AQUA TERRA Aquarium & Terrarium Sand, Natural Tan, 5-lb bag -

Aqua Terra Aquarium & Terrarium Sand, 5-lb bag

By Aqua Terra
Rated 3.9915 out of 5 stars
Color: Natural Tan

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About This Item


  • Premium-quality, 100% natural substrate adds fun and beauty to your finned or scaly friends’ environment.
  • Looks great in both indoor tanks and outdoor ponds; provides ample living space for beneficial microbes and anchoring for plants.
  • Aids the filtering process of aquatic tanks by increasing the surface area available for nitrifying bacteria to colonize.
  • Non-toxic, 100% acrylic colorfast coating won’t foul your water or impact your water chemistry and is safe for reptiles.
  • Available in two vibrant colors; can also be used to beautify potted plants, vases and more.

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Questions & Answers

36 Customer Questions

How are you supposed to clean it like you would the gravel?
Answer by ChewyJul 14, 2019
To remove surface debris with a gravel siphon, lower your siphon until it is about ½ inch above the sand’s surface. Move the siphon in a back-and-forth pattern, holding the depth level, as you pick up debris and dirt. You can expect for the siphon to pick up some sand particles with this method. You can then re-rinse those particles and re-introduce them to the tank or you can throw them out. It is often a good idea to add in new sand every few weeks anyway.

Is this sand ok for a bearded dragon? Needs to not be calcium sand basically
Answer by ChewyMay 28, 2019
This sand is not calcium based and is suitable for a Bearded Dragon.

can i use this sand in my water turtle tank
Answer by ChewyNov 05, 2019
This sand is safe for aquatic turtles.

Can I use this in a desert terrarium for a lizard? Or is it exclusively for aquatic habitats?
Answer by ChewyApr 15, 2018
This is suitable for a reptile terrarium.

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By ctgreeneyes78 on Nov 20, 2022

great for hamster sand baths!

Most “sand” that is sold for hamster baths is really dust, which can cause respiratory issues for them. I bought this sand bc it’s very affordable so if it wasn’t a hit, it wouldn’t waste money. Well, all 5 hamsters love it!!! (All live in separate enclosures) They roll in it, pee in it, some eat in it too lol. Definitely a fantastic buy!! I now recommend it to other hamster owners as well

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Kara on Nov 17, 2022

1st time user

This is the 1st year ive used sand in my turtle tank. At 1st, my turtle played in it but now she could care less. Cleaning is OK, would work better if I had the sand cleaner.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By DrCF on May 19, 2022

Very fine grained sand

This sand has much smaller grains than I desired, though the description did not list a grain size range so I can't fault anyone. The average grain size is 0.25-0.75mm, and definitely a lot of even smaller grains. If that matters to anyone.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Shelly on Jul 9, 2022

great sand

It is very nice and turtle loves it I recommend and I will buy for my big tank

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By ShannonS on Jan 21, 2022

Cloudy water for days

This sand looks nice in my shrimp/ember tetra nano tank...BUT it's super fine, super silty, and caused a major sediment cloud in my tank that has persisted for days. If you plan on having this in a tank, I'd say put it in, let it settle, then add your fish after everything has settled...I couldn't do that since it was an established tank with breeding neocardinas shrimp and a school of ember tetras.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By TomF on Feb 3, 2022

better than gravel

Looks better than gravel and easier to keep clean. Wash it thoroughly before adding to the aquarium and even then the water may appear cloudy. Let the filter do its job. Mine cleared up in a couple of hours. Also added clarifier in addition to conditioner.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Nick on Dec 20, 2021

Horrible Product

I read all of the positive reviews and numerous recommendations on this sand. I was convinced this was the best sand on the market. I followed YouTube tutorials on how to wash the sand before Inserting into the aquarium and I washed for hours!!!! Water never cleared! I realized it wasn’t dirty it was literally the sand itself floating in the water. So I proceeded thinking that it has to be clean enough. I put it in the aquarium and used a flat item to not disturb the water while filling. It Did not matter the water was instantly cloudy and Sandy. I waited for 5 days, still cloudy! I changed the water at 50% 3 times! Still cloudy! Then finally after leaving only 1 gallon of water in the tank it cleared! A miracle, so I refilled the tank and it was clear! Now time to turn on the filter Within 5 minutes the water was cloudy!!! I witnessed the sand on the bottom of the aquarium moving while the water was flowing from the filter!!! This sand is so fine and light that it will always float in your water!!!! Do not buy the recommendation or positive reviews! This stuff is horrible!!!!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Flower on Apr 2, 2022

Great for a sand bath

My hamster Flower loves her sand bath and this is the best that I have found. No dust and she enjoys digging as well.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Play on Jan 11, 2022

Appears like play sand

Typically as a regular Chewy shopper I am very impressed with the quality of product Chewy provides but in this case I was very disappointment. This is not aquarium sand. Seems to be a good product for reptiles but would never recommend for aquariums. After rinsing sand for hours I put in my tank & 5 days later after frequent filter cleanings & a water change water is still very cloudy. This is very similar to using play sand in a aquarium. Now after spending $80 on sand it is non returnable because it has technically been used already. I now have to spend hours removing all the sand from aquarium, totally drain the aquarium & start fresh with recycling & purchasing actual aquarium sand. Would not recommend for any fresh water aquarium

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Julinoe on Jan 15, 2022

pretty but clean first

I admit, this sand is pretty but no way no how dump it directly into an aquarium. I suggest you clean it in a bucket first.