Editor's Choice - Our Favorite WAYBER Aquarium Sand

1. WAYBER 1 Lb/460g Irregular Decorative Pebbles Crystal Quartz Stones Rock Sand for Aquarium/Fish Turt...

User Ratings: 73 3

WAYBER 208 First Impressions

"Somewhat tricky to clean."

My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Some people might have time to, but I do not. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product.

  • WAYBER 1 Lb/460g Irregular Decorative Pebbles Crystal Quartz Stones Rock Sand for Aquarium/Fish Turtle Tank/Vase Fillers/Air Plants/Succulent Plants Decor
  • NET WEIGHT: 1 pound (460 grams). Fill 1 Cup or 0.25 L volume. NB the stones are 1 lb heavy enough but SMALL BAG!
  • NATURAL MATERIAL: Good selection of natural raw crystal stones. Beaten into gravel, processed into irregular shape with top-class technology. Non-toxic and safe just like river gravels, natural color won't fade away through time.
  • BEST GIFT: Crystal stones mean good wishes like flowers and more permanent. Give it to yourself or friends as Birthday, Christmas gift which represents luck and happiness, to express your love and blessings.
  • USEFUL DECORATIVE HELPER: Build a natural and shining looking for home of you and your de-lovelys. Excellent for fish, succulent plant. Decorate your fish tank and also maintain the water clean, ensuring a safety and no pollution living condition for your fish; Add vitality to your plants, reducing the splashing water when watering.
  • WIDELY USAGE: Perfect for all kinds of handcraft projects; Good for floral arrangement, wedding, party decoration; Excellent for chakra cleansing, reiki healing, and crystal grids, etc.
  • Manufacture: WAYBER
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WAYBER 208
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

WAYBER 208 Final Thoughts

"Oh, and one other thing."

The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. The water was clear by the next day. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Plants are easy to plant in it as well.

Overall Score
4.5

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

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated WAYBER Aquarium Sand

2. WAYBER White Stones Decorative Pebble Rock Sand for Aquarium/Fish Turtle Tank/Vase Filler/Succulent ...

User Ratings: 63 2

WAYBER W-ST-WHITE-2LB First Impressions

"And it is perfect!"

My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Some people might have time to, but I do not. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank.

  • WAYBER White Stones Decorative Pebble Rock Sand for Aquarium/Fish Turtle Tank/Vase Filler/Succulent Plants Decoration
  • Net Weight: 2 pounds (920 grams). Fill 2 Cups or 0.5 L volume. NB the stones are 2 lbs heavy enough but SMALL BAG!
  • Safe & Long Lasting: Non-toxic just like river gravels, color won't fade away through time.
  • Widely Usage: Excellent for fish and succulent plant, build a natural and shining looking for home of you and your de-lovelys. Perfect for aquarium, terrarium, flowerpot, vase, wedding decoration, etc.
  • Easy to Clean - Pebbles are polished and smooth. But due to transportation bump, it's normal to be some powder on surface. So before you first use, please wash 2-3 times until their surface clean.
  • Warm Tips: To avoid children eating by mistake, keep it away from children under 3.
  • Manufacture: WAYBER
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WAYBER W-ST-WHITE-2LB
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

WAYBER W-ST-WHITE-2LB Final Thoughts

"Very good product."

If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted.

Overall Score
4.3

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

3. Hermit Crab Sand Substrate

Carolina Biological Supply Company First Impressions

"More like micro gravel."

2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Hermit Crab Sand Substrate
  • This sand substrate is perfect for your hermit crab habitat
  • Unlike the calcium carbonate "sand" often sold as hermit crab substrate, this premium blend of natural sand, coconut fiber, calcium carbonate, sea salt mix, and probiotics is the superior choice for healthy land hermit crabs
  • This mix won't cling to crabs and promotes natural digging and healthy molting
  • 6-lb bag.
  • Manufacture: Carolina Biological Supply Company
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carolina Biological Supply Company
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Carolina Biological Supply Company Final Thoughts

"He digs holes."

I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. But that is also something to consider with all sands. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer.

Overall Score
5.0

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

4. Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Natural Sedona

User Ratings: 78 2

Reptile Sciences 81010 First Impressions

"Good Luck!"

My Corydoras are having a field day! Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand!

  • Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Natural Sedona
  • 100% Digestible Calcium Carbonate Prevents Internal and External Abrasions
  • 100% All-Natural Orbicular Grains; Silica & Phosphate-Free
  • Significantly Lowers Risk of Impaction in Reptiles
  • Contains Essential Strontium, Potassium and Magnesium
  • Natural Odor Neutralizer; Creates An All-Natural Environment
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 8 x 1.5 inches; 10 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Reptile Sciences 81010
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Reptile Sciences 81010 Final Thoughts

"And it is perfect!"

Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(228 Points)

5. Carib Sea ACS00020 Aragonite Reef Sand for Aquarium, 15-Pound

User Ratings: 71 5

Carib Sea 008479000200 First Impressions

"Incredibly fine and soft."

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. The item is as pictured and described. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank. But I have to give it to this sand. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great.

  • Carib Sea ACS00020 Aragonite Reef Sand for Aquarium, 15-Pound
  • A grade of aragonite specifically for plenum type nitrate reducing beds
  • Use where a deeper bed is needed
  • Allows maximum pH support and dissolution of calcium Carbonate
  • Grain size is 10-20 mm
  • 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 008479000200
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Carib Sea 008479000200 Final Thoughts

"So soft, so beautiful."

It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! It helped the water clear up faster. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(25 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea
  • Quality [star rating='3.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

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

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

7. African Cichlid Substrates Rift Lake Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound, Dry

User Ratings: 36 17

African Cichlid Substrates 88424 First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

When adding water, no dust, no mess. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. When adding water, no dust, no mess. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon.

  • African Cichlid Substrates Rift Lake Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound, Dry
  • Reduces harmful nitrate
  • Maintains proper pH for the life of the aquarium
  • Provide enhanced buffering capacity
  • Provides essential inorganic elements such as strontium, cobalt, zinc and Molybdenum
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 12 x 2 inches; 18.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The African Cichlid Substrates 88424
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

African Cichlid Substrates 88424 Final Thoughts

"The sand is nice."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises.

Overall Score
3.4

[star rating="3.4"]
(25 Points)

8. Seachem Fluorite Black Sand Substrate, 7.7 Ounces Each

User Ratings: 74 4

Seachem 67135230 First Impressions

"He digs holes."

The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. It looks great and it's super quality. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind.

  • Seachem Fluorite Black Sand Substrate, 7.7 Ounces Each
  • Premium natural sand for the planted aquarium
  • Good for the life of the aquarium
  • Manufacture: Seachem
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 4 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 67135230
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Seachem 67135230 Final Thoughts

"Sand is beautiful."

I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy. The grain size will range from fine to medium.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(85 Points)

9. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 01790
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

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

10. Persuper Aquarium Gravel Sand Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Aquarium Gravel ...

User Ratings: 49 18

PERSUPER First Impressions

"This is a nice size sand."

This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. It looks great and it's super quality.

  • Persuper Aquarium Gravel Sand Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Minnow Betta Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Changing Cleaner
  • Easy to use- Our fish tank cleaner is a powerful, effective unit at water change, It comes with an extension accessory so you won't have to get your hands wet even if the water is deep.
  • Two types of nozzles- Shorter nozzles for drainage, longer nozzles for cleaning fish surplus food, excrement and fine gravel/discharging waste while replacing water; use will not damage the life of any aquarium.
  • Large Intake Tube- Our gravel vacuum is just over 8 feet long, but it has a small intake tube and a hand pump. It also comes with a clip to hold the hose in the bucket. The design includes a sieve to stop sand and gravel from flowing up into the discharge tube and away.
  • Safety materials- Manufactured from environmentally friendly materials, which helps you to take out dirty water as well as vacuum waste from the bottom with no contamination and harm to your fish tank environment.
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed- There are any questions or issues about our product, please feel free to reach us directly and we will gladly assist you at any time! our team will try our best to provide great customer support.
  • Manufacture: PERSUPER
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.96 x 9.25 inches; 3.53 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PERSUPER
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

PERSUPER Final Thoughts

"I really like this sand."

10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. But that is also something to consider with all sands. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(216 Points)

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