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. Finest-Filters Fluidised Bed Reactor for Phosphate Remover, Carbon, Bio Pearls, Sand (Small)

User Ratings: 81

Finest-Filters First Impressions

"I really like it!"

Very fine for sensitive bottom dwellers like Cory Cats. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Then swirled and dumped what didn't sink immediately. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank!

  • Finest-Filters Fluidised Bed Reactor for Phosphate Remover, Carbon, Bio Pearls, Sand (Small)
  • You are purchasing a fluidised bed reactor filter, that will fluidise filter media such as phosphate remover, activated carbon, bio pearls etc.
  • Our fluidised bed reactors are available in a choice of 3 sizes - small, medium and large. Please see the specification table below when selecting the model.
  • Each reactor comes with three short lengths of flexible pipe, two elbows, and a valve to adjust the water flow into the reactor. Sand is also supplied for those who wish to use the reactor as a biological filter.
  • Please Note: NO PUMP is supplied with these reactors, and if required, a pump should be purchased separately.
  • Please see description below for reactor sizes and recommended flow rates
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Finest-Filters Final Thoughts

"They love it!"

My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! But I have to give it to this sand. Cleaning it was easy and I just followed the directions on the bag. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. I've had it in my aquarium now for just about 24 hours and cycling. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this.

Overall Score
4.4


(4 Points)

3. Carib Sea ACS00905 Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 80 2

Carib Sea 008479009050 First Impressions

"Very good product."

The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. This sand is nice and heavy, and has a nice shine to it. It looks really pretty and natural. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems.

  • Carib Sea ACS00905 Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • 100% aragonite supports proper ph
  • This method preserves real live sand with its own original, natural bacteria
  • re-create natural reef environments
  • more beneficial bacteria than any other product on the market
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479009050 Final Thoughts

"Love love love love love!"

I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. It looks really pretty and natural. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for.

Overall Score
4.6


(130 Points)

4. CaribSea Arag-Alive 20-Pound Fiji Pink Sand

User Ratings: 86 3

Carib Sea 792 First Impressions

"This sand looks great!"

You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here. But that is also something to consider with all sands. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either.

  • CaribSea Arag-Alive 20-Pound Fiji Pink Sand
  • Functional and beautiful aragonite substrate for all types of marine aquariums
  • Contains millions of beneficial marine bacteria to enhance biological filtration
  • Many styles to help recreate any marine environment
  • Manufacture: Carib Sea
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 2 inches
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Carib Sea 792 Final Thoughts

"Incredibly fine and soft."

They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. When adding water, no dust, no mess. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white.

Overall Score
4.7


(754 Points)

5. Stoney River Black Aquatic Sand Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 70

Stoney River 06606 First Impressions

"No harm to the filters."

Just cleaned the 5 lbs in a 5 gal bucket in the bath tub. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. Within the bag, you will find two small packets. The item is as pictured and described. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph.

  • Stoney River Black Aquatic Sand Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag
  • Will not affect PH
  • Safe for use in freshwater aquariums
  • Non-Toxic coating
  • Package Dimensions: 27.177 L x 5.08H x17.78Wcentimeters
  • Manufacture: Clifford W. Estes CO, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1 inches; 5 Pounds
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Stoney River 06606 Final Thoughts

"They love it!"

It looks really pretty and natural. The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. I put the 5 pounds of sand straight into an empty 5 gallon tank. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.7


(5 Points)

6. 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
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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


(85 Points)

7. 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)

8. 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)

9. Creative Farmer 2Kg Products Sugar Type Sand Gravel for Aquarium Decoration Pebbles for Decor & Mul...

User Ratings: 27

Creative Farmer First Impressions

"I have two Dojo Loaches."

I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. But I have to give it to this sand. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. Was frustrating but nobody's fault but mine. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive.

  • Creative Farmer 2Kg Products Sugar Type Sand Gravel for Aquarium Decoration Pebbles for Decor & Multi Purpose Pack
  • Qty : 2KG , Material: Pebbles/Stone
  • Uses || Terrariums|Vases| Flower Vases| Garden Patios, Pavements || Waterfalls And Realted Decorations, || Water Fountains, Courtyard Gardens || Used In Aquariums And Artistic Monuments || Garden Walks / Pathways || Used For Decor Purpose At Hotels, Restaurants As Well As In Households || Perfect For Flooring, Shower Floors & Walls And Pools/Aquariums Etc.
  • Usage : Used For Decorating Home And Parks, Landscaping, Wall Cladding/Aquariums
  • Suitable For Fish Tank/Aquarium, Garden, Lawn, Table And Flower Vase.
  • A Quality Product From Creative Farmer
  • Manufacture: Creative Farmer
  • Item Weight: 12.3 ounces
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Creative Farmer Final Thoughts

"They love it!"

I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend.

Overall Score
3.6


(4 Points)

10. Nature's Ocean No.0 Marine White Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 59 7

Nature's Ocean 10791 First Impressions

"Plants love it!"

If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. If you have bright lights, algae will grow on this sand. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium.

  • Nature's Ocean No.0 Marine White Sand for Aquarium, 20-Pound
  • 100% From The Ocean Floor
  • Increases Carbonate Hardness
  • Provide Marine Trace Elements
  • Heat Sterilized
  • Ideal for culturing Live sand
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12 x 2 inches; 20 Pounds
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Nature's Ocean 10791 Final Thoughts

"More like micro gravel."

It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. There is a black sand from the same manufacturer called Tahitian Moon. The water was clear by the next day. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes.

Overall Score
4.1


(62 Points)

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