Editor's Choice - Our Favorite TERAPUMP Aquarium Sand

1. TERAPUMP Genuine Aquarium Pond Fish Tank Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Free

User Ratings: 61 8

TERAPUMP A-TRFTCLN-S-P02-NW-001 First Impressions

"Yes, its grey not black."

I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it.

  • TERAPUMP Genuine Aquarium Pond Fish Tank Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Free
  • Narrow Suction Tube: This smaller suction tube allow for use in smaller Aquariums ( 10 Gallons or less)
  • Flow Control: Water flow can be controlled by pinching the flow control tube
  • Nozzle is for cleaning Fish Leftover Food, Droppings and Fine Gravel / Takes the Waste out while Replacing the Water; Will not Hurt any Small Aquarium Life when in use
  • Suction Cub: Securely keeps the suction tube in place allowing the pump to operated with one hand
  • Filter will keeps Large Gravel from entering pump to prevent blockage while operating ( 1 Gallons per Minute )
  • Flow Control: Water flow can be controlled by pinching the flow control tube
  • Filter: Keeps large gravel from entering pump to prevent blockage while operating
  • Operation bulb: Squeeze the bulb to initiate the siphon to start transferring liquid from one receptacle to another
  • Manufacture: TERAPUMP
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TERAPUMP A-TRFTCLN-S-P02-NW-001
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

TERAPUMP A-TRFTCLN-S-P02-NW-001 Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps!"

Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! Not too white, more a beige-grey color. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(5167 Points)

2. AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5-in-1 Electric Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Set for Absorb Dirt, C...

User Ratings: 75

AQQA First Impressions

"I love the color!"

I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle.

  • AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5-in-1 Electric Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Set for Absorb Dirt, Change Water, Wash Sand, Water Shower, 20W, 320GPH
  • MULTIFUNCTION GRAVEL CLEANER: AQQA aquarium gravel cleaner is designed to clean up small gravel and change water of fish tank. It also can remove the dirt, residue from the bottom of aquarium. 5 in 1 functions with water changer + sand washer + debris cleaning + water filter + water shower. Should connect with different connector when working for different function, eliminating the need to purchase multiple tools separately
  • ADJUSTABLE DESIGN: Equipped with an inlet tube and two extension tubes, can create a total length of 38.4 inches. The tube can be extended from 16.9 inches to 33.6 inches, so user can adjust the height according to fish tank size or the water level, which is suitable for tanks with different heights
  • STRONG POWER: The 110V/20W powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 320GPH. Strong Power with Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Suitable for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • EFFECTIVE FILTERING: Clean gravel, siphon the fish excrement and other debris by the filter mesh bag, then the clean water will permeate from the bag and flow into tank, also can drain out water through outlet pipe.The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water
  • WHAT YOU GET: Aquarium Gravel Cleaning kit includes 2 sections of extension tubes,1 filter bag,1 outlet hose,1 sand washing head,1 brush head,1 sand vacuum,1 water intake strainer,1 duckbill suction inlet,1 shower head,1 power adapter. AQQA provide 12 Month Warranty and 24 Hour Professional After-sales Service. Please don't hesitate to contact us to get help
  • Manufacture: AQQA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQQA
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

AQQA Final Thoughts

"Plants love it!"

It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(7 Points)

3. Carib Sea Arag-Alive Substrate Special Grade Reef Sand, 10 lb.

Carib Sea 01790 First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

The grain size will range from fine to medium. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy.

  • Carib Sea Arag-Alive Substrate Special Grade Reef Sand, 10 lb.
  • May also be used in marine or African cichlid aquariums
  • Contains millions of beneficial marine bacteria to enhance biological filtration
  • Ideal for most freshwater aquaria, including discus, tetras, angelfish, water turtles, rays, plants, cichlids and more
  • Manufacture: Pro-Motion Distributing - Direct
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 2 x 14 inches; 10 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 01790
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Carib Sea 01790 Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(6 Points)

4. Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, Gold

User Ratings: 75 6

Zoo Med VG10 First Impressions

"Highly recommend."

It helped the water clear up faster. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again.

  • Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, Gold
  • Available in 6 colors
  • All natural calcium carbonate
  • No dyes or additives
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med Laboratories
  • Item Weight: 9.9 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 3 x 15 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med VG10
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Zoo Med VG10 Final Thoughts

"I couldn't be happier."

Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(193 Points)

5. J-star Aquarium Filter Fluidized Moving Bed Filter for Fish Tank Bubble Bio Media Filter with Air St...

User Ratings: 34

J-star First Impressions

"No complaints at all."

I thought it was soap, but it's not. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. I thought it was soap, but it's not.

  • J-star Aquarium Filter Fluidized Moving Bed Filter for Fish Tank Bubble Bio Media Filter with Air Stone and Sponge Filter
  • New V-1 bio filter media inside: various microorganisms and nitrifying bacteria can be attached to the surface. through continuous tumbling, the filter media collide with each other to let the dead bacteria fall off, and the new bacteria adhere to it, which plays a role in self-repair and regeneration of the filter material. No need to replace the filter material during usage period.
  • Dark Green Shell design, provides a good environment for the growth of nitrifying bacteria.with new V-1 bio filter media inside, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean.
  • Comes with filter sponge at the bottom, traps large floating particles, air inlet connected with a air stone, great to oxygenate your tank.
  • Easy to set up: simply install an airline tube into the unit and turn on the air pump, comes with 4 suction cups, can be easily installed anywhere of the aquarium.
  • Suitable for shrimp tank, betta tank, breeding tank, fry tank, goldfish, guppies, baby fish or other fish.
  • Manufacture: J-star
  • Editor's Impressions Of The J-star
  • Quality [star rating='3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.5']

J-star Final Thoughts

"Bottom dwellers love it."

Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. I never did get around to switching to gravel. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. The sand looks more natural and clean.

Overall Score
3.3

[star rating="3.3"]
(3 Points)

6. Carib Sea ACS05832 Super Natural Peace River Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 83 2

Carib Sea 008479058324 First Impressions

"Fantastic sand."

The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank.

  • Carib Sea ACS05832 Super Natural Peace River Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • Grain size reduces built up detritus
  • May Also Be Used In Marine Or African Cichlid Aquariums
  • Ideal for most freshwater aquaria, including discus, tetras, angelfish, water turtles, rays, plants, cichlids and more
  • Re-create natural river environments
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 008479058324
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Carib Sea 008479058324 Final Thoughts

"Like a dog."

I thought it was soap, but it's not. The sand looks more natural and clean. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(467 Points)

7. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WAYBER W-ST-WHITE-2LB
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

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

[star rating="4.3"]
(70 Points)

8. Disney's Finding Dory, Dory with Coral Reef on Tan Sand Aquarium Ornament

User Ratings: 73 13

Disney-Pixar First Impressions

"Hope this helps!"

I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate.

  • Disney's Finding Dory, Dory with Coral Reef on Tan Sand Aquarium Ornament
  • Realistic Replica of your favorite Finding Dory Character
  • Manufacture: American Paws Pet Products
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Disney-Pixar
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Disney-Pixar Final Thoughts

"Really happy with it."

My Corydoras are having a field day! Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(6 Points)

9. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 3505
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

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

[star rating="4"]
(334 Points)

10. Aquarium Electric Water Changer, Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank, Battery Powered Sand Gravel Washing Devic...

User Ratings: 22 22

Yosoo First Impressions

"They love it so far!"

I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. I thought it was soap, but it's not. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here.

  • Aquarium Electric Water Changer, Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank, Battery Powered Sand Gravel Washing Device Pump Filter for Fish Tank Siphon Water Change Cleaning Tool
  • TANK WATER GRAVEL CLEANER: Aquarium Battery Cleaner, This aquarium gravel cleaner is designed to clean up small gravel and change water of fish tank. Clean gravel.It also can remove the dirt, residue from the bottom of aquarium to keep a clean and healthy environment of fish, turtle and other creatures
  • EFFECTIVE FILTERING: Electric Aquarium Vacuum, Siphon the fish excrement and other debris by the filter mesh bag, then the clean water will permeate from the bag and flow into tank, also can drain out water through outlet pipe.The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water
  • ADJUSTABLE DESIGN: Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Comes with a water inlet tube and two extension tubes, so user can adjust the height according to fish tank size or the water level,which fits for large and small aquariums.Top handle part can be hung on the rim of fish tank, the cleaner helps to free your hands and clean the tank effortlessly
  • CONVENIENT TO APPLY: Fish Tank Cleaner Vacuum, Battery powered cleaner is easy to operate, powered by 2pcs "C" type batteries, with switch button to control on / off.press the button on the top, the water in the aquarium will automatically be pumped to change water through a hose
  • YOSOO GUARANTEE: Vacuum Cleaner for Aquarium, 100% brand new. Yosoo brand aim at "to maximize the satisfaction of customers" as its operation commitment.We provide a 6 months warranty for this Aquarium Gravel Cleaner.If you have any quality problem. We aim at "the best can be better" as operation tenet. Your satisfaction is our happiness
  • Manufacture: Yosoo-
  • Batteries: 1 AA batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Yosoo
  • Quality [star rating='3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.6']

Yosoo Final Thoughts

"4 lb bags."

This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. The item is as pictured and described. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. But that is also something to consider with all sands. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller.

Overall Score
3.2

[star rating="3.2"]
(16 Points)

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