Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Toopify Aquarium Sand

1. Toopify Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Tools, 6 in 1 Adjustable Cleaning Kit & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Si...

User Ratings: 52 5

Toopify First Impressions

"I have two Dojo Loaches."

Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. The item is as pictured and described. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

  • Toopify Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Tools, 6 in 1 Adjustable Cleaning Kit & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siphon for Water Changing and Sand Cleaner
  • 6 in 1 CLEANING TOOLS: Aquarium cleaning tools including an aquarium net, a fish net, an algae scraper, a window sponge, a plant fork and a gravel rake.
  • AQUARIUM SIPHON: Help you save more time and be more efficient when cleaning your fish tank. Just squeeze the suction balloon softly so that the water can be suck up.
  • TELESCOPIC HANDLE: Special buckle design, stretching freely, tight and not to fall off. It can be adjustable from 3.15in to 14.2in, long enough to clean your aquarium fish tank clear without wetting your hands.
  • DURABLE ABS PLASTIC: It's made of sturdy ABS plastic for long-lasting use for many years without bending or breaking. It is a must have tool for all home aquariums.
  • EASY TO INSTALL AND USE: The aquarium cleaning kit is easy to assemble and disassemble, perfect for removing the dirty things from the bottom of your tank effectively.
  • Manufacture: Toopify
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Toopify Final Thoughts

"It is a very fine sand."

The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. The item is as pictured and described. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate.

Overall Score
4.1


(398 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
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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


(7 Points)

3. Fantasy Star Aquarium Background Easy to Apply and Remove Fish Tank Wallpaper Sticker Background Dec...

User Ratings: 62 20

Fantasy Star HZY0622Fantasy-TK-LEOBON-0563j First Impressions

"My fish was undisturbed."

This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. It helped the water clear up faster.

  • Fantasy Star Aquarium Background Easy to Apply and Remove Fish Tank Wallpaper Sticker Background Decoration
  • Made out of high quality PVC
  • Size: 75x30cm(29.5"x11.8")
  • High Defintion Images: With its vibrant colors and detailed HD images, it is sure to create a lifelike effect for your tank
  • Easy to Apply and Remove, Easy to Apply and Remove
  • Package Include: 1x Aquarium Background Sticker(Others Not Include)
  • Manufacture: Fantasy Star
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Fantasy Star HZY0622Fantasy-TK-LEOBON-0563j Final Thoughts

"There's been zero issues."

A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

Overall Score
3.8


(16 Points)

4. Worldwide Imports AWWS1015 Samoa Grade 0 Sand for Aquarium Decor, 20-Pound, Pink

User Ratings: 30 44

Worldwide Imports 29626 First Impressions

"Somewhat tricky to clean."

I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank.

  • Worldwide Imports AWWS1015 Samoa Grade 0 Sand for Aquarium Decor, 20-Pound, Pink
  • Worldwide Samoa grade 0 pink sand 20lb-2pack
  • Ideal for reef system tank bottoms denitrifying anaerobic beds extremely high surface area filter media
  • Prewashed minimum rinse required
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29626 Final Thoughts

"They love it so far!"

It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. The water was clear by the next day. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

Overall Score
3.0


(3 Points)

5. Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, White

User Ratings: 76 2

Zoo Med VW10 First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. My Corydoras are having a field day! But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy.

  • Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, White
  • Available in 6 colors
  • All natural calcium carbonate
  • No dyes or additives
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med Laboratories
  • Item Weight: 10.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 3 x 15 inches
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Zoo Med VW10 Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps!"

I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! My Corydoras are having a field day! This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium.

Overall Score
4.6


(170 Points)

6. Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Natural Sedona

User Ratings: 78 2

Reptile Sciences 81010 First Impressions

"Good Luck!"

My Corydoras are having a field day! Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Natural Sedona
  • 100% Digestible Calcium Carbonate Prevents Internal and External Abrasions
  • 100% All-Natural Orbicular Grains; Silica & Phosphate-Free
  • Significantly Lowers Risk of Impaction in Reptiles
  • Contains Essential Strontium, Potassium and Magnesium
  • Natural Odor Neutralizer; Creates An All-Natural Environment
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 8 x 1.5 inches; 10 Pounds
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Reptile Sciences 81010 Final Thoughts

"And it is perfect!"

Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand.

Overall Score
4.6


(228 Points)

7. JZMYXA 2 Pounds Landscape Glass Pebble Gravel Sand Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium Land...

User Ratings: 78

JZMYXA First Impressions

"Won't go back to gravel!"

Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

  • JZMYXA 2 Pounds Landscape Glass Pebble Gravel Sand Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium Landscape, Natural Blue
  • At least 2 pounds per package, glass pebble size, 4 mm to 10 mm. 100% Glass material.
  • High-temperature firing, Not easy to fade, No smell.It can be used for decorative aquarium fish tank and Pet Habitat Decoration,indoors and outdoors, home decoration, dried flower cuttings, vases decoration,landscape bottom decoratio bonsai plants etc .
  • Non-Toxic & Safe: just like river gravels, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water.
  • Please wash them three to four times with clean water before putting in the fish tank,but do not wash it violently.
  • Net weight & Attention: 2lb/907g, small bag but perfect for accenting your potted succulent creations and aquarium. Keep it away from children under 3 years in case chocking hazard!.
  • Manufacture: JZMYXA
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JZMYXA Final Thoughts

"HOW TO WASH SAND."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind.

Overall Score
4.7


(68 Points)

8. POPETPOP Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Cleaning Kit for Water Changing and Filter ...

User Ratings: 63 6

POPETPOP 37902QHKZM17AB First Impressions

"Hope this helps!"

My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well.

  • POPETPOP Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Cleaning Kit for Water Changing and Filter Sand Cleaning
  • 2 IN 1 MULTIFUNCTIONAL CLEANER - POPETPOP gravel cleaner is perfect for water changing and sand washing. The nozzle net prevents absorbing of juvenile fish, grass and gravel. Attached nozzle can help clean gravels which will effectively separates excrement and food residue from your aquarium, keep the water fresh.
  • COMPACT STRUCTURE - Equipped with 1pcs soft water pipe(72.4in) and 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2). The gravel cleaner's hole is connected tightly with no worries the problem of spilling water. Fitting different-sized fish tank.
  • ANTI-BACK FLOW VALVE DESIGN - Widened anti-reverse pipe makes drainage more effective. Note: Put the QV letter end downward against the bucket when using because the pump is unidirectional.
  • EASY TO USE - Syphon pump is easy to grip, just squeeze the pump a few times, water will start flow automatically. High quality PVC tube won't collapse to block the water flow, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use. (Note: The position of water outlet must be lower than the inlet.)
  • EASY TO INSTALL - The fish tank gravel cleaner can be split into different parts and you can adjust them as per your needs. Besides, it can be fixed on the fish tank to free your hands, great for daily maintenance and routine water changing.
  • Manufacture: POPETPOP
  • Product Dimensions: 71.65 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches; 13.86 Ounces
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POPETPOP 37902QHKZM17AB Final Thoughts

"Plants love it!"

I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. It helped the water clear up faster. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind.

Overall Score
4.2


(118 Points)

9. Automatic Electric Water Replacement Pump, Submersible Water Pump for Gravel Cleaner, Fish Tank Wate...

TERA PUMP First Impressions

"I really like it!"

It looks really pretty and natural. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! I thought it was soap, but it's not. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going.

  • Automatic Electric Water Replacement Pump, Submersible Water Pump for Gravel Cleaner, Fish Tank Water Changer Sand Washer with Filter & 30 ft Hose (Up to 8 Liters per Min)
  • Recycle your rain water, dirty water, with the build-in Filter or Replace Water from garden ponds, aquariums, bathtubs, pools etc.
  • Designed for Large Aquariums, Ponds, Pools with 30 ft Suction Tube
  • Up to 0 Meters from the ground: 2.1 GPM, 1 Meter from the ground: 1.7 GPM or 1.5M from the ground: 1.6 GPM
  • 3.3 ft Power Cord with 20 ft Extension and Extra Power Switch, New Flow Control Nozzle for long Water Sessions
  • Please Do Not Run longer than 15 Minute Intevals
  • Easy-to-use cleaner water pump for aquariums and pool etc
  • Recycle filtered water for multiple purposes, from dirty water or rainwater.
  • Manufacture: TERA PUMP
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TERA PUMP Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

10. Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand

Carib Sea First Impressions

"I have no complaints."

Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water.

  • Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand
  • Caribsea Inc
  • Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand for Fish and Aquatic, Size: 20 POUND, Count: 2
  • 20 POUND
  • Manufacture: Caribsea Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 inches; 20 Pounds
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"It worked like a charm."

The water was clear by the next day. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. But I have to give it to this sand. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

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