Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Silica Aquarium Sand

1. Hamster Bathing Sand,Gerbil Powder Grooming Sand for Tiny Friends Farm Chinchilla Dust Bath Potty Li...

User Ratings: 64 7

Hamiledyi First Impressions

"No harm to the fish."

When adding water, no dust, no mess. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Some people might have time to, but I do not. The grain size will range from fine to medium.

  • Hamster Bathing Sand,Gerbil Powder Grooming Sand for Tiny Friends Farm Chinchilla Dust Bath Potty Litter Sand (2LB) (Hamster Sand) (Hamster Bath Sand Dust(A))
  • ❤100% natural sand,Great chioice for hamster bath.
  • ❤ It is the choice of many owners of show chinchillas for ideal coat condition.
  • ❤Pet will thoroughly enjoy themselves and the sand will help keep their coats healthy by removing excess oils.
  • ❤Keeps your pet entertained for hours.This small animal grooming sand an also be used as a potty training kit for degus,gerbil, chinchilla, hedgehog, guinea pig,etc
  • ❤Package including:1 bag*2LB bathing sand This hamster bath sand is made from natural sand, just keep it dry and It won't expire.
  • Hamiledyi Bathing Sand is 100% natural White cloud snow silica sand,Do not add any fragrance natural,pure and white and is totally dust free.It is also naturally absorbent.It is the choice of many owners of show chinchillas for ideal coat condition.
  • Our Small pets deserve the very best.it Is fun for our Small Animal to Play In and the Purest Natural Pumice Cleanser for our Pet!
  • Chinchillas should have a sand bath every day.Place bathing sand into a high-sided box or cat litter tray and let our Chinchillas roll around in it.
  • Manufacture: Hamiledyi
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Hamiledyi Final Thoughts

"4 lb bags."

Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand.

Overall Score
4.2


(635 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Silica Aquarium Sand

2. 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)

3. Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Natural Sedona

User Ratings: 78 2

Reptile Sciences 81010 First Impressions

"Good Luck!"

My Corydoras are having a field day! Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Natural Sedona
  • 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; 10 Pounds
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Reptile Sciences 81010 Final Thoughts

"And it is perfect!"

Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand.

Overall Score
4.6


(228 Points)

4. Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Green

User Ratings: 76 8

Reptile Sciences 82310 First Impressions

"This can be true."

I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up.

  • Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Green
  • 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; 10 Pounds
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Reptile Sciences 82310 Final Thoughts

"Like go overboard."

You really can't go wrong buying this sand! The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.5


(73 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Silica Aquarium Sand

5. Activ Betta Aquarium Sand, 1-Pound, Black Gravel

User Ratings: 50 14

Activ Betta 10921 First Impressions

"You can see in photos."

The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank.

  • Activ Betta Aquarium Sand, 1-Pound, Black Gravel
  • Silica & Phosphate free
  • Contains essential strontium, potassium and magnesium
  • Natural odor neutralizer
  • Creates an all natural environment
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches; 5.6 Ounces
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Activ Betta 10921 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. It looks great and it's super quality. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white.

Overall Score
3.8


(42 Points)

6. Envirofill Green Silica Sand for Landscape Artificial Turf Synthetic Grass - 50 Pound Bag

User Ratings: 62

PREMIUM PRO TURF First Impressions

"Hope it works out."

I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. Some people might have time to, but I do not. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times.

  • Envirofill Green Silica Sand for Landscape Artificial Turf Synthetic Grass - 50 Pound Bag
  • 50 lb Bag Turf infill for your home’s artificial lawn: it’s clean, toxin-free, and durable
  • Zero watering. No frequent top-off. These factors and more make Envirofill the infill of choice for homes, parks, and facilities where people are more focused on living and playing than on upkeep and maintenance.
  • With its superior durability, Envirofill can be used for multiple turf lifecycles with no decrease in performance. In fact, the product carries a 16-year warranty, the most extensive coverage in the industry.
  • With over 150 synthetic turf fields nationwide and countless backyards, playgrounds, and parks choosing Envirofill, it’s the the most trusted and longest-lasting non-rubber turf infill on the market. It’s the perfect selection when maintenance, long-term performance, safety, and durability are key decision factors.
  • Athletes love the firm, fast and safe surface Envirofill provides. Its highly-rounded quartz core resists compaction so it doesn’t continue to compact over the life of your field - a must-have when consistent high performance is desired. It’s the only pet-friendly turf infill that combats odors while maintaining longevity and cleanliness in backyard, playground, and park applications.
  • Manufacture: Premium Pro Turf
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PREMIUM PRO TURF Final Thoughts

"More like micro gravel."

The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. 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. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
4.4


(17 Points)

7. Unipac Silver Sand Fish Tank Substrate

User Ratings: 43

Unipac First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. Plants are easy to plant in it as well.

  • Unipac Silver Sand Fish Tank Substrate
  • Disposable
  • Material: Fine grade silica.
  • Silver sand is a popular substrate for aquariums and helps create a natural environment for your fish.
  • For use in freshwater tropical and cold water systems.
  • Fine grade makes it ideal for planted aquariums and is also great for bottom feeding fish, offering a smooth surface to swim over and potential damage to barbels.
  • Manufacture: Unipac
  • Item Weight: 4.41 Pounds
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Unipac Final Thoughts

"I am so happy I did!"

I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. The sand looks more natural and clean. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. The water was clear by the next day. It's as close to white sand as you can get!

Overall Score
3.7


(7 Points)

8. 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
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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


(5 Points)

9. Carib Sea SCS00723 2-Pack Reptiles Calcium Substrate Sand, 20-Pound, Smokey Sands

User Ratings: 55 27

Carib Sea 008479007230 First Impressions

"Love it, great product."

The sand looks more natural and clean. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Plants are easy to plant in it as well. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand.

  • Carib Sea SCS00723 2-Pack Reptiles Calcium Substrate Sand, 20-Pound, Smokey Sands
  • Ideal for true chameleons or any tortoise, snake, lizard, arachnid or insect that comes from an arid or semi arid environment
  • Made of aragonite, the most soluble form of calcium carbonate
  • Features 100 percent edible and easily digestible and naturally spherical grains that will not scratch valuable animals inside or out
  • Contains strontium and magnesium while being free of silica and phosphates
  • Available in Smokey sands color; weighs 20-pounds; includes 2-piece per pack
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 20 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479007230 Final Thoughts

"My fish was undisturbed."

My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it.

Overall Score
3.7


(4 Points)

10. Liveday Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel

Liveday First Impressions

"This sand is very light."

It helped the water clear up faster. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said.

  • Liveday Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel
  • Quick processing, or screening dirt from the gravel of the fish tank.
  • lightweight with comfortable handle. Help to easily scoops up the sand.
  • made of plastic, economical and practical.
  • it is designed with small slats, it is very suitable for filtering sand and removing large pieces of waste.
  • sand shovel is an essential cleaning tool for the aquarium.
  • Manufacture: Liveday
  • Item Weight: 6.3 ounces
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Liveday Final Thoughts

"I hope it goes away soon."

It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

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