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)

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
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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. Worldwide Imports AWWA1063 Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound

User Ratings: 48 19

Worldwide Imports 29615 First Impressions

"Repeated 3-4 times."

I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Use the strongest, most focused nozzle you have. Poured water in, ran the filter for a day. The sand causes bubbles to remain on top of the water too. I'm setting up another tank and this will be the substrate. I never did get around to switching to gravel. This was a very nice sand and I enjoyed it very much!

  • Worldwide Imports AWWA1063 Aragonite Sand, 20-Pound
  • Worldwide aragonite 1 sand 20lb-2piece
  • Reduces nitrates
  • Ideal for reef system tank bottoms denitrifying anaerobic beds extremely high surface area filter media
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Worldwide Imports 29615 Final Thoughts

"I love the color!"

If you get this sand rinse it, I cannot stress that enough, rinse it. The item is as pictured and described. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm very pleased with it. It's as close to white sand as you can get! Come to find out the sand is somewhat dirty. The light color is really pretty and makes it easy to spot various critters. I rinsed each bag separately and skimmed the small amount that floated to the top.

Overall Score
3.6


(15 Points)

9. LONDAFISH Electric Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer

User Ratings: 37 25

LONDAFISH First Impressions

"Love the look!"

The sand does look nice and comes to you clean, it'll only take a minute to wash. I'm probably only going to use this brand from now on. I decided that I'll keep the sand after all. Plant tanks require high light levels. Some will leave the tank when you get rid of unwanted plants too. Just don't dump the water in the drain as its bad if sand is stuck in the drains! The Estes sand came highly recommended.

  • LONDAFISH Electric Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer
  • fish tank siphon vacuum cleaner fish tank automatic cleaner
  • EASY TO USE- Installed gravel cleaner,please keep the water level between the MAX and MIN,then strat switch.When the outlet can draw water,raise the gravel cleaner,let the head and outlet above the water.
  • MULTIPURPOSE- The cleaner can install the battery and use by the adaptor directly.(the package contain the connector:3V 2A) Freely adjust the different lengths:62cm/73cm/100cm, suitable for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • CLEANING FUNCTION- Can clean gravel, siphon the fish excreta and other dirt out effectively without requiring a water change.
  • PLEASE NOTE- Ideal for complete aquarium cleaning or quick spot maintenance and actually continuous work within 20 minutes
  • FEATURE AND ACCESSORIES- High safety performance,only need 2 size C type alkaline battery(not included).The blue hose length:70 cm;diameter:1 cm.Accessories :Siphon Water Siphon Asin: B077HS6YPS ;The Filter Bag Asin: B07B48GZ23
  • Manufacture: LONDAFISH
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LONDAFISH Final Thoughts

"Overall I'm a fan."

Dont force yourself to look at a boring bare bottom tank! I unloaded it into a bucket and continued to rinse several times. Not as thin as sand but works well for our musk turtle substrate. It can shorten the life of your filter's impeller. You'll be shocked at the fine particles that come out! A simple pass with a siphon hose removes most all of the waste. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake.

Overall Score
3.3


(503 Points)

10. Eurobuy Automatic Gravel Cleaner, Electric Aquarium Cleaner, Aquarium Washing Sand Filtering and Dra...

User Ratings: 36 24

Eurobuy 1101916/120427AM12UK2 First Impressions

"Love it, great product."

The filter doesn't agitate the sand either. But that is also something to consider with all sands. 10 weeks in and I have four tanks going. If you are slack on maintenance, pick a darker sand. Do that over and over till the water finally is clear in the bucket. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned. Clear water, no chemical issues and makes the tank look sparkling clean.

  • Eurobuy Automatic Gravel Cleaner, Electric Aquarium Cleaner, Aquarium Washing Sand Filtering and Draining, Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner, Siphon Cleaning Tool for Gravel Sand
  • MULTIFUNCTION GRAVEL CLEANING TOOL - Powerful siphon pump with dirt and fishing waste cleaning efficiency. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Save your time and reduce fatigue. 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.
  • 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. Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.
  • ADJUSTABLE TUBE LENGTH - Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease, supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums. Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • EASY TO INSTALL AND 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. Suitable for fish and turtle tank, freshwater and saltwater.
  • AUTOMATIC WORK BY BATTERY - Battery case on the top, only 2* batteries needed for easy and safe installation. (Not Included Battery)
  • Manufacture: Eurobuy
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 10.3 Ounces
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Eurobuy 1101916/120427AM12UK2 Final Thoughts

"Wonderful sand."

I bought 80 lbs of this sand for my 75 gallon fish tank. The item is as pictured and described. I went ahead and used it without rinsing it, which was a mistake. I added my snail and fish within about 12 hours and everyone is happy. I bought the Torpedo Beach sand hoping for a pretty white sand and it was. I bought the Sunset Gold color and it is a beautiful sand. This is the easiest sand and gravel I've ever cleaned.

Overall Score
3.3


(57 Points)

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