Editor's Choice - Our Favorite SunGrow Aquarium Sand

1. SunGrow Aquarium Gravel and Sand Cleaner Kit with Priming Bulb, 4-Minutes to Assemble, Easy-to-Use, ...

User Ratings: 50 9

SunGrow First Impressions

"I have two Dojo Loaches."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I never did get around to switching to gravel. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap.

  • SunGrow Aquarium Gravel and Sand Cleaner Kit with Priming Bulb, 4-Minutes to Assemble, Easy-to-Use, Perfect for Neon Tetra Fish Tanks, No Mess and Spillage During Water Maintenance
  • ✔ GOOD AQUARIUM KEEPING AT YOUR DOORSTEP — No more scooping up dirty water with a pail; that can be messy. SunGrow Aquarium Cleaning Pump kit is a system with a hand controller that helps you clear out your tank efficiently and quickly by having the features you definitely need! This is suitable for maintaining fish aquariums belonging to characiform order. Each part is meticulously designed to give you the best aquarium cleaning experience you can possibly have.
  • ✔ ROUTINE MAINTENANCE MADE EASY — Each SunGrow Gravel and Sand substrate cleaner comes with a short nozzle, nozzle net, flexible standard tubing, operation/pump bulb, and discharge hose. While all these parts can be adjusted and modified as per your needs, the operation bulb or the hand starter is the unique component that sets it apart from other similar items in the market.
  • ✔ FREQUENT WATER CHANGE ENSURES HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT — Without water changes, your Characidae inhabitants may have a hard time inside their little home. This tool by SunGrow has the ability to withstand kink. Routine maintenance is made possible and it will not take much of your time. This no-spill system is made high quality to not let your cardinal, black or serpae tetra fish get hurt or even disturbed while it is being used to transfer water.
  • ✔ 4-MINUTES TO SETUP — The short nozzle feature of SunGrow Aquarium sand and substrate cleaner is perfect when you want to replenish or drain water out of your tank. Just place the nozzle in your tank. For convenience, attach it with a suction cup. This will make work easier for you because you don’t need to hold it while draining out water! Press on, or squeeze the pump bulb 5 to 7 times and the water will start to flow out of the nozzle. See the description below for more details.
  • ✔ HASSLE-FREE STORAGE- The flexible siphon pump restricts the small gravel and debris from going into the hose. Not only that, after it has done the deed, it won’t give you a hard time thinking where you would store it, as it can be placed practically anywhere! With its strategic portable design, you can keep it in any place you want where you can easily access it the next time you need it.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"Won't go back to gravel!"

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. Plant tanks require high light levels. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it.

Overall Score
4.0


(114 Points)

2. Carib Sea ACS00457 Seaflor Super Reef Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound

Carib Sea 008479004574 First Impressions

"LOVE THE SAND!"

There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag.

  • Carib Sea ACS00457 Seaflor Super Reef Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound
  • re-create natural reef eco systems
  • 100% aragonite ; keeps ph stable
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • great for African cichlids
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 11.6 x 5.2 inches; 11.6 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479004574 Final Thoughts

"I recommend this."

I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too.

Overall Score
3.4


(3 Points)

3. Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBA4 Ballistic Blue Sand, 1/2-Pound

User Ratings: 29

Zoo Med 976519 First Impressions

"The sand is nice."

If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. My Corydoras are having a field day! No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate.

  • Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBA4 Ballistic Blue Sand, 1/2-Pound
  • Zoo ballistic blue sand 1/2lb
  • Excellent for fishbowls or Nano tanks
  • Zoo med laboratories, inc Designs and manufactures reptile products as well as product for, amphibians, birds and aquatic pets
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Zoo Med 976519 Final Thoughts

"The algae will die off."

Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6.

Overall Score
3.7


(4 Points)

4. UP AQUA Sand for Aquatic Plants

User Ratings: 68 5

U.P. Aqua UA-560B First Impressions

"Fantastic sand."

I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Some people might have time to, but I do not. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains!

  • UP AQUA Sand for Aquatic Plants
  • Ph value at 6.5
  • Does not require rinse before use
  • Not easy to break down
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 11.0 Pounds
  • Manufacture: UP AQUA
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 13 x 10 inches; 11 Pounds
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U.P. Aqua UA-560B Final Thoughts

"Like a dog."

Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. The Estes sand came highly recommended.

Overall Score
4.3


(75 Points)

5. 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)

6. Nature's Ocean Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Sand 20 lb.

User Ratings: 78 7

WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENTERPRISES FBA_10701 First Impressions

"Really good sand."

Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. When adding water, no dust, no mess. I thought it was soap, but it's not. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out.

  • Nature's Ocean Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Sand 20 lb.
  • 100% natural, premium marine substrate
  • Contains natural live marine bacteria to quickly stabilize tank
  • Removes nitrogenous waste and restores natural organic balance
  • Maintains proper pH
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENTERPRISES
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
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WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENTERPRISES FBA_10701 Final Thoughts

"Really happy with it."

There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
4.5


(229 Points)

7. 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)

8. BPA-Free, TERAPUMP Aquarium Fish Tank Pond Cleaner Siphon Pump for Water Changing, Water Replacement...

TERA PUMP First Impressions

"Overall, I like it!"

I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. The grain size will range from fine to medium. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. But I have to give it to this sand. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine.

  • BPA-Free, TERAPUMP Aquarium Fish Tank Pond Cleaner Siphon Pump for Water Changing, Water Replacement etc
  • Suction Tube increased to Extra-Large (7ft ) allows for use in bigger Aquariums ( 20 Gallons or Greater )
  • Up to 1.5 Gallons per Minute with Discharge hose: 2.5 ft and Suction Hose of 7 ft
  • Suction Cub: Securely keeps the suction tube in place allowing the pump to operated with one hand
  • Shorter Nozzle is for Drainage, Long Nozzle is for Cleaning Fish Leftovers, Droppings, fine gravel while replacing the water (Will NOT hurt any Aquarium Life)
  • Gravel will not enter the pump and will NOT clog while operating
  • Manufacture: TERA PUMP
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TERA PUMP Final Thoughts

"Just be careful."

I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. WAYBER White Stones Decorative Pebble Rock Sand for Aquarium/Fish Turtle Tank/Vase Filler/Succulent ...

User Ratings: 63 2

WAYBER W-ST-WHITE-2LB First Impressions

"And it is perfect!"

My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Some people might have time to, but I do not. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank.

  • WAYBER White Stones Decorative Pebble Rock Sand for Aquarium/Fish Turtle Tank/Vase Filler/Succulent Plants Decoration
  • Net Weight: 2 pounds (920 grams). Fill 2 Cups or 0.5 L volume. NB the stones are 2 lbs heavy enough but SMALL BAG!
  • Safe & Long Lasting: Non-toxic just like river gravels, color won't fade away through time.
  • Widely Usage: Excellent for fish and succulent plant, build a natural and shining looking for home of you and your de-lovelys. Perfect for aquarium, terrarium, flowerpot, vase, wedding decoration, etc.
  • Easy to Clean - Pebbles are polished and smooth. But due to transportation bump, it's normal to be some powder on surface. So before you first use, please wash 2-3 times until their surface clean.
  • Warm Tips: To avoid children eating by mistake, keep it away from children under 3.
  • Manufacture: WAYBER
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WAYBER W-ST-WHITE-2LB Final Thoughts

"Very good product."

If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted.

Overall Score
4.3


(70 Points)

10. Stoney River Blue Aquatic Sand Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 79 3

Stoney River 6602 First Impressions

"Stick hose into bucket."

It looks really pretty and natural. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Some people might have time to, but I do not. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going.

  • Stoney River Blue Aquatic Sand Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag
  • Will not affect PH
  • Safe for use in freshwater aquariums
  • Non-Toxic coating
  • Manufacture: Estes Gravel Products
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Stoney River 6602 Final Thoughts

"But its natural SAND."

Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again!

Overall Score
4.6


(42 Points)

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