Editor's Choice - Our Favorite PIVBY Aquarium Sand

1. 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
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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


(102 Points)

2. POPETPOP 2Pcs Betta Cave Hollow Hiding Cave Ornament - Betta Fish Accessories, Aquarium Decorations ...

POPETPOP U45345DZ4QTII13DVX First Impressions

"The sand is nice."

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind.

  • POPETPOP 2Pcs Betta Cave Hollow Hiding Cave Ornament - Betta Fish Accessories, Aquarium Decorations Purple Sands Fish Shrimp Habitat
  • Enhance visual appeal and provide a hiding place for your fish.
  • Safe for aquatic fish and suitable for both fresh and salt water environment.
  • It can stay underwater for a long time.
  • Fish hiding out made of high quality material to look extremely beautiful and elegant.
  • Small fish tank decorations,Easy to clean. Create a beautiful aquarium with this habitat.
  • Manufacture: POPETPOP
  • Product Dimensions: 2.83 x 1.46 x 1.46 inches; 3.39 Ounces
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POPETPOP U45345DZ4QTII13DVX Final Thoughts

"LOVE THE SAND!"

A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

3. Hermit Crab Sand Substrate

Carolina Biological Supply Company First Impressions

"More like micro gravel."

2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Hermit Crab Sand Substrate
  • This sand substrate is perfect for your hermit crab habitat
  • Unlike the calcium carbonate "sand" often sold as hermit crab substrate, this premium blend of natural sand, coconut fiber, calcium carbonate, sea salt mix, and probiotics is the superior choice for healthy land hermit crabs
  • This mix won't cling to crabs and promotes natural digging and healthy molting
  • 6-lb bag.
  • Manufacture: Carolina Biological Supply Company
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Carolina Biological Supply Company Final Thoughts

"He digs holes."

I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. But that is also something to consider with all sands. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
5.0


(5 Points)

4. Unipac Silver Sand Fish Tank Substrate

User Ratings: 43

Unipac First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. Plants are easy to plant in it as well.

  • Unipac Silver Sand Fish Tank Substrate
  • Disposable
  • Material: Fine grade silica.
  • Silver sand is a popular substrate for aquariums and helps create a natural environment for your fish.
  • For use in freshwater tropical and cold water systems.
  • Fine grade makes it ideal for planted aquariums and is also great for bottom feeding fish, offering a smooth surface to swim over and potential damage to barbels.
  • Manufacture: Unipac
  • Item Weight: 4.41 Pounds
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Unipac Final Thoughts

"I am so happy I did!"

I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. The sand looks more natural and clean. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. The water was clear by the next day. It's as close to white sand as you can get!

Overall Score
3.7


(7 Points)

5. MCombo Aquarium Gravel Gem Polished Natural Agate,Stone Filler for Vase,Colorful Pebble for Fish Tur...

User Ratings: 48 11

MCombo First Impressions

"I have no complaints."

I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on.

  • MCombo Aquarium Gravel Gem Polished Natural Agate,Stone Filler for Vase,Colorful Pebble for Fish Turtle Tank Turtle Lagoon Landscape Bottom Decoration Colorful Stones,Mini Agate Stone Sand,100PCS
  • Material - Natural Agate,Tumbled Stone,Smooth Crystal;Irregular,At Least 5 Different Colors,NO HOLE Loose Stones.
  • Stone size - Each stone size is about 0.3"-0.7", about 100pc per cell.
  • Mineral learning - Expand their sight and close to nature,improve knowledge.Natural Rock Chips Crystals Mineral Specimen is a good choice for children learning. Each different stone is very beautiful and adorable.Children will love to learing Mineral knowledge!
  • Gravel use - These stones are best for tumbling,cabbing,healing,massage,chakra balancing,positive energy,meditation,sound sleep,rock collection,pocket stones,fengshui,rock study,parper weight,bookend,divination,reiki jewelry makings,gift,pocket stone,and more.
  • Pay Attention - This Natural Agate Crystal kit suitables for children over three years of age. Don’t let kids put the crystal into their mouth. The Natural Quartz Crysta is very beautiful and adorable. Give this for kids as a gift, they will love it.
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MCombo Final Thoughts

"Get an unused bucket."

This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. The item is as pictured and described. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

Overall Score
3.8


(57 Points)

6. DERCLIVE Aquarium gravel cleaner, quick water changer with air pressure button, fish tank sand remov...

User Ratings: 32 34

DERCLIVE 1097194/120204RJQKGB First Impressions

"This sand is very fine."

That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The Estes sand came highly recommended. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

  • DERCLIVE Aquarium gravel cleaner, quick water changer with air pressure button, fish tank sand remover kit, straw vacuum cleaner with hose controller clip
  • 1.Powerful auto siphon pump for easy operation with dirt cleaning efficiency.
  • 2.Eco-friendly and soft tube.
  • 3.Separate On/Off flow value switch.
  • 4.Integrated gravel and sand strainer.
  • 5.Widely work with small to large aquarium tanks.
  • Manufacture: DERCLIVE
  • Product Dimensions: 17.32 x 9.45 x 2.95 inches; 1.06 Pounds
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DERCLIVE 1097194/120204RJQKGB Final Thoughts

"Hope it works out."

Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. The item is as pictured and described. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. It looks really pretty and natural. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate.

Overall Score
3.3


(3 Points)

7. 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
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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


(102 Points)

8. Boxtech Electric Aquarium Cleaner, 12V DC/28W Auto Fish Tank Gravel Cleaning kit 6 in 1 Change Water...

User Ratings: 55 14

boxtech First Impressions

"This sand is gorgeous!"

This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand.

  • Boxtech Electric Aquarium Cleaner, 12V DC/28W Auto Fish Tank Gravel Cleaning kit 6 in 1 Change Water and Wash Sand Filter for Aquarium 10-200 Gallon
  • Multifunction Gravel Cleaner for Aquarium: Boxtech Electric Gravel Cleaner Kit with Water Changer+Sand Washer+Debris Cleaning+Water Filter+Water Shower+Water Flow 6 in 1 functions. Hmax can up to 118 inch, It takes only 0.3h to draw out a 180 gallon tank
  • Strong Power with Suction: Power is 28W, powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 256 GPH. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly
  • Safe & Durable: Only using DC12 Voltage power with UL certificated, Multi-page rotor spiral core, energy saving and preventing jamming, make sure it is safe to use for our customers and your love fish
  • With Flexible Structure: You Can Adjust The Flexible Hose To Appropriate Length According To Depth Of Your Aquarium to suit for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • Note: Only after putting the gravel vacuum cleaner into the fish tank water can it be turned on, otherwise it will stop working
  • Manufacture: Boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 6 inches; 2.2 Pounds
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boxtech Final Thoughts

"Make sure you rinse it."

Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. The item is as pictured and described. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I never did get around to switching to gravel.

Overall Score
3.9


(482 Points)

9. Carib Sea ACS00930 Aragamax Sand for Aquarium, 30-Pound

User Ratings: 65 20

Carib Sea 00930 First Impressions

"You can see in photos."

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. Some people might have time to, but I do not. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL.

  • Carib Sea ACS00930 Aragamax Sand for Aquarium, 30-Pound
  • re-create natural reef environments
  • 100% aragonite supports healthy ph
  • great for refugiums , deep sand beds and low flow tanks
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 00930 Final Thoughts

"Like go overboard."

Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. My Corydoras are having a field day! 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
3.9


(40 Points)

10. Carib Sea ACS05840 Super Naturals Crystal River Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 75 3

Carib Sea 008479058409 First Impressions

"Love it, great product."

A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. But I have to give it to this sand. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too!

  • Carib Sea ACS05840 Super Naturals Crystal River Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • Create a supernatural experience by re-creating the natural world in your home
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • ph neutral ; safe for all aquariums
  • 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 008479058409 Final Thoughts

"Plants love it!"

One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. But I have to give it to this sand. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it.

Overall Score
4.5


(725 Points)

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