Editor's Choice - Our Favorite VavoPaw Aquarium Sand

1. VavoPaw 5 in 1 Fish Tank Cleaner, Quick Water Changer with Air-Pressing Button, Glass Scraper, Water...

User Ratings: 53 12

VavoPaw First Impressions

"Very good product."

Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. It looks great and it's super quality. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. Some people might have time to, but I do not.

  • VavoPaw 5 in 1 Fish Tank Cleaner, Quick Water Changer with Air-Pressing Button, Glass Scraper, Water Flow Controller, Extendable Pipe, Fish Tank Sand Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit - Black
  • 5 in 1 Function: This Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner is suitable for various types of fish tanks, which can be used for Sand Washing, Water Channging, Excrement Absorbing, Sand Raking, Fish Tank Glass Scraping and so on.
  • Convenient Air-pressing Button: Keep pressing until the water flows out automatically. Tips: Please keep the outlet below the inlet at least 19.69 inch / 50 cm when pumping water.
  • Easy to Use: It's convenient to install and easy to operate. Do not need to energize when changing water, this siphon will work as long as the drainage bucket is lower than the tank. Please note that the water outlet must lower at least 20 inch than the inlet when using.
  • Fish Protector: The fish tank gravel cleaner includes a filter basket net which can protect little fish and small gravel from sucking out of the aquarium accidentally.
  • Included Glass Scraper: Clean your fish tank without scratching it. The dimension of the glass scraper is : 5.7 inch * 2.6 inch ( 14.5 cm * 6.7 cm ).
  • Manufacture: VavoPaw
  • Product Dimensions: 15.75 x 1.18 x 1.18 inches; 10 Ounces
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VavoPaw Final Thoughts

"Love the look!"

The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. I never did get around to switching to gravel. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. The water was clear by the next day. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube.

Overall Score
3.9


(161 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
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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


(3092 Points)

3. 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)

4. Worldwide Imports AWWA10741 2-Piece Live Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound, Black

User Ratings: 41

Worldwide Imports 29619 First Impressions

"Really good sand."

This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. But I have to give it to this sand. The Estes sand came highly recommended. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. 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. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again!

  • Worldwide Imports AWWA10741 2-Piece Live Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound, Black
  • Worldwide live aragonite black sand 20lb-2pieces
  • Collected in its natural environment and packaged in its natural state
  • Just place in tank add saltwater
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29619 Final Thoughts

"WHAT A MESS!"

Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. Plant tanks require high light levels. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean.

Overall Score
3.2


(4 Points)

5. Seachem Fluorite Onyx Sand Substrate

User Ratings: 57 11

Seachem 3505 First Impressions

"More like micro gravel."

Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap.

  • Seachem Fluorite Onyx Sand Substrate
  • Fracted Porous substrate for the aquarium
  • Specially fracted Porous substrate for the aquarium; Suitable for most marine and freshwater environments including reef and planted aquariums
  • Most effective when used alone as an integral substrate bed but may be mixed with other gravels or Sands
  • Not chemically coated or treated but does have a slight buffering capacity
  • Premium natural sand for the planted aquarium
  • Rich in carbonates
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.75 x 1.75 inches; 15.4 Pounds
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Seachem 3505 Final Thoughts

"Will purchase again."

I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. The grain size will range from fine to medium. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag.

Overall Score
4.0


(334 Points)

6. uxcell Gray Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Gravel Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Shovel

uxcell a17042100ux0710 First Impressions

"Super easy."

Plant tanks require high light levels. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. It looks really pretty and natural. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! My Corydoras are having a field day! This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft!

  • uxcell Gray Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Gravel Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Shovel
  • Color: Gray; Package Content: 1 x Sand Shovel
  • Product Name: Sand Shovel
  • Material: Plastic
  • Net Weight: 50-73g
  • VariationTheme: Color
  • Manufacture: uxcell
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uxcell a17042100ux0710 Final Thoughts

"Back to the washing."

I received this aquarium sand yesterday. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

7. CaribSea Arag-Alive Special Grade Reef Sand, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 83 1

Carib Sea 790 First Impressions

"It is a very fine sand."

This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I never did get around to switching to gravel. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive.

  • CaribSea Arag-Alive Special Grade Reef Sand, 20-Pound
  • Functional and beautiful aragonite substrate for all types of marine aquariums
  • Contains millions of beneficial marine bacteria to enhance biological filtration
  • Many styles to help recreate any marine environment
  • Special Grade Reef Sand - Grain Size 0.0393701 inches - 0.0787402 inches
  • Manufacture: Carib Sea
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 2 inches; 20 Pounds
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Carib Sea 790 Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff.

Overall Score
4.7


(69 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
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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


(43 Points)

9. Activ Betta Aquarium Sand, 1-Pound, Black Gravel

User Ratings: 50 14

Activ Betta 10921 First Impressions

"You can see in photos."

The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank.

  • Activ Betta Aquarium Sand, 1-Pound, Black Gravel
  • Silica & Phosphate free
  • Contains essential strontium, potassium and magnesium
  • Natural odor neutralizer
  • Creates an all natural environment
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches; 5.6 Ounces
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Activ Betta 10921 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. It looks great and it's super quality. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white.

Overall Score
3.8


(42 Points)

10. Carib Sea ACS00930 Aragamax Sand for Aquarium, 30-Pound

User Ratings: 65 20

Carib Sea 00930 First Impressions

"You can see in photos."

Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. Some people might have time to, but I do not. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL.

  • Carib Sea ACS00930 Aragamax Sand for Aquarium, 30-Pound
  • re-create natural reef environments
  • 100% aragonite supports healthy ph
  • great for refugiums , deep sand beds and low flow tanks
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 00930 Final Thoughts

"Like go overboard."

Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. My Corydoras are having a field day! 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
3.9


(40 Points)

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