Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Reptile Sciences Aquarium Sand

1. 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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Reptile Sciences Aquarium Sand

2. Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Green

User Ratings: 76 8

Reptile Sciences 82310 First Impressions

"This can be true."

I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up.

  • Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Green
  • 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 82310 Final Thoughts

"Like go overboard."

You really can't go wrong buying this sand! The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.5


(73 Points)

3. Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Brown

User Ratings: 67 33

Reptile Sciences 82308 First Impressions

"Somewhat tricky to clean."

It helped the water clear up faster. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. It's as close to white sand as you can get! This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Plant tanks require high light levels.

  • Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Brown
  • 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; 9.35 Pounds
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Reptile Sciences 82308 Final Thoughts

"Get an unused bucket."

Not too white, more a beige-grey color. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. My Corydoras are having a field day! The Estes sand came highly recommended. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

Overall Score
3.7


(5 Points)

4. Worldwide Imports AWWA1063 Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 48 19

Worldwide Imports 29615 First Impressions

"Repeated 3-4 times."

I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I never did get around to switching to gravel. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much!

  • Worldwide Imports AWWA1063 Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound
  • Worldwide aragonite 1 sand 20lb-2piece
  • Reduces nitrates
  • Ideal for reef system tank bottoms denitrifying anaerobic beds extremely high surface area filter media
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29615 Final Thoughts

"I love the color!"

If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. The item is as pictured and described. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

Overall Score
3.6


(15 Points)

5. 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)

6. JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium L...

User Ratings: 54 6

JZMYXA First Impressions

"It cleans fairly well."

It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! My Corydoras are having a field day! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

  • JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium Landscape, 2 Pounds
  • Made of 100% Natural Gravel Pebbles.
  • Net weight 2 pounds. Size 0.24 inch-0.4 inch.
  • Fit for Aquariums Terrarium Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decoration.
  • Non-toxic just like river gravels.
  • Please wash them 5-6 times before use.
  • Manufacture: JZMYXA
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.53 x 2.17 inches; 2.15 Pounds
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JZMYXA Final Thoughts

"This is a nice size sand."

But I have to give it to this sand. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. The water was clear by the next day.

Overall Score
4.1


(79 Points)

7. Houkr Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Tools, 6 in 1 Adjustable Cleaning Kit & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siph...

User Ratings: 55

Houkr First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium.

  • Houkr Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Tools, 6 in 1 Adjustable Cleaning Kit & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siphon for Water Changing, Sand Cleaner
  • Six Multi-purpose Tools:6 PCS,Fish net ,Spoon net, Algae scraper, Window sponge, Plant fork and Gravel rake.
  • Aquarium Cleaning Pump: Help you save more time and be more efficient when cleaning your fish tank. Just squeeze the suction balloon softly so that the water can be suck up.
  • Adjustable Handle:35-87cm / 13.7-34.25inch.Stretching freely, tightly fixed and not to fall off.
  • Durable ABS Plastic:It's made of high quality ABS plastic for long-lasting use.
  • Easy to Use:Assemble the handle and accessory holder to the rod,tighten the connection for the length you want.
  • Manufacture: Houkr
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Houkr Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. It looks really pretty and natural. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. 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.

Overall Score
4.3


(30 Points)

8. Hygger 12V DC Powered Electric Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Kit Sand Washer Gravel Cleaning Tools ...

User Ratings: 35 38

hygger First Impressions

"Like go overboard."

This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium.

  • Hygger 12V DC Powered Electric Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Kit Sand Washer Gravel Cleaning Tools Water Change for Fish Tank
  • Quick water change and easy gravel cleaning with Hygger Electric Gravel Cleaner Kit. DC powered adapter with UL certificated, safe to use, energy saving, makes sand cleaning and water change a breeze (NOT FOR FINE SAND)
  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner kit includes a non-slip handle, 4 sections of extension tubes, 1 water pump, 1 sand vaccum, 1 debris vacuum, 1 brush head, 1 sand washing head, 1 filter housing and 6.5 ft water pipe
  • Sand vacuum for cleaning coarse gravel(stone size over 5 mm), brush head for cleaning gravel-free aquarium's bottom, sand washing head attachment for cleaning pebbles, debris vacuum for vacuuming out fish waste, intake strainer for water changing and filter housing for trapping large particles
  • Build in 4 sections tubes, it can be extends from 11.4 inch to 32.7 inch which is long enough to clean up to 3.2 ft depth tank. Threads together with extension tightly no flexing, white seal ring prevents from leaking
  • Water pump provides strong water flow up to 396 GPH (6.6 Gallon per Minute), easy to assemble and detach, drains and fills aquarium rapidly and effectively
  • DC powered adapter with UL certificated, safe to use, energy saving, makes sand cleaning and water change a breeze.
  • This electric cleaner saves you plenty of time and energy on gravel cleaning and water change.
  • Powerful 20 W water pump water flow up to 396 GPH.
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"Worked beautifully."

Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes.

Overall Score
3.0


(9 Points)

9. Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand

Carib Sea First Impressions

"I have no complaints."

Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water.

  • Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand
  • Caribsea Inc
  • Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand for Fish and Aquatic, Size: 20 POUND, Count: 2
  • 20 POUND
  • Manufacture: Caribsea Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 inches; 20 Pounds
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"It worked like a charm."

The water was clear by the next day. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. But I have to give it to this sand. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

10. Carib Sea Super Natural Moonlight Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound (2 Pack)

User Ratings: 80 3

Carib Sea First Impressions

"You'll thank me later!"

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. 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 was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

  • Carib Sea Super Natural Moonlight Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound (2 Pack)
  • Natural white creates great color contrasts
  • Ph neutral ; used in salt and freshwater aquariums
  • No dyes or paints used
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Carib Sea
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"It is to be expected."

The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. It helped the water clear up faster. My Corydoras are having a field day! Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
4.6


(91 Points)

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