Editor's Choice - Our Favorite UPETTOOLS Aquarium Sand

1. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The UPETTOOLS
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

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

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

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated UPETTOOLS Aquarium Sand

2. UPETTOOLS Removable Multifunctional Water Pump, 110V Handheld Electric Water Changer + Sand Washer +...

User Ratings: 64 3

UPETTOOLS First Impressions

"Just be careful."

All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste.

  • UPETTOOLS Removable Multifunctional Water Pump, 110V Handheld Electric Water Changer + Sand Washer + Aquarium Cleaner + Filter for Aquarium Fish Tank Pond(28W) (Filter Bag)
  • Aquarium Mesh Bag Filter Cotton Bag Bio Ball Foods Grain Filter Bag.
  • Suitable for Bio-Balls, Activated Carbon, Ceramic and Ammonia Remover.
  • Easy to Partner with Any Aquarium Tank.
  • Easy to Clean and Maintain.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: We are try our best to help our customers and respond all message within 24 hours. 30 days money back guarantee and 12 month support warranty.
  • Manufacture: Upettools
  • Editor's Impressions Of The UPETTOOLS
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

UPETTOOLS Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water.

Overall Score
4.4

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

3. JW Pet Company Anchorstone Sand Airstone Aquarium Accessory

User Ratings: 35 33

JW Pet 21210 First Impressions

"Really good stuff."

Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. The grain size will range from fine to medium. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. But I have to give it to this sand. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead.

  • JW Pet Company Anchorstone Sand Airstone Aquarium Accessory
  • Produces constant bubble flow
  • Adds oxygen to aquariums
  • Patented anchor feet, no suction cups
  • Securely place anywhere in your aquarium
  • 6-Inch anchorstone
  • Manufacture: JW Pet Company
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 10 x 1.5 inches; 3.68 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JW Pet 21210
  • Quality [star rating='2.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

JW Pet 21210 Final Thoughts

"Good Luck!"

Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle.

Overall Score
3.0

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

4. Fish and Aquatic Supplies Aragonite Reef Sand 20lb

MOJETTO First Impressions

"No harm to the filters."

This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. When adding water, no dust, no mess. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. My Corydoras are having a field day! And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown.

  • Fish and Aquatic Supplies Aragonite Reef Sand 20lb
  • Provides maximum surface area for biological nitrification
  • Ideal for reef systems & helps maintain a healthy environment
  • Provides marine trace elements
  • Easy to use, pre-washed minimum rinsing required
  • Manufacture: Nature's Ocean
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 12 x 2 inches; 20 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MOJETTO
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

MOJETTO Final Thoughts

"Repeated 3-4 times."

At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. Plant tanks require high light levels.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(2 Points)

5. Alpurple 10 PCS Penn Plax Calcium Plus Gravel Paper-16.5x11 Inch Gravel Paper Special for Bird Cage ...

User Ratings: 51 7

Alpurple First Impressions

"It is a very fine sand."

I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. 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 is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

  • Alpurple 10 PCS Penn Plax Calcium Plus Gravel Paper-16.5x11 Inch Gravel Paper Special for Bird Cage in sea Sand
  • Package include: you will get 10 sheets gravel paper same as market, its enough for you to replace .
  • The gravel paper good for keeping your pets` beak, claws clean and healthy.
  • Perfect size:the size of the gravel paper is 16.5 x 11inch, and it could be cut to the suitable size according to your needs.
  • Warm tips: the particles in paper are sea sand, don,t worry your birds to swallow, and aids in digestion.
  • GUARANTEE: If you are not satisfied for any reason, just return for a refund of your purchase price; we promise 24 hours customer support, please feel free to contact us for any product&order problem.
  • Manufacture: Alpurple
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Alpurple
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Alpurple Final Thoughts

"Make sure you rinse it."

Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. It looks great and it's super quality. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria.

Overall Score
4.1

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

6. uxcell® Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner Manual Squeeze Water Flow Cleaning Pump

uxcell a17032200ux0575 First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. The water was clear by the next day. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. 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. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty.

  • uxcell® Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner Manual Squeeze Water Flow Cleaning Pump
  • Color: White,Blue,Clear; Package Content: 1 x Aquarium Cleaning Pump
  • Product Name: Aquarium Cleaning Pump; Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 129g; Total Length: 202cm/6.6ft
  • Hose Dia: 1.8cm/0.7"; Water Inlet Dia: 5cm/2"
  • Water Outlet Dia: 1.4cm/0.6"; Vacuum Cup Size: 10 x 6cm/3.9" x 2.4"(L*Max D)
  • Manufacture: uxcell
  • Editor's Impressions Of The uxcell a17032200ux0575
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

uxcell a17032200ux0575 Final Thoughts

"Love it, great product."

I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. But I have to give it to this sand. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean!

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(1 Points)

7. Carib Sea ACS05824 Super Natural Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 54 15

Carib Sea 008479058249 First Impressions

"Stick hose into bucket."

I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. I never did get around to switching to gravel. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too.

  • Carib Sea ACS05824 Super Natural Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • re-create natural river eco-systems
  • ph neutral ; safe for all aquariums
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • no dyes or paints used
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 008479058249
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Carib Sea 008479058249 Final Thoughts

"One is a dechlorinator."

This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. When adding water, no dust, no mess. Some people might have time to, but I do not. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank.

Overall Score
3.9

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

8. 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)

9. GOTOTOP Aquarium Cleaner Detachable Auto Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit Flexible Fish Tank Vac...

User Ratings: 45 26

GOTOTOP First Impressions

"This sand is gorgeous!"

I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier.

  • GOTOTOP Aquarium Cleaner Detachable Auto Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit Flexible Fish Tank Vacuum Filter with Other Accessories for Big and Small Tank Water Changing and Sand Clean
  • Safe and Durable: This Aquarium Gravel Cleaner is made of high quality ABS plastic and electric components, which guarantees its safety and long-term use. The soft tube included is harmless to fishes, eco-friendly and no peculiar smell.
  • Keep Clean: 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, which ensure the cleanness and won't soil your hands.
  • Easy to Operate: Just press the power button to start, place the cleans as the position you desire to clean fish excrete and other dirt in the aquarium. Supported two suction pipe sizes, suitable for both small and large aquariums.
  • Multiple Function: This Filter Cleaner can be used for water change, empty your aquarium when you connect a hose t outlet, energy saving and preventing jamming, and also can suck up any debris in your aquarium tank like fish feed,fish poops,or dead water plant leaves,feeding medicine food and so on.
  • 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, maximum water level can reach 29.53 Inch with adjustable height from 40cm to 95cm. It is also equipped with soft water hose,it is more easy to empty the water out or add water.
  • Manufacture: GOTOTOP
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GOTOTOP
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

GOTOTOP Final Thoughts

"It looks nice overall."

One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. My Corydoras are having a field day! My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank.

Overall Score
3.3

[star rating="3.3"]
(10 Points)

10. Finest-Filters Fluidised Bed Reactor for Phosphate Remover, Carbon, Bio Pearls, Sand (Small)

User Ratings: 81

Finest-Filters First Impressions

"I really like it!"

Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank!

  • Finest-Filters Fluidised Bed Reactor for Phosphate Remover, Carbon, Bio Pearls, Sand (Small)
  • You are purchasing a fluidised bed reactor filter, that will fluidise filter media such as phosphate remover, activated carbon, bio pearls etc.
  • Our fluidised bed reactors are available in a choice of 3 sizes - small, medium and large. Please see the specification table below when selecting the model.
  • Each reactor comes with three short lengths of flexible pipe, two elbows, and a valve to adjust the water flow into the reactor. Sand is also supplied for those who wish to use the reactor as a biological filter.
  • Please Note: NO PUMP is supplied with these reactors, and if required, a pump should be purchased separately.
  • Please see description below for reactor sizes and recommended flow rates
  • Manufacture: Finest-Filters
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Finest-Filters
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Finest-Filters Final Thoughts

"They love it!"

My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! But I have to give it to this sand. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this.

Overall Score
4.4

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

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