Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Seachem Aquarium Sand

1. Flourite Black Sand, 7 kg / 15.4 lbs

User Ratings: 70 4

Seachem 3525 First Impressions

"Great substrate."

Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. The Estes sand came highly recommended. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag.

  • Flourite Black Sand, 7 kg / 15.4 lbs
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great Value
  • This product is Manufactured in United States
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.75 x 1.75 inches; 1 Pounds
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Seachem 3525 Final Thoughts

"I have no complaints."

But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. The water was clear by the next day. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. The sand looks more natural and clean. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it.

Overall Score
4.5


(520 Points)

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2. Seachem Fluorite Onyx Sand Substrate

User Ratings: 57 11

Seachem 3505 First Impressions

"More like micro gravel."

Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap.

  • Seachem Fluorite Onyx Sand Substrate
  • Fracted Porous substrate for the aquarium
  • Specially fracted Porous substrate for the aquarium; Suitable for most marine and freshwater environments including reef and planted aquariums
  • Most effective when used alone as an integral substrate bed but may be mixed with other gravels or Sands
  • Not chemically coated or treated but does have a slight buffering capacity
  • Premium natural sand for the planted aquarium
  • Rich in carbonates
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.75 x 1.75 inches; 15.4 Pounds
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Seachem 3505 Final Thoughts

"Will purchase again."

I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. The grain size will range from fine to medium. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag.

Overall Score
4.0


(334 Points)

3. Seachem Fluorite Black Sand Substrate, 7.7 Ounces Each

User Ratings: 74 4

Seachem 67135230 First Impressions

"He digs holes."

The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. It looks great and it's super quality. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind.

  • Seachem Fluorite Black Sand Substrate, 7.7 Ounces Each
  • Premium natural sand for the planted aquarium
  • Good for the life of the aquarium
  • Manufacture: Seachem
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 1 Pounds
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Seachem 67135230 Final Thoughts

"Sand is beautiful."

I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. The grain size will range from fine to medium.

Overall Score
4.6


(85 Points)

4. Seachem Fluorite Sand 3.5kg 7.7lb

User Ratings: 55 8

Seachem 001189 First Impressions

"No complaints at all."

But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

  • Seachem Fluorite Sand 3.5kg 7.7lb
  • Premium natural Sand for the Planted Aquarium
  • Good for the life of the Aquarium
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 1.98 x 1.98 x 1.98 inches; 1 Pounds
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Seachem 001189 Final Thoughts

"Very good product."

It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! The Estes sand came highly recommended. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap.

Overall Score
4.1


(13 Points)

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5. Seachem Flourite Sand, 15.4 lb

User Ratings: 50

Seachem 67103515 First Impressions

"Just some dust."

This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead.

  • Seachem Flourite Sand, 15.4 lb
  • The premium substrate for the Planted Aquarium
  • Specially fracted, stable Porous clay gravel for the natural Planted Aquarium
  • Its appearance is best suited to Planted aquaria, but may be used in any Aquarium environment
  • Never needs replacement and remains effective for the life of the Aquarium
  • Not chemically coated or treated and will not alter the pH of the water
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.8 x 11.8 inches; 15.4 Pounds
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Seachem 67103515 Final Thoughts

"Really good sand."

If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. It's as close to white sand as you can get! I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand.

Overall Score
4.5


(2 Points)

6. Caribsea Arag-Alive Fiji Aquarium Sand, 10-Pound, Pink

User Ratings: 74 9

Carib Sea 008479017925 First Impressions

"They love it so far!"

For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. It looks really pretty and natural. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. It looks really pretty and natural.

  • Caribsea Arag-Alive Fiji Aquarium Sand, 10-Pound, Pink
  • You can now bring the world's most exotic reefs into your home with CaribSea Arag-Alive
  • It is developed from CaribSea cooperation with public aquariums and zoological parks, where authenticity is a must
  • Arag-Alive helps maintain a proper pH for the life of your aquarium without the constant addition of chemicals
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 10 inches; 10 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479017925 Final Thoughts

"Bottom dwellers love it."

Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. It looks great and it's super quality. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing.

Overall Score
4.4


(35 Points)

7. Boxtech Fish Tank Water Change, Aquarium Vacuum Siphon Water Changer Pump Sand Cleaner for Aquarium ...

User Ratings: 65 6

boxtech First Impressions

"Great product."

It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

  • Boxtech Fish Tank Water Change, Aquarium Vacuum Siphon Water Changer Pump Sand Cleaner for Aquarium Water Filter
  • Boxtech Aquarium Cleaner: Water changer, washing sand, cleaning, it’s a multifunctional cleaning tool. Compatible with additional nozzle can help clean gravels which will effectively separates excrement and food residue from your aquarium, keep the water crystal clean.
  • Compact Structure: Compatible with 1pcs soft water pipe(72.4in) and 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2). It is easy to install and operate. fitting different-sized fish tank.
  • Anti-Back Flow Valve Design - Widened anti-reverse pipe makes drainage more effective. Kindly Note: Please put the QV letter end downward against the bucket when using because the pump is unidirectional.
  • Safe and Easy Use: Made of quality flexible PVC plastic which could ensure a long time use. It won't collapse to block the water flow, also, it is not too stiff, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use.
  • Special Design: Extra long tubing & hard pipes allows you to reach any dirty spots immediately without getting your hands wet
  • The water exchanger can be fixed on the glass of fish tank, great for daily maintenance and routine water changing.
  • 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2),
  • High quality PVC tube with High strength, corrosion resistant feature, won't collapse to block the water flow, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use
  • Manufacture: boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 3 x 11.3 inches; 14.39 Ounces
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boxtech Final Thoughts

"You can see in photos."

One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. I never did get around to switching to gravel. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend.

Overall Score
4.3


(653 Points)

8. AquaNatural Oolitic Aragonite 20lb Aquarium Sand for Reef, Saltwater and Marine Tanks and Aquariums

AquaNatural ARAGO020 First Impressions

"No complaints at all."

I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Plant tanks require high light levels. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing.

  • AquaNatural Oolitic Aragonite 20lb 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
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Pisces USA
  • Product Dimensions: 16.93 x 10.9 x 2.6 inches; 20.3 Pounds
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AquaNatural ARAGO020 Final Thoughts

"This sand is very fine."

The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. The item is as pictured and described. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. 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)

10. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner,1-Set,Addlike 8.5ft Length Aquarium Water Changer Gravel & Sand Cleaner Fish...

User Ratings: 62

Addlike First Impressions

"I really like this sand."

I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! The filter doesn't agitate the sand either.

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner,1-Set,Addlike 8.5ft Length Aquarium Water Changer Gravel & Sand Cleaner Fish Siphon Pump for Fish Tank Blue
  • ⭐This aquarium water changer easily siphon fish dung and feed residues, draw the turbid water out of the fish tank, and replace it with clean water to make your fish free.
  • ⭐Material: Plastic; Color: Blue; Full length: 8.5 ft
  • ⭐Packing: 1Set x Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaner
  • ⭐Equipped with a water outlet valve, the size of the water flow can be adjusted according to needs, and it is detachable and easy to clean.
  • ⭐Good quality and low price: You can accomplish the same work as high-priced products at a low cost, and you deserve it.
  • Manufacture: Addlike
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Addlike Final Thoughts

"Love the look!"

I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. The sand looks more natural and clean. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out.

Overall Score
4.6


(3 Points)

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