Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Colored Aquarium Gravel

1. Marina Decorative Gravel

User Ratings: 74 3

Marina 12386 First Impressions

"Love this blue gravel!"

Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. The rocks are REALLY dirty, and contain random debris. I do not own glofish nor a glofish tank. I opened the bag, dumped it in a bowl and filled it with water. It does need a good washing, and I used a 5 gallon bucket method. 5 inches of gravel, so you could use more or less depending on tank size. The little package of clarifier included is not nearly enough.

  • Marina Decorative Gravel
  • Orange colored gravel, great for adding color to your aquarium
  • Gravel helps hold plants and ornaments in place
  • Epoxy coated; No effect on water chemistry
  • Great for adding character and color to your aquarium
  • Decorative gravel is great alone or mixed with marbles
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5 x 7 inches; 1 Pounds
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Marina 12386 Final Thoughts

"Be prepared!"

Water became with film like on top and lots of little bubbles on every surface. Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. It's a gemstone quality gravel, not the topfin crap from petsmart. I also found a DEAD spider in the gravel! I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. I WOULD recommend buying this item! I WOULD recommend buying this item!

Overall Score
4.5


(884 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Colored Aquarium Gravel

2. Pettex Roman Gravel Aquarium Gravel (2kg) (Sonic Blue)

User Ratings: 77 4

Pettex 2008 First Impressions

"It's just what I wanted."

This was the cheapest DIY project with a big wow factor. It has lovely colors and I will be using ONLY this gravel in the future. The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank. Obviously required a lot of rinsing. I'm accenting with multicolored glass rocks to accent. They are rocks, what more do you need. Really just rinsed a little and ready to go.

  • Pettex Roman Gravel Aquarium Gravel (2kg) (Sonic Blue)
  • Sonic Blue Colored Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Substrate, Aquatic Safe 4.4lb
  • Gravel is made of non-toxic material, safe to your fish and will not affect PH of the water.
  • Colorful gravel pebbles can be used as decoration for fish tanks, Aquariums, Vivariums, plants, vases or other places
  • 4.4 Pounds
  • Manufacture: Pettex
  • Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 5.91 x 9.84 inches; 4.41 Pounds
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Pettex 2008 Final Thoughts

"It's just what I wanted."

This is not the colored synthetic aquarium medium. If you have to bury tank decor that doesn't have suction cups then you need more. Secondly the gravels colour looks enhanced under a bright led light. The gravel size is exactly as described in the product description- 2 to 4mm. If you have to bury tank decor that doesn't have suction cups then you need more. This is the real deal mother earth approx. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and would suggest this product to others.

Overall Score
4.6


(118 Points)

3. CYS EXCEL Light Blue Crushed Glass Vase Fillers (Pack of 24 LBS, Approx. 36 Cups) | Multiple Color C...

User Ratings: 64 10

CYS EXCEL First Impressions

"It's what I ordered."

So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank. Don't use any soaps or anything else. This was because of my own preconceived notions and not that of the sellers though. Secondly the gravels colour looks enhanced under a bright led light. Needs more plants but it makes the colors of the fish and other decor really pop. The rock arrived quickly and several days before projected. There's a nice mix of color and gives my little nano tanks a nice earthy feel.

  • CYS EXCEL Light Blue Crushed Glass Vase Fillers (Pack of 24 LBS, Approx. 36 Cups) | Multiple Color Choices Aquarium Colored Gravel Sea Glass Pebbles | Arts & Crafts Crushed Gemstones
  • Color-Size - Light Blue Colored Glass | 1 LB/Bag Approx. 1.5 Cups/LB | Pack of 24 LBS
  • Quality - Only the highest quality colored glass to ensure that color doesn't come off even after years of use. Since no dyes, paints, or other methods of artificial coloring is used. Our Gems are guarantee non-toxic lead-free.
  • Uses - This is just the thing to add a pop of color to your vases. The crushed glass is bringing a touch of the ocean to your home decor. It's the perfect fillers to create the nautical, beach, and coastal theme decor.
  • Looks- The glass-like feature provides a unique look that slowly smoothes the light as it passes through the surface. Crushed Glass shows the beauty and quality of each piece of Glass.
  • Occasions - It can also be used as table scatter for your wedding or reception tables and ideal for birthday parties, dorm room parties, raves, bars, holidays, night concerts, and cocktail parties.
  • Manufacture: CYS EXCEL
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CYS EXCEL Final Thoughts

"Looks good in tank!"

I used these to put on top of soil if my pot plants. I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium. I rinsed it about 3-4 times and felt satisfied it was good. Very random shapes and colors that blend well. Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. Just be patient and realize that it's going to take a while to rinse it. My Vallisneria and amazon swords grow just fine in this substrate.

Overall Score
4.2


(74 Points)

4. Quartz Colored Gravel Pebbles (SM10100) Gold Metallic, 3 lbs

User Ratings: 63 7

Quartz Colors First Impressions

"Nice gravel."

So will just see if color stays-God willing! I used this for a small aquarium with 2 goldfish and it worked great! Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. I actually used this on the top of my potted plants to keep gnats away. Worked great for my succulent gardens. This is the real deal mother earth approx. Water became with film like on top and lots of little bubbles on every surface.

  • Quartz Colored Gravel Pebbles (SM10100) Gold Metallic, 3 lbs
  • Approximately 1/8"
  • Color Stable
  • Will not effect PH
  • Color deviations are possible due to typographical reasons
  • For crafts, floral, landscaping, ashtray and vase filler, hobbies and all decorative purposes.
  • Manufacture: Quartz Colors
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Quartz Colors Final Thoughts

"Fantastic gravel!"

Removed pebbles and refilled for the 3rd time. For smaller plants, these rocks are a little on the big side. I've been using that for a few months now with my betta. I used this for a small aquarium with 2 goldfish and it worked great! Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. Snails and fish dont seem to mind the switch from sand. Really just rinsed a little and ready to go.

Overall Score
4.2


(27 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Colored Aquarium Gravel

5. Md trade Rainbow Gravel Aquarium Marbles Decorative Colored Pebble Gravel for Fish Tank,542g /19oz

User Ratings: 44 10

Md trade First Impressions

"Love the color."

The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it. This was because of my own preconceived notions and not that of the sellers though. The rocks look great and arrived very quickly. The glow is pretty minimal but it still looks nice. They are rocks, what more do you need. Secondly the gravels colour looks enhanced under a bright led light. One bag was open and had emptied into the box.

  • Md trade Rainbow Gravel Aquarium Marbles Decorative Colored Pebble Gravel for Fish Tank,542g /19oz
  • Material: Glass Stone
  • Color: Random color
  • Weight: 542g/19oz pack
  • Non-toxic material, safe to your pet. Will not affect PH
  • Can be used as decoration for fish tanks, plants, vases or other places
  • Manufacture: Md trade
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Md trade Final Thoughts

"I love this stuff."

I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank. Needs more plants but it makes the colors of the fish and other decor really pop. Secondly the gravels colour looks enhanced under a bright led light. The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it. I opened the bag, dumped it in a bowl and filled it with water. At this point I'm Trying to wash pebbles. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish.

Overall Score
3.9


(24 Points)

6. Pebbles, Pebbles for vases Colored Stones Glow in The Dark Stones Polished Gravel Outdoor Decorative...

User Ratings: 57 15

shun yi First Impressions

"These are perfect."

Don't even waste your time adding it to your tank. I'm accenting with multicolored glass rocks to accent. I purchased to put into a dry river rock. This is not the colored synthetic aquarium medium. All n all, very happy with the purchase. I'll definitely use this gravel again the next time I start a new tank. Some of the bad feedback says it clouds the water.

  • Pebbles, Pebbles for vases Colored Stones Glow in The Dark Stones Polished Gravel Outdoor Decorative Stones, Fish Tank Aquarium, Landscaping, Vase Fillers, (Luminous Stone 100pcs)
  • ▶Gorgeous Stones with Elegant Surface: smooth,polished and easy to clean. Make sure to rinse 3-4 times before your decoration projects,but DO NOT wash it violently! Long Lasting & Colorfast Gravels: natural color won’t fade away through time!
  • ▶This decorative Glowing stones made of resin, non-toxic, smell less, non-radioactive, no harm to people, fish, birds and plants, can be perfect glow in the dark stones pebbles idea for aquarium decorations for fish tank, mason jar, pathway, yard garden decoration aquarium decoration.
  • ▶Colored stones add extra beauty: flower pots, fish tanks, sidewalks, driveways, water features, ponds, water gardens, bare polymeric floors or walls and around the pool.
  • ▶ Pebble lighting that requires no electricity and no power. This glow stones pebbles stones are durable and weather resistant. Glow Stones pebbles absorb sunlight during the day and give off light throughout the night. Intensity is strongest 2 - 3 hours at night after a full day in the sun.
  • ▶Great accent for crafts: aquariums, rock gardens, succulent tillandsia plants, cactus pot, terrarium, bamboo plants and bonsai trees.
  • Manufacture: shun yi
  • Item Weight: 0.16 ounces
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shun yi Final Thoughts

"Nice big bag of gravel."

Don't even waste your time adding it to your tank. I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. Snails and fish dont seem to mind the switch from sand. For reference, my tank is a 20 gallon tall tank. The smooth and small pebbles are great for people keeping corycats. It looks great and didn't change anything about the water. One bag was open and had emptied into the box.

Overall Score
4.0


(16 Points)

7. Colored Quartz Gravel Pebbles (SC3002) Red, 3 lbs

User Ratings: 58 20

Quartz Colors First Impressions

"Beautiful and natural."

It's a gemstone quality gravel, not the topfin crap from petsmart. I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank. Minimal clouding gone within 12 hours. Worked great for my succulent gardens. Very random shapes and colors that blend well. Wouldn't have any other substrate for my axolotl. For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse.

  • Colored Quartz Gravel Pebbles (SC3002) Red, 3 lbs
  • Approximately 1/8"
  • Color Stable
  • Will note effect PH
  • Color deviations are possible due to typographical reasons
  • For freshwater aquariums, terrariums, landscaping, floral and candle vase filler, hobbies and all decorative purposes.
  • Manufacture: Quartz Colors
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Quartz Colors Final Thoughts

"Small black gravel."

I use a hybrid of the Walstad Method, and this stuff is perfect. Secondly the gravels colour looks enhanced under a bright led light. Very random shapes and colors that blend well. It does need a good washing, and I used a 5 gallon bucket method. I used this for a small aquarium with 2 goldfish and it worked great! Aside from the size, the appearance of this gravel is what stands out the most. Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine.

Overall Score
3.8


(12 Points)

8. Colored Quartz Gravel Pebbles (S4006) Lavender Purple, 3 lbs

User Ratings: 30 12

Quartz Colors First Impressions

"Rocks are expensive."

But didnt return it as it still looked cool with few coloured pebbles scattered. Although I had to rinse it about 5 times to fully get ALL of the dust out. Only issue is that it did have a hole in the bag but nothing too horrible. I have bought 2 bags of this gravel. I used this for a path in a 22 gallon aquarium. I bought a few bags of this and it's nice. Secondly the gravels colour looks enhanced under a bright led light.

  • Colored Quartz Gravel Pebbles (S4006) Lavender Purple, 3 lbs
  • Approximately 1/8"
  • Color Stable
  • Will not effect PH
  • Color deviations are possible due to typographical reasons
  • For freshwater aquariums, terrariums, landscaping, floral and candle vase filler, hobbies and all decorative purposes.
  • Manufacture: Quartz Colors
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Quartz Colors Final Thoughts

"Be prepared!"

The smooth and small pebbles are great for people keeping corycats. It's my new, absolute favorite substrate. Overall I am happy with the gravel. I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time. Originally I bought the black with colored stones for my 5 gallon tank. So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank. This gravel works extremely well for planted tanks and for smaller fish species.

Overall Score
3.3


(11 Points)

9. Glow in The Dark Pebbles for Garden Décor, Glow in The Dark Gravel Rocks Pebbles Marbles for Fairy ...

User Ratings: 55 12

Alan Stone First Impressions

"Great product."

We bought this for a glo fish tank. A little bigger than what I wanted but I still used it. I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium. This is the real deal mother earth approx. The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank. Although I had to rinse it about 5 times to fully get ALL of the dust out. I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time.

  • Glow in The Dark Pebbles for Garden Décor, Glow in The Dark Gravel Rocks Pebbles Marbles for Fairy Garden, Glowing Stones Aquarium Gravel DIY Garden Gifts (Flake Shape, 44pcs,315g/0.69lbs) (Rose)
  • Size: 3-4cm(1 1/2''-1 4/7'') Package:315g/0.69lbs approximately 44pcs in a brown box.
  • Multi-colored Glowing Pebbles for Choice. Please choose the color that you want carefully before purchasing. The original color and glowing color would be different.
  • Light Charged Glowing Pebbles. Glow lasts approximately 3-4 hours in the dark after direct sunlight or UV light exposure for 20 minutes. The glow will be faded out gradually. If you want it to glow all the time in the dark indoor or outdoor, please install a LED UV black light above them. They can charge and glow repeatedly.
  • Eco-Friendly Material. These pebbles are made from the highest quality of photoluminescent pigment and have a very high concentration per pebble.It's EN71 approved. non-toxic, non-radioactive and completely harmless to decorate.
  • Variety Use. It can be applied to indoor and outdoor flooring, to make the terrazzo, to decorate pool, bar, vase,patio lawn, fish tank and aquarium, It also can be used to decorate the garden flower pots, to mark paths and walk way or as a border for plant beds or ponds. ideal decor for waterscapes, landscape decoration, potted plants, edge a flower bed, lighting a walkway or driveway, gardens, crafts,vase filler,.etc.
  • Manufacture: Xiamen Alan Stone Trade Co., Ltd.
  • Item Weight: 10.6 ounces
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Alan Stone Final Thoughts

"Works great!"

Bigger than normal aquarium gravel, nice colors, good quality, no smell. I wanted white rocks that were vibrant. The rocks are REALLY dirty, and contain random debris. Color is good contrast to the Beta. I have blue lights and white lights in my tanks. I've been using that for a few months now with my betta. It looks great and didn't change anything about the water.

Overall Score
3.9


(10 Points)

10. Quartz Colored Gravel/Pebbles (SM10100) Gold Metallic, 10 lbs

User Ratings: 45 31

Quartz Colors First Impressions

"My tank is not done yet."

The rock arrived quickly and several days before projected. I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank. I bought two bags for my 55 gallon. I wanted white rocks that were vibrant. It was easy to clean and looks great in my bamboo glass vases! These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown. Yeah this stuff has to come prerinsed.

  • Quartz Colored Gravel/Pebbles (SM10100) Gold Metallic, 10 lbs
  • Approximately 1/8"
  • Color Stable
  • Will not effect PH
  • Color deviations are possible due to typographical reasons
  • crafts, flral, landscaping, ashtray and vase filler, hobbies and all decrative purposes
  • Manufacture: Quartz Colors
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Quartz Colors Final Thoughts

"Nice rocks for my BioOrb."

I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. I found it easier to do a medium sized bowl at a time. The gravel size is exactly as described in the product description- 2 to 4mm. I filled with filter water ad let sit for a day before relocate fish. I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank. The texture is smooth so cories and burrowing fish will not hurt themselves. Colors are exactly as shown on the screen- at least on my monitor.

Overall Score
3.3


(7 Points)

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