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. Estes Gravel Products AES25206 Este Marine Sand Natural for Aquarium, 25-Pound

Estes' 346041 First Impressions

"Nice touch."

Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. The Estes sand came highly recommended. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! But that is also something to consider with all sands.

  • Estes Gravel Products AES25206 Este Marine Sand Natural for Aquarium, 25-Pound
  • Perfect for use in aquariums, terrariums, and planters
  • Coated with environmentally-friendly Resin
  • Virtually dust-free!
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Natural Color
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 26 Pounds
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Estes' 346041 Final Thoughts

"One is just the sand."

No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

7. Penn-Plax 64677 Finding Dory Hank on Sand

User Ratings: 63

Penn-Plax 64677 First Impressions

"Sand is beautiful."

My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. The grain size will range from fine to medium.

  • Penn-Plax 64677 Finding Dory Hank on Sand
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great Value
  • This product is Manufactured in China
  • Manufacture: Prime Pet Deals - Code 2
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.1 x 2 inches; 1.6 Ounces
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Penn-Plax 64677 Final Thoughts

"The algae will die off."

I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it.

Overall Score
4.4


(10 Points)

8. 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)

9. Arag-Alive Bahama Oolite Sand in Bahama Oolite Set of 2 - 20 lb Packages / 40 lbs Total

Carib Sea First Impressions

"This sand is very fine."

There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. The grain size will range from fine to medium. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected.

  • Arag-Alive Bahama Oolite Sand in Bahama Oolite Set of 2 - 20 lb Packages / 40 lbs Total
  • 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
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 inches
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"It worked like a charm."

Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

10. DERCLIVE Aquarium gravel cleaner, quick water changer with air pressure button, fish tank sand remov...

User Ratings: 32 34

DERCLIVE 1097194/120204RJQKGB First Impressions

"This sand is very fine."

That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The Estes sand came highly recommended. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

  • DERCLIVE Aquarium gravel cleaner, quick water changer with air pressure button, fish tank sand remover kit, straw vacuum cleaner with hose controller clip
  • 1.Powerful auto siphon pump for easy operation with dirt cleaning efficiency.
  • 2.Eco-friendly and soft tube.
  • 3.Separate On/Off flow value switch.
  • 4.Integrated gravel and sand strainer.
  • 5.Widely work with small to large aquarium tanks.
  • Manufacture: DERCLIVE
  • Product Dimensions: 17.32 x 9.45 x 2.95 inches; 1.06 Pounds
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DERCLIVE 1097194/120204RJQKGB Final Thoughts

"Hope it works out."

Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. The item is as pictured and described. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. It looks really pretty and natural. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate.

Overall Score
3.3


(3 Points)

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