TERA PUMP
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

TERA PUMP Final Thoughts

"Just be careful."

I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

Overall Score
5.0

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

10. Yarssir Natural Pebble Fish Tank Landscape Bottom Sand Colored Stones for Potted Turtles Aquarium De...

User Ratings: 73

Yarssir First Impressions

"I am so happy I did!"

You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. It looks really pretty and natural. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Yarssir Natural Pebble Fish Tank Landscape Bottom Sand Colored Stones for Potted Turtles Aquarium Decorations - 2 lb
  • Material:Colorful glass polished gravel.
  • Size and Pkg include:2-3mm; 1kg.
  • Rinse with water 3-4 times before,do not rubbing force.
  • Excellent for vases, bowls, table, aquarium, fish tank, or outside in the garden.
  • Not toy, keep away from children for chocking hazard.
  • Manufacture: Yarssir
  • Product Dimensions: 2.36 x 1.77 x 0.39 inches; 2.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Yarssir
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Yarssir Final Thoughts

"Great substrate."

Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(10 Points)

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