Editor's Choice - Our Favorite REPTI ZOO Aquarium Sand

1. REPTI ZOO Reptile Sand Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Reptile Substrate Metal Sand Shovel Terrarium Subst...

User Ratings: 76 2

REPTI ZOO SS02 First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

  • REPTI ZOO Reptile Sand Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Reptile Substrate Metal Sand Shovel Terrarium Substrate Durable Litter Cleaner Corner Scoop
  • High Quality Material: The sand litter scoop is made of high-quality stainless steel mesh; the handle is made of top-grade material with ergonomic design and superior texture.
  • Fine Mesh and Durable: Specially designed with dense holes for cleaning reptile excrement or corners of the reptile terrarium easily; Featured with superior stainless steel material, it is rust resistant and durable for years to come.
  • Size and Package: 11"(L)*3.9"(W)*2.3"(H); Package include : 1Pcs*Reptile Shovel Sifter
  • The reptile shovel cooper is perfect for tortoise, lizard, spider, snake, scorpion, chameleon, frogs reptiles.....
  • Professional: REPTI ZOO has a strong design & production team and quality strict control system; professional in design and produce of all kinds of Reptile pet supplies. Such as: Snake hook, Gecko Feeder, Reptile Shovel and so on. If you have any questions or are not satisfied with the goods received, please contact our customer service. Thank you for your cooperation. Wish you have a pleasant shopping experience.
  • Manufacture: REPTI ZOO
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.9 x 2.3 inches; 3.99 Ounces
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REPTI ZOO SS02 Final Thoughts

"Like go overboard."

A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank.

Overall Score
4.6


(564 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated REPTI ZOO Aquarium Sand

2. REPTI ZOO 2PCS Reptile Sand Fine Mesh Reptile Scooper Bearded Dragon Sand Shovel Terrarium Substrate...

User Ratings: 81

REPTI ZOO SS012 First Impressions

"Yes, its grey not black."

I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. It's as close to white sand as you can get! The sand looks more natural and clean. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum.

  • REPTI ZOO 2PCS Reptile Sand Fine Mesh Reptile Scooper Bearded Dragon Sand Shovel Terrarium Substrate Durable Litter Cleaner Corner Scoop Combo Set
  • Set of 2: Standard size: 11"(L)*3.9"(W)*2"(H); Large size:12.2"(L)*5.5"(W)*2.3"(H), suitable to use in most of terrariums.
  • High Quality Material: The sand litter scoop is made of high-quality stainless steel mesh; the handle is made of top-grade material with ergonomic design and superior texture.
  • Fine Mesh and Durable: Specially designed with dense holes for cleaning reptile excrement or corners of the reptile terrarium easily; Featured with superior stainless steel material, it is rust resistant and durable for years to use.
  • The reptile shovel cooper is perfect for tortoise, lizard, spider, snake, scorpion, chameleon, frogs reptiles.
  • Can also be used for fine substrates in small animal enclosures or cat litter boxes.
  • Manufacture: REPTI ZOO
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REPTI ZOO SS012 Final Thoughts

"Yes, its grey not black."

Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out.

Overall Score
4.8


(7 Points)

3. Nature's Ocean Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Sand 0.1-0.5mm, 20 lbs., White

User Ratings: 75

Nature's Ocean First Impressions

"Bottom line."

All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. I thought it was soap, but it's not. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was.

  • Nature's Ocean Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Sand 0.1-0.5mm, 20 lbs., White
  • 100% natural, premium marine substrate
  • Contains natural live marine bacteria to quickly stabilize tank
  • Removes nitrogenous waste and restores natural organic balance
  • Maintains proper pH
  • Manufacture: Nature's Ocean
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 8 x 4 inches
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Nature's Ocean Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you.

Overall Score
4.8


(13 Points)

4. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, New Quick Water Changer with Air-Pressing Button Fish Tank Sand Cleaner Kit...

User Ratings: 52 13

hygger First Impressions

"No complaints at all."

Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Some people might have time to, but I do not. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. The sand looks more natural and clean. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, New Quick Water Changer with Air-Pressing Button Fish Tank Sand Cleaner Kit Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Cleaner with Water Hose Controller Clamp
  • 【3 in 1 Function】: ① Dirt Suction. Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium equipped with a duckbill suction inlet accessory, and it is easy to suck the feces away. ② Sand Washing. Aquarium siphon with 3D Filter Basket Net, protect your love fish and small gravel from suck out of the aquarium. ③ Water Changing. Built-in dual airbags, atmospheric cavity, good resilience, effortless operation.
  • 【Working Principle】: Manual air-pressing. The upgraded part is equipped with a handle, which has more operating space and saves labor and brings convenience, by testing the fastest speed is to press 7 times. Sand Washer has 2 thickened airbags inside, which can pump water quickly. And using PP ABS materials, resistance to extrusion, do not worry about airbag damage and leakage, can be used for a long time.
  • 【Easy to Use】: Push the siphon switch of the aquarium siphon vacuum cleaner several times, and make sure that the inlet tube part is full of water, and then observe the outlet hose. After the water continuously flows out, you can stop push and observe whether it will automatically. If not, continue to operate until the water will flow out quickly and automatically. The sand can move up and down in the extension tube to remove debris from your aquarium.
  • 【Accessories Include】:1 *Air-pressing control body; 2 *Extension Inlet Tube; 1 *Extension tube connector; 1 *User Manual; 1 *Duckbill suction inlet(Debris vacuum); 1 *Outlet hose(79inch PVC Hose),the water pipe can be cut according to demand; 1 *Water Flow Clamp(Flow Control),easily adjust water flow; 1 *Fixture clamp(Water pipe clamp), freely fix, free your hands.
  • 【Wide Application】: Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner is suitable for various types of fish tanks, with spliced extension tubes, two-stage splicing combination, both large and small tanks are suitable, and extension tube can be installed according to demand.Four basic combinations(excluding handle length):2 tubes(31.4inch);2 tubes + head(34inch);1 tube(16inch);1 tube + head accessories(18inch).
  • 1 *Air-pressing control body
  • 2 *Extension Inlet Tube
  • 1 *Extension tube connector
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"Plants love it!"

This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! Some people might have time to, but I do not. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube.

Overall Score
3.9


(1566 Points)

5. Frey Scientific - 190-0304 Sand Aquarium Gravel, 2 lbs Packet, Natural

Frey Scientific First Impressions

"Just some dust."

If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I never did get around to switching to gravel. But I have to give it to this sand. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. The item is as pictured and described. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase!

  • Frey Scientific - 190-0304 Sand Aquarium Gravel, 2 lbs Packet, Natural
  • Sand aquarium gravel
  • 0.1-inches to 0.25-inches Medium sized gravel
  • Available in natural color
  • 2 pounds packet
  • Manufacture: School Specialty
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Frey Scientific Final Thoughts

"Will purchase again."

It looks really pretty and natural. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic.

Overall Score
3.0


(1 Points)

6. 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)

7. 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)

8. Eco-Complete Cichlids Sand (20 lbs) [Set of 2]

Carib Sea First Impressions

"I have no complaints."

I never did get around to switching to gravel. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day.

  • Eco-Complete Cichlids Sand (20 lbs) [Set of 2]
  • 2 20 Pound bags
  • Use for african cichlid aquariums.
  • Graded aragonite and quartzite sand.
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 inches; 20 Pounds
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"I have two Dojo Loaches."

It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems.

Overall Score
5.0


(4 Points)

9. Houkr Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner, Aquarium Cleaning Pump Kit For Aquarium Water Change, Aquarium Clean...

User Ratings: 51 16

Houkr First Impressions

"No harm to the filters."

I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller.

  • Houkr Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner, Aquarium Cleaning Pump Kit For Aquarium Water Change, Aquarium Cleaner, Aquarium Gravel Sand Cleaner Fish Tank Water Change Cleaning Tool
  • Practical: It would effectively keep the aquarium clean to give your fish a nice living environment.
  • Professional Filtering: Built-in porous filter,prevent from sucking small fishes, water plants or Gravel out of the fish tank.
  • Easy To Use: Squeeze the gas filled tube softly and the water will come out automatically.
  • Suitable Length: Total length 255cm(100.4inch), suitable for all types of aquarium.
  • Hose Fixer:A fish tank water pipe clip to fix the hose which will help you changing water much easier.
  • Manufacture: Houkr
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 10.16 x 2.52 inches; 10.4 Ounces
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Houkr Final Thoughts

"I recommend this."

It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! The water was clear by the next day. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was.

Overall Score
3.8


(25 Points)

10. Dennerle Shrimp King Active Soil - 8L Bag

User Ratings: 81 6

Dennerle 6178 First Impressions

"Overall, I like it!"

Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. The item is as pictured and described. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. It's as close to white sand as you can get! My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too!

  • Dennerle Shrimp King Active Soil - 8L Bag
  • The irregular shaped grains, with a diameter of 1-4 mm also give a natural appearance
  • The dark black colouring provides excellent contrast with the vibrant colours of the shrimps
  • Promotes growth – bacteria, single-cell organisms, single-cell algae and other microorganisms - as valuable, natural nutrition, especially for young shrimps
  • Binds harmful substances for healthy living conditions
  • 8 Liter Bag
  • Manufacture: Dennerle
  • Product Dimensions: 15.75 x 11.81 x 3.15 inches; 12 Pounds
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Dennerle 6178 Final Thoughts

"Love the look!"

I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. My Corydoras are having a field day! One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. The sand looks more natural and clean.

Overall Score
4.6


(23 Points)

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