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
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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


(5167 Points)

2. JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium L...

User Ratings: 54 6

JZMYXA First Impressions

"It cleans fairly well."

It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! My Corydoras are having a field day! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

  • JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium Landscape, 2 Pounds
  • Made of 100% Natural Gravel Pebbles.
  • Net weight 2 pounds. Size 0.24 inch-0.4 inch.
  • Fit for Aquariums Terrarium Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decoration.
  • Non-toxic just like river gravels.
  • Please wash them 5-6 times before use.
  • Manufacture: JZMYXA
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.53 x 2.17 inches; 2.15 Pounds
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JZMYXA Final Thoughts

"This is a nice size sand."

But I have to give it to this sand. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. The water was clear by the next day.

Overall Score
4.1


(79 Points)

3. AQUANATURAL Oolitic Aragonite 10lb Aquarium Sand for Reef, Saltwater and Marine Tanks and Aquariums

User Ratings: 77

AquaNatural ARAGO010 First Impressions

"But its natural SAND."

I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. The water was clear by the next day. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

  • AQUANATURAL Oolitic Aragonite 10lb Aquarium Sand for Reef, Saltwater and Marine Tanks and Aquariums
  • Unsurpassed buffering capability - keeps pH at a stable 8.2
  • 98% pure calcium carbonate - no impurities like other sands
  • Naturally renewable oolitic aragonite from a sustainable source
  • Pisces is the only company that has a lease with The Bahamian government to harvest aragonite
  • Manufacture: Pisces USA
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 10.63 x 2.5 inches; 9.83 Pounds
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AquaNatural ARAGO010 Final Thoughts

"There's been zero issues."

This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate.

Overall Score
4.7


(13 Points)

4. YCTECH Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaner: 6 Watt Automatic Filter Gravel Cleaning | Fish Tank Sand Clea...

User Ratings: 41 15

YCTECH First Impressions

"It is a very fine sand."

It looks great and it's super quality. It looks really pretty and natural. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy.

  • YCTECH Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaner: 6 Watt Automatic Filter Gravel Cleaning | Fish Tank Sand Cleaner | Sludge Extractor | Water Changer | Sand Washing | Dirt Suction
  • Application: This aquarium electric gravel sand washer is suitable for daily fish tank cleaning or water change maintenance,Suit for freshwater and seawater. Easy To Install And Use
  • 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.
  • Water change mode: When using the water change mode, please install the water pipe at the package to easily change the water.
  • Power is 6W, powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 92 GPH. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Save your time and reduce fatigue.
  • With Flexible Structure: You Can Adjust The Flexible Hose To Appropriate Length According To Depth Of Your Aquarium to suit for both shallow and deep aquarium,water low level can reach 1.97In - 3.94In.it is also equip with soft water hose, it is more easy to empoty the water out or add water.
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YCTECH Final Thoughts

"Get an unused bucket."

The sand looks more natural and clean. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good.

Overall Score
3.6


(207 Points)

5. ROSEBEAR Siphon Pump Water Filter,Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner,Great for Gravel Sand Cl...

User Ratings: 47 15

ROSEBEAR 1101916/120163AM93YB001 First Impressions

"My fish was undisturbed."

I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. Plants are easy to plant in it as well.

  • ROSEBEAR Siphon Pump Water Filter,Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner,Great for Gravel Sand Cleaning.
  • 1. EFFICIENT:Aquarium gravel filter cleaner can replace the water and keep water fresh,with filter basket in the tube, effectively avoiding blocking by gravel.Itâ€s effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium.
  • 2. DURABLE:Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.Supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums.
  • 3. DESIGN:Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease.
  • 4. ADJUSTABLE:Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • 5. AFTER-SALES SERVICE:Feel free to contact us for any if you have any questions or concerns about this product Our customer care team is here to help!90-Day money back guarantee,24-Hour customer service support.
  • Manufacture: ROSEBEAR
  • Item Weight: 10.3 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches
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ROSEBEAR 1101916/120163AM93YB001 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it.

Overall Score
3.6


(20 Points)

6. Penn-Plax 64671 Finding Dory Hank on Sand, Mini

User Ratings: 65

Penn-Plax 64671 First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. But that is also something to consider with all sands. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. It looks really pretty and natural.

  • Penn-Plax 64671 Finding Dory Hank on Sand, Mini
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great Value
  • This product is Manufactured in China
  • Manufacture: PS04O
  • Item Weight: 0.352 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 1.5 inches
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Penn-Plax 64671 Final Thoughts

"Great substrate."

This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. When adding water, no dust, no mess. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
4.3


(22 Points)

7. Carib Sea ACS00052 Fiji Pink Reef Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound

User Ratings: 43 23

Carib Sea 008479000521 First Impressions

"I really like it!"

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. The grain size will range from fine to medium. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank.

  • Carib Sea ACS00052 Fiji Pink Reef Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound
  • 100% aragonite supports stable ph
  • re-create natural reef environments
  • great for African cichlids
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479000521 Final Thoughts

"So soft, so beautiful."

I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
3.4


(16 Points)

8. uxcell Gray Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Gravel Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Shovel

uxcell a17042100ux0710 First Impressions

"Super easy."

Plant tanks require high light levels. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. It looks really pretty and natural. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! My Corydoras are having a field day! This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft!

  • uxcell Gray Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Gravel Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Shovel
  • Color: Gray; Package Content: 1 x Sand Shovel
  • Product Name: Sand Shovel
  • Material: Plastic
  • Net Weight: 50-73g
  • VariationTheme: Color
  • Manufacture: uxcell
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uxcell a17042100ux0710 Final Thoughts

"Back to the washing."

I received this aquarium sand yesterday. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Battery Powered Fish Tank Siphon Water Change Cleaning Tool Sand Gr...

Pssopp First Impressions

"Bottom dwellers love it."

Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! The grain size will range from fine to medium. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate.

  • Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Battery Powered Fish Tank Siphon Water Change Cleaning Tool Sand Gravel Washing Filter with a Water Inlet Tube and Two Extension Tubes
  • 【Keeping Clean Environment】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.
  • 【Inner Mesh】The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water. Keeping a clean and healthy environment of fish, turtle and other creatures.
  • 【Batteries Powered】Powered by 2pcs "C" type batteries, with switch button to control on / off. Battery powered cleaner is easy to operate, press the button on the top, the water in the aquarium will automatically be pumped to change water through a hose.
  • 【Adjustable Height】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.
  • 【Top Handle】Top handle part can be hung on the rim of fish tank, the cleaner helps to free your hands and clean the tank effortlessly.
  • Manufacture: Pssopp
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Pssopp Final Thoughts

"I really like this sand."

If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. It looks really pretty and natural. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants.

Overall Score
3.2


(3 Points)

10. Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, Sahara Slate

User Ratings: 49 16

Zoo Med VS10 First Impressions

"Repeated 3-4 times."

10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. The water was clear by the next day. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here.

  • Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, Sahara Slate
  • Available in 6 colors
  • All natural calcium carbonate
  • No dyes or additives
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 3 x 15 inches; 9.92 Pounds
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Zoo Med VS10 Final Thoughts

"Love love love love love!"

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

Overall Score
4.0


(15 Points)

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