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
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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)

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.
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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


(69 Points)

3. REPTI ZOO 2PCS Reptile Sand Fine Mesh Reptile Scooper Bearded Dragon Sand Shovel Terrarium Substrate...

User Ratings: 81

REPTI ZOO SS012 First Impressions

"Yes, its grey not black."

I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. It's as close to white sand as you can get! The sand looks more natural and clean. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum.

  • REPTI ZOO 2PCS Reptile Sand Fine Mesh Reptile Scooper Bearded Dragon Sand Shovel Terrarium Substrate Durable Litter Cleaner Corner Scoop Combo Set
  • Set of 2: Standard size: 11"(L)*3.9"(W)*2"(H); Large size:12.2"(L)*5.5"(W)*2.3"(H), suitable to use in most of terrariums.
  • High Quality Material: The sand litter scoop is made of high-quality stainless steel mesh; the handle is made of top-grade material with ergonomic design and superior texture.
  • Fine Mesh and Durable: Specially designed with dense holes for cleaning reptile excrement or corners of the reptile terrarium easily; Featured with superior stainless steel material, it is rust resistant and durable for years to use.
  • The reptile shovel cooper is perfect for tortoise, lizard, spider, snake, scorpion, chameleon, frogs reptiles.
  • Can also be used for fine substrates in small animal enclosures or cat litter boxes.
  • Manufacture: REPTI ZOO
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REPTI ZOO SS012 Final Thoughts

"Yes, its grey not black."

Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out.

Overall Score
4.8


(7 Points)

4. AquaNatural Hermit Crab Aragonite 10LB, Sand for Habitat

User Ratings: 82 5

AquaNatural ARAGH010 First Impressions

"Arrived well."

This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. It looks great and it's super quality. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap.

  • AquaNatural Hermit Crab Aragonite 10LB, Sand for Habitat
  • Natural habitat of the Hermit Crab
  • Encourages their natural burrowing behaviour
  • Naturally renewable oolitic aragonite
  • Sustainably sourced
  • Phosphate free
  • Manufacture: Pisces USA
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AquaNatural ARAGH010 Final Thoughts

"Won't go back to gravel!"

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. It looks great and it's super quality. The grain size will range from fine to medium. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well.

Overall Score
4.5


(44 Points)

5. 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)

6. Carib Sea ACS00052 Fiji Pink Reef Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound

User Ratings: 43 23

Carib Sea 008479000521 First Impressions

"I really like it!"

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. The grain size will range from fine to medium. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank.

  • Carib Sea ACS00052 Fiji Pink Reef Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound
  • 100% aragonite supports stable ph
  • re-create natural reef environments
  • great for African cichlids
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479000521 Final Thoughts

"So soft, so beautiful."

I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
3.4


(16 Points)

7. Caribsea Arag-Alive Fiji Aquarium Sand, 10-Pound, Pink

User Ratings: 74 9

Carib Sea 008479017925 First Impressions

"They love it so far!"

For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. It looks really pretty and natural. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. It looks really pretty and natural.

  • Caribsea Arag-Alive Fiji Aquarium Sand, 10-Pound, Pink
  • You can now bring the world's most exotic reefs into your home with CaribSea Arag-Alive
  • It is developed from CaribSea cooperation with public aquariums and zoological parks, where authenticity is a must
  • Arag-Alive helps maintain a proper pH for the life of your aquarium without the constant addition of chemicals
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 10 inches; 10 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479017925 Final Thoughts

"Bottom dwellers love it."

Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. It looks great and it's super quality. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. 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. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing.

Overall Score
4.4


(35 Points)

8. Carib Sea Arag-Alive Indo-Pacific Sand in Black (40 lbs) [Set of 2]

User Ratings: 27

Carib Sea First Impressions

"Love love love love love!"

Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! I never did get around to switching to gravel. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank.

  • Carib Sea Arag-Alive Indo-Pacific Sand in Black (40 lbs) [Set of 2]
  • For marine aquariums.
  • Beauty and brains.
  • Agri-alive helps maintain a proper ph for the life of your aquarium without the constant addition of chemicals.
  • And creates a biological balance to discourage nuisance algae.
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 inches; 18.05 Pounds
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. I thought it was soap, but it's not. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier.

Overall Score
3.2


(3 Points)

9. Carib Sea Super Natural Moonlight Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound (2 Pack)

User Ratings: 80 3

Carib Sea First Impressions

"You'll thank me later!"

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

  • Carib Sea Super Natural Moonlight Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound (2 Pack)
  • Natural white creates great color contrasts
  • Ph neutral ; used in salt and freshwater aquariums
  • No dyes or paints used
  • Made in the USA
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"It is to be expected."

The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. It helped the water clear up faster. My Corydoras are having a field day! Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
4.6


(91 Points)

10. U.P. Aqua Shrimp Sand

User Ratings: 74 6

U.P. Aqua D-550 First Impressions

"Oh, and one other thing."

Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. The item is as pictured and described. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine.

  • U.P. Aqua Shrimp Sand
  • Small uniform grain sizes
  • Contains trace minerals vital for shrimps
  • Easy to maintain, great for breeding
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 4.4 Pounds
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
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U.P. Aqua D-550 Final Thoughts

"I hope it goes away soon."

Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. It looks great and it's super quality. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product.

Overall Score
4.5


(88 Points)

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