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
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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


(19 Points)

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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
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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


(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
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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


(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
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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


(7 Points)

5. U.P. Aqua Shrimp Sand

User Ratings: 74 6

U.P. Aqua D-550 First Impressions

"Oh, and one other thing."

Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. The item is as pictured and described. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine.

  • U.P. Aqua Shrimp Sand
  • Small uniform grain sizes
  • Contains trace minerals vital for shrimps
  • Easy to maintain, great for breeding
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 4.4 Pounds
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
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U.P. Aqua D-550 Final Thoughts

"I hope it goes away soon."

Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. It looks great and it's super quality. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product.

Overall Score
4.5


(88 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. Landen Namaule Sand, Super Natural for Aquarium Landscaping, Cosmetic Sand for Plant Tank, Natural R...

User Ratings: 85

Landen 2kg First Impressions

"I hope it goes away soon."

I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. I never did get around to switching to gravel. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in.

  • Landen Namaule Sand, Super Natural for Aquarium Landscaping, Cosmetic Sand for Plant Tank, Natural River Sand for Freshwater or Blackwater Biotope Tank
  • 【Nature Landscaping】NAMAULE SAND is a natural product used as a general aquarium fish tank sand and a make-up sand for aquatic plant landscaping.
  • 【Natural Color】With a gentle and natural color, available for different landscaping designs, applicable in a variety of ways; can express riverbed styles in natural landscapes
  • 【Quality Assurance】With a gentle and natural color, available for different landscaping designs, applicable in a variety of ways; can express riverbed styles in natural landscapes
  • 【Safe to Use】Purely natural product with moderate PH, friendly to the quality of water, without releasing any hazardous matter harmful to fish and aquatic plant
  • 【Size】Weight per Bag: 2kg (approx. 4.4 lbs.); Grain Size: 0.3 - 0.5mm; Average Density: 75 pounds per cubic foot
  • Manufacture: Landen
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Landen 2kg Final Thoughts

"Just some dust."

I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. I never did get around to switching to gravel.

Overall Score
4.8


(33 Points)

8. Houkr Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner, Aquarium Cleaning Pump Kit For Aquarium Water Change, Aquarium Clean...

User Ratings: 51 16

Houkr First Impressions

"No harm to the filters."

I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller.

  • Houkr Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner, Aquarium Cleaning Pump Kit For Aquarium Water Change, Aquarium Cleaner, Aquarium Gravel Sand Cleaner Fish Tank Water Change Cleaning Tool
  • Practical: It would effectively keep the aquarium clean to give your fish a nice living environment.
  • Professional Filtering: Built-in porous filter,prevent from sucking small fishes, water plants or Gravel out of the fish tank.
  • Easy To Use: Squeeze the gas filled tube softly and the water will come out automatically.
  • Suitable Length: Total length 255cm(100.4inch), suitable for all types of aquarium.
  • Hose Fixer:A fish tank water pipe clip to fix the hose which will help you changing water much easier.
  • Manufacture: Houkr
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 10.16 x 2.52 inches; 10.4 Ounces
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Houkr Final Thoughts

"I recommend this."

It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! The water was clear by the next day. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was.

Overall Score
3.8


(25 Points)

9. 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
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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


(555 Points)

10. Estes' 28199 Aqua Sand, White, 5 lb

User Ratings: 58 6

Estes' 28199 First Impressions

"The sand is nice."

This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand.

  • Estes' 28199 Aqua Sand, White, 5 lb
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great value
  • This product is manufactured in United States
  • Manufacture: Prime Pet Deals - Code 2
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 10 x 8 inches; 5 Pounds
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Estes' 28199 Final Thoughts

"I really like it!"

Plants are easy to plant in it as well. But that is also something to consider with all sands. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. It looks great and it's super quality. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

Overall Score
4.2


(38 Points)

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