Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Saltwater Aquarium Sand

1. BXI - Decorative Stones - Garden Yard Walkway Fish Tank Aquaruim - Gravel Pebble Rock - 2 Pounds

User Ratings: 76 3

BXI First Impressions

"You can see in photos."

The grain size will range from fine to medium. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

  • BXI - Decorative Stones - Garden Yard Walkway Fish Tank Aquaruim - Gravel Pebble Rock - 2 Pounds
  • Weight: 2 pounds, about 1000 gram. Stone size: 1-3 mm. Material: glass sand. Volume: 0.22 gallons
  • Colorfast, non-Toxic, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Use indoor & outdoor. Shiny in water. Perfect decor for fresh & saltwater aquariums, ponds, terrariums, gardens, potted plants, vases, ash trays, crafts & hobbies...
  • For a fish tank with length of L'' & width of W'', 1'' thickness of stone layer needs L * W / 23 pounds of stones. E.g. for a 10''*10'' tank, 1'' stone layer needs 4.35 pounds of stones
  • Please rinse with water 3-4 times before putting in a fish tank
  • Manufacture: BX-FishTankStone-GlassSand-Blue
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches; 2.2 Pounds
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BXI Final Thoughts

"This sand is very fine."

All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. 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.

Overall Score
4.5


(555 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Saltwater Aquarium Sand

2. boxtech Cleaning Kit for Fish Tank, Fish Tank Cleaner, 5 in 1 Aquarium Cleaner(Stainless Steel Algae...

User Ratings: 69 7

boxtech First Impressions

"I didn't want tan."

I never did get around to switching to gravel. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. The Estes sand came highly recommended. The water was clear by the next day. It looks really pretty and natural.

  • boxtech Cleaning Kit for Fish Tank, Fish Tank Cleaner, 5 in 1 Aquarium Cleaner(Stainless Steel Algae Scraper, Fish Net, Water Grass Clip, Sand Rake, 360° Rotation Brush) for Aquarium 10-120 Gallon
  • 【Multi-purpose fish tank cleaner】Fits for fish tank cleaning. 360° rotation brush clean the dirt perfectly. Stainless steel scraper easy to clean tough stuff. Gravel rake use for raking and cleaning gravel. Algae Scraper easily extract aquatic plants. The 8.86(L)*6.7(W) inch fish net is perfect for catching fish, crab and cleaning debris.
  • 【Adjustable handle】Aquarium cleaner have 4 extension handle. It adopts threaded design. Ensure each one can be tightly integrated and will not bend or break. It can be extended from 11 inch to 32 inch. It is long enough to clean up to 2.8 ft depth tank. Use for Aquarium 10-120 Gallon.
  • 【Easy to swap out and use】The cleaning kit for fish tank is easy to assem and disassem. Attention: Please keep the tool dry after use to avoid oxidation of sewage.
  • 【Durable carbon fiber material】The aquarium cleaning tools are durable and anti- rust. Safe for aquarium and fish.
  • 【5 in 1 fish tank cleaning tools kit】Aquarium cleaning kit including 1 gravel rake, 1 Algae scraper, 1 water grass clip, 1 360° rotation brush, 1 fish net and 4 extension handle.
  • Efficiently clean hard-to-clean dirt around your fish tank
  • Cleans green algae on the surface of fish tanks more efficiently and quickly than flat sponges
  • High-density carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass pole.
  • Manufacture: Boxtech
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boxtech Final Thoughts

"Beautiful aquarium sand."

At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. The Estes sand came highly recommended. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic.

Overall Score
4.4


(84 Points)

3. Eurobuy Automatic Gravel Cleaner, Electric Aquarium Cleaner, Aquarium Washing Sand Filtering and Dra...

User Ratings: 36 24

Eurobuy 1101916/120427AM12UK2 First Impressions

"Love it, great product."

The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. But that is also something to consider with all sands. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean.

  • Eurobuy Automatic Gravel Cleaner, Electric Aquarium Cleaner, Aquarium Washing Sand Filtering and Draining, Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner, Siphon Cleaning Tool for Gravel Sand
  • MULTIFUNCTION GRAVEL CLEANING TOOL - Powerful siphon pump with dirt and fishing waste cleaning efficiency. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Save your time and reduce fatigue. Also can be used for absorb dirt, change water, wash sand, suck the stool, feed the coral fish, and feed the medicine, increase oxygen, filter and so on.
  • CLEANING MODE - Sand washing mode and suction mode, this sand washing device can effectively clean the sand at the bottom of the fish tank or suck away the excess dirt at the bottom of the fish tank. Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.
  • ADJUSTABLE TUBE LENGTH - Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease, supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums. Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • EASY TO INSTALL AND USE - Please power on only after put the gravel vacuum into aquarium water. If you power on out of water, it would suck into air and would stop working. Suitable for fish and turtle tank, freshwater and saltwater.
  • AUTOMATIC WORK BY BATTERY - Battery case on the top, only 2* batteries needed for easy and safe installation. (Not Included Battery)
  • Manufacture: Eurobuy
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 10.3 Ounces
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Eurobuy 1101916/120427AM12UK2 Final Thoughts

"Wonderful sand."

I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. The item is as pictured and described. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned.

Overall Score
3.3


(57 Points)

4. 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)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Saltwater Aquarium Sand

5. AQUANATURAL Oolitic Aragonite 10lb Aquarium Sand for Reef, Saltwater and Marine Tanks and Aquariums

User Ratings: 77

AquaNatural ARAGO010 First Impressions

"But its natural SAND."

I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. The water was clear by the next day. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

  • AQUANATURAL Oolitic Aragonite 10lb Aquarium Sand for Reef, Saltwater and Marine Tanks and Aquariums
  • Unsurpassed buffering capability - keeps pH at a stable 8.2
  • 98% pure calcium carbonate - no impurities like other sands
  • Naturally renewable oolitic aragonite from a sustainable source
  • Pisces is the only company that has a lease with The Bahamian government to harvest aragonite
  • Manufacture: Pisces USA
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 10.63 x 2.5 inches; 9.83 Pounds
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AquaNatural ARAGO010 Final Thoughts

"There's been zero issues."

This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate.

Overall Score
4.7


(13 Points)

6. LONDAFISH Aquarium Air Stone Disk Tray Aquarium Oxygen Pump Sand Stone Bubble for Fish Tank High Tem...

User Ratings: 48 9

LONDAFISH First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

The sand looks more natural and clean. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. It looks great and it's super quality. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good.

  • LONDAFISH Aquarium Air Stone Disk Tray Aquarium Oxygen Pump Sand Stone Bubble for Fish Tank High Temperature Sintered Gas Airstone Diffuser Plate
  • Durable: The bubble plate with high temperature made and the fine bubbles can increase oxygen levels, lower CO2 and raise PH, it also can be easily washed for re-use.
  • Strong Compatibility: Round fish tank bubble sand round disk fits for 4mm or 8mm inner diameter tube.
  • High Material: The airstone disk uses finely compressed material and the bubble is small and bubble is concentrated at one surface.
  • Adjustable Atmospheric plate:Adjustable bubbles, the smaller the volume, the smaller the bubbles. Weight enough to sink in the bottom, no need suction cups.
  • Application: Aquarium Air Stone ideal for freshwater, saltwater aquariums, hydroponic, or in aqua farms, aqua cultures.
  • Manufacture: LONDAFISH
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LONDAFISH Final Thoughts

"RINSE VERY WELL!"

Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Plant tanks require high light levels. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Plants are easy to plant in it as well.

Overall Score
3.9


(13 Points)

7. Coarse Aragonite 10lb Sand for Reef, Saltwater and Marine Aquariums

User Ratings: 59 25

AquaNatural ARAGC010 First Impressions

"He digs holes."

The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. I thought it was soap, but it's not. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead.

  • Coarse Aragonite 10lb Sand for Reef, Saltwater and Marine Aquariums
  • Unsurpassed buffering capability - keeps pH at a stable 8.2
  • Phosphate free
  • 98% pure calcium carbonate - no impurities like other forms of aragonite
  • Naturally renewable oolitic aragonite - sustainable sourced
  • Genuine Marine aragonite - not land mined
  • The only brand with a lease from The Bahamian government to harvest aragonite
  • Manufacture: Pisces USA
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AquaNatural ARAGC010 Final Thoughts

"Shrimp tank."

This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. The sand looks more natural and clean. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

Overall Score
3.9


(8 Points)

8. Worldwide Imports AWWA10801 Live Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound, Pink

User Ratings: 87

Worldwide Imports 029621 First Impressions

"No harm to the fish."

But that is also something to consider with all sands. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted.

  • Worldwide Imports AWWA10801 Live Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound, Pink
  • Worldwide live aragonite pink sand 20lb-2pieces
  • Collected in its natural environment and packaged in its natural state
  • Just place in tank add saltwater
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 029621 Final Thoughts

"Nice touch."

Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! The grain size will range from fine to medium. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. But I have to give it to this sand. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
4.9


(7 Points)

9. Worldwide Imports AWWA10741 2-Piece Live Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound, Black

User Ratings: 41

Worldwide Imports 29619 First Impressions

"Really good sand."

This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. But I have to give it to this sand. The Estes sand came highly recommended. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. 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. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again!

  • Worldwide Imports AWWA10741 2-Piece Live Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound, Black
  • Worldwide live aragonite black sand 20lb-2pieces
  • Collected in its natural environment and packaged in its natural state
  • Just place in tank add saltwater
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29619 Final Thoughts

"WHAT A MESS!"

Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. Plant tanks require high light levels. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean.

Overall Score
3.2


(4 Points)

10. Kicode TOPmountain Square Aquarium Fish Tank Bottom Sand Gravel Filter Board Filtration Plate Aquari...

User Ratings: 49 51

Kicode First Impressions

"It is to be expected."

A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. But that is also something to consider with all sands. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket.

  • Kicode TOPmountain Square Aquarium Fish Tank Bottom Sand Gravel Filter Board Filtration Plate Aquarium Accessory Black/White Portable
  • High efficiency, eco-friendly and portable.
  • Assembled structure, with unlimited expension, mesh design.
  • Length: 14.3cm;Width: 14.3cm
  • This undergravel filter hides from view for maximum aesthetics. Safe for use in both freshwater and saltwater tanks.
  • Simply place filter plates at the bottom of the tank and cover with gravel.
  • Manufacture: Kicode
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Kicode Final Thoughts

"Good Luck!"

Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. The water was clear by the next day. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it.

Overall Score
3.0


(2 Points)

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