Editor's Choice - Our Favorite XMHF Aquarium Sand

1. XMHF Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel

User Ratings: 67

XMHF 4346787863 First Impressions

"HOW TO WASH SAND."

But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

  • XMHF Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel
  • Product Name: Sand Scoop
  • Color: Blue; Net Weight: 109g
  • Total Size: Scoop Size: 18 x 8.5 x 7.5cm / 7.1" x 3.3" x 3" (L*W*H); Material: Plastic
  • Handle Size: 10 x 3cm / 3.9" x 1.2" (L*W)
  • Package Content: 1 x Sand Scoop
  • Manufacture: XMHF
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 1 inches; 2.79 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The XMHF 4346787863
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

XMHF 4346787863 Final Thoughts

"HOW TO WASH SAND."

This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! Plant tanks require high light levels. My Corydoras are having a field day! If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(19 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated XMHF Aquarium Sand

2. XMHF Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel Gray

User Ratings: 70

XMHF 4346787875 First Impressions

"It worked like a charm."

I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! When adding water, no dust, no mess. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph.

  • XMHF Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel Gray
  • Product Name: Sand Scoop
  • Color: Gray; Net Weight: 109g
  • Total Size: Scoop Size: 18 x 8.5 x 7.5cm / 7.1" x 3.3" x 3" (L*W*H); Material: Plastic
  • Handle Size: 10 x 3cm / 3.9" x 1.2" (L*W)
  • Package Content: 1 x Sand Scoop
  • Manufacture: XMHF
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 1 inches; 2.79 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The XMHF 4346787875
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

XMHF 4346787875 Final Thoughts

"Just be careful."

I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. This sand is beautiful and incredibly soft! Plant tanks require high light levels. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. I never did get around to switching to gravel.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(12 Points)

3. XMHF Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Soil Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel Blue

User Ratings: 75

XMHF 4346795277 First Impressions

"Won't go back to gravel!"

A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. It's as close to white sand as you can get! This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it.

  • XMHF Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Soil Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel Blue
  • Product Name: Sand Scoop
  • Color: Blue; Net Weight: 60g
  • Total Size: 26.5 x 10 x 3.5cm / 10.4" x 4" x 1.4" (L*W*H); Material: Plastic
  • Handle Size: 11.5 x 2.5cm / 4.5" x 0.8" (L*W)
  • Package Content: 1 x Sand Scoop
  • Manufacture: XMHF
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 1 inches; 2.19 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The XMHF 4346795277
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

XMHF 4346795277 Final Thoughts

"Super easy."

I used about 9 lbs in my 5 gallon tank, since I wanted a deep substrate layer. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. It looks really pretty and natural. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(7 Points)

4. XMHF Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Soil Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel

User Ratings: 53 19

XMHF First Impressions

"One is just the sand."

Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy.

  • XMHF Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Sand Soil Scraper Cleaning Pan Scoop Shovel
  • Product Name: Sand Scoop
  • Color: Orange; Net Weight: 60g
  • Total Size: 26.5 x 10 x 3.5cm / 10.4" x 4" x 1.4" (L*W*H); Material: Plastic
  • Handle Size: 11.5 x 2.5cm / 4.5" x 0.8" (L*W)
  • Package Content: 1 x Sand Scoop
  • Manufacture: XMHF
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 1 inches; 0.81 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The XMHF
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

XMHF Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

It looks great and it's super quality. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. The grain size will range from fine to medium. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains!

Overall Score
4.0

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

5. TERAPUMP Genuine Aquarium Pond Fish Tank Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Free

User Ratings: 61 8

TERAPUMP A-TRFTCLN-S-P02-NW-001 First Impressions

"Yes, its grey not black."

I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it.

  • TERAPUMP Genuine Aquarium Pond Fish Tank Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Free
  • Narrow Suction Tube: This smaller suction tube allow for use in smaller Aquariums ( 10 Gallons or less)
  • Flow Control: Water flow can be controlled by pinching the flow control tube
  • Nozzle is for cleaning Fish Leftover Food, Droppings and Fine Gravel / Takes the Waste out while Replacing the Water; Will not Hurt any Small Aquarium Life when in use
  • Suction Cub: Securely keeps the suction tube in place allowing the pump to operated with one hand
  • Filter will keeps Large Gravel from entering pump to prevent blockage while operating ( 1 Gallons per Minute )
  • Flow Control: Water flow can be controlled by pinching the flow control tube
  • Filter: Keeps large gravel from entering pump to prevent blockage while operating
  • Operation bulb: Squeeze the bulb to initiate the siphon to start transferring liquid from one receptacle to another
  • Manufacture: TERAPUMP
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TERAPUMP A-TRFTCLN-S-P02-NW-001
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

TERAPUMP A-TRFTCLN-S-P02-NW-001 Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps!"

Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! Not too white, more a beige-grey color. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(5167 Points)

6. 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)

7. 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)

8. U-BCOO Aquarium Water Changer, Aquarium Gravel Clean Fish Tank Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Pump for Water...

User Ratings: 43 21

U-BCOO First Impressions

"This sand is very light."

I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I thought it was soap, but it's not. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. The sand looks more natural and clean. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too.

  • U-BCOO Aquarium Water Changer, Aquarium Gravel Clean Fish Tank Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Pump for Water Washing And Sand Washing, Built-In Filter Outlet Valve, Which can Adjust Water Flow of Airbag
  • √Ideal gravel cleaner: The fish tank vacuum cleaner has an exquisite appearance, is equipped with a filter pump and a water flow control valve, and has three functions in one. The fish tank vacuum gravel cleaning machine uses a vacuum siphon to change water, filter gravel, and remove fish manure, so as to effectively perform water washing, so it provides the best environment for your fish.
  • √Easy to use: Just put the water change suction tube in the fish tank, put the other end of the water tube into the bucket, open the water valve, squeeze the air cavity until it works automatically.
  • √Flow control faucet design: Our enhanced fish tank vacuum cleaner has a shut-off valve that can easily and quickly clean the aquarium. It is easy to use to ensure that water will not splash on the ground during cleaning, effectively keeping your house tidy Ideal for water changes and gravel cleaning.
  • √High-quality materials: made of high-quality BPA-free materials, its soft PVC hose can transfer liquid faster, which can ensure long-term use and will not harm your fish or plants. In addition, with the design of the micro filter, when cleaning the gravel bed or regular water changes, water and debris will flow quickly, while gravel, fish, and plants will effectively stay in the aquarium.
  • √User-friendly: We also have a hose holder for this water changer, let you free your hands, and will help you a lot when transferring water. Each part has been carefully designed to provide you with the best aquarium cleaning experience.
  • Manufacture: U-BCOO
  • Editor's Impressions Of The U-BCOO
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.7']

U-BCOO Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out!

Overall Score
3.4

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

9. Carib Sea ACS00824 Super Naturals Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 58

Carib Sea 008479008244 First Impressions

"I really like it!"

I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Plant tanks require high light levels.

  • Carib Sea ACS00824 Super Naturals Rio Grande Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound
  • perfect for re-creating natural river ecosystems
  • ph neutral ; great for all aquariums
  • grain size reduces built up detritus
  • no paints or dyes used
  • 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 008479008244
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Carib Sea 008479008244 Final Thoughts

"I couldn't be happier."

I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I thought it was soap, but it's not. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. If I remember correctly, it's normal for new sand to do this. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(9 Points)

10. Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Brown

User Ratings: 67 33

Reptile Sciences 82308 First Impressions

"Somewhat tricky to clean."

It helped the water clear up faster. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. It's as close to white sand as you can get! This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. Plant tanks require high light levels.

  • Reptile Sciences Terrarium Sand, 10-Pound, Brown
  • 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; 9.35 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Reptile Sciences 82308
  • Quality [star rating='2.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

Reptile Sciences 82308 Final Thoughts

"Get an unused bucket."

Not too white, more a beige-grey color. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. My Corydoras are having a field day! The Estes sand came highly recommended. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

Overall Score
3.7

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

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