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. UP AQUA Sand for Aquatic Plants

User Ratings: 68 5

U.P. Aqua UA-560B First Impressions

"Fantastic sand."

I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Some people might have time to, but I do not. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains!

  • UP AQUA Sand for Aquatic Plants
  • Ph value at 6.5
  • Does not require rinse before use
  • Not easy to break down
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 11.0 Pounds
  • Manufacture: UP AQUA
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 13 x 10 inches; 11 Pounds
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U.P. Aqua UA-560B Final Thoughts

"Like a dog."

Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. The Estes sand came highly recommended.

Overall Score
4.3


(75 Points)

3. Carib Sea SCS00723 2-Pack Reptiles Calcium Substrate Sand, 20-Pound, Smokey Sands

User Ratings: 55 27

Carib Sea 008479007230 First Impressions

"Love it, great product."

The sand looks more natural and clean. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Plants are easy to plant in it as well. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand.

  • Carib Sea SCS00723 2-Pack Reptiles Calcium Substrate Sand, 20-Pound, Smokey Sands
  • Ideal for true chameleons or any tortoise, snake, lizard, arachnid or insect that comes from an arid or semi arid environment
  • Made of aragonite, the most soluble form of calcium carbonate
  • Features 100 percent edible and easily digestible and naturally spherical grains that will not scratch valuable animals inside or out
  • Contains strontium and magnesium while being free of silica and phosphates
  • Available in Smokey sands color; weighs 20-pounds; includes 2-piece per pack
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 20 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479007230 Final Thoughts

"My fish was undisturbed."

My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it.

Overall Score
3.7


(4 Points)

4. Imagitarium Black Aquarium Sand, 20 LBS

User Ratings: 76 2

Imagitarium First Impressions

"I love the color!"

Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller.

  • Imagitarium Black Aquarium Sand, 20 LBS
  • Black Sand Aquatic Substrate from Imagitarium
  • Helps simulate a positive natural environment
  • Promotes the growth of healthy bacteria which breaks down waste
  • Reduces the amount of unhealthy debris in the water
  • Manufacture: Imagitarium
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
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Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"Beautiful aquarium sand."

The water was clear by the next day. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. When adding water, no dust, no mess. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6.

Overall Score
4.6


(397 Points)

5. Carib Sea Arag-Alive Substrate Special Grade Reef Sand, 10 lb.

Carib Sea 01790 First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

The grain size will range from fine to medium. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy.

  • Carib Sea Arag-Alive Substrate Special Grade Reef Sand, 10 lb.
  • May also be used in marine or African cichlid aquariums
  • Contains millions of beneficial marine bacteria to enhance biological filtration
  • Ideal for most freshwater aquaria, including discus, tetras, angelfish, water turtles, rays, plants, cichlids and more
  • Manufacture: Pro-Motion Distributing - Direct
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 2 x 14 inches; 10 Pounds
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Carib Sea 01790 Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium.

Overall Score
5.0


(6 Points)

6. CaribSea Eco-Complete African Cichlid White Sand Substrate, 20 lbs.

User Ratings: 66 17

Carib Sea First Impressions

"He digs holes."

Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful.

  • CaribSea Eco-Complete African Cichlid White Sand Substrate, 20 lbs.
  • Complete substrate for aquariums housing African Cichlids
  • Natural buffers maintain a high pH African Cichlids enjoy
  • Packed with living bacteria to cycle new cichlid aquariums
  • Manufacture: CaribSea
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"This sand is gorgeous!"

A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank.

Overall Score
4.0


(8 Points)

7. Dennerle Shrimp King Active Soil - 4L Bag

User Ratings: 70 3

Dennerle 6177 First Impressions

"This sand is gorgeous!"

10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. My Corydoras are having a field day!

  • Dennerle Shrimp King Active Soil - 4L Bag
  • The irregular shaped grains, with a diameter of 1-4 mm also give a natural appearance
  • The dark black colouring provides excellent contrast with the vibrant colours of the shrimps
  • Promotes growth – bacteria, single-cell organisms, single-cell algae and other microorganisms - as valuable, natural nutrition, especially for young shrimps
  • Binds harmful substances for healthy living conditions
  • 4 Liter Bag
  • Manufacture: Dennerle
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 7.87 x 3.15 inches; 7.63 Pounds
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Dennerle 6177 Final Thoughts

"Just be careful."

If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! The sand looks more natural and clean. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing.

Overall Score
4.5


(54 Points)

8. Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Kit, Fish Tank Water Changer with Prolonged Pipe Fish Tank Gravel Sand Clea...

Sheens First Impressions

"Beautiful aquarium sand."

I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. It helped the water clear up faster. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean.

  • Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Kit, Fish Tank Water Changer with Prolonged Pipe Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner Manual Cleaning Strainer Tool for Water Changing and Sand Cleaner
  • Multi Purpose---This aquarium dropper not only can remove the dirt and residual feed at the fish tank bottom, but also can be used as a water changer for mini fish tank and aquarium.
  • Two-stage Design---This aquarium dropper adopts two-stage design, in addition to the dropper, we provide an extension pipe, you can decide whether to add it or not based on the depth of the water.
  • Qualitative Materials---This aquarium dropper is made of high quality plastic material, which is non-toxic, eco-friendly and durable, will not harm your fish.
  • With 4 Scales on the Pipe---This aquarium dropper with 4 scales on the pipe (10ml/15ml/20ml/30ml), that is easy for you to read standard measurement markings conveniently.
  • Easy to Use---The amount of water absorbed by dropper can be adjusted by controlling the strength of grasping the dropper end. Please clean the product before use.
  • Manufacture: Sheens
  • Product Dimensions: 3.94 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches; 2.72 Ounces
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Sheens Final Thoughts

"And it is perfect!"

Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. The item is as pictured and described. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too!

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. ROSEBEAR Siphon Pump Water Filter,Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner,Great for Gravel Sand Cl...

User Ratings: 47 15

ROSEBEAR 1101916/120163AM93YB001 First Impressions

"My fish was undisturbed."

I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. Plants are easy to plant in it as well.

  • ROSEBEAR Siphon Pump Water Filter,Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner,Great for Gravel Sand Cleaning.
  • 1. EFFICIENT:Aquarium gravel filter cleaner can replace the water and keep water fresh,with filter basket in the tube, effectively avoiding blocking by gravel.Itâ€s effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium.
  • 2. DURABLE:Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.Supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums.
  • 3. DESIGN:Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease.
  • 4. ADJUSTABLE:Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • 5. AFTER-SALES SERVICE:Feel free to contact us for any if you have any questions or concerns about this product Our customer care team is here to help!90-Day money back guarantee,24-Hour customer service support.
  • Manufacture: ROSEBEAR
  • Item Weight: 10.3 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches
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ROSEBEAR 1101916/120163AM93YB001 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. 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 sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it.

Overall Score
3.6


(20 Points)

10. Bestgle Gorgeous Fish Tank Decoration Gems Aquarium Ornament Marbles Pebbles Beach Glass Beads, Deco...

User Ratings: 59 10

Bestgle First Impressions

"It is to be expected."

Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

  • Bestgle Gorgeous Fish Tank Decoration Gems Aquarium Ornament Marbles Pebbles Beach Glass Beads, Decorative Gravel Rocks Stones for Table Scatter, Vase Filler, Event, Wedding, Arts, Crafts
  • Made of high temperature fired glass material, high density, more durable and never fade. Also heavy enough to sink to your aquarium bottom.
  • Tumbled matte surface & Round edges, will not hurt your hands and fish. Not glowing, avoid scaring your fish
  • 2.5CM-3CM long each bead, total above 480g and the package . So bigger aquarium need 2 packs or more to make your fish tank incredible charming.
  • Ideal for aquarium, vase fillers, home and party decoration. It is a wonderful idea to adding a colorful base to your planters, vases, bowls and other decorative home items.
  • You will feel a little disappointed when you get them first due to the tumbled matte surface. Come on, just put them into water. Gusse what? amazing & gorgeous stones appear, charming & beautiful. Like some pulpy candy that you want to taste one.
  • Manufacture: Bestgle
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Bestgle Final Thoughts

"And it is perfect!"

10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. Some people might have time to, but I do not. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. When adding water, no dust, no mess. I received this aquarium sand yesterday.

Overall Score
4.1


(78 Points)

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