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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Toopify
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

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

[star rating="4.1"]
(398 Points)

2. Fluker's All Natural Premium Sand Substrate Mixture for Hermit Crabs

User Ratings: 80 2

Fluker's 66027 First Impressions

"Yes, its grey not black."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! My Corydoras are having a field day! Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day.

  • Fluker's All Natural Premium Sand Substrate Mixture for Hermit Crabs
  • 6 pound bag
  • Manufacture: Flukers
  • Item Weight: 6.1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluker's 66027
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Fluker's 66027 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

The water was clear by the next day. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. 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. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(3092 Points)

3. TOCO FREIDO Fish Tank Cleaner Kit, Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Gravel Cleaner with Algae Scraper, Water F...

User Ratings: 53 16

TOCO FREIDO First Impressions

"Love love love love love!"

It helped the water clear up faster. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. The Estes sand came highly recommended. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going.

  • TOCO FREIDO Fish Tank Cleaner Kit, Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Gravel Cleaner with Algae Scraper, Water Flow Controller and Extendable Pipe for Quick Water Changing, Tank, Sand and Gravel Cleaning
  • 1)【6 IN 1 AQUARIUM GRAVEL CLEANER FISH TANK CLEANER KIT】- 【PACKAGE INCLUDED】: Water changer set + Algae Scraper + Fishnet + Rake + Fork + Sponge. Compatible with 1pcs soft water pipe(72.4in) and 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2). It is easy to install and operate. fitting different-sized fish tank.
  • 2)【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.
  • 3)【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.)
  • 4)【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.
  • 5)【MULTIFUNCTIONAL WATER TANK CLEANER KIT 】 Keep your hands dry and clean with this 5 in 1 multi-function aquarium cleaning tool. TOCO FREIDO fish tank cleaner great for cleaning and removing dirty debris from your tank and aquarium. All made of durable ABS plastic material, anti-rust
  • 1 x water changer set (cleaning the water and sand)
  • 1 x Fishnet (catching fish and aquatic plants)
  • 1 x Gravel Rake ( raking and cleaning gravel )
  • Manufacture: TOCO FREIDO
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TOCO FREIDO
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

TOCO FREIDO Final Thoughts

"Shrimp tank."

Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(71 Points)

4. African Cichlid Substrates Rift Lake Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound, Dry

User Ratings: 36 17

African Cichlid Substrates 88424 First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

When adding water, no dust, no mess. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. When adding water, no dust, no mess. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon.

  • African Cichlid Substrates Rift Lake Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound, Dry
  • Reduces harmful nitrate
  • Maintains proper pH for the life of the aquarium
  • Provide enhanced buffering capacity
  • Provides essential inorganic elements such as strontium, cobalt, zinc and Molybdenum
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 12 x 2 inches; 18.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The African Cichlid Substrates 88424
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

African Cichlid Substrates 88424 Final Thoughts

"The sand is nice."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises.

Overall Score
3.4

[star rating="3.4"]
(25 Points)

5. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.2']

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

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

6. SAKRETE | All-Natural Play Sand | 50 lb

User Ratings: 83

Sakrete 40100301 First Impressions

"Really good stuff."

I thought it was soap, but it's not. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff.

  • SAKRETE | All-Natural Play Sand | 50 lb
  • Washed and screened, 100% natural sand
  • Perfect for sandboxes
  • Use for landscaping or litter boxes
  • Can be used as traction or weight sand in the water
  • Manufacture: Sakrete
  • Part Number: 40100301
  • Item Weight: 50 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 23 x 3.5 inches
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sakrete 40100301
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Sakrete 40100301 Final Thoughts

"Just some dust."

Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. 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.

Overall Score
4.8

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

7. Alan Stone Glow in The Dark Home and Garden Fish Tank Aquarium Decorative Sand Gravel Rock (3-5mm, A...

User Ratings: 52 11

Alan Stone First Impressions

"More like micro gravel."

Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. The Estes sand came highly recommended.

  • Alan Stone Glow in The Dark Home and Garden Fish Tank Aquarium Decorative Sand Gravel Rock (3-5mm, Aqua)
  • When you receive the parcel please kindly put all the gravels in the sun for about half an hour to make them charge fully for the first time use, then you can watch in the dark, they will glow brightly. They will last the glowing for about 2 -3 hours in the fully dark space. They can charge and glow repeatedly.
  • If you want it to glow all the time in the dark indoor or outdoor please install a LED UV black light above them.
  • It can be applied to indoor and outdoor flooring, to make the terrazzo, to decorate pool, bar, vase, fish tank and Aquarium, It can also be used to decorate the garden flower pots, to mark paths and walk way or as a border for plant beds or ponds.
  • It varies in size. It includes about 280g in one PVC jar.
  • It's EN71 approved: non-toxic, non-radioactive and completely harmless to aquatic life.
  • Manufacture: Alan Stone
  • Item Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Alan Stone
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Alan Stone Final Thoughts

"Like go overboard."

If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. The item is as pictured and described. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes.

Overall Score
4.0

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

8. YOKOU Decorative Aquarium Background Poster Fish Tank Backdrop Static Cling Wallpaper Sticker, Under...

User Ratings: 62 21

YOKOU YOKCXC0704-TK-LEOBON-0445c-2 First Impressions

"This sand is gorgeous!"

Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube.

  • YOKOU Decorative Aquarium Background Poster Fish Tank Backdrop Static Cling Wallpaper Sticker, Undersea World
  • MATERIAL - PVC. Self adhesive, easy to paste. Durable materials. Eight size for your choose
  • HIGH DEFINITION IMAGES - Realistic look / HD Quality Image. Perfect to create a beautiful display and enhance the appearance of the aquarium
  • EASY APPLICATION: The static cling design enables hassle-free application. No tapes, glue, adhesive or gel needed
  • HIGH QUALITY - Brand new and high quality. Non-toxic, no bad smell and absolutely no influence to the water
  • PACKAGE INCLUDE - 1x Aquarium Background Sticker(Fish Tank are Not Include)
  • Manufacture: YOKOU
  • Editor's Impressions Of The YOKOU YOKCXC0704-TK-LEOBON-0445c-2
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.9']

YOKOU YOKCXC0704-TK-LEOBON-0445c-2 Final Thoughts

"Stick hose into bucket."

Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(43 Points)

9. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner,1-Set,Addlike 8.5ft Length Aquarium Water Changer Gravel & Sand Cleaner Fish...

User Ratings: 62

Addlike First Impressions

"I really like this sand."

I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! The filter doesn't agitate the sand either.

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner,1-Set,Addlike 8.5ft Length Aquarium Water Changer Gravel & Sand Cleaner Fish Siphon Pump for Fish Tank Blue
  • ⭐This aquarium water changer easily siphon fish dung and feed residues, draw the turbid water out of the fish tank, and replace it with clean water to make your fish free.
  • ⭐Material: Plastic; Color: Blue; Full length: 8.5 ft
  • ⭐Packing: 1Set x Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaner
  • ⭐Equipped with a water outlet valve, the size of the water flow can be adjusted according to needs, and it is detachable and easy to clean.
  • ⭐Good quality and low price: You can accomplish the same work as high-priced products at a low cost, and you deserve it.
  • Manufacture: Addlike
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Addlike
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Addlike Final Thoughts

"Love the look!"

I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. The sand looks more natural and clean. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(3 Points)

10. Carib Sea ACS00223 African Ivory Coast Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 77 7

Carib Sea 008479002235 First Impressions

"I hope it goes away soon."

I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Plant tanks require high light levels. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on.

  • Carib Sea ACS00223 African Ivory Coast Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound
  • Keeps water crystal clear
  • A superior natural buffer
  • Provides an excellent substrate
  • Conditions water naturally
  • Made in the usa
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 008479002235
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Carib Sea 008479002235 Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. 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.

Overall Score
4.4

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

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