Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Estes' Aquarium Gravel

1. Estes Gravel Products AES06606 Este Marine Sand Black for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 76 2

Estes' 346001 First Impressions

"They look good in my pot!"

So will just see if color stays-God willing! I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time. It's my new, absolute favorite substrate. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish. At least any visible to the naked eye. I've been using that for a few months now with my betta. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and would suggest this product to others.

  • Estes Gravel Products AES06606 Este Marine Sand Black for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • Great for marine and freshwater tanks
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Anchors down Plants
  • Black Color sand
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Estes' 346001
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Estes' 346001 Final Thoughts

"Wet vs dry."

Minimal clouding gone within 12 hours. I use a hybrid of the Walstad Method, and this stuff is perfect. Using these stones for growing bulbs for church project. There is some sand and dirt mixed in. Had to move fish out after it nearly died. All substraight needs to be thoroughly rinsed before use. Don't even waste your time adding it to your tank.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(291 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Estes' Aquarium Gravel

2. Estes Gravel Products AES51510 Este Crushed Coral for Aquarium, 15-Pound

User Ratings: 46

Estes' 346058 First Impressions

"I'm so glad I found this."

I have blue lights and white lights in my tanks. Arrived in 8 sealed plastic bags inside one Priority box. Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. Everyone ask where did i get that color. This is the real deal mother earth approx. This is my favorite gravel I've bought from Amazon. Snails and fish dont seem to mind the switch from sand.

  • Estes Gravel Products AES51510 Este Crushed Coral for Aquarium, 15-Pound
  • Formulated for Russian, Greek, Sulcata, Leopard and Pancake Tortoises. Added vitamins and minerals; No artificial colors or preservatives.
  • Added vitamins and minerals
  • No artificial colors or preservatives
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • Age Range Description: All Stages
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Estes' 346058
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Estes' 346058 Final Thoughts

"And a great price."

For reference, my tank is a 20 gallon tall tank. I baught a 5 gallon tank and i had to buy 2 packs. I just wanted to post a picture so you can see how much comes in a pack. It's my new, absolute favorite substrate. I purchased to put into a dry river rock. It looks great and didn't change anything about the water. I have blue lights and white lights in my tanks.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(5 Points)

3. Estes Gravel Products AES70513 5-Piece Este Carved Rainbow Aquarium Stones, Large

User Ratings: 32 40

Estes' 346065 First Impressions

"They look good in my pot!"

I wanted white rocks that were vibrant. They served their purpose, but had to be the dirtiest rocks I have ordered. All n all, very happy with the purchase. Lovely colors and everything i was looking for! It worked really well and still allowed new stems to pop through. Purchased 9 bags of this for a new 180 gallon aquarium. This was the cheapest DIY project with a big wow factor.

  • Estes Gravel Products AES70513 5-Piece Este Carved Rainbow Aquarium Stones, Large
  • Will not affect for use in freshwater aquariums; Non-Toxic coating; A very quality product from the manufacturer.
  • Safe for use in freshwater aquariums
  • Non-Toxic coating
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Estes' 346065
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Estes' 346065 Final Thoughts

"There is a simple remedy."

Secondly the gravels colour looks enhanced under a bright led light. This was the cheapest DIY project with a big wow factor. All n all, very happy with the purchase. Although I had to rinse it about 5 times to fully get ALL of the dust out. The gravel size is exactly as described in the product description- 2 to 4mm. Don't even waste your time adding it to your tank. I baught a 5 gallon tank and i had to buy 2 packs.

Overall Score
3.1

[star rating="3.1"]
(3 Points)

4. ESTES GRAVEL BLUE JEAN GRAVEL 5LB

Estes' First Impressions

"These rocks are perfect!"

I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. Out of the bag there is an amazing amount of dust. Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. Colors are exactly as shown on the screen- at least on my monitor. Stir periodically and then your good to go! Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. The rocks are REALLY dirty, and contain random debris.

  • ESTES GRAVEL BLUE JEAN GRAVEL 5LB
  • Estes
  • Aquarium Assessory
  • Gravel Blue Jean 5 Pound
  • Manufacture: ESTES GRAVEL (WILMAR)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Estes'
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Estes' Final Thoughts

"Very nice!"

Colors are exactly as shown on the screen- at least on my monitor. It has lovely colors and I will be using ONLY this gravel in the future. I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. Everyone ask where did i get that color. This is not the colored synthetic aquarium medium. Had to move fish out after it nearly died. Colors are exactly as shown on the screen- at least on my monitor.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(3 Points)

5. Spectrastone Shallow Creek Regular for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 61 6

Spectrastone 11709 First Impressions

"I love the color."

I bought two bags for my 55 gallon. I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank. At this point I'm Trying to wash pebbles. I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. Worked great for my succulent gardens. Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. I have blue lights and white lights in my tanks.

  • Spectrastone Shallow Creek Regular for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag
  • Will not affect PH
  • Safe for use in freshwater aquariums
  • Non-Toxic coating
  • Manufacture: Estes Gravel Products
  • Product Dimensions: 18.75 x 9 x 2 inches; 25 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Spectrastone 11709
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Spectrastone 11709 Final Thoughts

"Excellent purchase."

They're like large pebbles that are the size of your pinky-nail. But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks. Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. It looks great and didn't change anything about the water. Removed pebbles and refilled for the 3rd time. They're like large pebbles that are the size of your pinky-nail.

Overall Score
4.3

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

6. Spectrastone Special White Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 77 8

Spectrastone 40707 First Impressions

"The color is beautiful."

I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. The 50 pound bag was jus barely enough for my 55 gallon tank! Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. Like everyone else says wash it before putting it in your tank. I have a 90 gallon aquarium with a footprint of 18 by 48 inches. It smells like chlorine and epoxy glue. Wouldn't have any other substrate for my axolotl.

  • Spectrastone Special White Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag
  • Will not affect PH
  • Safe for use in freshwater aquariums
  • Non-Toxic coating
  • Will not affect PH
  • Non-Toxic coating
  • Manufacture: Estes Gravel Products
  • Product Dimensions: 18.75 x 9 x 2 inches; 25 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Spectrastone 40707
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Spectrastone 40707 Final Thoughts

"Worked out great for me."

Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. Removed pebbles and refilled for the 3rd time. So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank. I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. Out of the bag there is an amazing amount of dust. I actually used this on the top of my potted plants to keep gnats away.

Overall Score
4.4

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

7. Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 2-Pound, Jet Black

User Ratings: 64 7

Pure Water Pebbles 70092 First Impressions

"Great aquarium gravel!"

I purchased to put into a dry river rock. I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time. I decided on this particular brand of gravel because of Amazon's add-on program. The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it. For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse. So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank. I purchased to put into a dry river rock.

  • Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 2-Pound, Jet Black
  • Pure Water Pebbles Premium Freshwater Substrates
  • Natural Decorative Gravel
  • 100% Acrylic Coating, Colorfast
  • Non-toxic, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Recommended Uses: Fresh & Saltwater Aquariums, Ponds, Terrariums, Gardens, Potted Plants, Vases, Ash Trays, Crafts & Hobbies
  • Manufacture: WORLD WIDE IMPORTS ENT., INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.4 x 1.4 inches; 1.7 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pure Water Pebbles 70092
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Pure Water Pebbles 70092 Final Thoughts

"No bubbles, no bad water."

Just be patient and realize that it's going to take a while to rinse it. They're like large pebbles that are the size of your pinky-nail. These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown. One bag was open and had emptied into the box. There's a nice mix of color and gives my little nano tanks a nice earthy feel. I recommend doing it in smaller portions. I've ordered their midnight pearl color and it is beautiful too.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(38 Points)

8. Carib Sea Coraline Aquarium Gravel

User Ratings: 81 4

Carib Sea FBA_101 First Impressions

"Great for plants!"

Minimal clouding gone within 12 hours. Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse. It worked really well and still allowed new stems to pop through. I recommend doing it in smaller portions. I half rinse it and put it in my tank. Although I had to rinse it about 5 times to fully get ALL of the dust out.

  • Carib Sea Coraline Aquarium Gravel
  • Aids in the growth of corals
  • Buffers for the life of the aquarium
  • Helps maintain a proper pH of 8.2 without constant chemical additions
  • Discourages nuisance algae growth
  • Manufacture: Carib Sea
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 11 x 17 inches; 17.7 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea FBA_101
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Carib Sea FBA_101 Final Thoughts

"No more gnats."

It comes in a variety of colors, but I prefer the classic white. A little bigger than what I wanted but I still used it. This is my favorite gravel I've bought from Amazon. Just make sure you rinse it out REALLY good, before adding to your aquarium. All n all, very happy with the purchase. But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks. They served their purpose, but had to be the dirtiest rocks I have ordered.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(82 Points)

9. Glow in The Dark Decorative Gravel,Fish Tank Aquarium Gravel,Glow Rocks Stones for Fairy Garden and ...

User Ratings: 55 13

Alan Stone First Impressions

"Rocks are expensive."

Water became with film like on top and lots of little bubbles on every surface. I opened the bag, dumped it in a bowl and filled it with water. Yeah this stuff has to come prerinsed. I used this for a small aquarium with 2 goldfish and it worked great! It comes in a variety of colors, but I prefer the classic white. All substraight needs to be thoroughly rinsed before use. Secondly the gravels colour looks enhanced under a bright led light.

  • Glow in The Dark Decorative Gravel,Fish Tank Aquarium Gravel,Glow Rocks Stones for Fairy Garden and Home (5-8mm, Sky Blue)
  • When you receive the parcel please kindly put all the gravels in the sun for about half an hour to make them charge fully for the first time use, then you can watch in the dark, they will glow brightly. They will last the glowing for about 2 -3 hours in the fully dark space. They can charge and glow repeatedly.
  • If you want it to glow all the time in the dark indoor or outdoor please install a LED UV black light above them.
  • It can be applied to indoor and outdoor flooring, to make the terrazzo, to decorate pool, bar, vase, fish tank and Aquarium, It can also be used to decorate the garden flower pots, to mark paths and walk way or as a border for plant beds or ponds.
  • It varies in size. It includes about 280g in one PVC jar.
  • It's EN71 approved: non-toxic, non-radioactive and completely harmless to aquatic life.
  • Manufacture: Alan Stone
  • Item Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Alan Stone
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

Alan Stone Final Thoughts

"A few minutes."

So will just see if color stays-God willing! Yeah this stuff has to come prerinsed. This is my favorite gravel I've bought from Amazon. Wouldn't have any other substrate for my axolotl. The rocks look great and arrived very quickly. I'd recommend but just be wary of debris. I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(146 Points)

10. SACKORANGE 0.9 Lb/400g Aquarium Gravel Gem.Agate Stone Tumbled Stones for Plants Cacti & Succulents ...

User Ratings: 67 4

SACKORANGE First Impressions

"Looks great!"

They are rocks, what more do you need. Removed pebbles and refilled for the 3rd time. These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown. The color of the gravel makes the blue in my Tetra's and Gourami's pop. One bag was open and had emptied into the box. 5 inches of gravel, so you could use more or less depending on tank size. I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank.

  • SACKORANGE 0.9 Lb/400g Aquarium Gravel Gem.Agate Stone Tumbled Stones for Plants Cacti & Succulents Bedding, Vase Filler, Landscape Bottom Decoration (Green)
  • Safe & Long Lasting: Non-toxic just like river gravels. Natural color won't fade away through time. These colorful crystal stones decorate the fish tank and also maintain the water clean.
  • Good for cultivating plants, fish tank, flowerpots, air plants. For plant bedding, they could add vitality to your plants. Reducing the splashing water when watering. Good for fish tank ensuring a safety and no pollution living condition for your fish.
  • 100% Natural Colorful Decorative Pebbles: Set up a natural and shining looking for home of you and your de-lovelys.
  • Net Weight: 0.9 pound (400 grams). Fills 1 Cup or 0.25 L volume.
  • Widely Usage: Excellent for aquariums, terrariums, flowerpot, glassware, vases, beach wedding, fountain decoration, also use for chakra cleansing, reiki healing and crystal grids.Keep it away from children under 3.
  • Manufacture: Sackorange
  • Item Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SACKORANGE
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

SACKORANGE Final Thoughts

"Great product."

Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. Water became with film like on top and lots of little bubbles on every surface. I'll definitely use this gravel again the next time I start a new tank. I filled with filter water ad let sit for a day before relocate fish. I recommend doing it in smaller portions. But didnt return it as it still looked cool with few coloured pebbles scattered. It smells like chlorine and epoxy glue.

Overall Score
4.3

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

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