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. Penn-Plax 64671 Finding Dory Hank on Sand, Mini

User Ratings: 65

Penn-Plax 64671 First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. But that is also something to consider with all sands. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. It looks really pretty and natural.

  • Penn-Plax 64671 Finding Dory Hank on Sand, Mini
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great Value
  • This product is Manufactured in China
  • Manufacture: PS04O
  • Item Weight: 0.352 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 1.5 inches
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Penn-Plax 64671 Final Thoughts

"Great substrate."

This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. When adding water, no dust, no mess. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
4.3


(22 Points)

7. FVE Water Pipe Suction Device Siphon Gravel Cleaner for Fish Tank Washing Sand

FVE First Impressions

"I recommend this."

This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

  • FVE Water Pipe Suction Device Siphon Gravel Cleaner for Fish Tank Washing Sand
  • 1.Tanks water changes easy and effective with minimum effort.
  • 2.Does not hurt any aquarium fish when using.
  • 3.It will clean the tank by sucking up dirt and debris from the bottom.
  • 4.There is a built-in filter to prevent juvenile fish or sand suction from tank.
  • 5.It can also be used to pump water back into the aquarium.
  • Manufacture: FVE
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FVE Final Thoughts

"You can see in photos."

My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. You really can't go wrong buying this sand!

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

8. Hewnda 2 Pound Fish Tank Sand Glass Beads - Aquarium Decoration Ornament Stone for Fish Turtle Tank ...

Hewnda First Impressions

"I didn't want tan."

It looks great and it's super quality. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes.

  • Hewnda 2 Pound Fish Tank Sand Glass Beads - Aquarium Decoration Ornament Stone for Fish Turtle Tank Landscape Bottom
  • Non-Toxic & Safe: made of glass, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water. Good choice for your aquarium and succulent decoration.
  • Weight: 2 pounds, about 1000 gram. Stone size: 3-6 mm. Material: glass sand. Volume: 0.22 gallons.
  • Use indoor & outdoor. Shiny in water. Perfect decor for fresh & saltwater aquariums, ponds, terrariums, gardens, potted plants, vases, ash trays, crafts & hobbies
  • Use Rinse with water 3-4 times before,do not rubbing force.Not toy, keep away from children for chocking hazard.
  • perfect for accenting your potted succulent creations and aquarium! Keep it away from children under 3 years in case chocking hazard!
  • Manufacture: Hewnda
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Hewnda Final Thoughts

"I recommend this."

Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

9. TELLW Fish Tank Bottom Sand Color Stone Natural White Sand Aquarium Decorative Color Sand Potted Gar...

User Ratings: 70

TELLW First Impressions

"Like go overboard."

There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out!

  • TELLW Fish Tank Bottom Sand Color Stone Natural White Sand Aquarium Decorative Color Sand Potted Garden Landscaping Stone
  • 1-2mm,500g
  • Stone
  • Exquisite life from exquisite home decoration and household stuff,let the good always accompany
  • Please watch the size before buying
  • Due to the screen display reason, maybe have slightly chromatic aberration, please understand
  • Manufacture: TELLW
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TELLW Final Thoughts

"Highly recommended."

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. It looks great and it's super quality. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate.

Overall Score
4.7


(3 Points)

10. ACTIVA Decor Sand, 28oz - Black

User Ratings: 67 6

Activa 4294 First Impressions

"Will purchase again."

My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand.

  • ACTIVA Decor Sand, 28oz - Black
  • Add just the right decorative touch with ACTIVA Décor Sand, the preferred choice of sand designers and home décor specialists
  • Available in a wide range of beautiful, rich, robust colors; create dramatic works of art with this color-fast, fade-proof and waterproof sand
  • The perfect color and texture embellishment for home and party décor, floral and candle design, weddings and celebrations
  • Match and enhance event color themes with the extensive color palette, find just the right color tone and statement for the perfect accent
  • Fully safe and non-toxic; no free silica or quartz, it's 100% natural and environmentally friendly; ACMI Certified, AP approved and meets CA Prop 65
  • Manufacture: Activa Products Inc.
  • Item Weight: 1.75 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 5.13 x 1 x 8.75 inches
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Activa 4294 Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps!"

Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! Plant tanks require high light levels. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller.

Overall Score
4.4


(503 Points)

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