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
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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


(207 Points)

2. Kesheng 50g Mini White Quartz Sands for Aquariums Terrariums Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decora...

Kesheng First Impressions

"Repeated 3-4 times."

I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. The Estes sand came highly recommended. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have.

  • Kesheng 50g Mini White Quartz Sands for Aquariums Terrariums Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decoration
  • Color: White; Package Content: 50g mini aquarium decor stones
  • Material: dinas. Weight: 50g
  • White stones, fit for fish tank waterscape decoration, garden, flower pots, vase and more.
  • Create a nature environment for your aquatic fish and pets, enhance visual beauty.
  • When you receive the parcel, please wash it 3-4 times before use.
  • Manufacture: Kesheng
  • Product Dimensions: 0.04 x 0.04 x 0.04 inches; 1.76 Ounces
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Kesheng Final Thoughts

"Very good product."

I think it's probably OK to use without any washing, as it says on the bag. Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. You really can't go wrong buying this sand! Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

3. AquaNatural Coarse Aragonite 20lb for Reef, Saltwater and Marine Aquariums, Sand

AquaNatural ARAGC020 First Impressions

"No harm to the filters."

It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

  • AquaNatural Coarse Aragonite 20lb for Reef, Saltwater and Marine Aquariums, Sand
  • Unsurpassed buffering capability - keeps pH at a stable 8.2
  • 98% pure calcium carbonate - no impurities like other forms of aragonite
  • Naturally renewable oolitic aragonite - sustainable sourced
  • Phosphate free
  • The only brand with a lease from The Bahamian government to harvest aragonite
  • Genuine Marine aragonite - not land mined
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Pisces USA
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AquaNatural ARAGC020 Final Thoughts

"Bottom line."

Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

4. Estes Gravel Products AES06606 Este Marine Sand Black for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 76 2

Estes' 346001 First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. Not too white, more a beige-grey color. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown.

  • Estes Gravel Products AES06606 Este Marine Sand Black for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • Great for marine and freshwater tanks
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Anchors down Plants
  • Black Color sand
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Estes' 346001 Final Thoughts

"Somewhat tricky to clean."

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. When adding water, no dust, no mess.

Overall Score
4.5


(291 Points)

5. SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank V...

User Ratings: 44 29

SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 First Impressions

"Plants love it!"

I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. But I have to give it to this sand. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted.

  • SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner, Siphon Cleaning Tool for Gravel Sand
  • Supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums.
  • Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.
  • Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • Battery case on the top, only 2 batteries needed for easy and safe installation.
  • Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease.
  • Manufacture: SANON
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 10.3 Ounces
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SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 Final Thoughts

"Very good product."

It looks great and it's super quality. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. When adding water, no dust, no mess. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank.

Overall Score
3.0


(4 Points)

6. Worldwide Imports AWWA1037 Atlantic 1 Coral Sand, 20-Pound

Worldwide Imports 29609 First Impressions

"Stick hose into bucket."

I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. I used to use the bigger gravel, but wanted to change it up. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. At that point rinse the sand a couple more times.

  • Worldwide Imports AWWA1037 Atlantic 1 Coral Sand, 20-Pound
  • Worldwide Atlantic 1 coral sand 20lb-2
  • Natural crushed coral sand
  • Prevents anaerobic dead spots in bacteria bed
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29609 Final Thoughts

"Beautiful aquarium sand."

Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. Dumped sand in bucket and let water overflow get rid of the floating stuff. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Plant tanks require high light levels. Not too white, more a beige-grey color.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

7. uxcell® Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner Manual Squeeze Water Flow Cleaning Pump

uxcell a17032200ux0575 First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. The water was clear by the next day. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. 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. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty.

  • uxcell® Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner Manual Squeeze Water Flow Cleaning Pump
  • Color: White,Blue,Clear; Package Content: 1 x Aquarium Cleaning Pump
  • Product Name: Aquarium Cleaning Pump; Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 129g; Total Length: 202cm/6.6ft
  • Hose Dia: 1.8cm/0.7"; Water Inlet Dia: 5cm/2"
  • Water Outlet Dia: 1.4cm/0.6"; Vacuum Cup Size: 10 x 6cm/3.9" x 2.4"(L*Max D)
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uxcell a17032200ux0575 Final Thoughts

"Love it, great product."

I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. We used regular tap water and water from our main tank. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. But I have to give it to this sand. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean!

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

8. SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank V...

User Ratings: 44 29

SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 First Impressions

"Overall I'm a fan."

I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. Color in the pic looks pretty true to the real thing. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium.

  • SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner, Siphon Cleaning Tool for Gravel Sand
  • Supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums.
  • Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.
  • Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • Battery case on the top, only 2 batteries needed for easy and safe installation.
  • Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease.
  • Manufacture: SANON
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 10.3 Ounces
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SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 Final Thoughts

"A REALLY LOT."

The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms.

Overall Score
3.0


(4 Points)

9. 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
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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


(25 Points)

10. Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner - Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand ...

User Ratings: 52 48

Peralng First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out!

  • Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner - Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer for Aquarium and Water Changer, Aquarium Sand Cleaner Kit
  • 【6 IN 1 Version Multifunction: Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner】The aquarium gravel vacuum cleaner have 6 in 1 functions with water changer + sand washer + debris cleaning + water filter + water shower + water flow. A variety of cleaning functions allow you to solve cleaning troubles in one step without buying too many tools. Convenient and saves space.
  • 【Strong Power and Suction】Power: 28W, Suction: 1800L/H. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Also can be used for Absorb Dirt, Change Water, Wash Sand, Suck The Stool, Feed The Coral Fish, And Feed The Medicine, Increase Oxygen, Filter And So On.
  • 【Adjustable Length】Matching 4 extension tubes, it can be extends from 18.5 inch to 32.7 inch. You Can Adjust The Flexible Hose To Appropriate Length According To Depth Of Your Aquarium to suit for both shallow and deep aquarium.
  • 【Safe & Durable】 Multi-page rotor spiral core, energy saving and preventing jamming, make sure it is safe to use for our customers and your love fish.
  • 【EASY TO USE】After installation according to the mode of the manual, turn on the power to use. Please power on only after put the gravel vacuum into aquarium water. If you power on out of water, it would suck into air and would stop working.
  • Manufacture: Forever Forward
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Peralng Final Thoughts

"They love it so far!"

Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. My Corydoras are having a field day! The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead.

Overall Score
3.1


(3 Points)

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