Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Maynooth Natural Granite Aquarium Gravel

1. 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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Maynooth Natural Granite Aquarium Gravel

2. 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)

3. 18 Pounds White Decorative Pebbles Small Aquarium Gravel River Rock,Garden Ornamental Pebbles Rocks,...

User Ratings: 85

BLQH First Impressions

"Beautiful gravel."

One bag was open and had emptied into the box. Lovely colors and everything i was looking for! Aside from the size, the appearance of this gravel is what stands out the most. All n all, very happy with the purchase. I absolutely love how the rocks glow in my tank! I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. They're like large pebbles that are the size of your pinky-nail.

  • 18 Pounds White Decorative Pebbles Small Aquarium Gravel River Rock,Garden Ornamental Pebbles Rocks, Natural Polished Decorative Gravel,Decorative Stones,Pebbles,Decor Gravel for Landscaping (White)
  • Color: White; Weight: About 18.3 pounds; Size: About 0.21"- 0.41".
  • Great accent for crafts: rock gardens, flower arrangements, succulent tillandsia plants, cactus pot, terrarium, bamboo plants and bonsai trees.
  • Add extra beauty to your indoors or outdoors: walkways, driveways, water features, ponds, water gardens, exposed aggregate flooring or walls and around swimming pools.
  • Round and Smooth: These pebbles are easy on the feet as there are no sharp edges. Because of the shape, river rocks provide good drainage and is very attractive at the same time. River rocks are used in flower and garden beds and on walkways for erosion control.
  • 18 Pounds White Decorative Pebbles Small Aquarium Gravel River Rock,Garden Ornamental Pebbles Rocks, Natural Polished Decorative Gravel,Decorative Stones,Pebbles,Decor Gravel for Landscaping.
  • Manufacture: BLQH
  • Item Weight: 18.4 pounds
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BLQH Final Thoughts

"Very nice!"

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. Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. 5 inches of gravel, so you could use more or less depending on tank size. Although I had to rinse it about 5 times to fully get ALL of the dust out. So if you are looking for bigger size, this is not it. All substraight needs to be thoroughly rinsed before use.

Overall Score
4.9


(31 Points)

4. Caribsea Super Naturals Essentials Aquarium Sand

User Ratings: 64 8

CaribSea Aquatics 008479008480 First Impressions

"Ideal for my tank."

I decided on this particular brand of gravel because of Amazon's add-on program. These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown. Love the vibrant neon colors mixed in with the black gravel. It gives a very natural riverbed look to the aquarium. For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse. They served their purpose, but had to be the dirtiest rocks I have ordered. Some of the bad feedback says it clouds the water.

  • Caribsea Super Naturals Essentials Aquarium Sand
  • Create a supernatural experience by re-creating the natural world in your home
  • Enjoy a piece of the Rio Negro as it winds its way through dark and brooding jungles
  • Dramatic black sand rivers and beaches grace the flanks of verdant tropical islands capped by smoldering volcanoes
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 2 x 13 inches; 20 Pounds
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CaribSea Aquatics 008479008480 Final Thoughts

"I do not own fish."

I've been using it now for a couple of months and nothing has happened to them. Although I had to rinse it about 5 times to fully get ALL of the dust out. I decided on this particular brand of gravel because of Amazon's add-on program. All substraight needs to be thoroughly rinsed before use. Color is good contrast to the Beta. It does need a good washing, and I used a 5 gallon bucket method. Plenty of rock for my 5 gal aquarium.

Overall Score
4.1


(47 Points)

5. IPW Industries Inc. Compatible 10 Pound Box Replacement Filter Tank Gravel

IPW Industries Inc First Impressions

"Beautiful and natural."

I WOULD recommend buying this item! Bigger than normal aquarium gravel, nice colors, good quality, no smell. I used these to put on top of soil if my pot plants. I found it easier to do a medium sized bowl at a time. Some of the bad feedback says it clouds the water. This is perfect for a 2 gallon tank that also has some acrylic gems. Love the vibrant neon colors mixed in with the black gravel.

  • IPW Industries Inc. Compatible 10 Pound Box Replacement Filter Tank Gravel
  • IPW Industries Inc. replacement garnet gravel for standard tanks
  • 10 pounds, standard amount for 9" diameter filter tank
  • For larger tanks, order more than 1 order
  • Under bed for filter media in backwashing filter tanks
  • Manufacture: IPW Industries Inc.
  • Item Weight: 10.58 pounds
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
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IPW Industries Inc Final Thoughts

"About the size of."

Not sure why there is so much bad feedback for this. Obviously required a lot of rinsing. Color is good contrast to the Beta. At least any visible to the naked eye. I rinsed it about 3-4 times and felt satisfied it was good. Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. Snails and fish dont seem to mind the switch from sand.

Overall Score
4.0


(3 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
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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


(8 Points)

7. CFKJ 18 Pounds White Decorative Pebbles River Rock Aquarium Gravel,Garden Ornamental Pebbles, Natura...

User Ratings: 82 7

CFKJ First Impressions

"Good price too."

Just make sure you rinse it out REALLY good, before adding to your aquarium. Worked great for my succulent gardens. I use a hybrid of the Walstad Method, and this stuff is perfect. For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse. I've been using that for a few months now with my betta. Love the vibrant neon colors mixed in with the black gravel. Had to move fish out after it nearly died.

  • CFKJ 18 Pounds White Decorative Pebbles River Rock Aquarium Gravel,Garden Ornamental Pebbles, Natural Polished Decorative Gravel,White Decorative Stones,Pebbles,Decor Pebbles for Landscaping (White)
  • Color: White; Weight: About 18.1 pounds; Size: About 0.5"- 1.28".
  • Natural Stones: This river rocks are natural lightly polished for smooth effect.
  • Great Indoors and Outdoors:Use for a unique decorative accent in vases, dishes, candle holders, planters, aquariums, terrariums and air plants inside; also ideal for ponds, water features, fountains, pots and pathways outside.
  • Round and Smooth: These pebbles are easy on the feet as there are no sharp edges. Because of the shape, river rocks provide good drainage and is very attractive at the same time. River rocks are used in flower and garden beds and on walkways for erosion control.
  • 18 Pounds White Decorative Pebbles River Rock Aquarium Gravel,Garden Ornamental Pebbles, Natural Polished Decorative Gravel,White Decorative Stones,Pebbles,Decor Pebbles for Landscaping.
  • Manufacture: CFKJ
  • Item Weight: 18.36 pounds
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CFKJ Final Thoughts

"Great quality."

Purchased 9 bags of this for a new 180 gallon aquarium. It comes in a variety of colors, but I prefer the classic white. I've been using it now for a couple of months and nothing has happened to them. It smells like chlorine and epoxy glue. I just wanted to post a picture so you can see how much comes in a pack. I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank. I rinsed it about 3-4 times and felt satisfied it was good.

Overall Score
4.6


(63 Points)

8. Spectrastone Shallow Creek Regular for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 61 6

Spectrastone 11709 First Impressions

"I love the color."

I bought two bags for my 55 gallon. I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank. At this point I'm Trying to wash pebbles. I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. Worked great for my succulent gardens. Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. I have blue lights and white lights in my tanks.

  • Spectrastone Shallow Creek Regular 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 11709 Final Thoughts

"Excellent purchase."

They're like large pebbles that are the size of your pinky-nail. But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks. Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. It looks great and didn't change anything about the water. Removed pebbles and refilled for the 3rd time. They're like large pebbles that are the size of your pinky-nail.

Overall Score
4.3


(17 Points)

9. Spectrastone Special Red Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 81 4

Spectrastone 40701 First Impressions

"Happy gardening!"

The texture is smooth so cories and burrowing fish will not hurt themselves. I am disappointed that there seems to be nothing special about this gravel. Like everyone else says wash it before putting it in your tank. Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. Don't even hesitate on purchasing this stuff. I've been using that for a few months now with my betta. I half rinse it and put it in my tank.

  • Spectrastone Special Red Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag
  • Package Height : 49.0 Cm
  • Package Length : 7.0 Cm
  • Package Width : 26.0 Cm
  • Product Type : Pet Supplies
  • Country Of Origin : United States
  • Manufacture: Estes Gravel Products
  • Product Dimensions: 18.75 x 9 x 2 inches; 25 Pounds
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Spectrastone 40701 Final Thoughts

"Didn't take long to wash."

I've been using it now for a couple of months and nothing has happened to them. Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. I do not own glofish nor a glofish tank. So if you are looking for bigger size, this is not it. The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank. I've been using that for a few months now with my betta. Arrived in 8 sealed plastic bags inside one Priority box.

Overall Score
4.5


(38 Points)

10. Carib Sea ACS00846 1/4-Inch Snowy River Gravel for Aquarium, 2/20-Pound

User Ratings: 51 49

Carib Sea 008479008466 First Impressions

"I love the color."

Stir periodically and then your good to go! Stir periodically and then your good to go! The rock arrived quickly and several days before projected. They served their purpose, but had to be the dirtiest rocks I have ordered. Don't use any soaps or anything else. It comes in a variety of colors, but I prefer the classic white. The smooth and small pebbles are great for people keeping corycats.

  • Carib Sea ACS00846 1/4-Inch Snowy River Gravel for Aquarium, 2/20-Pound
  • This product is easy to use
  • This product adds a great Value
  • This product is Manufactured in United States
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479008466 Final Thoughts

"Worked like a charm."

Bigger than normal aquarium gravel, nice colors, good quality, no smell. Don't even waste your time adding it to your tank. Just make sure you rinse it out REALLY good, before adding to your aquarium. My Vallisneria and amazon swords grow just fine in this substrate. I really love this natural gravel, really makes my 20g High look natural! I just wanted to post a picture so you can see how much comes in a pack. One bag was open and had emptied into the box.

Overall Score
3.0


(4 Points)

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