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. Carib Sea Super Naturals Peace River Gravel (40 lbs) [Set of 2]

User Ratings: 75

Carib Sea First Impressions

"I split the 15."

I decided on this particular brand of gravel because of Amazon's add-on program. Plenty of rock for my 5 gal aquarium. 5 inches of gravel, so you could use more or less depending on tank size. Works great in my daughter aquarium. I really love this natural gravel, really makes my 20g High look natural! The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it. Colors are exactly as shown on the screen- at least on my monitor.

  • Carib Sea Super Naturals Peace River Gravel (40 lbs) [Set of 2]
  • Will not affect ph or alkalinity, allowing you to adjust each of these any way you wish.
  • PEACE RIVER
  • 20 POUND
  • Manufacture: Caribsea
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 inches; 20.1 Pounds
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"This gravel really pops!"

Everyone ask where did i get that color. I bought a few bags of this and it's nice. All n all, very happy with the purchase. Yeah this stuff has to come prerinsed. Really like the coloring of them as well. It comes in a variety of colors, but I prefer the classic white. Like everyone else says wash it before putting it in your tank.

Overall Score
4.8


(3 Points)

3. 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)

4. Spectrastone Special White Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 72 4

Spectrastone 40507 First Impressions

"Bright color."

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. Really just rinsed a little and ready to go. They are rocks, what more do you need. I bought two bags for my 55 gallon. I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. Like everyone else says wash it before putting it in your tank.

  • Spectrastone Special White 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 40507 Final Thoughts

"Love these!"

I planned on spending 24-48 hours removing all the dust in washes and soaks. Removed pebbles and refilled for the 3rd time. 5 inches of gravel, so you could use more or less depending on tank size. So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank. A little bigger than what I wanted but I still used it. I absolutely love how the rocks glow in my tank! I envisioned the bag being bigger since I ordered a 50lbs.

Overall Score
4.5


(190 Points)

5. Imagitarium Black Lagoon Aquarium Gravel, 5 lbs.

User Ratings: 82 3

Imagitarium First Impressions

"So it really is natural."

Really just rinsed a little and ready to go. Bigger than normal aquarium gravel, nice colors, good quality, no smell. This is not the colored synthetic aquarium medium. I have blue lights and white lights in my tanks. I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank. Overall I am happy with the gravel. I'll definitely use this gravel again the next time I start a new tank.

  • Imagitarium Black Lagoon Aquarium Gravel, 5 lbs.
  • Black Lagoon 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: 5 pounds
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Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"Gorgeous, quality gravel."

I included a picture which doesn't do the product justice. For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse. These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown. At least any visible to the naked eye. Arrived in 8 sealed plastic bags inside one Priority box. So will just see if color stays-God willing! Bigger than normal aquarium gravel, nice colors, good quality, no smell.

Overall Score
4.6


(57 Points)

6. Spectrastone Deep River Pebble for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 47 12

Spectrastone 11711 First Impressions

"There is a simple remedy."

But didnt return it as it still looked cool with few coloured pebbles scattered. The gravel size is exactly as described in the product description- 2 to 4mm. I bought a few bags of this and it's nice. I'll definitely use this gravel again the next time I start a new tank. Fast delivery and item true to description. I absolutely love how the rocks glow in my tank! It has lovely colors and I will be using ONLY this gravel in the future.

  • Spectrastone Deep River 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; 1 Pounds
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Spectrastone 11711 Final Thoughts

"I do not like fish."

Not sure why there is so much bad feedback for this. The rocks look great and arrived very quickly. This is the real deal mother earth approx. It worked really well and still allowed new stems to pop through. It gives a very natural riverbed look to the aquarium. I included a picture which doesn't do the product justice. I just wanted to post a picture so you can see how much comes in a pack.

Overall Score
3.8


(23 Points)

7. SACKORANGE 2 Pounds Natural Decorative Polished White Pebbles, 3/8" Gravel Size, Small Decorative Ri...

User Ratings: 81

SACKORANGE First Impressions

"Wet vs dry."

Water became with film like on top and lots of little bubbles on every surface. I found it easier to do a medium sized bowl at a time. I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium. Removed pebbles and refilled for the 3rd time. It comes in a variety of colors, but I prefer the classic white. I've been using that for a few months now with my betta.

  • SACKORANGE 2 Pounds Natural Decorative Polished White Pebbles, 3/8" Gravel Size, Small Decorative River Rock Stones for Fresh Water Fish Animal Plant Aquariums, Landscaping, Home Decor etc.
  • 2 LB Polished White Pebbles, Natural Decorative Gravel River Rock for Plants, Landscaping, Vase Fillers
  • Using them in your potted plants such as succulents, bamboo, etc., fairy gardens, terrariums, clear vases, and sidewalk.
  • 3/8" average size is perfect for small applications
  • pebbles with naturally highly polished are both elegant and beautiful, perfect for decorative uses, drainage, and soil cover.
  • You can enjoy safer, prettier, and larger quantities of pebbles with less money
  • Manufacture: SACKORANGE
  • Item Weight: 1.5 pounds
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SACKORANGE Final Thoughts

"Beautiful and natural."

But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks. 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. Love the vibrant neon colors mixed in with the black gravel. Out of the bag there is an amazing amount of dust. Very random shapes and colors that blend well. But didnt return it as it still looked cool with few coloured pebbles scattered.

Overall Score
4.8


(7 Points)

8. Pisces USA 4lb Silver Pearl Aquarium Gravel, Small (AM-SILVER005)

User Ratings: 49 13

Pisces USA AM-SILVER005 First Impressions

"VERY GOOD."

Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. There is some sand and dirt mixed in. Arrived in 8 sealed plastic bags inside one Priority box. So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank. Stir periodically and then your good to go! The color of the gravel makes the blue in my Tetra's and Gourami's pop. I opened the bag, dumped it in a bowl and filled it with water.

  • Pisces USA 4lb Silver Pearl Aquarium Gravel, Small (AM-SILVER005)
  • Triple washed
  • Pure natural gravel
  • Unique to new Zealand
  • 2-4Mm
  • Included Components: 1 X Bag Pisces 4.4 Lb Silver Pearl Aquarium Gravel
  • Manufacture: Pisces USA
  • Product Dimensions: 0.79 x 7.87 x 10 inches; 4.4 Pounds
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Pisces USA AM-SILVER005 Final Thoughts

"That's all I can say."

I've ordered their midnight pearl color and it is beautiful too. It really makes the tank look sharp and I believe the goldfish likes it, too. At least any visible to the naked eye. Very random shapes and colors that blend well. I found it easier to do a medium sized bowl at a time. Don't own a blacklight so can't tell if it glows or not. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish.

Overall Score
3.9


(18 Points)

9. 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)

10. Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 2-Pound, Emerald Green

User Ratings: 89 11

Pure Water Pebbles 70152 First Impressions

"Great product."

I wash it in small batches in a five gallon bucket before putting it in the tank. Really just rinsed a little and ready to go. Just make sure you rinse it out REALLY good, before adding to your aquarium. Only issue is that it did have a hole in the bag but nothing too horrible. It smells like chlorine and epoxy glue. I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium. This was because of my own preconceived notions and not that of the sellers though.

  • Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 2-Pound, Emerald Green
  • 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; 1.35 Pounds
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Pure Water Pebbles 70152 Final Thoughts

"A few minutes."

Really just rinsed a little and ready to go. The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank. Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow. Colors are exactly as shown on the screen- at least on my monitor. One bag was open and had emptied into the box. I used this for a small aquarium with 2 goldfish and it worked great! I wanted white rocks that were vibrant.

Overall Score
4.5


(11 Points)

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