Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Marina Aquarium Gravel

1. Marina Decorative Gravel

User Ratings: 74 3

Marina 12386 First Impressions

"Love this blue gravel!"

Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. The rocks are REALLY dirty, and contain random debris. I do not own glofish nor a glofish tank. I opened the bag, dumped it in a bowl and filled it with water. It does need a good washing, and I used a 5 gallon bucket method. 5 inches of gravel, so you could use more or less depending on tank size. The little package of clarifier included is not nearly enough.

  • Marina Decorative Gravel
  • Orange colored gravel, great for adding color to your aquarium
  • Gravel helps hold plants and ornaments in place
  • Epoxy coated; No effect on water chemistry
  • Great for adding character and color to your aquarium
  • Decorative gravel is great alone or mixed with marbles
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5 x 7 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 12386
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Marina 12386 Final Thoughts

"Be prepared!"

Water became with film like on top and lots of little bubbles on every surface. Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. It's a gemstone quality gravel, not the topfin crap from petsmart. I also found a DEAD spider in the gravel! I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. I WOULD recommend buying this item! I WOULD recommend buying this item!

Overall Score
4.5

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

2. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Spectrastone 10701
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

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

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

3. MIGHTY109 Grey Pea Gravel, 40 Pounds, Decorative Gravel/Stone

MIGHTY109 First Impressions

"Nicely polished."

I rinsed it about 3-4 times and felt satisfied it was good. Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow. This is my favorite gravel I've bought from Amazon. The gravel size is exactly as described in the product description- 2 to 4mm. Needs more plants but it makes the colors of the fish and other decor really pop. I bought two bags for my 55 gallon. It smells like chlorine and epoxy glue.

  • MIGHTY109 Grey Pea Gravel, 40 Pounds, Decorative Gravel/Stone
  • MIGHTY109 GREY PEA GRAVEL, 40 Pound Size
  • Natural river stone, great for decorative landscape features, such as; dry river beds, ponds, waterfalls, in a variety of water features, ground cover, planter boxes, and even great for aquariums.
  • Contains a variety of colors, including: grays, blues, whites, tans and more.
  • Average size 3/8" - 1/4".
  • Manufacture: Engine 109 The Bulk Depot
  • Item Weight: 40 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MIGHTY109
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

MIGHTY109 Final Thoughts

"There is none."

Everyone ask where did i get that color. For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse. Using these stones for growing bulbs for church project. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish. 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. If you have to bury tank decor that doesn't have suction cups then you need more.

Overall Score
5.0

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

4. Pure Water Pebbles Nature's Ocean Aquarium Gravel Neon Fruit Delight Gravel 5-lb

User Ratings: 64

Pure Water Pebbles First Impressions

"With normal tap water."

This is the real deal mother earth approx. It will take you a while to properly clean. I've been using that for a few months now with my betta. I'm accenting with multicolored glass rocks to accent. The rock arrived quickly and several days before projected. Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow. Using these stones for growing bulbs for church project.

  • Pure Water Pebbles Nature's Ocean Aquarium Gravel Neon Fruit Delight Gravel 5-lb
  • Natural Aquarium Gravel
  • 100% Acrylic Coating
  • Will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Non-toxic
  • Colorfast
  • Manufacture: Nature's Ocean
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pure Water Pebbles
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Pure Water Pebbles Final Thoughts

"Good price too."

Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. I bought two bags for my 55 gallon. I didn't even need the water clarifier, and I found it in the bag. I recommend doing it in smaller portions. Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. Overall I am happy with the gravel. Yeah this stuff has to come prerinsed.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(3 Points)

5. Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 2-Pound, Snow White

User Ratings: 76 7

Pure Water Pebbles 70012 First Impressions

"It's gravel."

They're like large pebbles that are the size of your pinky-nail. I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time. Fast delivery and item true to description. I have blue lights and white lights in my tanks. I half rinse it and put it in my tank. Only issue is that it did have a hole in the bag but nothing too horrible. I planned on spending 24-48 hours removing all the dust in washes and soaks.

  • Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 2-Pound, Snow White
  • 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; 1.75 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pure Water Pebbles 70012
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Pure Water Pebbles 70012 Final Thoughts

"These rocks are perfect!"

Using these stones for growing bulbs for church project. The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank. It has lovely colors and I will be using ONLY this gravel in the future. Removed pebbles and refilled for the 3rd time. Bigger than normal aquarium gravel, nice colors, good quality, no smell. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and would suggest this product to others. Don't own a blacklight so can't tell if it glows or not.

Overall Score
4.4

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

6. Pisces 22 lb Gold Pearl Aquarium Gravel, Large

User Ratings: 32

Pisces AM-GOLD020 First Impressions

"Gorgeous, quality gravel."

I've been using that for a few months now with my betta. The smooth and small pebbles are great for people keeping corycats. Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow. For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse. If you have to bury tank decor that doesn't have suction cups then you need more. I planned on spending 24-48 hours removing all the dust in washes and soaks. I also found a DEAD spider in the gravel!

  • Pisces 22 lb Gold Pearl Aquarium Gravel, Large
  • Triple washed
  • Pure natural gravel
  • Unique to new Zealand
  • 2-4mm
  • Manufacture: Pisces USA
  • Product Dimensions: 1.97 x 16.93 x 16 inches; 22 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pisces AM-GOLD020
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Pisces AM-GOLD020 Final Thoughts

"Great looking substrate."

I wanted white rocks that were vibrant. Although I had to rinse it about 5 times to fully get ALL of the dust out. The rocks look great and arrived very quickly. Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. It really makes the tank look sharp and I believe the goldfish likes it, too. Don't even hesitate on purchasing this stuff. I really love this natural gravel, really makes my 20g High look natural!

Overall Score
4.0

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

7. 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)

8. JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Terrarium Garden Flowerpot G...

User Ratings: 66 4

JZMYXA First Impressions

"Held its color when wet."

I absolutely love how the rocks glow in my tank! The rocks are REALLY dirty, and contain random debris. I used this for a small aquarium with 2 goldfish and it worked great! It was easy to clean and looks great in my bamboo glass vases! I'm accenting with multicolored glass rocks to accent. I bought a few bags of this and it's nice. The little package of clarifier included is not nearly enough.

  • JZMYXA Aquarium Decorative Sands White Gravel Pebbles Fit for Aquariums Terrarium Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decoration,2 Lbs
  • Net weight 2.2 pounds. Made of 100% Natural Gravel Pebbles.
  • Fit for Aquariums Terrarium Garden Flowerpot Glassware Vases Decoration.
  • Non-toxic just like river gravels.
  • Natural color won't fade away through time.
  • Please wash them 5-6 times before use.
  • Manufacture: JZMYXA
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.53 x 2.17 inches; 2.34 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JZMYXA
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

JZMYXA Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps!"

I baught a 5 gallon tank and i had to buy 2 packs. I'd recommend but just be wary of debris. Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. The texture is smooth so cories and burrowing fish will not hurt themselves. I have bought 2 bags of this gravel. I half rinse it and put it in my tank. 5 inches of gravel, so you could use more or less depending on tank size.

Overall Score
4.3

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

9. Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 2-Pound, Marine Blue

User Ratings: 65 2

Pure Water Pebbles 70112 First Impressions

"My tank is not done yet."

Out of the bag there is an amazing amount of dust. I recommend doing it in smaller portions. Really just rinsed a little and ready to go. Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow. Like everyone else says wash it before putting it in your tank. But didnt return it as it still looked cool with few coloured pebbles scattered. I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time.

  • Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 2-Pound, Marine Blue
  • 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; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pure Water Pebbles 70112
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Pure Water Pebbles 70112 Final Thoughts

"Happy gardening!"

Some of the bad feedback says it clouds the water. At this point I'm Trying to wash pebbles. Out of the bag there is an amazing amount of dust. One bag was open and had emptied into the box. Will definitely purchase again when needed. I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium. For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse.

Overall Score
4.4

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

10. Carib Sea ACS05847 Gemstone Creek Gravel for Aquarium, 5-Pound

Carib Sea 008479058478 First Impressions

"I love it."

I purchased to put into a dry river rock. If you have to bury tank decor that doesn't have suction cups then you need more. Really like the coloring of them as well. I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. I absolutely love how the rocks glow in my tank! I absolutely love how the rocks glow in my tank! I used this for a path in a 22 gallon aquarium.

  • Carib Sea ACS05847 Gemstone Creek Gravel for Aquarium, 5-Pound
  • Sizes and colors were selected to re-create natural jungle Environments
  • Suitable for freshwater and marine aquariums with proper maintenance
  • Pre-washed, pH neutral & allows the beneficial bacteria to build colonies
  • Prevents reflections from the base of the Aquarium from aggravating Fish
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 008479058478
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Carib Sea 008479058478 Final Thoughts

"This is your in between!"

I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. I also found a DEAD spider in the gravel! It was easy to clean and looks great in my bamboo glass vases! There is some sand and dirt mixed in. Yeah this stuff has to come prerinsed. Like everyone else says wash it before putting it in your tank. Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow.

Overall Score
5.0

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

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