Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Pettex Aquarium Sand

1. Pettex Roman Aquatic Gravel

User Ratings: 69 8

Pettex 4014 First Impressions

"You'll thank me later!"

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great.

  • Pettex Roman Aquatic Gravel
  • Suitable for all types of aquariums including coldwater, tropical and marine
  • Increased surface area allows for improved anaerobic activity
  • Makes the perfect planting medium due to its finer size
  • Suitable for bottom feeders and barbed fish
  • Manufacture: Pettex Limited
  • Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 5.91 x 9.84 inches; 4.41 Pounds
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Pettex 4014 Final Thoughts

"Repeated 3-4 times."

Plants are easy to plant in it as well. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. It helped the water clear up faster. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
4.3


(134 Points)

2. DINY Home & Style Aquarium Cleaner Siphon Pump Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner with Long Nozzle with W...

User Ratings: 64 7

DINY Home & Style 4346781915 First Impressions

"Beautiful aquarium sand."

Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. The item is as pictured and described. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. It's as close to white sand as you can get!

  • DINY Home & Style Aquarium Cleaner Siphon Pump Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner with Long Nozzle with Water Flow Controller
  • Easy to use gravel cleaner pump for fish tanks - removes the dirt from the bottom of your tank
  • Safe on fish during use - perfect fro both small and large aquarium's
  • Tube length is appx 5.5 feet and the tube diameter is appx 0.55"
  • Easy to use: Squeeze the large suction balloon softly so that the water and dirt can be sucked up
  • Includes Water Flow Control and Suction cup - The perfect water cleaner
  • Manufacture: Dependable Industries inc
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DINY Home & Style 4346781915 Final Thoughts

"It worked like a charm."

My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. 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. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller.

Overall Score
4.3


(147 Points)

3. Carib Sea ACS00824 Super Naturals Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 58

Carib Sea 008479008244 First Impressions

"I really like it!"

I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Plant tanks require high light levels.

  • Carib Sea ACS00824 Super Naturals Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound
  • perfect for re-creating natural river ecosystems
  • ph neutral ; great 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 008479008244 Final Thoughts

"I couldn't be happier."

I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I thought it was soap, but it's not. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out.

Overall Score
4.4


(9 Points)

4. Caribsea Arag-Alive Fiji Aquarium Sand, 10-Pound, Pink

User Ratings: 74 9

Carib Sea 008479017925 First Impressions

"They love it so far!"

For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. It looks really pretty and natural. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. It looks really pretty and natural.

  • Caribsea Arag-Alive Fiji Aquarium Sand, 10-Pound, Pink
  • You can now bring the world's most exotic reefs into your home with CaribSea Arag-Alive
  • It is developed from CaribSea cooperation with public aquariums and zoological parks, where authenticity is a must
  • Arag-Alive helps maintain a proper pH for the life of your aquarium without the constant addition of chemicals
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 10 inches; 10 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479017925 Final Thoughts

"Bottom dwellers love it."

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. It looks great and it's super quality. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. 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. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing.

Overall Score
4.4


(35 Points)

5. Aqueon Plant & Shrimp Aquarium Substrate, 5 lbs., Standard

User Ratings: 72 9

Aqueon 100534685 First Impressions

"I really like this sand."

I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. It looks really pretty and natural. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice!

  • Aqueon Plant & Shrimp Aquarium Substrate, 5 lbs., Standard
  • Promotes the growth of a wide variety of freshwater plants
  • For use with freshwater shrimp, snails and tropical fish
  • Made from clay based material, great for aquascaping
  • Available in 5 pound bags
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Item Weight: 4.75 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.25 x 10.25 inches
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Aqueon 100534685 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. I never did get around to switching to gravel. The Estes sand came highly recommended. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

Overall Score
4.4


(20 Points)

6. Aquarium Manual Water Changer Gravel Cleaner Water Filter Syphon Tube Fluids Transfer Tool PVC Sand ...

User Ratings: 64 36

Pssopp Pssoppikwmgdapf1 First Impressions

"Worked beautifully."

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

  • Aquarium Manual Water Changer Gravel Cleaner Water Filter Syphon Tube Fluids Transfer Tool PVC Sand Vacuum Cleaning Pump Fish Tank Cleaning Tool with 59in Long Pipe
  • 【Siphon Effect】Put the tube head immersed into the water, move up and down to produce pressure in the tube, then the water will automatically flow through the pipe due to the siphon effect.
  • 【Long Suction Pipe】Supplied with long suction pipe, you can remove the dirt from the bottom of your aquarium. Special tube head design makes it easy to change the water at the aquarium manually.
  • 【Change Water Easily】It can change water, clean up small gravel and remove excrement at ease. You don't need to spoon up water any more, suitable for small sized aquarium.
  • 【High Quality】The soft long pipe is made of PVC, eco-friendly, non-toxic and flexible. Harmless to fishes and no peculiar smell.
  • 【Easy to Use】Comes ready to use for convenient, assembly-free aquarium maintenance.
  • Manufacture: Pssopp
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Pssopp Pssoppikwmgdapf1 Final Thoughts

"I really like this sand."

I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

Overall Score
3.5


(4 Points)

7. Stoney River Black Aquatic Sand Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 70

Stoney River 06606 First Impressions

"No harm to the filters."

Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. The item is as pictured and described. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph.

  • Stoney River Black Aquatic Sand Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag
  • Will not affect PH
  • Safe for use in freshwater aquariums
  • Non-Toxic coating
  • Package Dimensions: 27.177 L x 5.08H x17.78Wcentimeters
  • Manufacture: Clifford W. Estes CO, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1 inches; 5 Pounds
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Stoney River 06606 Final Thoughts

"They love it!"

It looks really pretty and natural. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.7


(5 Points)

8. Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBA6 Radical Red Sand, 1/2-Pound

User Ratings: 30

Zoo Med 976521 First Impressions

"This sand is gorgeous!"

It helped the water clear up faster. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

  • Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBA6 Radical Red Sand, 1/2-Pound
  • Zoo radical red sand 1/2lb
  • Excellent for fishbowls or Nano tanks
  • Zoo med laboratories, inc Designs and manufactures reptile products as well as product for, amphibians, birds and aquatic pets
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Zoo Med 976521 Final Thoughts

"Repeated 3-4 times."

The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. The water was clear by the next day. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going.

Overall Score
3.8


(6 Points)

9. Carib Sea ACS05832 Super Natural Peace River Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 83 2

Carib Sea 008479058324 First Impressions

"Fantastic sand."

The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank.

  • Carib Sea ACS05832 Super Natural Peace River Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • Grain size reduces built up detritus
  • May Also Be Used In Marine Or African Cichlid Aquariums
  • Ideal for most freshwater aquaria, including discus, tetras, angelfish, water turtles, rays, plants, cichlids and more
  • Re-create natural river environments
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479058324 Final Thoughts

"Like a dog."

I thought it was soap, but it's not. The sand looks more natural and clean. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand.

Overall Score
4.7


(467 Points)

10. WAYBER White Stones Decorative Pebble Rock Sand for Aquarium/Fish Turtle Tank/Vase Filler/Succulent ...

User Ratings: 63 2

WAYBER W-ST-WHITE-2LB First Impressions

"And it is perfect!"

My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Some people might have time to, but I do not. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank.

  • WAYBER White Stones Decorative Pebble Rock Sand for Aquarium/Fish Turtle Tank/Vase Filler/Succulent Plants Decoration
  • Net Weight: 2 pounds (920 grams). Fill 2 Cups or 0.5 L volume. NB the stones are 2 lbs heavy enough but SMALL BAG!
  • Safe & Long Lasting: Non-toxic just like river gravels, color won't fade away through time.
  • Widely Usage: Excellent for fish and succulent plant, build a natural and shining looking for home of you and your de-lovelys. Perfect for aquarium, terrarium, flowerpot, vase, wedding decoration, etc.
  • Easy to Clean - Pebbles are polished and smooth. But due to transportation bump, it's normal to be some powder on surface. So before you first use, please wash 2-3 times until their surface clean.
  • Warm Tips: To avoid children eating by mistake, keep it away from children under 3.
  • Manufacture: WAYBER
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WAYBER W-ST-WHITE-2LB Final Thoughts

"Very good product."

If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted.

Overall Score
4.3


(70 Points)

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