Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Fine Aquarium Gravel

1. Seachem Flourite Black Clay Gravel - Stable Porous Natural Planted Aquarium Substrate 15.4 lbs

User Ratings: 76 2

Seachem 3725 First Impressions

"I have no complaints."

The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank. It does need a good washing, and I used a 5 gallon bucket method. The color of the gravel makes the blue in my Tetra's and Gourami's pop. Lovely colors and everything i was looking for! I have blue lights and white lights in my tanks. I have bought 2 bags of this gravel. They are rocks, what more do you need.

  • Seachem Flourite Black Clay Gravel - Stable Porous Natural Planted Aquarium Substrate 15.4 lbs
  • GRAVEL: Seachem Flourite Black is a specially fracted stable porous clay gravel for the natural planted aquarium. Its appearance is best suited to planted aquaria, but may be used in any freshwater aquarium environment.
  • AQUARIUM BED: Gravel modifiers such as laterite are not necessary when using Seachem Flourite Black as this product is most effective when used alone as an integral substrate bed, but it may be mixed with other gravels.
  • SET-UP: When adding water to the aquarium, fill slowly to avoid disturbing Flourite Black substrate bed. Place a bowl in the aquarium and add water directly to the bowl, allowing water to overflow softly on to the gravel bed. Initial cloudiness is normal, but to remove this simply use mechanical filtration
  • COMPATIBLE: Flourite Black substrates will work fine with an under gravel filter and will not soften or decompose to an unsuitable state within your tank.Flourite substrates will work fine with an UGF
  • SAFETY: Seachem Flourite Black is not chemically coated or treated, thus does not alter the pH of the water. Flourite Black is beneficial for the life of the aquarium and need not be replaced.
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.75 x 1.75 inches; 15.43 Pounds
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Seachem 3725 Final Thoughts

"Held its color when wet."

I envisioned the bag being bigger since I ordered a 50lbs. If you have to bury tank decor that doesn't have suction cups then you need more. It will take you a while to properly clean. For smaller plants, these rocks are a little on the big side. But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks. Aside from the size, the appearance of this gravel is what stands out the most. For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse.

Overall Score
4.6


(1224 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Fine Aquarium Gravel

2. 1/4" Granite Mini Pea Gravel, 5lb Bag - Decorative Natural granitic Gneiss Gravel for Aquariums, Lan...

User Ratings: 71 3

Maynooth Natural Granite First Impressions

"I do not own fish."

The little package of clarifier included is not nearly enough. I'll definitely use this gravel again the next time I start a new tank. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish. Obviously required a lot of rinsing. The little package of clarifier included is not nearly enough. So will just see if color stays-God willing! I didn't even need the water clarifier, and I found it in the bag.

  • 1/4" Granite Mini Pea Gravel, 5lb Bag - Decorative Natural granitic Gneiss Gravel for Aquariums, Landscaping, Vase Fillers, Plants, Fairy Gardens, Bonsai.
  • 100% granitic gneiss (no limestone!)
  • Screened and spray-washed with water only (natural fine dust from parent stone is present in bag - rinse before use)
  • 1/4 inch diameter rounded gravel
  • Suitable for aquariums, planters, terrariums, and more
  • Product of Canada
  • Manufacture: Maynooth Natural Granite
  • Item Weight: 4.99 pounds
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Maynooth Natural Granite Final Thoughts

"It is quite lovely."

Snails and fish dont seem to mind the switch from sand. They served their purpose, but had to be the dirtiest rocks I have ordered. I just wanted to post a picture so you can see how much comes in a pack. For reference, my tank is a 20 gallon tall tank. The rock arrived quickly and several days before projected. Color is good contrast to the Beta. The 50 pound bag was jus barely enough for my 55 gallon tank!

Overall Score
4.5


(775 Points)

3. Pettex Roman Gravel Aquarium Gravel (4.4lb) (Jet Black)

User Ratings: 79 1

Monster Pet Supplies 2018 First Impressions

"I love this substrate."

I have a 90 gallon aquarium with a footprint of 18 by 48 inches. Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. One bag was open and had emptied into the box. I filled with filter water ad let sit for a day before relocate fish. It looks great and didn't change anything about the water. Really just rinsed a little and ready to go. It really makes the tank look sharp and I believe the goldfish likes it, too.

  • Pettex Roman Gravel Aquarium Gravel (4.4lb) (Jet Black)
  • Suitable for all types of aquariums including coldwater, tropical and marine
  • Increased surface area allows for improved anaerobic activity
  • Makes the perfect planting medium due to its finer size
  • Suitable for bottom feeders and barbed fish
  • Manufacture: Monster Pet Supplies
  • Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 5.91 x 9.84 inches; 4.41 Pounds
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Monster Pet Supplies 2018 Final Thoughts

"Works great!"

I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time. Will definitely purchase again when needed. I really love this natural gravel, really makes my 20g High look natural! The pebbles are a perfect size for 30+ gallon tanks. I'm accenting with multicolored glass rocks to accent. For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse. Like everyone else says wash it before putting it in your tank.

Overall Score
4.7


(277 Points)

4. 3/8" Granite Pea Gravel, 5lb Bag - Decorative Natural granitic Gneiss Gravel for Aquariums, Landscap...

User Ratings: 69 4

Maynooth Natural Granite First Impressions

"Purchased this for my 1."

Just be patient and realize that it's going to take a while to rinse it. I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank. I've been using that for a few months now with my betta. Water became with film like on top and lots of little bubbles on every surface. Like everyone else says wash it before putting it in your tank. I used these to put on top of soil if my pot plants. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and would suggest this product to others.

  • 3/8" Granite Pea Gravel, 5lb Bag - Decorative Natural granitic Gneiss Gravel for Aquariums, Landscaping, Vase Fillers, Plants, Fairy Gardens, Bonsai.
  • 100% granitic gneiss (no limestone!)
  • Screened and spray-washed with water only (natural fine dust from parent stone is present in bag - rinse before use)
  • 3/8 inch diameter rounded gravel
  • Suitable for aquariums, planters, terrariums, and more
  • Product of Canada
  • Manufacture: Maynooth Natural Granite
  • Item Weight: 4.79 pounds
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Maynooth Natural Granite Final Thoughts

"Beautiful gravel."

It's a gemstone quality gravel, not the topfin crap from petsmart. Don't use any soaps or anything else. Very random shapes and colors that blend well. All n all, very happy with the purchase. 5 inches of gravel, so you could use more or less depending on tank size. Wouldn't have any other substrate for my axolotl. Worked great for my succulent gardens.

Overall Score
4.4


(136 Points)

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5. Pettex Roman Gravel Aquarium Gravel (4.4lb) (Harlequin Blend)

User Ratings: 75 5

Pettex 2010 First Impressions

"Rocks are expensive."

I really love this natural gravel, really makes my 20g High look natural! I bought two bags for my 55 gallon. All substraight needs to be thoroughly rinsed before use. I just wanted to post a picture so you can see how much comes in a pack. Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. It looks great and didn't change anything about the water. I wanted white rocks that were vibrant.

  • Pettex Roman Gravel Aquarium Gravel (4.4lb) (Harlequin Blend)
  • Material: Silicate aggregates.
  • Visually appealing mean of enhancing the appearance of your fish tank.
  • Suitable for all types of aquarium set-ups including coldwater, tropical and saltwater.
  • Effective planting medium due to its finer size.
  • Increased surface area allows for improved anaerobic activity.
  • Manufacture: Pettex
  • Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 5.91 x 9.84 inches; 4.41 Pounds
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Pettex 2010 Final Thoughts

"Would purchase again."

Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow. This is not the colored synthetic aquarium medium. For smaller plants, these rocks are a little on the big side. Colors are exactly as shown on the screen- at least on my monitor. The color mixture with the darker colors in it does that very well. The rocks look great and arrived very quickly. Like everyone else says wash it before putting it in your tank.

Overall Score
4.5


(75 Points)

6. Aqua Glow-in-the-Dark Fish Tank SMALL Rubble 8oz ~ Glow Pebbles ~ Aquarium Gravel

User Ratings: 66 8

Gert's Glow House First Impressions

"Great product."

I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. Don't use any soaps or anything else. Had to move fish out after it nearly died. Wouldn't have any other substrate for my axolotl. Some of the bad feedback says it clouds the water. I actually used this on the top of my potted plants to keep gnats away. Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone.

  • Aqua Glow-in-the-Dark Fish Tank SMALL Rubble 8oz ~ Glow Pebbles ~ Aquarium Gravel
  • Each stone is unique in size - generally they will be .5"-1.5"
  • These can glow for 8 hours or more when fully charged.
  • These charge the fastest under black, UV or LED light, but will still charge under regular light bulbs
  • Water, acid and alkali resistant - Salt Water tanks are fine
  • Completely Safe & Non-Toxic
  • Manufacture: Gerts Glow House
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 4 inches; 5.6 Ounces
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Gert's Glow House Final Thoughts

"There is none."

Arrived in 8 sealed plastic bags inside one Priority box. But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks. It worked really well and still allowed new stems to pop through. Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. I used this for a path in a 22 gallon aquarium. I also found a DEAD spider in the gravel! For smaller plants, these rocks are a little on the big side.

Overall Score
4.2


(12 Points)

7. Sky Blue Glow-in-the-Dark Fish Tank SMALL Rubble 8oz ~ Glow Pebbles ~ Aquarium Gravel

User Ratings: 24

Gert's Glow House First Impressions

"With normal tap water."

I included a picture which doesn't do the product justice. I am disappointed that there seems to be nothing special about this gravel. Had to move fish out after it nearly died. It has lovely colors and I will be using ONLY this gravel in the future. This gravel works extremely well for planted tanks and for smaller fish species. Out of the bag there is an amazing amount of dust. These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown.

  • Sky Blue Glow-in-the-Dark Fish Tank SMALL Rubble 8oz ~ Glow Pebbles ~ Aquarium Gravel
  • Each stone is unique in size - generally they will be .5"-1.5"
  • These can glow for 8 hours or more when fully charged.
  • These charge the fastest under black, UV or LED light, but will still charge under regular light bulbs
  • Water, acid and alkali resistant - Salt Water tanks are fine
  • Completely Safe & Non-Toxic
  • Manufacture: Gerts Glow House
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 4 inches; 8.11 Ounces
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Gert's Glow House Final Thoughts

"A few minutes."

I used this for a path in a 22 gallon aquarium. Plenty of rock for my 5 gal aquarium. This gravel works extremely well for planted tanks and for smaller fish species. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and would suggest this product to others. Worked great for my succulent gardens. It's a gemstone quality gravel, not the topfin crap from petsmart. The little package of clarifier included is not nearly enough.

Overall Score
3.9


(3 Points)

8. 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
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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


(291 Points)

9. Imagitarium Dark Blue Aquarium Gravel, 20 LBS

User Ratings: 68 4

Imagitarium First Impressions

"Just as described."

It's my new, absolute favorite substrate. I used these to put on top of soil if my pot plants. We bought this for a glo fish tank. I have a 90 gallon aquarium with a footprint of 18 by 48 inches. The color of the gravel makes the blue in my Tetra's and Gourami's pop. Needs more plants but it makes the colors of the fish and other decor really pop. It really makes the tank look sharp and I believe the goldfish likes it, too.

  • Imagitarium Dark Blue Aquarium Gravel, 20 LBS
  • Dark Blue Aquarium Substrate from Imagitarium
  • Helps simulate a positive natural environment
  • Promotes the growth of healthy bacteria which breaks down waste
  • Reduces the amount of unhealthy debris in the water
  • Manufacture: Imagitarium
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
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Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"Nice product."

Secondly the gravels colour looks enhanced under a bright led light. Just be patient and realize that it's going to take a while to rinse it. Don't own a blacklight so can't tell if it glows or not. I used this for a path in a 22 gallon aquarium. I used this for a small aquarium with 2 goldfish and it worked great! It smells like chlorine and epoxy glue. I bought two bags for my 55 gallon.

Overall Score
4.4


(62 Points)

10. Spectrastone Shallow Creek Pebble for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 80 1

Spectrastone 10701 First Impressions

"This gravel really pops!"

All substraight needs to be thoroughly rinsed before use. Aside from the size, the appearance of this gravel is what stands out the most. I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. I envisioned the bag being bigger since I ordered a 50lbs. They served their purpose, but had to be the dirtiest rocks I have ordered. My Vallisneria and amazon swords grow just fine in this substrate. I decided on this particular brand of gravel because of Amazon's add-on program.

  • Spectrastone Shallow Creek Pebble 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
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Spectrastone 10701 Final Thoughts

"Bright color."

I'll definitely use this gravel again the next time I start a new tank. Like everyone else says wash it before putting it in your tank. One bag was open and had emptied into the box. The color mixture with the darker colors in it does that very well. Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow. The 50 pound bag was jus barely enough for my 55 gallon tank! Plenty of rock for my 5 gal aquarium.

Overall Score
4.7


(122 Points)

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