Sand is black and water is colored green, but isn't as vibrant as in the website photos. Good for desktop display, doesn't need much room. Plastic quality appears as that of a decent child's toy, which is on par for the price paid. Appears to be too much air inside because the sand doesn't move freely - internet search says you can remove/add air through the pinhole in the side, but need to get a needle/syringe to do so. Shipping time was good, but packaging was slightly damaged on arrival - it was mailed in a thin bubble mailer envelope so the box was crushed, thankfully the item itself was not broken. Overall happy with purchase.