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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med VG10
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

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

[star rating="4.4"]
(193 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Zoo Med Aquarium Sand

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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med VW10
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

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

[star rating="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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med 976005
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

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

[star rating="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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med VS10
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3']

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

[star rating="4"]
(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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med 976521
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

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

[star rating="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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med 976520
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

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

[star rating="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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med 976519
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

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

[star rating="3.7"]
(4 Points)

8. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med 976519
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

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

[star rating="3.7"]
(4 Points)

9. PIVBY Hamster Bathing Sand Tiny Friends Farm Chinchilla Dust Bathing Sand Toys for Bunny Rabbits Gui...

User Ratings: 68 10

PIVBY First Impressions

"RINSE VERY WELL!"

I have a 50 gallon established freshwater tank. The bag is small, but the quality of sand is good. Except for and axolotl owner this Sand is veryyy hard to keep clean! I found that red cherry shrimp adore diatoms. My beautiful sand turned a very dark brown. Just be smarter than me about it and you'll be very happy with the product. Worried about my newts underbelly but he seems okay with it.

  • PIVBY Hamster Bathing Sand Tiny Friends Farm Chinchilla Dust Bathing Sand Toys for Bunny Rabbits Guinea Pigs Gerbils(2LB)
  • Bathing Sand is 100% natural sand and is more like dust and free from bacteria. It is also naturally absorbent. It is the choice of many owners of show chinchillas for ideal coat condition.
  • Safe, effective product for hamster baths.This is fantastic because it's safe and watching hamsters take sand baths is super cute.Also,if your pet has health problems such as fungal infection,appear oily,moist body and matted fur,you can use this bathing sand to solve these problems.
  • Chinchillas should have a sand bath every day. Place bathing sand into a high-sided box or cat litter tray and let your Chinchillas roll around in it. They will thoroughly enjoy themselves and the sand will help keep their coats healthy by removing excess oils.
  • Bathing sand is essential for some small animals are a nice treat for others,It will do fur-grooming,moisture -absorbing-,oil-absorbing and skin disease preventure, such as hamsters and gerbils.
  • Package including:2LB hamster bathing sand.You will love watching them roll around and enjoy their bath time.
  • Manufacture: PIVBY
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PIVBY
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

PIVBY Final Thoughts

"I really like this sand."

It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. My goldfish seems much happier and will dig and siphon the sand. Perfect sand, I didn't bother rinsing or cleaning it like the directions said. The grain size will range from fine to medium. But if you want actual fine sand might not be what your looking for.

Overall Score
4.3

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

10. UP AQUA Sand for Aquatic Plants

User Ratings: 68 5

U.P. Aqua UA-560B First Impressions

"Fantastic sand."

I bought it primarily because I purchased five assassin snails and the love sand. A bit more floated to the top, skimmed it off. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. Some people might have time to, but I do not. A bit beige mixed with white, but the crystals are still very pretty. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains!

  • UP AQUA Sand for Aquatic Plants
  • Ph value at 6.5
  • Does not require rinse before use
  • Not easy to break down
  • The Package Weight Of The Product Is 11.0 Pounds
  • Manufacture: UP AQUA
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 13 x 10 inches; 11 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The U.P. Aqua UA-560B
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

U.P. Aqua UA-560B Final Thoughts

"Like a dog."

Darker sand still grows algae, but hides it. My aquarium was so beautiful with this sand! This is the ideal size, in my opinion, for most situations. Plants are easy to plant in it as well. My mystery snails and Malaysian trumpets love it too! I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. The Estes sand came highly recommended.

Overall Score
4.3

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

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