Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Galashield Aquarium Gravel

1. Galashield River Rocks Polished Pebbles Decorative Stones Natural Aquarium Gravel (2 lb Bag)

User Ratings: 65 9

Galashield KT9295 First Impressions

"It is quite lovely."

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. The pebbles are a perfect size for 30+ gallon tanks. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish. Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown. Don't own a blacklight so can't tell if it glows or not.

  • Galashield River Rocks Polished Pebbles Decorative Stones Natural Aquarium Gravel (2 lb Bag)
  • Contains a variety of shapes and colors, such as different shades of browns, whites and black
  • These natural river stones are polished and have a smooth finish with no rough edges
  • Great for gardens, lawn decor, walkways, fountains, vase fillers, fish tanks, potted plants, craft projects, and more
  • 2 lb bag - contains approximately 200 stones
  • Stones sizes are approximately 1-2 cm (0.3-0.6 inches)
  • 1-2 cm (0.3-0.6 inches)
  • 2-4 cm (0.8-1.6 inches)
  • 4-6 cm (1.6-2.4 inches)
  • Manufacture: Galashield
  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Galashield KT9295
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Galashield KT9295 Final Thoughts

"Held its color when wet."

I bought a few bags of this and it's nice. They served their purpose, but had to be the dirtiest rocks I have ordered. This was the cheapest DIY project with a big wow factor. Don't even waste your time adding it to your tank. Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks. Out of the bag there is an amazing amount of dust.

Overall Score
4.2

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

2. Fish Tank Gravel ,Aquarium Vacuum Gravel,Natural Polished Decorative Pebbles Stone Rock for Plan...

User Ratings: 84 5

StarRoad First Impressions

"It's what I needed."

Really just rinsed a little and ready to go. It really makes the tank look sharp and I believe the goldfish likes it, too. Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. Just make sure you rinse it out REALLY good, before adding to your aquarium. Plenty of rock for my 5 gal aquarium. Fast delivery and item true to description. I used this for a small aquarium with 2 goldfish and it worked great!

  • Fish Tank Gravel ,Aquarium Vacuum Gravel,Natural Polished Decorative Pebbles Stone Rock for Plants Pots,Outdoor Garden Walkaway Pavenment (2-LB Bag)
  • Manufacture: StarRoad
  • Editor's Impressions Of The StarRoad
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

StarRoad Final Thoughts

"Exactly as pictured."

Don't even waste your time adding it to your tank. But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks. Bigger than normal aquarium gravel, nice colors, good quality, no smell. So if you are looking for bigger size, this is not it. 5 inches of gravel, so you could use more or less depending on tank size. I opened the bag, dumped it in a bowl and filled it with water. I used this for a path in a 22 gallon aquarium.

Overall Score
4.7

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

3. Spectrastone Permaglo Black Lagoon for Freshwater Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 71 8

Spectrastone 20516 First Impressions

"Very easy to clean."

So will just see if color stays-God willing! I'd recommend but just be wary of debris. I have a 90 gallon aquarium with a footprint of 18 by 48 inches. This is my favorite gravel I've bought from Amazon. I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time. Using these stones for growing bulbs for church project. It's a gemstone quality gravel, not the topfin crap from petsmart.

  • Spectrastone Permaglo Black Lagoon for Freshwater Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag
  • Will not affect PH
  • Safe for use in freshwater aquariums
  • Non-Toxic coating
  • Manufacture: Estes Gravel Products
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.25 x 1.5 inches; 5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Spectrastone 20516
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Spectrastone 20516 Final Thoughts

"Fantastic gravel!"

This gravel works extremely well for planted tanks and for smaller fish species. The rocks are REALLY dirty, and contain random debris. Some of the bad feedback says it clouds the water. It has lovely colors and I will be using ONLY this gravel in the future. Not sure why there is so much bad feedback for this. So will just see if color stays-God willing! If you have to bury tank decor that doesn't have suction cups then you need more.

Overall Score
4.3

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

4. Aqua Culture Caribbean Aquarium Gravel, 25 lb

AQUA CULTURE First Impressions

"So little by little."

The 50 pound bag was jus barely enough for my 55 gallon tank! There is some sand and dirt mixed in. At least any visible to the naked eye. They served their purpose, but had to be the dirtiest rocks I have ordered. The rocks are REALLY dirty, and contain random debris. This is my favorite gravel I've bought from Amazon. They're like large pebbles that are the size of your pinky-nail.

  • Aqua Culture Caribbean Aquarium Gravel, 25 lb
  • Manufacture: Aqua Culture
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA CULTURE
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

AQUA CULTURE Final Thoughts

"Looks great!"

I envisioned the bag being bigger since I ordered a 50lbs. So will just see if color stays-God willing! Colors are exactly as shown on the screen- at least on my monitor. It worked really well and still allowed new stems to pop through. It will take you a while to properly clean. These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown. All substraight needs to be thoroughly rinsed before use.

Overall Score
5.0

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

5. JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium L...

User Ratings: 54 6

JZMYXA First Impressions

"Bright color."

I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank. Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow. Don't use any soaps or anything else. I've been using it now for a couple of months and nothing has happened to them. The rocks look great and arrived very quickly. Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. So if you are looking for bigger size, this is not it.

  • JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Succulent Plants Terrarium Landscape, 2 Pounds
  • Made of 100% Natural Gravel Pebbles.
  • Net weight 2 pounds. Size 0.24 inch-0.4 inch.
  • Fit for Aquariums Terrarium Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decoration.
  • Non-toxic just like river gravels.
  • Please wash them 5-6 times before use.
  • Manufacture: JZMYXA
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.53 x 2.17 inches; 2.15 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JZMYXA
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

JZMYXA Final Thoughts

"Ideal for my tank."

For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse. Works great in my daughter aquarium. It has lovely colors and I will be using ONLY this gravel in the future. Very random shapes and colors that blend well. Out of the bag there is an amazing amount of dust. Lovely colors and everything i was looking for! It does need a good washing, and I used a 5 gallon bucket method.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(79 Points)

6. TINTOR Fish Tank Rocks, Glow Gravel for Aquarium Decorations Pebbles Luminous Stones for Garden Lawn...

User Ratings: 73 8

TINTOR First Impressions

"It's just what I wanted."

I have blue lights and white lights in my tanks. Just be patient and realize that it's going to take a while to rinse it. The rock arrived quickly and several days before projected. Only issue is that it did have a hole in the bag but nothing too horrible. At this point I'm Trying to wash pebbles. Snails and fish dont seem to mind the switch from sand. I included a picture which doesn't do the product justice.

  • TINTOR Fish Tank Rocks, Glow Gravel for Aquarium Decorations Pebbles Luminous Stones for Garden Lawn/Aquarium/Plant Pots/Pathway/Driveway
  • 【Material & Quantity】The glow gravel is made of polystyrene and phosphor, non-toxic and non- radioactive. Each package of glow gravel contains 100 medium-sized pebbles, which is sufficient to evenly cover a small fish tank.
  • 【How It Works】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. They can repeat this process for 15 years.
  • 【How to Use Them】Just spread evenly on the bottom of the fish tank or the garden pathway surface. You can make them into the shape you like (e.g. heart, star). For better visual effects, please do not stack stones on top of each other.
  • 【Multi-scene Application】The glow stone could be used for aquarium tank, garden lawn, plant pots, driveway, swimming pool, pond, pathway and so on.
  • 【Multiple Colors to Choose】There are 6 colors to choose, blue, green, purple, orange, primary and multi-colore.
  • Manufacture: TINTOR
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TINTOR
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

TINTOR Final Thoughts

"These rocks are perfect!"

Will definitely purchase again when needed. For smaller plants, these rocks are a little on the big side. It smells like chlorine and epoxy glue. I WOULD recommend buying this item! It does need a good washing, and I used a 5 gallon bucket method. So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank. I wash it in small batches in a five gallon bucket before putting it in the tank.

Overall Score
4.3

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

7. Vellenty Products 2LB Aquarium Gravel River Rock Stones - Natural Polished Fish Tank Rocks for Terra...

User Ratings: 49 14

Vellenty Products First Impressions

"Great aquarium gravel!"

All substraight needs to be thoroughly rinsed before use. This is perfect for a 2 gallon tank that also has some acrylic gems. It's my new, absolute favorite substrate. I used this for a small aquarium with 2 goldfish and it worked great! At least any visible to the naked eye. There's a nice mix of color and gives my little nano tanks a nice earthy feel. I opened the bag, dumped it in a bowl and filled it with water.

  • Vellenty Products 2LB Aquarium Gravel River Rock Stones - Natural Polished Fish Tank Rocks for Terrarium - Decorative Pebbles for Potted Plant & Landscaping - Aquarium Substrate for 5-15 Gallon Tanks
  • ✅ [EASY TO CLEAN] - These pebbles are made natural with quality polish. They can be easily cleaned by rinsing 3-4 times with water. Wash pebbles before and after use. Pure paraffin wax coating on pebbles maintain smoothness & shine for long term use.
  • ✅ [USE ANYWHERE] - These pebbles are very versatile and can be used both indoor and outdoor. Can be used for fish tanks, terrarium, potted plants, walkway, vase, crafts, and art projects. Garden use prevents soil breakdown and facilitates watering.
  • ✅ [MIXED COLOR] - Variety of colors such as yellow, marble, grey, white, and black. These mixed color pebbles complement many other river rocks and aquarium decorations. Also complements indoor house decorations like succulents, pots, and artworks.
  • ✅ [SPECIFICATIONS] - Each pebble measures approx. 1 inch (2-4 cm). Single order weighs 2LB (32-OZ) in a mesh bag. Pebbles are made natural and come in many different shapes and sizes varying from thin to thick, oval, and round. Multi-purpose stones!
  • ✅ [GUIDELINE FOR FISH TANKS] - In order to create a 1-inch layer of pebbles, refer to the following information. For 5-Gallon Tanks, 2 bags will be required. For 10-Gallon Tanks, 4 bags will be required. For 15-Gallon Tanks, 6 bags will be required.
  • Manufacture: Vellenty Products
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Vellenty Products
  • Quality [star rating='2.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.2']

Vellenty Products Final Thoughts

"Nice rocks for my BioOrb."

There's a nice mix of color and gives my little nano tanks a nice earthy feel. Plenty of rock for my 5 gal aquarium. Minimal clouding gone within 12 hours. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish. Love the vibrant neon colors mixed in with the black gravel. They are rocks, what more do you need. I half rinse it and put it in my tank.

Overall Score
3.7

[star rating="3.7"]
(22 Points)

8. Spectrastone Lake Green Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag

Spectrastone 915225 First Impressions

"Very nice gravel."

I have bought 2 bags of this gravel. Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow. A little bigger than what I wanted but I still used it. Colors are exactly as shown on the screen- at least on my monitor. There is some sand and dirt mixed in. The pebbles are a perfect size for 30+ gallon tanks. The glow is pretty minimal but it still looks nice.

  • Spectrastone Lake Green Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag
  • Will not affect PH
  • Safe for use in freshwater aquariums
  • Non-Toxic coating
  • Manufacture: Clifford W. Estes CO, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 18.75 x 9 x 2 inches; 25 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Spectrastone 915225
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Spectrastone 915225 Final Thoughts

"Makes my fish tank glow."

One bag was open and had emptied into the box. Wouldn't have any other substrate for my axolotl. They are rocks, what more do you need. If you have to bury tank decor that doesn't have suction cups then you need more. Don't own a blacklight so can't tell if it glows or not. Out of the bag there is an amazing amount of dust. The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it.

Overall Score
5.0

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

9. Carib Sea Eco-Complete African Cichlid Substrate, 20-Pound, Live Sand for Aquarium

User Ratings: 68 3

Carib Sea 84043 First Impressions

"I love this stuff."

This was the cheapest DIY project with a big wow factor. I purchased to put into a dry river rock. Snails and fish dont seem to mind the switch from sand. It's a gemstone quality gravel, not the topfin crap from petsmart. We bought this for a glo fish tank. The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it. Needs more plants but it makes the colors of the fish and other decor really pop.

  • Carib Sea Eco-Complete African Cichlid Substrate, 20-Pound, Live Sand for Aquarium
  • Product quality and customer service have been our highest priority
  • Manufactured by Caribbean
  • Made in United States
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Item Weight: 20 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 2.3 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 84043
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Carib Sea 84043 Final Thoughts

"The color is very pretty."

So if you are looking for bigger size, this is not it. I bought a few bags of this and it's nice. The rocks look great and arrived very quickly. I am disappointed that there seems to be nothing special about this gravel. I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium. Just make sure you rinse it out REALLY good, before adding to your aquarium. Purchased 9 bags of this for a new 180 gallon aquarium.

Overall Score
4.3

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

10. CRYSTLCREK - Gravel - Rounded Stone - Rounded Stone Aquarium Gravel - Each

User Ratings: 60

PET WORLD INC SE CRYSTLCREK First Impressions

"I haven't used this yet."

The gravel size is exactly as described in the product description- 2 to 4mm. There's a nice mix of color and gives my little nano tanks a nice earthy feel. The smooth and small pebbles are great for people keeping corycats. I'll definitely use this gravel again the next time I start a new tank. I wash it in small batches in a five gallon bucket before putting it in the tank. Plenty of rock for my 5 gal aquarium. It looks great and didn't change anything about the water.

  • CRYSTLCREK - Gravel - Rounded Stone - Rounded Stone Aquarium Gravel - Each
  • Manufacture: PET WORLD INC SE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PET WORLD INC SE CRYSTLCREK
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

PET WORLD INC SE CRYSTLCREK Final Thoughts

"Small black gravel."

Needs more plants but it makes the colors of the fish and other decor really pop. I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time. Worked great for my succulent gardens. Just make sure you rinse it out REALLY good, before adding to your aquarium. It will take you a while to properly clean. I wanted white rocks that were vibrant. There's a nice mix of color and gives my little nano tanks a nice earthy feel.

Overall Score
4.2

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

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