Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Natural Aquarium Gravel

1. SACKORANGE 2 LB Aquarium Gravel River Rock - Natural Polished Decorative Gravel, Small Decorative Pe...

User Ratings: 70 4

SACKORANGE First Impressions

"Didn't take long to wash."

I have a 90 gallon aquarium with a footprint of 18 by 48 inches. Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow. All n all, very happy with the purchase. I do not own glofish nor a glofish tank. It's my new, absolute favorite substrate. The texture is smooth so cories and burrowing fish will not hurt themselves. The glow is pretty minimal but it still looks nice.

  • SACKORANGE 2 LB Aquarium Gravel River Rock - Natural Polished Decorative Gravel, Small Decorative Pebbles, Mixed Color Stones,for Aquariums, Landscaping, Vase Fillers (32-Oz)
  • Natural Polished Gravel:This river rocks are natural lightly polished for smooth effect, comes in a variety of natural colors, Resists fading for long-lasting beauty. The color of this river rock is natural so it may include a variety of different shades of browns, whites and black rocks.you can add beauty to all your needs
  • Pebbles Decorative Stones Aquarium Gravel :Natural Stones,aquarium gravel ,river rocks,fish tank gravel,succulent soil ,paperwhite bulbs, potting soil,succulent soil mix,cactus soil,potting soil for indoor plants,vase filler,terrarium supplies.(rocks are natural and as a result some may be broken or out of shape, oval or round, thick or thin)
  • Add an extra beautiful: in flower arrangements, walkways, water features, exposed aggregate flooring or walls, around swimming pools it could also be used to as an accent to an aquariums, water gardens, ponds, and terrariums. Add an extra beauty in your garden or just outside your house. This is a perfect home decor and a creative interior and exterior design ,helps you keep clean and nice all of your decoration places.
  • Great accent for crafts: aquariums, rock gardens, succulent tillandsia plants, cactus pot, terrarium, bamboo plants and bonsai trees.
  • Perfect for home decor projects: floral arrangements, centerpieces, vases, bowls, apothecary jars, wedding buffet, display canisters, pillar candle in hurricane glass.
  • Manufacture: SACKORANGE
  • Item Weight: 1.9 pounds
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SACKORANGE Final Thoughts

"I haven't used this yet."

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'll definitely use this gravel again the next time I start a new tank. For reference, my tank is a 20 gallon tall tank. It smells like chlorine and epoxy glue. Not sure why there is so much bad feedback for this. The little package of clarifier included is not nearly enough.

Overall Score
4.4


(1299 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Natural Aquarium Gravel

2. Seachem Flourite Black Clay Gravel - Stable Porous Natural Planted Aquarium Substrate 15.4 lbs

User Ratings: 76 2

Seachem 3725 First Impressions

"I have no complaints."

The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank. 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. Lovely colors and everything i was looking for! I have blue lights and white lights in my tanks. I have bought 2 bags of this gravel. They are rocks, what more do you need.

  • Seachem Flourite Black Clay Gravel - Stable Porous Natural Planted Aquarium Substrate 15.4 lbs
  • GRAVEL: Seachem Flourite Black is a specially fracted stable porous clay gravel for the natural planted aquarium. Its appearance is best suited to planted aquaria, but may be used in any freshwater aquarium environment.
  • AQUARIUM BED: Gravel modifiers such as laterite are not necessary when using Seachem Flourite Black as this product is most effective when used alone as an integral substrate bed, but it may be mixed with other gravels.
  • SET-UP: When adding water to the aquarium, fill slowly to avoid disturbing Flourite Black substrate bed. Place a bowl in the aquarium and add water directly to the bowl, allowing water to overflow softly on to the gravel bed. Initial cloudiness is normal, but to remove this simply use mechanical filtration
  • COMPATIBLE: Flourite Black substrates will work fine with an under gravel filter and will not soften or decompose to an unsuitable state within your tank.Flourite substrates will work fine with an UGF
  • SAFETY: Seachem Flourite Black is not chemically coated or treated, thus does not alter the pH of the water. Flourite Black is beneficial for the life of the aquarium and need not be replaced.
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.75 x 1.75 inches; 15.43 Pounds
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Seachem 3725 Final Thoughts

"Held its color when wet."

I envisioned the bag being bigger since I ordered a 50lbs. If you have to bury tank decor that doesn't have suction cups then you need more. It will take you a while to properly clean. For smaller plants, these rocks are a little on the big side. But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks. Aside from the size, the appearance of this gravel is what stands out the most. For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse.

Overall Score
4.6


(1224 Points)

3. Flourite, 7 kg / 15.4 lbs

User Ratings: 67 6

Seachem 495 First Impressions

"My tank is not done yet."

I wanted white rocks that were vibrant. So if you are looking for bigger size, this is not it. Works great in my daughter aquarium. The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank. Purchased 9 bags of this for a new 180 gallon aquarium. I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. For reference, my tank is a 20 gallon tall tank.

  • Flourite, 7 kg / 15.4 lbs
  • Rinse right in the bag
  • All natural Porous clay
  • For Planted Aquarium
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Part Number: 495
  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.75 x 1.75 inches
  • Size: 7 kg / 15.4 lbs
  • Color: Brown
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
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Seachem 495 Final Thoughts

"Love the look."

It was easy to clean and looks great in my bamboo glass vases! I'd recommend but just be wary of debris. It has lovely colors and I will be using ONLY this gravel in the future. I recommend doing it in smaller portions. It smells like chlorine and epoxy glue. The color mixture with the darker colors in it does that very well. The smooth and small pebbles are great for people keeping corycats.

Overall Score
4.3


(792 Points)

4. 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)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Natural Aquarium Gravel

5. Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 5-Pound, Turquoise

User Ratings: 70 4

Pure Water Pebbles 029549 First Impressions

"No more gnats."

Originally I bought the black with colored stones for my 5 gallon tank. There's a nice mix of color and gives my little nano tanks a nice earthy feel. But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks. This is not the colored synthetic aquarium medium. I baught a 5 gallon tank and i had to buy 2 packs. I do not own glofish nor a glofish tank. Snails and fish dont seem to mind the switch from sand.

  • Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 5-Pound, Turquoise
  • 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.
  • Part Number: 029549
  • Item Weight: 5 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • Color: Turquoise
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
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Pure Water Pebbles 029549 Final Thoughts

"Purchased this for my 1."

If you have to bury tank decor that doesn't have suction cups then you need more. The pebbles are a perfect size for 30+ gallon tanks. I do not own glofish nor a glofish tank. All n all, very happy with the purchase. I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium. I used this for a small aquarium with 2 goldfish and it worked great! Don't use any soaps or anything else.

Overall Score
4.4


(721 Points)

6. Imagitarium Blue Jean Aquarium Gravel, 20 LBS

User Ratings: 80 2

Imagitarium First Impressions

"No complaints."

I have blue lights and white lights in my tanks. It does need a good washing, and I used a 5 gallon bucket method. Color is good contrast to the Beta. It worked really well and still allowed new stems to pop through. It really makes the tank look sharp and I believe the goldfish likes it, too. So will just see if color stays-God willing! Stir periodically and then your good to go!

  • Imagitarium Blue Jean Aquarium Gravel, 20 LBS
  • Blue Jean Aquatic 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: 20 pounds
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Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"No complaints."

This is not the colored synthetic aquarium medium. It was easy to clean and looks great in my bamboo glass vases! But didnt return it as it still looked cool with few coloured pebbles scattered. Will definitely purchase again when needed. Will definitely purchase again when needed. This is the real deal mother earth approx. I'm accenting with multicolored glass rocks to accent.

Overall Score
4.6


(497 Points)

7. 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)

8. OUPENG Pebbles Polished Gravel, Natural Polished White Stones 3/8" Gravel Size, Small Decorative Riv...

User Ratings: 77 3

OUPENG First Impressions

"Be careful!"

Stir periodically and then your good to go! I planned on spending 24-48 hours removing all the dust in washes and soaks. Don't even hesitate on purchasing this stuff. Overall I am happy with the gravel. The color mixture with the darker colors in it does that very well. Don't own a blacklight so can't tell if it glows or not. Not sure why there is so much bad feedback for this.

  • OUPENG Pebbles Polished Gravel, Natural Polished White Stones 3/8" Gravel Size, Small Decorative River Rock Stones 2-lb Bag (32-Oz)
  • Natural Stone Rocks: Each bag contains different shapes of decorative white river pebbles, which are lightly polished and coated with pure paraffin waxes to improve color and gloss. (As stone rocks are natural substances, some may be broken or out of shape. Generally, the shapes of pebbles are oval or round, with uneven thickness)
  • Versatility: Perfect for home decor projects, such as floral arrangements, vases, bowls, display glass jars, glass hurricane candle holders, cactus, glass containers, bamboo plants, aquariums, rock gardens, potted plants and more.
  • ECO FRIENDLY SMALL GRAVEL SIZE: 3/8" average size is perfect for small applications.Only natural stones and wax, no additional fillers, dyes, or oils.
  • Best Mulch Alternatives: These decorative river pebble rocks are great for interior or exterior garden beds, which can provide both moisture retention and better drainage to keep areas clean and beautiful.
  • Decoration: You don't have to spend too much money decorating your houseplants, pebble rocks can meet your needs. The natural decorative polished white pebbles can refresh and beautify indoors.
  • Manufacture: OUPENG
  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
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OUPENG Final Thoughts

"Just my thoughts."

Don't use any soaps or anything else. The pebbles are a perfect size for 30+ gallon tanks. For smaller plants, these rocks are a little on the big side. I planned on spending 24-48 hours removing all the dust in washes and soaks. I use a hybrid of the Walstad Method, and this stuff is perfect. Love the vibrant neon colors mixed in with the black gravel. Fast delivery and item true to description.

Overall Score
4.6


(376 Points)

9. Carib Sea ACS00877 Gemstone Creek Gravel for Aquarium, 50-Pound

User Ratings: 80 4

Carib Sea 008479008770 First Impressions

"Worked out great for me."

It really makes the tank look sharp and I believe the goldfish likes it, too. 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. The rock arrived quickly and several days before projected. Don't use any soaps or anything else. I'm accenting with multicolored glass rocks to accent. Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone.

  • Carib Sea ACS00877 Gemstone Creek Gravel for Aquarium, 50-Pound
  • Caribe Gemstone Creek 50-pounds
  • Sizes and colors selected to re-create natural environments
  • ph neutral ; safe for all systems
  • larger grain sizes great for reducing detritus
  • made in the USA
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
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Carib Sea 008479008770 Final Thoughts

"So it really is natural."

Some of the bad feedback says it clouds the water. I absolutely love how the rocks glow in my tank! Really just rinsed a little and ready to go. Don't use any soaps or anything else. For reference, my tank is a 20 gallon tall tank. We bought this for a glo fish tank. There is some sand and dirt mixed in.

Overall Score
4.6


(351 Points)

10. M--jump 2 Pounds 1" - 2" Gravel Size Natural Decorative Stones Polished White Pebbles Use in Glasswa...

User Ratings: 68 4

M--jump First Impressions

"VERY GOOD."

For reference, my tank is a 20 gallon tall tank. I'd recommend but just be wary of debris. Out of the bag there is an amazing amount of dust. Obviously required a lot of rinsing. This gravel works extremely well for planted tanks and for smaller fish species. Obviously required a lot of rinsing. Minimal clouding gone within 12 hours.

  • M--jump 2 Pounds 1" - 2" Gravel Size Natural Decorative Stones Polished White Pebbles Use in Glassware, Like Vases, Aquariums and Terrariums to Enhance The Appearance
  • 【NATURAL WHITE STONES】: These white river rocks are natural lightly polished for smooth effect, comes in a variety of natural shapes and sizes(About 1" to 2"). These Rocks are natural and as a result some may be broken or out of shape, oval or round, thick or thin.
  • 【MULTIPLE USES】: In flower arrangements, walkways, water features, exposed aggregate flooring or walls, around swimming pools it could also be used to as an accent to an aquariums, water gardens, ponds, and terrariums. Add an extra beauty in your garden or just outside your house. This is a perfect home decor and a creative interior and exterior design ,helps you keep clean and nice all of your decoration places.
  • 【How Many Stones Do You Need?】: For a fish tank with length of L'' & width of W'', 1'' thickness of stone layer needs L * W / 23 pounds of stones. E.g. for a 10''*10'' tank, 1'' stone layer needs 4.35 pounds of stones.
  • 【ALTERNATIVE TO MULCH】: Use indoors or outdoors,Pebble mulch in interior or exterior garden beds, helps soil retain moisture, provides good drainage, round and soft easy on the feet as there are no sharp edges. They are long lasting and will not deteriorate like mulch does.
  • 【SATISFACTION GUARANTEED】: Tockrop will make sure that you will be satisfied with this set you buy from us. If for any reason you decide you don't like it.You will receive a full refund. Try it, totally risk free! You have nothing to lose, click add to cart now!
  • Manufacture: M--jump
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M--jump Final Thoughts

"Hence the 4 stars."

Aside from the size, the appearance of this gravel is what stands out the most. Very random shapes and colors that blend well. Arrived in 8 sealed plastic bags inside one Priority box. I used these to put on top of soil if my pot plants. Although I had to rinse it about 5 times to fully get ALL of the dust out. Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. It worked really well and still allowed new stems to pop through.

Overall Score
4.4


(305 Points)

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