Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Python Aquarium Gravel

1. Python Pro-Clean Gravel Washer and Siphon Kit, Small/Tall

User Ratings: 70 4

Python 940017 First Impressions

"And a great price."

I bought a few bags of this and it's nice. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish. Snails and fish dont seem to mind the switch from sand. The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank. Originally I bought the black with colored stones for my 5 gallon tank. It really makes the tank look sharp and I believe the goldfish likes it, too. This is my favorite gravel I've bought from Amazon.

  • Python Pro-Clean Gravel Washer and Siphon Kit, Small/Tall
  • Easy-to-use Gravel Washer & Siphon Kit
  • Perfect for beginner and experienced hobbyists
  • Separates and removes debris from your aquarium
  • Ideal for nano aquariums
  • Manufacture: Python
  • Item Weight: 3.17 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 7 x 2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 940017
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Python 940017 Final Thoughts

"So it really is natural."

Everyone ask where did i get that color. This gravel works extremely well for planted tanks and for smaller fish species. Don't even hesitate on purchasing this stuff. So if you are looking for bigger size, this is not it. This gravel works extremely well for planted tanks and for smaller fish species. It comes in a variety of colors, but I prefer the classic white. For reference, my tank is a 20 gallon tall tank.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(5627 Points)

2. Spectrastone Special Green Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 81 8

Spectrastone 40703 First Impressions

"Nice rocks for my BioOrb."

Really just rinsed a little and ready to go. I recommend doing it in smaller portions. For reference, my tank is a 20 gallon tall tank. All substraight needs to be thoroughly rinsed before use. Arrived in 8 sealed plastic bags inside one Priority box. Purchased 9 bags of this for a new 180 gallon aquarium. I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium.

  • Spectrastone Special Green Aquarium Gravel 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 40703
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Spectrastone 40703 Final Thoughts

"But it was horrible."

Plenty of rock for my 5 gal aquarium. I filled with filter water ad let sit for a day before relocate fish. Everyone ask where did i get that color. I bought two bags for my 55 gallon. Works great in my daughter aquarium. The rocks are REALLY dirty, and contain random debris. They're like large pebbles that are the size of your pinky-nail.

Overall Score
4.6

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

3. Spectrastone Nutmeg for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 53 5

Spectrastone 10703 First Impressions

"Great product."

For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse. I absolutely love how the rocks glow in my tank! It's my new, absolute favorite substrate. But didnt return it as it still looked cool with few coloured pebbles scattered. Stir periodically and then your good to go! The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it. Had to move fish out after it nearly died.

  • Spectrastone Nutmeg 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Spectrastone 10703
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Spectrastone 10703 Final Thoughts

"Held its color when wet."

I'd recommend but just be wary of debris. I have bought 2 bags of this gravel. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and would suggest this product to others. They are rocks, what more do you need. It does need a good washing, and I used a 5 gallon bucket method. Don't use any soaps or anything else. Don't even waste your time adding it to your tank.

Overall Score
4.0

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

4. Spectrastone Shallow Creek Regular for Freshwater Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 79 3

Spectrastone 11509 First Impressions

"Overall this is good."

Don't own a blacklight so can't tell if it glows or not. I really love this natural gravel, really makes my 20g High look natural! The glow is pretty minimal but it still looks nice. Lovely colors and everything i was looking for! It worked really well and still allowed new stems to pop through. Aside from the size, the appearance of this gravel is what stands out the most. I filled with filter water ad let sit for a day before relocate fish.

  • Spectrastone Shallow Creek Regular 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Spectrastone 11509
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Spectrastone 11509 Final Thoughts

"Love these!"

It smells like chlorine and epoxy glue. 5 inches of gravel, so you could use more or less depending on tank size. It gives a very natural riverbed look to the aquarium. Colors are exactly as shown on the screen- at least on my monitor. There's a nice mix of color and gives my little nano tanks a nice earthy feel. The gravel size is exactly as described in the product description- 2 to 4mm. I purchased to put into a dry river rock.

Overall Score
4.6

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

5. Spectrastone Permaglo Pink Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 2-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 72 9

Spectrastone 20211 First Impressions

"Works great!"

Using these stones for growing bulbs for church project. It gives a very natural riverbed look to the aquarium. Stir periodically and then your good to go! This is not the colored synthetic aquarium medium. I use a hybrid of the Walstad Method, and this stuff is perfect. It's a gemstone quality gravel, not the topfin crap from petsmart. For smaller plants, these rocks are a little on the big side.

  • Spectrastone Permaglo Pink Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 2-Pound Bag
  • Will not affect PH
  • Safe for use in freshwater aquariums
  • Non-Toxic coating
  • Manufacture: Clifford W. Estes CO, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 7.25 x 6.25 x 0.5 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Spectrastone 20211
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Spectrastone 20211 Final Thoughts

"Worked like a charm."

The color of the gravel makes the blue in my Tetra's and Gourami's pop. I have blue lights and white lights in my tanks. For smaller plants, these rocks are a little on the big side. Fast delivery and item true to description. The texture is smooth so cories and burrowing fish will not hurt themselves. Had to move fish out after it nearly died. The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank.

Overall Score
4.3

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

6. 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)

7. Spectrastone Shallow Creek Pebble for Freshwater Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 76 5

Spectrastone 10501 First Impressions

"Nice big bag of gravel."

I didn't even need the water clarifier, and I found it in the bag. I used this for a path in a 22 gallon aquarium. I have a 90 gallon aquarium with a footprint of 18 by 48 inches. Really like the coloring of them as well. At least any visible to the naked eye. Using these stones for growing bulbs for church project. But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks.

  • Spectrastone Shallow Creek Pebble 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Spectrastone 10501
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Spectrastone 10501 Final Thoughts

"Hence the 4 stars."

I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank. The smooth and small pebbles are great for people keeping corycats. Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. This is the real deal mother earth approx. I rinsed it about 3-4 times and felt satisfied it was good. The smooth and small pebbles are great for people keeping corycats. All n all, very happy with the purchase.

Overall Score
4.5

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

8. Carib Sea ACS00847 Gemstone Creek Gravel for Aquarium, 2/20-Pound

User Ratings: 69 31

Carib Sea 008479008473 First Impressions

"This gravel really pops!"

The rocks are REALLY dirty, and contain random debris. The little package of clarifier included is not nearly enough. I also found a DEAD spider in the gravel! Not sure why there is so much bad feedback for this. I just wanted to post a picture so you can see how much comes in a pack. Plenty of rock for my 5 gal aquarium. The rock arrived quickly and several days before projected.

  • Carib Sea ACS00847 Gemstone Creek Gravel for Aquarium, 2/20-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 008479008473
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.9']

Carib Sea 008479008473 Final Thoughts

"No bubbles, no bad water."

I also found a DEAD spider in the gravel! I used these to put on top of soil if my pot plants. For smaller plants, these rocks are a little on the big side. Removed pebbles and refilled for the 3rd time. Don't even waste your time adding it to your tank. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and would suggest this product to others. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and would suggest this product to others.

Overall Score
3.7

[star rating="3.7"]
(3 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 008479008770
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

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

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

10. 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)

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