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. 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)

3. CaribSea Arag-Alive 20-Pound Special Grade Reef Sand, Bimini Pink

User Ratings: 80 3

Carib Sea 796 First Impressions

"I am so happy I did!"

No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I thought it was soap, but it's not. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

  • CaribSea Arag-Alive 20-Pound Special Grade Reef Sand, Bimini Pink
  • 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
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 2 inches; 20 Pounds
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Carib Sea 796 Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going.

Overall Score
4.6


(92 Points)

4. JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Terrarium Garden Flowerpot G...

User Ratings: 66 4

JZMYXA First Impressions

"Will purchase again."

But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. But that is also something to consider with all sands. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

  • JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Terrarium Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decoration,2 Lbs
  • Net weight 2.2 pounds. Made of 100% Natural Gravel Pebbles.
  • Fit for Aquariums Terrarium Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decoration.
  • Non-toxic just like river gravels.
  • Natural color won't fade away through time.
  • Please wash them 5-6 times before use.
  • Manufacture: JZMYXA
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.53 x 2.17 inches; 2.34 Pounds
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JZMYXA Final Thoughts

"Oh, and one other thing."

The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. It looks great and it's super quality. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum.

Overall Score
4.3


(104 Points)

5. POPETPOP Aquarium Manual Gravel Cleaner, Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Pump for Water Changing and Sand Cle...

POPETPOP First Impressions

"Really good stuff."

The sand looks more natural and clean. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product.

  • POPETPOP Aquarium Manual Gravel Cleaner, Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Pump for Water Changing and Sand Cleaning, Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Tool
  • Easy to install and use.
  • Press the pump to pump out the water.
  • Clean gravel, siphon the fish excreta and other dirt out effectively.
  • The tube is long enough and flexible, convenient to use.
  • Keeps the aquarium clean, gives your fish a nice living environment.
  • Manufacture: POPETPOP
  • Product Dimensions: 41.34 x 1.97 x 1.97 inches; 6.35 Ounces
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POPETPOP Final Thoughts

"This is a nice size sand."

It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. It looks great and it's super quality. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

6. Stoney River White Aquatic Sand Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 70 4

Stoney River 6607 First Impressions

"They love it!"

I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. Some people might have time to, but I do not. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase!

  • Stoney River White 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; 5 Pounds
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Stoney River 6607 Final Thoughts

"I love the color!"

The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. My Corydoras are having a field day! If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in.

Overall Score
4.5


(428 Points)

7. 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)

8. 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)

9. Caribsea Super Naturals Aquarium Sand

User Ratings: 77 3

CaribSea Aquatics 8479008404 First Impressions

"This is a nice size sand."

I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. My Corydoras are having a field day! I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake.

  • Caribsea Super Naturals Aquarium Sand
  • Create a supernatural experience by re-creating the natural world in your home
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • no paints or dyes used
  • ph neutral ; safe for all aquarium systems
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 10 inches; 10 Pounds
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CaribSea Aquatics 8479008404 Final Thoughts

"Incredibly fine and soft."

A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for.

Overall Score
4.6


(1168 Points)

10. Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBA5 Terminator Teal Sand, 1/2-Pound

User Ratings: 28

Zoo Med 976520 First Impressions

"Super easy."

It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. I thought it was soap, but it's not. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium.

  • Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBA5 Terminator Teal Sand, 1/2-Pound
  • Zoo terminator teal 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 976520 Final Thoughts

"Nice touch."

It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. But I have to give it to this sand. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going.

Overall Score
3.9


(5 Points)

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