Editor's Choice - Our Favorite YCTECH Aquarium Sand

1. YCTECH Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaner: 6 Watt Automatic Filter Gravel Cleaning | Fish Tank Sand Clea...

User Ratings: 41 15

YCTECH First Impressions

"It is a very fine sand."

It looks great and it's super quality. It looks really pretty and natural. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy.

  • YCTECH Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaner: 6 Watt Automatic Filter Gravel Cleaning | Fish Tank Sand Cleaner | Sludge Extractor | Water Changer | Sand Washing | Dirt Suction
  • Application: This aquarium electric gravel sand washer is suitable for daily fish tank cleaning or water change maintenance,Suit for freshwater and seawater. Easy To Install And Use
  • Cleaning mode: sand washing mode and suction mode, this sand washing device can effectively clean the sand at the bottom of the fish tank or suck away the excess dirt at the bottom of the fish tank.
  • Water change mode: When using the water change mode, please install the water pipe at the package to easily change the water.
  • Power is 6W, powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 92 GPH. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Save your time and reduce fatigue.
  • With Flexible Structure: You Can Adjust The Flexible Hose To Appropriate Length According To Depth Of Your Aquarium to suit for both shallow and deep aquarium,water low level can reach 1.97In - 3.94In.it is also equip with soft water hose, it is more easy to empoty the water out or add water.
  • Manufacture: YCTECH
  • Editor's Impressions Of The YCTECH
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

YCTECH Final Thoughts

"Get an unused bucket."

The sand looks more natural and clean. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. It is slightly finer and it hides algae very well. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good.

Overall Score
3.6

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

2. Royal Ram 2 pounds Natural White Marble Decorative Real Sand - for Interior Decor, Vase Filler, Sand...

User Ratings: 77 3

Royal Ram First Impressions

"Arrived well."

Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it.

  • Royal Ram 2 pounds Natural White Marble Decorative Real Sand - for Interior Decor, Vase Filler, Sand Crafts, Aquariums & More
  • 100% Natural white marble sand.
  • Natural crushed marble sand, not coated with any color.
  • Medium grain size, suitable for various arts and crafts projects.
  • Safe for most aquarium and pet habitats.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. We stand by our products.
  • Manufacture: Royal Ram
  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Royal Ram
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Royal Ram Final Thoughts

"Make sure you rinse it."

Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(1343 Points)

3. Beachcombers Sand & Shell Seahorse

User Ratings: 84

Beachcombers SS-BCS-03293 First Impressions

"Bottom line."

The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. It looks really pretty and natural. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy.

  • Beachcombers Sand & Shell Seahorse
  • A must buy item
  • Give it as a gift or add to your collection
  • Manufactured in China
  • Product Dimension: 3.0"L x 1.75"W x 6.0"H
  • Manufacture: Beachcombers
  • Item Weight: 3.48 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 1.75 x 6 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beachcombers SS-BCS-03293
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Beachcombers SS-BCS-03293 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommended."

If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. The grain size will range from fine to medium. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. The grain size will range from fine to medium. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either.

Overall Score
4.5

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

4. Worldwide Imports AWW80045 Aqua Terra Sand, Green

User Ratings: 32 16

Worldwide Imports 29590 First Impressions

"A REALLY LOT."

The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. The item is as pictured and described. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice!

  • Worldwide Imports AWW80045 Aqua Terra Sand, Green
  • Worldwide Imports Aqua Terra Sand
  • Natural Coated Sand
  • Will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Weight - 5lbs
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Worldwide Imports 29590
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

Worldwide Imports 29590 Final Thoughts

"Stick hose into bucket."

I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. If it clears up I'll try to remember to do an update review. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank.

Overall Score
3.5

[star rating="3.5"]
(5 Points)

5. SAKRETE | All-Natural Play Sand | 50 lb

User Ratings: 83

Sakrete 40100301 First Impressions

"Really good stuff."

I thought it was soap, but it's not. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff.

  • SAKRETE | All-Natural Play Sand | 50 lb
  • Washed and screened, 100% natural sand
  • Perfect for sandboxes
  • Use for landscaping or litter boxes
  • Can be used as traction or weight sand in the water
  • Manufacture: Sakrete
  • Part Number: 40100301
  • Item Weight: 50 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 23 x 3.5 inches
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sakrete 40100301
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Sakrete 40100301 Final Thoughts

"Just some dust."

Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Good thing I'm not in a rush so it will have time to settle. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean.

Overall Score
4.8

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

6. Activ Betta Aquarium Sand, 1-Pound, Black Gravel

User Ratings: 50 14

Activ Betta 10921 First Impressions

"You can see in photos."

The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. I purchased this to use on 2 20 gallon aquarium. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. One bag was enough to cover my standard 10 gallon tank.

  • Activ Betta Aquarium Sand, 1-Pound, Black Gravel
  • Silica & Phosphate free
  • Contains essential strontium, potassium and magnesium
  • Natural odor neutralizer
  • Creates an all natural environment
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches; 5.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Activ Betta 10921
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

Activ Betta 10921 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. It looks great and it's super quality. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(42 Points)

7. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The U.P. Aqua D-550
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

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

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

8. 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)

9. Pettex Roman Aquatic Gravel

User Ratings: 69 8

Pettex 4014 First Impressions

"You'll thank me later!"

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great.

  • Pettex Roman Aquatic Gravel
  • Suitable for all types of aquariums including coldwater, tropical and marine
  • Increased surface area allows for improved anaerobic activity
  • Makes the perfect planting medium due to its finer size
  • Suitable for bottom feeders and barbed fish
  • Manufacture: Pettex Limited
  • Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 5.91 x 9.84 inches; 4.41 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pettex 4014
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Pettex 4014 Final Thoughts

"Repeated 3-4 times."

Plants are easy to plant in it as well. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. It helped the water clear up faster. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
4.3

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

10. STARROAD-TIM Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Newly Upgraded Fish Tank Water Changer with Air Pressure Butto...

STARROAD-TIM First Impressions

"Really happy with it."

This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

  • STARROAD-TIM Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Newly Upgraded Fish Tank Water Changer with Air Pressure Button Long Nozzle Water Flow Controller for Fish Tank Cleaning Gravel and Sand
  • Multifunctional Product: gravel cleaner can be used to wash sand, absorb dirt, dust, suck fish feces, change water, etc., to meet your multiple needs, one product can be used for multiple purposes!
  • Easy to Use: The fish tank water changer is easy to operate and is a new upgraded product. When in use, hold the handle and manually press it down. The water will automatically be sucked into the hard tube and flow out through the hose to quickly clean the fish tank. It can be used easily without wasting time.
  • Product Size: The total length of the hard tube is 32in, and it can be split into two hard tubes, the hose is 86.7in, which is suitable for fish tanks of various sizes.
  • How it Works: The new upgraded product is equipped with a handle that uses manual air pressure to automatically flow out the water. This design makes the operation easier. The product is made of ABS, PP material, which is anti-extrusion, and has a filter inside to prevent clogging.
  • Happy Shopping: We have been working hard to provide customers with the best services and products. If you are not satisfied with the product or have questions, you can contact our customer service at any time, we will give you the most satisfactory answer as soon as possible!
  • Manufacture: STARROAD-TIM
  • Editor's Impressions Of The STARROAD-TIM
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

STARROAD-TIM Final Thoughts

"Good Luck!"

The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. The Estes sand came highly recommended. The water was clear by the next day. It helped the water clear up faster. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. It's as close to white sand as you can get! A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste.

Overall Score
5.0

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

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