Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Seachem Aquarium Gravel

1. 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)

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2. 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)

3. Seachem Fluorite

User Ratings: 68 6

Seachem 001205 First Impressions

"I would buy this again."

So if you are looking for bigger size, this is not it. Although I had to rinse it about 5 times to fully get ALL of the dust out. Minimal clouding gone within 12 hours. Very random shapes and colors that blend well. One bag was open and had emptied into the box. This is the real deal mother earth approx. Bigger than normal aquarium gravel, nice colors, good quality, no smell.

  • Seachem Fluorite
  • Performance driven at affordable prices
  • Made in the USA with quality materials
  • Field tested to ensure nothing but the best for your pet
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 11.75 x 1.75 x 8.5 inches; 1 Pounds
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Seachem 001205 Final Thoughts

"I love it."

Wouldn't have any other substrate for my axolotl. 5 inches of gravel, so you could use more or less depending on tank size. 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. The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank. I envisioned the bag being bigger since I ordered a 50lbs. The smooth and small pebbles are great for people keeping corycats.

Overall Score
4.4


(342 Points)

4. Creative Farmer 2Kg Products Sugar Type Sand Gravel for Aquarium Decoration Pebbles for Decor & Mul...

User Ratings: 27

Creative Farmer First Impressions

"My tank is not done yet."

Yeah this stuff has to come prerinsed. It will take you a while to properly clean. But didnt return it as it still looked cool with few coloured pebbles scattered. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and would suggest this product to others. I have a 90 gallon aquarium with a footprint of 18 by 48 inches. I opened the bag, dumped it in a bowl and filled it with water. I've been using it now for a couple of months and nothing has happened to them.

  • Creative Farmer 2Kg Products Sugar Type Sand Gravel for Aquarium Decoration Pebbles for┬áDecor & Multi Purpose Pack
  • Qty : 2KG , Material: Pebbles/Stone
  • Uses || Terrariums|Vases| Flower Vases| Garden Patios, Pavements || Waterfalls And Realted Decorations, || Water Fountains, Courtyard Gardens || Used In Aquariums And Artistic Monuments || Garden Walks / Pathways || Used For Decor Purpose At Hotels, Restaurants As Well As In Households || Perfect For Flooring, Shower Floors & Walls And Pools/Aquariums Etc.
  • Usage : Used For Decorating Home And Parks, Landscaping, Wall Cladding/Aquariums
  • Suitable For Fish Tank/Aquarium, Garden, Lawn, Table And Flower Vase.
  • A Quality Product From Creative Farmer
  • Manufacture: Creative Farmer
  • Item Weight: 12.3 ounces
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Creative Farmer Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps!"

For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse. I am disappointed that there seems to be nothing special about this gravel. I planned on spending 24-48 hours removing all the dust in washes and soaks. For reference, my tank is a 20 gallon tall tank. The 50 pound bag was jus barely enough for my 55 gallon tank! I also found a DEAD spider in the gravel! Removed pebbles and refilled for the 3rd time.

Overall Score
3.6


(4 Points)

5. 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
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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


(824 Points)

6. BXI - Decorative Stones - Garden Yard Walkway Fish Tank Aquaruim - Gravel Pebble Rock - 2 Pounds

User Ratings: 76 3

BXI First Impressions

"Highly recommend!"

These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown. I'd recommend but just be wary of debris. I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. I just wanted to post a picture so you can see how much comes in a pack. This was because of my own preconceived notions and not that of the sellers though. At least any visible to the naked eye. The color mixture with the darker colors in it does that very well.

  • BXI - Decorative Stones - Garden Yard Walkway Fish Tank Aquaruim - Gravel Pebble Rock - 2 Pounds
  • Weight: 2 pounds, about 1000 gram. Stone size: 3-6 mm. Material: glass sand. Volume: 0.22 gallons
  • Colorfast, non-Toxic, will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Use indoor & outdoor. Shiny in water. Perfect decor for fresh & saltwater aquariums, ponds, terrariums, gardens, potted plants, vases, ash trays, crafts & hobbies...
  • 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
  • Please rinse with water 3-4 times before putting in a fish tank
  • Manufacture: BXI
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BXI Final Thoughts

"Look great."

The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank. It smells like chlorine and epoxy glue. This was the cheapest DIY project with a big wow factor. Needs more plants but it makes the colors of the fish and other decor really pop. The pebbles are a perfect size for 30+ gallon tanks. Some of the bad feedback says it clouds the water. Just make sure you rinse it out REALLY good, before adding to your aquarium.

Overall Score
4.5


(555 Points)

7. CCOSMIC 100 Pieces Fish Tank Rocks Aquarium Gravel Blue/Glow in The Dark Stones Pebbles for Outdoor ...

User Ratings: 57 14

CCOSMIC First Impressions

"It's what I needed."

Not sure why there is so much bad feedback for this. Plenty of rock for my 5 gal aquarium. Overall I am happy with the gravel. The rock arrived quickly and several days before projected. It's my new, absolute favorite substrate. I am disappointed that there seems to be nothing special about this gravel. It worked really well and still allowed new stems to pop through.

  • CCOSMIC 100 Pieces Fish Tank Rocks Aquarium Gravel Blue/Glow in The Dark Stones Pebbles for Outdoor Decor, Aquarium Gravel, Fish Tank, Walkway Driveway Plant Pots Yard Garden Decoration
  • Charge in the sunshine: please kindly put all the gravels in the sun for about half an hour to make them charge fully for the first time use, then you can watch in the dark, they will glow brightly with blue light. They will last the glowing for about 2 -3 hours in the fully dark space. They can charge and glow repeatedly.
  • Non-Radioactive and Non-Toxic: made of long-afterglow luminous powder, polystyrene resin, which are non-toxic and do not contain any radioactive elements.Glow in the dark rocks are no harm to people, fish, birds and plants.
  • Surface groove process: for better and brighter glow, the surface of these fish tanks rocks have some tiny groove, please don't worry, this is not a flaw.
  • You will get: package includes approx. 100 pieces fish tanks rocks, glow blue in the dark, sufficient quantity for long time use, due to manual counting, there may be 2-3 errors.
  • Eco- Friendly and long shelf life : photoluminescent pebble aggregates create light requiring no electricity.This saves natural resources and is another eco-friendly benefit. It can be used repeatedly for several years, perfect choice for the driveway, floor or garden decorate, aquarium, fish tank, plant pots, bonsa, interior decoration.
  • Manufacture: Yiwu Mannan
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CCOSMIC Final Thoughts

"Ideal for my tank."

I have a 90 gallon aquarium with a footprint of 18 by 48 inches. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and would suggest this product to others. I really love this natural gravel, really makes my 20g High look natural! I recommend doing it in smaller portions. It does need a good washing, and I used a 5 gallon bucket method. I found it easier to do a medium sized bowl at a time.

Overall Score
4.0


(37 Points)

8. Md trade Rainbow Gravel Aquarium Marbles Decorative Colored Pebble Gravel for Fish Tank,542g /19oz

User Ratings: 44 10

Md trade First Impressions

"Love the color."

The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it. This was because of my own preconceived notions and not that of the sellers though. The rocks look great and arrived very quickly. The glow is pretty minimal but it still looks nice. They are rocks, what more do you need. Secondly the gravels colour looks enhanced under a bright led light. One bag was open and had emptied into the box.

  • Md trade Rainbow Gravel Aquarium Marbles Decorative Colored Pebble Gravel for Fish Tank,542g /19oz
  • Material: Glass Stone
  • Color: Random color
  • Weight: 542g/19oz pack
  • Non-toxic material, safe to your pet. Will not affect PH
  • Can be used as decoration for fish tanks, plants, vases or other places
  • Manufacture: Md trade
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Md trade Final Thoughts

"I love this stuff."

I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank. Needs more plants but it makes the colors of the fish and other decor really pop. Secondly the gravels colour looks enhanced under a bright led light. The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it. I opened the bag, dumped it in a bowl and filled it with water. At this point I'm Trying to wash pebbles. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish.

Overall Score
3.9


(24 Points)

9. 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)

10. Aquaculture Aqua Culture Mountain Jewels Aquarium Gravel, 25 lb

User Ratings: 79

AQUA CULTURE First Impressions

"Beautiful gravel."

Just be patient and realize that it's going to take a while to rinse it. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish. Secondly the gravels colour looks enhanced under a bright led light. Although I had to rinse it about 5 times to fully get ALL of the dust out. The little package of clarifier included is not nearly enough. I purchased to put into a dry river rock. Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow.

  • Aquaculture Aqua Culture Mountain Jewels Aquarium Gravel, 25 lb
  • Manufacture: Aqua Culture
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AQUA CULTURE Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend!"

I really love this natural gravel, really makes my 20g High look natural! Aside from the size, the appearance of this gravel is what stands out the most. So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank. It comes in a variety of colors, but I prefer the classic white. Stir periodically and then your good to go! It gives a very natural riverbed look to the aquarium. Some of the bad feedback says it clouds the water.

Overall Score
4.8


(6 Points)

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