Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Zoo Med Aquarium Sand

1. Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, Gold

User Ratings: 75 6

Zoo Med VG10 First Impressions

"Highly recommend."

It helped the water clear up faster. I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great. Take my advice, which I got from someone else, and buy a mini gravel vacuum. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again.

  • Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, Gold
  • Available in 6 colors
  • All natural calcium carbonate
  • No dyes or additives
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med Laboratories
  • Item Weight: 9.9 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 3 x 15 inches
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Zoo Med VG10 Final Thoughts

"I couldn't be happier."

Will never use ugly waste trapping gravel again! The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. The bio magnet clarifier clears the water up at first, but then it gets cloudy again. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. This torpedo beach sand is wonderful.

Overall Score
4.4


(193 Points)

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2. Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, White

User Ratings: 76 2

Zoo Med VW10 First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it. This is a nice color of sand and looks good under the light. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top. My Corydoras are having a field day! But like everything else, you have to make choices and compromises. Mine play and frolic constantly, leaving happy little trails all over the tank. It has cleared up but still a little cloudy.

  • Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, White
  • Available in 6 colors
  • All natural calcium carbonate
  • No dyes or additives
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med Laboratories
  • Item Weight: 10.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 3 x 15 inches
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Zoo Med VW10 Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps!"

I was nervous about converting my freshwater tank substrate from gravel to sand. It is beautiful and I'm thrilled with my purchase! My Corydoras are having a field day! This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. I did lots of research on the subject and decided to make the leap. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. No need to rinse before putting in aquarium.

Overall Score
4.6


(170 Points)

3. Zoo Med Laboratories SZMHC2Y Hermit Crab, 2-Pound, Sand Yellow

User Ratings: 61 10

Zoo Med 976005 First Impressions

"Stick hose into bucket."

I received this aquarium sand yesterday. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. It's as close to white sand as you can get! This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much! This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. I love this substrate, I use it for my betta& goldfish tanks and it looks great.

  • Zoo Med Laboratories SZMHC2Y Hermit Crab, 2-Pound, Sand Yellow
  • Natural Pigment colors
  • No paints or dyes
  • It provides the necessary source
  • A calcium carbonate sand substrate in four fun colors
  • Available in five natural colors
  • No paint or dye used in processing
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Zoo Med 976005 Final Thoughts

"It cleans fairly well."

I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6. If you are starting a new tank, this is the one that I would recommend. It's easy to clean and I didn't have an issue to floating particles. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. Almost like a sparkle, but not bright. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

Overall Score
4.1


(33 Points)

4. Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, Sahara Slate

User Ratings: 49 16

Zoo Med VS10 First Impressions

"Repeated 3-4 times."

10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. The water was clear by the next day. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. I received this aquarium sand yesterday. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here.

  • Zoo Med Vita Sand, 10 Pounds, Sahara Slate
  • Available in 6 colors
  • All natural calcium carbonate
  • No dyes or additives
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 3 x 15 inches; 9.92 Pounds
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Zoo Med VS10 Final Thoughts

"Love love love love love!"

I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. 2 weeks later and my tank is still a little cloudy. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. The point is, discus and rams do not appreciate getting buffeted. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

Overall Score
4.0


(15 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Zoo Med Aquarium Sand

5. Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBA6 Radical Red Sand, 1/2-Pound

User Ratings: 30

Zoo Med 976521 First Impressions

"This sand is gorgeous!"

It helped the water clear up faster. This could very well be the perfect substrate, except for one thing. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank.

  • Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBA6 Radical Red Sand, 1/2-Pound
  • Zoo radical red sand 1/2lb
  • Excellent for fishbowls or Nano tanks
  • Zoo med laboratories, inc Designs and manufactures reptile products as well as product for, amphibians, birds and aquatic pets
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Zoo Med 976521 Final Thoughts

"Repeated 3-4 times."

The other comes packed pre-cultured with nitrifying bacteria. The water was clear by the next day. That is why I chose the Hydor Koralia Nano 240. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. Highly recommend, found out about it on YouTube. Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going.

Overall Score
3.8


(6 Points)

6. Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBA5 Terminator Teal Sand, 1/2-Pound

User Ratings: 28

Zoo Med 976520 First Impressions

"Super easy."

It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. I like the extra little packet of bio-magnet clarifier. I thought it was soap, but it's not. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I didn't have fish yet and decided just to chance it. Half of the bag was more than enough for my aquarium.

  • Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBA5 Terminator Teal Sand, 1/2-Pound
  • Zoo terminator teal sand 1/2lb
  • Excellent for fishbowls or Nano tanks
  • Zoo med laboratories, inc Designs and manufactures reptile products as well as product for, amphibians, birds and aquatic pets
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Zoo Med 976520 Final Thoughts

"Nice touch."

It's what I did with the sand I had left over that I'm using in my smaller tank. They keep the surface of my sand looking pretty and white. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. Doing that it should be clean enough to put in your tank and not cloud up your water. But I have to give it to this sand. This sand is almost exactly like the beach in Destin, FL. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going.

Overall Score
3.9


(5 Points)

7. Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBA4 Ballistic Blue Sand, 1/2-Pound

User Ratings: 29

Zoo Med 976519 First Impressions

"The sand is nice."

If you can keep your tank clean, this is perfect for you. My Corydoras are having a field day! No need to rinse before putting in aquarium. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. The soft sand makes it easy to place plants without damaging them. All three are inert; therefore, they do not affect ph. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate.

  • Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBA4 Ballistic Blue Sand, 1/2-Pound
  • Zoo ballistic blue sand 1/2lb
  • Excellent for fishbowls or Nano tanks
  • Zoo med laboratories, inc Designs and manufactures reptile products as well as product for, amphibians, birds and aquatic pets
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Zoo Med 976519 Final Thoughts

"The algae will die off."

Really nice appearance in the tank, looks very authentic. I have yet to do a water change, but I do not anticipate any problems. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. Bought this 50lbs bag for my 55g freshwater aquarium, boy is the white sand nice! The other contains a floculant, to help clear cloudy water. I used this sand in my 30gallon and put it into a 6.

Overall Score
3.7


(4 Points)

8. White Sand and Gravel Set, 30 lb

Carolina Biological Supply Company First Impressions

"Shrimp tank."

Have a seat and shoot the water with force down into the sand. It helped the water clear up faster. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. The Estes sand came highly recommended. For a Flounder tank, well, we will just have to see when they get here.

  • White Sand and Gravel Set, 30 lb
  • Contains 10 lb of each of our best quality quartz: fine sand, coarse sand, and gravel
  • Brilliant white
  • 30 lb.
  • When you shop with Carolina, you're not alone! All of our products are backed by unparalleled technical support, available from 8am to 8pm, ET, Monday-Friday. Contact information (Live Chat, email, and phone) is provided after placing your order at Amazon.
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Carolina Biological Supply Company Final Thoughts

"Worked beautifully."

Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean. The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. The Estes sand came highly recommended. And it is not recommended that you rinse it out. It helps eliminate deadly ammonia spikes.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. Hewnda 2 Pound Fish Tank Sand Glass Beads - Aquarium Decoration Ornament Stone for Fish Turtle Tank ...

Hewnda First Impressions

"I didn't want tan."

It looks great and it's super quality. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. I still love it and maybe will return to it someday after my aquarium is settled in. Kind of sharp sand, not the soft smooth kind. I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. Naturally, you will still want to start with hardy fish until the tank stabilizes.

  • Hewnda 2 Pound Fish Tank Sand Glass Beads - Aquarium Decoration Ornament Stone for Fish Turtle Tank Landscape Bottom
  • Non-Toxic & Safe: made of glass, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water. Good choice for your aquarium and succulent decoration.
  • Weight: 2 pounds, about 1000 gram. Stone size: 3-6 mm. Material: glass sand. Volume: 0.22 gallons.
  • Use indoor & outdoor. Shiny in water. Perfect decor for fresh & saltwater aquariums, ponds, terrariums, gardens, potted plants, vases, ash trays, crafts & hobbies
  • Use Rinse with water 3-4 times before,do not rubbing force.Not toy, keep away from children for chocking hazard.
  • perfect for accenting your potted succulent creations and aquarium! Keep it away from children under 3 years in case chocking hazard!
  • Manufacture: Hewnda
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Hewnda Final Thoughts

"I recommend this."

Like I said earlier, it's like beach sand. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. I will need 3 more bags if I want a thicker 1 inch layer to fill my entire tank. You probably need more if you are planning on planting live plants. The filter we used was also established with bacteria from the former tank setup.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

10. Aqua KT Premium Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Sand Cleaner Filler Strainer Water Changer for Fish Tank

User Ratings: 49 10

Aqua KT First Impressions

"It looks nice overall."

My Corydoras are having a field day! When adding water, no dust, no mess. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. The sand arrived dry, I'm still unclear if that's how it was supposed to arrive. I used it in my fire bellied toad enclosure, it is cloudy but that's expected. Used to have a dark substrate but decided to change to this. It helped the water clear up faster.

  • Aqua KT Premium Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Sand Cleaner Filler Strainer Water Changer for Fish Tank
  • Professional gravel cleaner is required for universal fish aquarium in your home.
  • Design to separate and remove the debris from gravel in your fish tank, very effective and helpful.
  • With long nozzle and vacuum design, offer strong suction and separate gravel quickly. Not only Time saving, but also less stressful on both fish and owner.
  • 3 in 1 multifunctional product, for Water Changer, Gravel Cleaning and Dirt Suction. No smell and safety, able to change water quickly, supporting over 50 gallons of fish tank.
  • Enough to clean every corner of the fish tank without wet hands, quickly draining dirty water.
  • Manufacture: Aqua KT
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Aqua KT Final Thoughts

"Love love love love love!"

You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! It's as close to white sand as you can get! This filled a fair thin layer over half my elongated 35 gallon tank. Love the way it looks in my new aquarium. I toss the cloudy water into the streets instead. There are two versions of the Crystal River Sand from Caribsea. But that is also something to consider with all sands.

Overall Score
3.8


(23 Points)

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