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. Mcgrady1xm Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5 in 1 Automatic Vacuum Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Set,Wat...

User Ratings: 33 22

mcgrady1xm First Impressions

"Really happy with it."

This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

  • Mcgrady1xm Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5 in 1 Automatic Vacuum Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Set,Water Changer Sand Washer with Filter Cotton
  • 【Full of Sincerity, Full in Packages】1 handle, 4 sections of extension tubes, 1 switch,1 low suction pump, 1 sand vaccum, 1 shower, 1 debris vacuum, 1 brush head, 1 sand washing head, 1 filter bag and 59in water hose
  • 【Longer and Deeper】Comes with 4 sections of extension tube, which can extend from 19 inches to 46 inches, longer than other products! 4-foot-deep fish tank can be easily cleaned and water changed
  • 【Water Changer】Super strong pump and high heed,flow rate up to 496GPH(8.3 Gallon per Minute), 7ft head, starting water level as low as 1.9in, pumping as low as 0.3in, shallow fish tank can also use, fast and efficient, no need to waste time manually changing water,drop your siphon!
  • 【Upgrade 5 in 1】We can do: ① Quickly suck impurities ② Quickly wash sand ③ Rain mode ④ Pumping mode ⑤ Quickly add water mode to meet all your cleaning and water changing requirements
  • 【Perform their duties】Duckbill suction head is suitable for bare tank use, corner sand washing head is suitable for landscaping sand and stone fish tank, effluent rain shower can bathe turtles, low suction seat can be sucked to low water level, Sand washing head attachment for cleaning coarse gravel , brush head for cleaning on the substrate
  • Manufacture: mcgrady1xm
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mcgrady1xm Final Thoughts

"Good Luck!"

You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend.

Overall Score
3.3


(33 Points)

3. Carib Sea ACS05823 Super Natural Torpedo Beach Sand Aquarium, 5-Pounds

User Ratings: 74 5

Carib Sea 008479058232 First Impressions

"One is just the sand."

The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty.

  • Carib Sea ACS05823 Super Natural Torpedo Beach Sand Aquarium, 5-Pounds
  • re-create natural ecosystems
  • ph neutral ; great for all aquariums
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • no paints or dyes used
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479058232 Final Thoughts

"Hope it works out."

You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. My Corydoras are having a field day! The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
4.5


(125 Points)

4. Sand + Paws Ocean Mist Scented Candle, Neutralizes Pet Odors, Double Wick, 12 Oz (Turquoise)

User Ratings: 49 51

Sand + Fog First Impressions

"You'll thank me later!"

Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. The item is as pictured and described. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. Plant tanks require high light levels. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph.

  • Sand + Paws Ocean Mist Scented Candle, Neutralizes Pet Odors, Double Wick, 12 Oz (Turquoise)
  • Neutralizes pet odors
  • Two wicks for even burn
  • Soy-blend wax
  • 12 oz
  • Manufacture: Sand + Fog
  • Item Weight: 12 ounces
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Sand + Fog Final Thoughts

"Highly recommended."

I never did get around to switching to gravel. I never did get around to switching to gravel. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. The sand looks more natural and clean. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for.

Overall Score
3.0


(2 Points)

5. Carib Sea ACS00905 Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 80 2

Carib Sea 008479009050 First Impressions

"Very good product."

The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. It looks really pretty and natural. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems.

  • Carib Sea ACS00905 Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • 100% aragonite supports proper ph
  • This method preserves real live sand with its own original, natural bacteria
  • re-create natural reef environments
  • more beneficial bacteria than any other product on the market
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479009050 Final Thoughts

"Love love love love love!"

I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. It looks really pretty and natural. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for.

Overall Score
4.6


(130 Points)

6. U.P. Aqua Shrimp Sand

User Ratings: 74 6

U.P. Aqua D-550 First Impressions

"Oh, and one other thing."

Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. The item is as pictured and described. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine.

  • U.P. Aqua Shrimp Sand
  • Small uniform grain sizes
  • Contains trace minerals vital for shrimps
  • Easy to maintain, great for breeding
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 4.4 Pounds
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
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U.P. Aqua D-550 Final Thoughts

"I hope it goes away soon."

Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. It looks great and it's super quality. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product.

Overall Score
4.5


(88 Points)

7. Carib Sea Super Natural Moonlight Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound (2 Pack)

User Ratings: 80 3

Carib Sea First Impressions

"You'll thank me later!"

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

  • Carib Sea Super Natural Moonlight Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound (2 Pack)
  • Natural white creates great color contrasts
  • Ph neutral ; used in salt and freshwater aquariums
  • No dyes or paints used
  • Made in the USA
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"It is to be expected."

The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. It helped the water clear up faster. My Corydoras are having a field day! Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
4.6


(91 Points)

8. Stoney River Black Aquatic Sand Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 70

Stoney River 06606 First Impressions

"No harm to the filters."

Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. The item is as pictured and described. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph.

  • Stoney River Black Aquatic Sand Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag
  • Will not affect PH
  • Safe for use in freshwater aquariums
  • Non-Toxic coating
  • Package Dimensions: 27.177 L x 5.08H x17.78Wcentimeters
  • Manufacture: Clifford W. Estes CO, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1 inches; 5 Pounds
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Stoney River 06606 Final Thoughts

"They love it!"

It looks really pretty and natural. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.7


(5 Points)

9. Worldwide Imports AWWA1063 Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 48 19

Worldwide Imports 29615 First Impressions

"Repeated 3-4 times."

I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I never did get around to switching to gravel. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much!

  • Worldwide Imports AWWA1063 Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound
  • Worldwide aragonite 1 sand 20lb-2piece
  • Reduces nitrates
  • Ideal for reef system tank bottoms denitrifying anaerobic beds extremely high surface area filter media
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29615 Final Thoughts

"I love the color!"

If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. The item is as pictured and described. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

Overall Score
3.6


(15 Points)

10. CaribSea Arag-Alive 20-Pound Fiji Pink Sand

User Ratings: 86 3

Carib Sea 792 First Impressions

"This sand looks great!"

You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. But that is also something to consider with all sands. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either.

  • CaribSea Arag-Alive 20-Pound Fiji Pink Sand
  • Functional and beautiful aragonite substrate for all types of marine aquariums
  • Contains millions of beneficial marine bacteria to enhance biological filtration
  • Many styles to help recreate any marine environment
  • Manufacture: Carib Sea
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 2 inches
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Carib Sea 792 Final Thoughts

"Incredibly fine and soft."

They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. When adding water, no dust, no mess. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white.

Overall Score
4.7


(754 Points)

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