Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Royal Ram Aquarium Sand

1. Royal Ram 2 pounds Natural White Marble Decorative Real Sand - for Interior Decor, Vase Filler, Sand...

User Ratings: 77 3

Royal Ram First Impressions

"Arrived well."

Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

  • Royal Ram 2 pounds Natural White Marble Decorative Real Sand - for Interior Decor, Vase Filler, Sand Crafts, Aquariums & More
  • 100% Natural white marble sand.
  • Natural crushed marble sand, not coated with any color.
  • Medium grain size, suitable for various arts and crafts projects.
  • Safe for most aquarium and pet habitats.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. We stand by our products.
  • Manufacture: Royal Ram
  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
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Royal Ram Final Thoughts

"Make sure you rinse it."

Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

Overall Score
4.6


(1343 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Royal Ram Aquarium Sand

2. (5 Pounds) Natural Decorative Real Sand - Beige - for use in Crafts, Decor, Vase Filler, Aquariums a...

User Ratings: 78 2

Royal Ram First Impressions

"It is to be expected."

You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy.

  • (5 Pounds) Natural Decorative Real Sand - Beige - for use in Crafts, Decor, Vase Filler, Aquariums and More!
  • 100% Natural Beige Sand
  • Fine grain size, suitable for various arts and crafts projects
  • Safe for most aquarium and pet habitats. Safe for sand boxes. May also be used as play sand
  • Thoroughly Washed, Graded and Kiln Dried
  • Satisfaction Guarantee. We stand by our products
  • Manufacture: Royal Ram
  • Item Weight: 5 pounds
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Royal Ram Final Thoughts

"I have no complaints."

I received this aquarium sand yesterday. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

Overall Score
4.6


(482 Points)

3. Carib Sea ACS05823 Super Natural Torpedo Beach Sand Aquarium, 5-Pounds

User Ratings: 74 5

Carib Sea 008479058232 First Impressions

"One is just the sand."

The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty.

  • Carib Sea ACS05823 Super Natural Torpedo Beach Sand Aquarium, 5-Pounds
  • re-create natural 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 008479058232 Final Thoughts

"Hope it works out."

You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. My Corydoras are having a field day! The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
4.5


(125 Points)

4. 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)

5. 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)

6. 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
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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


(1 Points)

7. 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)

8. SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank V...

User Ratings: 44 29

SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 First Impressions

"Overall I'm a fan."

I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

  • SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner, Siphon Cleaning Tool for Gravel Sand
  • Supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums.
  • Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.
  • Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • Battery case on the top, only 2 batteries needed for easy and safe installation.
  • Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease.
  • Manufacture: SANON
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 10.3 Ounces
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SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
3.0


(4 Points)

9. Yescom Electric Aquarium Fish Tank Sand Gravel Cleaner Automatic Water Changer Extendable Tube Sypho...

User Ratings: 60 20

Yescom First Impressions

"So yes the sand is dusty!"

I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon.

  • Yescom Electric Aquarium Fish Tank Sand Gravel Cleaner Automatic Water Changer Extendable Tube Syphon Filter Pump Vacuum
  • [Automatic Tool for Easy Cleaning]: 3 in 1 AquaBasik Electric Aquarium Cleaner, water will automatically flow out by turning on pump, no need for manual pumping, efficiently and effortlessly cleans up the fish tank, to create a clean and clear habitation for your favorite pets
  • [Multifunction for Complete Cleaning]: 3 functions for various cleaning; Washing gravels with suction nozzle, changing water with hose, or filtrating waste out of aquarium with duckbill nozzle; Covers most of the cleaning requirements for aquarium
  • [Adjustable Waterflow & Extendable Length]: Rotate outlet valve to freely adjust the water flow from 53GPH to 211GPH; Extendable tubes for conveniently combining to fit different sizes of aquarium
  • [2 Filtration Cottons]: Biochemical cotton for cultivating nitrifier to remove harmful materials; Filter cotton for simply filtering out debris in the tank; Effectively improve the water quality for fishes
  • [Safe to Use & Easy to Maintain]: Clamps to fixate UL certificated cord on the tube guarantees safety while operating in the tank; Complete detachable body for easy cleaning after use and also for save-space storage
  • Manufacture: Yescom
  • Product Dimensions: 2.95 x 41.34 x 21.65 inches; 3.05 Pounds
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Yescom Final Thoughts

"You'll thank me later!"

You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. Plant tanks require high light levels.

Overall Score
4.0


(6 Points)

10. Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, Sahara Slate

User Ratings: 49 16

Zoo Med VS10 First Impressions

"Repeated 3-4 times."

10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. The water was clear by the next day. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here.

  • Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, Sahara Slate
  • Available in 6 colors
  • All natural calcium carbonate
  • No dyes or additives
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 3 x 15 inches; 9.92 Pounds
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Zoo Med VS10 Final Thoughts

"Love love love love love!"

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

Overall Score
4.0


(15 Points)

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