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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Royal Ram
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

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

[star rating="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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Royal Ram
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

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

[star rating="4.6"]
(482 Points)

3. POPETPOP Aquarium Manual Gravel Cleaner, Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Pump for Water Changing and Sand Cle...

POPETPOP First Impressions

"Really good stuff."

The sand looks more natural and clean. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product.

  • POPETPOP Aquarium Manual Gravel Cleaner, Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Pump for Water Changing and Sand Cleaning, Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Tool
  • Easy to install and use.
  • Press the pump to pump out the water.
  • Clean gravel, siphon the fish excreta and other dirt out effectively.
  • The tube is long enough and flexible, convenient to use.
  • Keeps the aquarium clean, gives your fish a nice living environment.
  • Manufacture: POPETPOP
  • Product Dimensions: 41.34 x 1.97 x 1.97 inches; 6.35 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The POPETPOP
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

POPETPOP Final Thoughts

"This is a nice size sand."

It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. It looks great and it's super quality. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(1 Points)

4. J-star Aquarium Filter Fluidized Moving Bed Filter for Fish Tank Bubble Bio Media Filter with Air St...

User Ratings: 34

J-star First Impressions

"No complaints at all."

I thought it was soap, but it's not. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. I thought it was soap, but it's not.

  • J-star Aquarium Filter Fluidized Moving Bed Filter for Fish Tank Bubble Bio Media Filter with Air Stone and Sponge Filter
  • New V-1 bio filter media inside: various microorganisms and nitrifying bacteria can be attached to the surface. through continuous tumbling, the filter media collide with each other to let the dead bacteria fall off, and the new bacteria adhere to it, which plays a role in self-repair and regeneration of the filter material. No need to replace the filter material during usage period.
  • Dark Green Shell design, provides a good environment for the growth of nitrifying bacteria.with new V-1 bio filter media inside, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean.
  • Comes with filter sponge at the bottom, traps large floating particles, air inlet connected with a air stone, great to oxygenate your tank.
  • Easy to set up: simply install an airline tube into the unit and turn on the air pump, comes with 4 suction cups, can be easily installed anywhere of the aquarium.
  • Suitable for shrimp tank, betta tank, breeding tank, fry tank, goldfish, guppies, baby fish or other fish.
  • Manufacture: J-star
  • Editor's Impressions Of The J-star
  • Quality [star rating='3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.5']

J-star Final Thoughts

"Bottom dwellers love it."

Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. I never did get around to switching to gravel. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. The sand looks more natural and clean.

Overall Score
3.3

[star rating="3.3"]
(3 Points)

5. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Worldwide Imports 29615
  • Quality [star rating='2.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.9']

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

[star rating="3.6"]
(15 Points)

6. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Reptile Sciences 82308
  • Quality [star rating='2.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

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

[star rating="3.7"]
(5 Points)

7. Carib Sea Arag-Alive Indo-Pacific Sand in Black (40 lbs) [Set of 2]

User Ratings: 27

Carib Sea First Impressions

"Love love love love love!"

Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! I never did get around to switching to gravel. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank.

  • Carib Sea Arag-Alive Indo-Pacific Sand in Black (40 lbs) [Set of 2]
  • For marine aquariums.
  • Beauty and brains.
  • Agri-alive helps maintain a proper ph for the life of your aquarium without the constant addition of chemicals.
  • And creates a biological balance to discourage nuisance algae.
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 inches; 18.05 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea
  • Quality [star rating='2.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. I thought it was soap, but it's not. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier.

Overall Score
3.2

[star rating="3.2"]
(3 Points)

8. POPETPOP 1.5M Aquarium Water Filter Cleaner, Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Pump H...

POPETPOP First Impressions

"This sand is very fine."

Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft!

  • POPETPOP 1.5M Aquarium Water Filter Cleaner, Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Pump Hose for Water Changing and Sand Cleaning - White
  • Easy-to-use cleaner pump for aquarium.
  • Easy to install and use.
  • With this tool, you can remove the dirt from the bottom of your aquarium.
  • Supplied with long suction pipe, it is suitable for both large and small aquariums.
  • Does not hurt any aquarium fish when using. Especially for small fish tank.
  • Manufacture: POPETPOP
  • Product Dimensions: 70.87 x 0.79 x 0.79 inches; 2.12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The POPETPOP
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

POPETPOP Final Thoughts

"It is a very fine sand."

Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. My Corydoras are having a field day! This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(1 Points)

9. uxcell Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Sand Gravel Grit Shovel Scraper Scoop Gray

uxcell a17032200ux1007 First Impressions

"Hope it works out."

One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I thought it was soap, but it's not. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL.

  • uxcell Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Sand Gravel Grit Shovel Scraper Scoop Gray
  • Material: Plastic; Scoop Size: 18 x 8.7 x 8cm/7" x 3.4" x 3"(L*W*H)
  • Handle Size: 8 x 3 x 0.5cm/3" x 1.2" x 0.2"(L*W*H); Weight: 85g
  • Color: Gray
  • Package Content: 1 x Aquarium Sand Scoop
  • Product Name: Aquarium Sand Scoop
  • Manufacture: uxcell
  • Editor's Impressions Of The uxcell a17032200ux1007
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

uxcell a17032200ux1007 Final Thoughts

"One is a dechlorinator."

Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(3 Points)

10. FLYING TIGER 14 PCS Gravel Paper for Bird cage, Penn Plax Calcium Plus Gravel Paper-16.5x11 Inch Gra...

User Ratings: 65

FLYING TIGER First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

  • FLYING TIGER 14 PCS Gravel Paper for Bird cage, Penn Plax Calcium Plus Gravel Paper-16.5x11 Inch Gravel Paper Special for Bird Cage in sea Sand
  • The packaging includes: you will get 14 pieces of the same gravel paper as the market, enough for you to replace.
  • Crushed paper can keep pets' beaks and claws clean and healthy. Ideal size: The size of the gravel paper is 16.5 x 11 inches, which can be cut to the appropriate size as needed.
  • Tips: The particles on the paper are sea sand, don't worry about the birds being swallowed, and help digestion.
  • Safe, clean and sanitary
  • Gravel paper is also safe, clean and sanitary to keep your pet happy and healthy
  • Manufacture: FLYING TIGER
  • Editor's Impressions Of The FLYING TIGER
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

FLYING TIGER Final Thoughts

"Stick hose into bucket."

The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. 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. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(16 Points)

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