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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VavoPaw
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

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

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

2. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The POPETPOP 37902QHKZM17AB
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

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

[star rating="4.2"]
(118 Points)

3. BXI - Decorative Stones - Garden Yard Walkway Fish Tank Aquaruim - Gravel Pebble Rock - 2 Pounds

User Ratings: 76 3

BXI First Impressions

"You can see in photos."

The grain size will range from fine to medium. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. 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. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

  • BXI - Decorative Stones - Garden Yard Walkway Fish Tank Aquaruim - Gravel Pebble Rock - 2 Pounds
  • Weight: 2 pounds, about 1000 gram. Stone size: 1-3 mm. Material: glass sand. Volume: 0.22 gallons
  • Colorfast, non-Toxic, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Use indoor & outdoor. Shiny in water. Perfect decor for fresh & saltwater aquariums, ponds, terrariums, gardens, potted plants, vases, ash trays, crafts & hobbies...
  • For a fish tank with length of L'' & width of W'', 1'' thickness of stone layer needs L * W / 23 pounds of stones. E.g. for a 10''*10'' tank, 1'' stone layer needs 4.35 pounds of stones
  • Please rinse with water 3-4 times before putting in a fish tank
  • Manufacture: BX-FishTankStone-GlassSand-Blue
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches; 2.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BXI
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

BXI Final Thoughts

"This sand is very fine."

All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(555 Points)

4. TOCO FREIDO Fish Tank Cleaner Kit, Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Gravel Cleaner with Algae Scraper, Water F...

User Ratings: 53 16

TOCO FREIDO First Impressions

"Love love love love love!"

It helped the water clear up faster. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. The Estes sand came highly recommended. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going.

  • TOCO FREIDO Fish Tank Cleaner Kit, Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Gravel Cleaner with Algae Scraper, Water Flow Controller and Extendable Pipe for Quick Water Changing, Tank, Sand and Gravel Cleaning
  • 1)【6 IN 1 AQUARIUM GRAVEL CLEANER FISH TANK CLEANER KIT】- 【PACKAGE INCLUDED】: Water changer set + Algae Scraper + Fishnet + Rake + Fork + Sponge. Compatible with 1pcs soft water pipe(72.4in) and 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2). It is easy to install and operate. fitting different-sized fish tank.
  • 2)【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.
  • 3)【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.)
  • 4)【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.
  • 5)【MULTIFUNCTIONAL WATER TANK CLEANER KIT 】 Keep your hands dry and clean with this 5 in 1 multi-function aquarium cleaning tool. TOCO FREIDO fish tank cleaner great for cleaning and removing dirty debris from your tank and aquarium. All made of durable ABS plastic material, anti-rust
  • 1 x water changer set (cleaning the water and sand)
  • 1 x Fishnet (catching fish and aquatic plants)
  • 1 x Gravel Rake ( raking and cleaning gravel )
  • Manufacture: TOCO FREIDO
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TOCO FREIDO
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

TOCO FREIDO Final Thoughts

"Shrimp tank."

Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag.

Overall Score
3.9

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

5. JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium L...

User Ratings: 54 6

JZMYXA First Impressions

"It cleans fairly well."

It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! My Corydoras are having a field day! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

  • JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium Landscape, 2 Pounds
  • Made of 100% Natural Gravel Pebbles.
  • Net weight 2 pounds. Size 0.24 inch-0.4 inch.
  • Fit for Aquariums Terrarium Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decoration.
  • Non-toxic just like river gravels.
  • Please wash them 5-6 times before use.
  • Manufacture: JZMYXA
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.53 x 2.17 inches; 2.15 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JZMYXA
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

JZMYXA Final Thoughts

"This is a nice size sand."

But I have to give it to this sand. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. The water was clear by the next day.

Overall Score
4.1

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

6. Houkr Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Tools, 6 in 1 Adjustable Cleaning Kit & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siph...

User Ratings: 55

Houkr First Impressions

"Make sure you rinse it."

Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium.

  • Houkr Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Tools, 6 in 1 Adjustable Cleaning Kit & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siphon for Water Changing, Sand Cleaner
  • Six Multi-purpose Tools:6 PCS,Fish net ,Spoon net, Algae scraper, Window sponge, Plant fork and Gravel rake.
  • Aquarium Cleaning Pump: 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.
  • Adjustable Handle:35-87cm / 13.7-34.25inch.Stretching freely, tightly fixed and not to fall off.
  • Durable ABS Plastic:It's made of high quality ABS plastic for long-lasting use.
  • Easy to Use:Assemble the handle and accessory holder to the rod,tighten the connection for the length you want.
  • Manufacture: Houkr
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Houkr
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

Houkr Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. It looks really pretty and natural. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(30 Points)

7. Worldwide Imports AWW80035 Aqua Terra Sand, 5-Pound, Black

Worldwide Imports 29589 First Impressions

"No issues."

I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great.

  • Worldwide Imports AWW80035 Aqua Terra Sand, 5-Pound, Black
  • Worldwide Imports Aqua Terra Sand
  • Natural Coated Sand
  • Will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Worldwide Imports 29589
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Worldwide Imports 29589 Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps!"

A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water.

Overall Score
5.0

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

8. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 008479007230
  • Quality [star rating='2.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

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

[star rating="3.7"]
(4 Points)

9. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea
  • Quality [star rating='2.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

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

[star rating="3.2"]
(3 Points)

10. JZMYXA 2 Pounds Landscape Glass Pebble Gravel Sand Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium Land...

User Ratings: 78

JZMYXA First Impressions

"Won't go back to gravel!"

Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

  • JZMYXA 2 Pounds Landscape Glass Pebble Gravel Sand Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium Landscape, Natural Blue
  • At least 2 pounds per package, glass pebble size, 4 mm to 10 mm. 100% Glass material.
  • High-temperature firing, Not easy to fade, No smell.It can be used for decorative aquarium fish tank and Pet Habitat Decoration,indoors and outdoors, home decoration, dried flower cuttings, vases decoration,landscape bottom decoratio bonsai plants etc .
  • Non-Toxic & Safe: just like river gravels, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water.
  • Please wash them three to four times with clean water before putting in the fish tank,but do not wash it violently.
  • Net weight & Attention: 2lb/907g, small bag but perfect for accenting your potted succulent creations and aquarium. Keep it away from children under 3 years in case chocking hazard!.
  • Manufacture: JZMYXA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JZMYXA
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

JZMYXA Final Thoughts

"HOW TO WASH SAND."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(68 Points)

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