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
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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


(476 Points)

2. 4.4LB Aquarium Gravel River Rock, Natural Polished Decorative Gravel for Fish Tank, Aquarium, Plant ...

COKACO First Impressions

"Fast shipping as well."

I am disappointed that there seems to be nothing special about this gravel. It's my new, absolute favorite substrate. Lovely colors and everything i was looking for! Not sure why there is so much bad feedback for this. I'd recommend but just be wary of debris. I actually used this on the top of my potted plants to keep gnats away. I included a picture which doesn't do the product justice.

  • 4.4LB Aquarium Gravel River Rock, Natural Polished Decorative Gravel for Fish Tank, Aquarium, Plant Pots, Walkway, Pathway, Vase Fillers, Garden, Outdoor Décor(Mix Color) ix Color
  • ✥[NATURAL POLISHED PEBBLES]: These pebbles are natural lightly polished for smooth effect, Resists fading for long-lasting beauty. The color of this river rock is natural so there are variety of different color.
  • ✥[MULTI-FUNCTION PEBBLES]: 4.4 Pounds /size :1.18-1.57inch,They can be used as Aquarium Gravel, Natural Polished Decorative Gravel, Garden Ornamental River Pebbles Rocks, Fish Tank Stones,Polished Gravel , Mixed Color for Landscaping Vase Fillers.
  • ✥[PERFECT HOME DECOR]:These river rocks with no sharp edges, It can be decorate in aquariums, rock gardens, succulent tillandsia plants, cactus pot, terrarium, bamboo plants and bonsai trees. Add an extra beauty in your garden and house. Perfect home decor and a creative interior and exterior design ,helps you keep clean and nice all of your decoration places.
  • ✥[BEAUTIFUL MATERIAL FOR DECORATING]: Many things can be built and decorated with these natural stones. They blend their amazing texture and natural color with creativity and innovative DIY ideas and turn into striking accents and original designs. Wonderfully versatile for creative art projects such as flower arrangements, vase fillers, walkways, water features, exposed aggregate flooring or walls, swimming pool areas and etc.
  • ✥[Note/Tips]: These pebbles are natural and as a result some may be broken or out of shape, thick or thin, oval or round. Any problem or question, we will be here to help you for 24 hours! :
  • Manufacture: COKACO
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COKACO Final Thoughts

"Happy gardening!"

Snails and fish dont seem to mind the switch from sand. I WOULD recommend buying this item! Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. Obviously required a lot of rinsing. It comes in a variety of colors, but I prefer the classic white. The glow is pretty minimal but it still looks nice. All substraight needs to be thoroughly rinsed before use.

Overall Score
5.0


(5 Points)

3. Carib Sea ACS05839 Super Natural Sunset Gold Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound

User Ratings: 72 3

Carib Sea 008479058393 First Impressions

"It is quite lovely."

All substraight needs to be thoroughly rinsed before use. It looks great and didn't change anything about the water. I found it easier to do a medium sized bowl at a time. I filled with filter water ad let sit for a day before relocate fish. Not sure why there is so much bad feedback for this. Arrived in 8 sealed plastic bags inside one Priority box. So if you are looking for bigger size, this is not it.

  • Carib Sea ACS05839 Super Natural Sunset Gold Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • re-create natural looking eco-systems
  • soft sand that's perfect for soft belly fish and turtles
  • ph neutral ; safe for all aquariums
  • no dyes or paints used
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479058393 Final Thoughts

"My tank is not done yet."

I've ordered their midnight pearl color and it is beautiful too. But didnt return it as it still looked cool with few coloured pebbles scattered. I use a hybrid of the Walstad Method, and this stuff is perfect. It looks great and didn't change anything about the water. 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. The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it.

Overall Score
4.5


(228 Points)

4. 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)

5. Spectrastone Special Black Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums

User Ratings: 74 6

Spectrastone 40506 First Impressions

"That's all I can say."

I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium. I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. The rocks are REALLY dirty, and contain random debris. I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. Fast delivery and item true to description. Don't use any soaps or anything else. Originally I bought the black with colored stones for my 5 gallon tank.

  • Spectrastone Special Black Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums
  • 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
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Spectrastone 40506 Final Thoughts

"Would purchase again."

The glow is pretty minimal but it still looks nice. I rinsed it about 3-4 times and felt satisfied it was good. One bag was open and had emptied into the box. I planned on spending 24-48 hours removing all the dust in washes and soaks. It really makes the tank look sharp and I believe the goldfish likes it, too. I WOULD recommend buying this item! I have bought 2 bags of this gravel.

Overall Score
4.5


(172 Points)

6. Colored Quartz Gravel Pebbles (S7030) Green Gray, 3 lbs

User Ratings: 70

Quartz Colors First Impressions

"With normal tap water."

Don't use any soaps or anything else. Bigger than normal aquarium gravel, nice colors, good quality, no smell. Some of the bad feedback says it clouds the water. Don't even hesitate on purchasing this stuff. Only issue is that it did have a hole in the bag but nothing too horrible. Plenty of rock for my 5 gal aquarium. Lovely colors and everything i was looking for!

  • Colored Quartz Gravel Pebbles (S7030) Green Gray, 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 filler, hobbies and all decorative purposes.
  • Manufacture: Quartz Colors
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Quartz Colors Final Thoughts

"It's what I needed."

For reference, my tank is a 20 gallon tall tank. It has lovely colors and I will be using ONLY this gravel in the future. Like everyone else says wash it before putting it in your tank. All substraight needs to be thoroughly rinsed before use. I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time. I do not own glofish nor a glofish tank. I used this for a small aquarium with 2 goldfish and it worked great!

Overall Score
4.7


(6 Points)

7. Spectrastone Permaglo Lavender Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 74 4

Spectrastone 20512 First Impressions

"VERY GOOD."

But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks. Stir periodically and then your good to go! I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. I baught a 5 gallon tank and i had to buy 2 packs. I've ordered their midnight pearl color and it is beautiful too. I'll definitely use this gravel again the next time I start a new tank. Bigger than normal aquarium gravel, nice colors, good quality, no smell.

  • Spectrastone Permaglo Lavender Aquarium Gravel 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
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Spectrastone 20512 Final Thoughts

"Great quality."

There's a nice mix of color and gives my little nano tanks a nice earthy feel. I'll definitely use this gravel again the next time I start a new tank. This gravel works extremely well for planted tanks and for smaller fish species. It's a gemstone quality gravel, not the topfin crap from petsmart. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish. I wash it in small batches in a five gallon bucket before putting it in the tank. So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank.

Overall Score
4.5


(136 Points)

8. Spectrastone Permaglo Green Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 28 13

Spectrastone 20503 First Impressions

"This is your in between!"

I purchased to put into a dry river rock. So if you are looking for bigger size, this is not it. One bag was open and had emptied into the box. I planned on spending 24-48 hours removing all the dust in washes and soaks. I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium. I actually used this on the top of my potted plants to keep gnats away. One bag was open and had emptied into the box.

  • Spectrastone Permaglo Green Aquarium Gravel 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; 2 Pounds
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Spectrastone 20503 Final Thoughts

"No complaints."

Using these stones for growing bulbs for church project. It's my new, absolute favorite substrate. We bought this for a glo fish tank. Works great in my daughter aquarium. The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank. I do not own glofish nor a glofish tank. Using these stones for growing bulbs for church project.

Overall Score
3.2


(7 Points)

9. Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 25-Pound, Rainbow

User Ratings: 29

Pure Water Pebbles 029554 First Impressions

"It's gravel."

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. The rock arrived quickly and several days before projected. Aside from the size, the appearance of this gravel is what stands out the most. Needs more plants but it makes the colors of the fish and other decor really pop. I rinsed it about 3-4 times and felt satisfied it was good. It's a gemstone quality gravel, not the topfin crap from petsmart.

  • Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 25-Pound, Rainbow
  • 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: 21.5 x 12 x 2 inches; 25 Pounds
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Pure Water Pebbles 029554 Final Thoughts

"First of all, the price."

A little bigger than what I wanted but I still used it. Needs more plants but it makes the colors of the fish and other decor really pop. Had to move fish out after it nearly died. Everyone ask where did i get that color. I have a 90 gallon aquarium with a footprint of 18 by 48 inches. Yeah this stuff has to come prerinsed. There's a nice mix of color and gives my little nano tanks a nice earthy feel.

Overall Score
4.3


(5 Points)

10. Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 5-Pound, Lasernite Glo

User Ratings: 71 4

Pure Water Pebbles 029585 First Impressions

"I haven't used this yet."

Don't even hesitate on purchasing this stuff. 5 inches of gravel, so you could use more or less depending on tank size. This gravel works extremely well for planted tanks and for smaller fish species. The color mixture with the darker colors in it does that very well. Had to move fish out after it nearly died. I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. I've ordered their midnight pearl color and it is beautiful too.

  • Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 5-Pound, Lasernite Glo
  • 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: 12 x 8 x 1.5 inches; 5 Pounds
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Pure Water Pebbles 029585 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend!"

I bought two bags for my 55 gallon. This is my favorite gravel I've bought from Amazon. Perfect for the corydoras, pleasing to the eye. Everyone ask where did i get that color. These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown. Plenty of rock for my 5 gal aquarium. I recommend doing it in smaller portions.

Overall Score
4.5


(187 Points)

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