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. XMHF Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel Gray

User Ratings: 70

XMHF 4346787875 First Impressions

"It worked like a charm."

I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! When adding water, no dust, no mess. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph.

  • XMHF Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel Gray
  • Product Name: Sand Scoop
  • Color: Gray; Net Weight: 109g
  • Total Size: Scoop Size: 18 x 8.5 x 7.5cm / 7.1" x 3.3" x 3" (L*W*H); Material: Plastic
  • Handle Size: 10 x 3cm / 3.9" x 1.2" (L*W)
  • Package Content: 1 x Sand Scoop
  • Manufacture: XMHF
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 1 inches; 2.79 Ounces
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XMHF 4346787875 Final Thoughts

"Just be careful."

I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! Plant tanks require high light levels. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. I never did get around to switching to gravel.

Overall Score
4.4


(12 Points)

3. Estes Gravel Products AES25206 Este Marine Sand Natural for Aquarium, 25-Pound

Estes' 346041 First Impressions

"Nice touch."

Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. The Estes sand came highly recommended. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! But that is also something to consider with all sands.

  • Estes Gravel Products AES25206 Este Marine Sand Natural for Aquarium, 25-Pound
  • Perfect for use in aquariums, terrariums, and planters
  • Coated with environmentally-friendly Resin
  • Virtually dust-free!
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Natural Color
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 26 Pounds
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Estes' 346041 Final Thoughts

"One is just the sand."

No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

4. MCombo Aquarium Gravel Gem Polished Natural Agate,Stone Filler for Vase,Colorful Pebble for Fish Tur...

User Ratings: 48 11

MCombo First Impressions

"I have no complaints."

I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on.

  • MCombo Aquarium Gravel Gem Polished Natural Agate,Stone Filler for Vase,Colorful Pebble for Fish Turtle Tank Turtle Lagoon Landscape Bottom Decoration Colorful Stones,Mini Agate Stone Sand,100PCS
  • Material - Natural Agate,Tumbled Stone,Smooth Crystal;Irregular,At Least 5 Different Colors,NO HOLE Loose Stones.
  • Stone size - Each stone size is about 0.3"-0.7", about 100pc per cell.
  • Mineral learning - Expand their sight and close to nature,improve knowledge.Natural Rock Chips Crystals Mineral Specimen is a good choice for children learning. Each different stone is very beautiful and adorable.Children will love to learing Mineral knowledge!
  • Gravel use - These stones are best for tumbling,cabbing,healing,massage,chakra balancing,positive energy,meditation,sound sleep,rock collection,pocket stones,fengshui,rock study,parper weight,bookend,divination,reiki jewelry makings,gift,pocket stone,and more.
  • Pay Attention - This Natural Agate Crystal kit suitables for children over three years of age. Don’t let kids put the crystal into their mouth. The Natural Quartz Crysta is very beautiful and adorable. Give this for kids as a gift, they will love it.
  • Manufacture: mcombo
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MCombo Final Thoughts

"Get an unused bucket."

This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. The item is as pictured and described. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

Overall Score
3.8


(57 Points)

5. Upettools Aquarium Gravel Cleaner - Electric Automatic Removable Vacuum Water Changer Sand Algae Cle...

User Ratings: 53 13

UPETTOOLS First Impressions

"You'll thank me later!"

I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have.

  • Upettools Aquarium Gravel Cleaner - Electric Automatic Removable Vacuum Water Changer Sand Algae Cleaner Filter Changer 110V/28W
  • ✔【Upgraded 6 In 1 Multifunction Aquarium Gravel Cleaner】The upgraded aquarium gravel vacuum cleaner have 6 in 1 functions with water changer + sand washer + debris cleaning + water filter + water shower + water flow. Suit for freshwater and seawater and various depth fish tank.
  • ✔【Strong Power】The 110V/28W powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 1700L/H. It only takes 0.5 hour to pump out a 180-gallon tank. At the same time, the pump flow is adjustable.
  • ✔【Powerful Cleaning Function】It can be used for clean gravel, absorb dirt, change water, wash sand, suck the stool. Strong Power with Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly.
  • ✔【Easy to Install and Use】Please check the video before using. Plug in the power and turn on the switch to use.
  • ✔【Satisfaction Guaranted】Our team of professionals is constantly working to make you happier. We provide technical support for customers 24/7, If you have any questions or issues about your purchase, please feel free to reach us directly to us and we will gladly assist you at any time!! We are confident in the quality of our product and give you LIFETIME WARRANTY and great customer support.
  • Manufacture: UPETTOOLS
  • Product Dimensions: 2.76 x 5.12 x 31.5 inches; 2.2 Pounds
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UPETTOOLS Final Thoughts

"It worked like a charm."

It looks great and it's super quality. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. The grain size will range from fine to medium. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too.

Overall Score
3.9


(837 Points)

6. 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
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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


(200 Points)

7. XMHF Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Soil Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel

User Ratings: 53 19

XMHF First Impressions

"One is just the sand."

Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy.

  • XMHF Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Soil Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel
  • Product Name: Sand Scoop
  • Color: Orange; Net Weight: 60g
  • Total Size: 26.5 x 10 x 3.5cm / 10.4" x 4" x 1.4" (L*W*H); Material: Plastic
  • Handle Size: 11.5 x 2.5cm / 4.5" x 0.8" (L*W)
  • Package Content: 1 x Sand Scoop
  • Manufacture: XMHF
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 1 inches; 0.81 Ounces
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XMHF Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

It looks great and it's super quality. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. The grain size will range from fine to medium. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains!

Overall Score
4.0


(7 Points)

8. Nature's Ocean Aquarium Sand 20lb BIO-ACTIV Live Aragonite 20LB Natural White Reef Sand #1

User Ratings: 75

Nature's Ocean First Impressions

"My fish was undisturbed."

It looks really pretty and natural. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. It looks really pretty and natural. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. The item is as pictured and described. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have.

  • Nature's Ocean Aquarium Sand 20lb BIO-ACTIV Live Aragonite 20LB Natural White Reef Sand #1
  • Immediately removes nitrogenous waste (Ammonia, Nitrite and helps remove Nitrate).
  • Instant Cycling guaranteed. No Waiting...Just Add Fish!
  • Reduces harmful nitrate
  • Maintains proper pH
  • Provides enhanced buffering capacity
  • Manufacture: Nature's Ocean
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Nature's Ocean Final Thoughts

"They love it!"

Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. But I have to give it to this sand. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. It looks great and it's super quality.

Overall Score
4.8


(14 Points)

9. Penn-Plax Deco-Replicas Sand & Seashell Lighthouse Aquarium Ornament – 3 Safe for Freshwater and S...

User Ratings: 67 17

Penn-Plax RR1052 First Impressions

"A REALLY LOT."

Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. It looks really pretty and natural. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. When adding water, no dust, no mess. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Penn-Plax Deco-Replicas Sand & Seashell Lighthouse Aquarium Ornament – 3 Safe for Freshwater and Saltwater Tanks
  • LIKE SAND BETWEEN THE TOES: Bring the warmth and joy of the beach to your aquarium with the Deco-Replicas Sand & Seashell Lighthouse Aquarium Ornament. This piece is accented with a blue trim, mini decorative windows and entries, an open star cutout, and 2 large entrance swim-throughs.
  • MADE OF SAFE AND DURABLE RESIN: Our ornaments are inspected with your fish’s safety in mind; the material is safe for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. With a finely constructed base, you don’t need to worry about the Lighthouse floating around once you place it underwater.
  • SUPER SIMPLE TO CLEAN: Before placing into your tank, or as you as perform regular cleaning and maintenance, simply wipe down and rinse off the ornament with warm water. Never use soap, as the residual soap particles can harm your fish.
  • MEASUREMENTS: The Lighthouse measures overall at 3.5” (Diameter) x 8.3” (Height). The 2 large entrance swim-throughs measure 2” (W) x 2.5” (H) and 1.5” (W) x 2.25” (H).
  • NAUTICAL DÉCOR: The Sand & Seashell Lighthouse also makes for a great decoration piece for parties, weddings, beach houses, nautical themed rooms, or the bedroom of an ocean loving child who’s into all things aquatic.
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: PENN-PLAX
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 8 inches; 4.8 Ounces
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Penn-Plax RR1052 Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

Overall Score
4.1


(40 Points)

10. Carib Sea ACS01790 Aragamax Alive Sand for Aquarium, 10-Pound, 4 Per Case

User Ratings: 58

Carib Sea 008479017901 First Impressions

"It was ridiculous."

Some people might have time to, but I do not. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it.

  • Carib Sea ACS01790 Aragamax Alive Sand for Aquarium, 10-Pound, 4 Per Case
  • Helps maintain a proper pH for the life of your aquarium
  • Creates a biological balance to discourage nuisance algae
  • Contains millions of bacteria per pound
  • Engineered to suppress "new tank syndrome" and compress the ammonia cycle
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479017901 Final Thoughts

"I am so happy I did!"

I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. My Corydoras are having a field day! It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

Overall Score
4.6


(2 Points)

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