Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Small 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
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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


(5627 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Small Aquarium Gravel

2. 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)

3. 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)

4. 3.5lb 3/8-Inch Small Polished River Pebbles Rocks Gravel, Mixed

User Ratings: 73 2

MDPQT First Impressions

"Didn't take long to wash."

Needs more plants but it makes the colors of the fish and other decor really pop. I found it easier to do a medium sized bowl at a time. I didn't even need the water clarifier, and I found it in the bag. I am disappointed that there seems to be nothing special about this gravel. So will just see if color stays-God willing! Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. A little bigger than what I wanted but I still used it.

  • 3.5lb 3/8-Inch Small Polished River Pebbles Rocks Gravel, Mixed
  • Pebble mulch in interior or exterior garden beds Use in Water features, Aquariums & ponds Perfect for walkways & Driveways.
  • NATURAL STONES- These high quality natural stones by Royal imports are non-toxic and eco-friendly river rocks.
  • MIXED COLORS: Each bag contains a wide variety of natural colors and shapes
  • Only natural stones and wax, no additional fillers, dyes, or oils
  • Includes, 3.5ib, of gravel, medium size, Measures approximately 3/8-inch
  • Manufacture: MDPQT
  • Item Weight: 3.43 pounds
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MDPQT Final Thoughts

"Just my thoughts."

At this point I'm Trying to wash pebbles. I purchased to put into a dry river rock. I envisioned the bag being bigger since I ordered a 50lbs. I decided on this particular brand of gravel because of Amazon's add-on program. So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank. The little package of clarifier included is not nearly enough. Snails and fish dont seem to mind the switch from sand.

Overall Score
4.6


(109 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Small Aquarium Gravel

5. M--jump 2 Pounds 3/8" Gravel Size Natural Decorative Polished Black Pebbles Stone,Small Ornamental R...

User Ratings: 70 3

M--jump First Impressions

"Fast shipping as well."

I'll definitely use this gravel again the next time I start a new tank. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and would suggest this product to others. Water became with film like on top and lots of little bubbles on every surface. I've been using it now for a couple of months and nothing has happened to them. The rock arrived quickly and several days before projected. I absolutely love how the rocks glow in my tank! This is the real deal mother earth approx.

  • M--jump 2 Pounds 3/8" Gravel Size Natural Decorative Polished Black Pebbles Stone,Small Ornamental River Pebbles Rocks for Succulents, Vases, Aquariums and Terrariums etc.
  • SMALL GRAVEL SIZE: 3/8" average size is perfect for small applications
  • MULTIPLE USES: Fairy gardens, flower arrangements, succulent containers, and potted plants
  • ECO FRIENDLY: Only natural stones and wax, no additional fillers, dyes, or oils
  • It holds up the thicker base of the plant while looking very decorative. A good choice for you!
  • Rocks were pretty uniform in size, smooth, and clean. Perfect for my terrarium base
  • Manufacture: M--jump
  • Item Weight: 2.04 pounds
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M--jump Final Thoughts

"Very nice gravel."

The color of the gravel makes the blue in my Tetra's and Gourami's pop. They're like large pebbles that are the size of your pinky-nail. It looks great and didn't change anything about the water. Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. The little package of clarifier included is not nearly enough. So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank. Like everyone else says wash it before putting it in your tank.

Overall Score
4.5


(96 Points)

6. 18 Pounds Black Decorative Pebbles Small Aquarium Gravel River Rock,Garden Ornamental Pebbles Rocks,...

User Ratings: 79 5

CFKJ First Impressions

"It's what I ordered."

All substraight needs to be thoroughly rinsed before use. For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse. Yeah this stuff has to come prerinsed. Bigger than normal aquarium gravel, nice colors, good quality, no smell. Color is good contrast to the Beta. I purchased to put into a dry river rock. I bought two bags for my 55 gallon.

  • 18 Pounds Black Decorative Pebbles Small Aquarium Gravel River Rock,Garden Ornamental Pebbles Rocks, Natural Polished Decorative Gravel,Decorative Stones,Pebbles,Decor Gravel for Landscaping (Black)
  • Color: Black; Weight: About 18.3 pounds; Size: About 0.2"- 0.37".
  • Add extra beauty to your indoors or outdoors: walkways, driveways, water features, ponds, water gardens, exposed aggregate flooring or walls and around swimming pools.
  • Great accent for crafts: rock gardens, flower arrangements, succulent tillandsia plants, cactus pot, terrarium, bamboo plants and bonsai trees.
  • 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 Black Decorative Pebbles Small Aquarium Gravel River Rock,Garden Ornamental Pebbles Rocks, Natural Polished Decorative Gravel,Decorative Stones,Pebbles,Decor Gravel for Landscaping.
  • Manufacture: CFKJ
  • Item Weight: 18.51 pounds
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CFKJ Final Thoughts

"I love this substrate."

Perfect for the corydoras, pleasing to the eye. Had to move fish out after it nearly died. There's a nice mix of color and gives my little nano tanks a nice earthy feel. Using these stones for growing bulbs for church project. I opened the bag, dumped it in a bowl and filled it with water. These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown. I planned on spending 24-48 hours removing all the dust in washes and soaks.

Overall Score
4.5


(92 Points)

7. Natural Polished Decorative Gravel, 2.2Pounds Decorative Pebbles River Rock Stones fish tank gravel

User Ratings: 57 10

Shindel First Impressions

"But it was horrible."

I use a hybrid of the Walstad Method, and this stuff is perfect. There is some sand and dirt mixed in. Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow. It gives a very natural riverbed look to the aquarium. The color of the gravel makes the blue in my Tetra's and Gourami's pop. But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks. I planned on spending 24-48 hours removing all the dust in washes and soaks.

  • Natural Polished Decorative Gravel, 2.2Pounds Decorative Pebbles River Rock Stones fish tank gravel
  • Made of High Quality Natural Stones By Royal Imports is Non-toxic and and Eco-friendly River Rocks.
  • Natural stones in assorted natural colors Perfect for candles and tables centerpieces - includes 2 pounds of large size decorative stones.
  • Rocks range from tiny 0.5inch pebbles to 2 inch rocks. (Note: Miniatures are small items that pose potential choking hazards to small children. They are not toys.)
  • Pebbles are also perfect for any arts & crafts project and looks great on sketchbooks, invitations, and any other project. River rocks make the perfect addition to any fish aquarium, as well as being excellent vase fillers. Looks great around home candles or patios.
  • USE FOR: 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.
  • Item Weight: 2.18 pounds
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Shindel Final Thoughts

"It's just what I wanted."

I wanted white rocks that were vibrant. This is not the colored synthetic aquarium medium. I have bought 2 bags of this gravel. I filled with filter water ad let sit for a day before relocate fish. I use a hybrid of the Walstad Method, and this stuff is perfect. Don't own a blacklight so can't tell if it glows or not. It has lovely colors and I will be using ONLY this gravel in the future.

Overall Score
4.0


(80 Points)

8. JARTC RTCBEADS 1 Ib Natural Black Tourmaline Small Tumbled Chips Crushed Stone Healing Reiki Crystal...

User Ratings: 69 12

JARTC First Impressions

"Gravel was as advertised."

Not sure why there is so much bad feedback for this. Don't own a blacklight so can't tell if it glows or not. I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium. Works great in my daughter aquarium. Out of the bag there is an amazing amount of dust. We bought this for a glo fish tank. I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank.

  • JARTC RTCBEADS 1 Ib Natural Black Tourmaline Small Tumbled Chips Crushed Stone Healing Reiki Crystal Jewelry Making Home Decoration Aquarium Décor Gravel
  • Style: Natural Black Tourmaline Small Tumbled Chips Crushed Stone Healing Reiki Jewelry Making Home Decoration
  • Size Details(Approx):3-5mm;Weight(Approx):1 Ib(500 Grams)/Pack
  • Tourmaline itself for the metabolism and endocrine line activity can produce a high degree of role, and can balance the internal gas field, so that the opposite elements of yin and yang can easily combine and fusion, but also in the external to resolve the various conflicts and contradictions.
  • understanding,and aids the process of learning.It is excellent for enhancing memory.
  • Excellent for chakra cleansing,reiki healing,and crystal grids,all kinds of crafts projects,beach wedding,fountain,fish tank,flower pot or decoration. The picture is only for your reference,the shape and color of stones you received will be a little vary from picture.
  • Item Weight: 1.1 pounds
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JARTC Final Thoughts

"I haven't used this yet."

Really just rinsed a little and ready to go. I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. At this point I'm Trying to wash pebbles. Although I had to rinse it about 5 times to fully get ALL of the dust out. Minimal clouding gone within 12 hours. Just be patient and realize that it's going to take a while to rinse it. But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks.

Overall Score
4.2


(77 Points)

9. 18 Pounds Decorative Pebbles Small Black Stones Aquarium Gravel River Rock, Natural Polished Decorat...

User Ratings: 83

BLQH First Impressions

"Beautiful gravel."

The 50 pound bag was jus barely enough for my 55 gallon tank! I purchased to put into a dry river rock. The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank. So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank. I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium. I'll definitely use this gravel again the next time I start a new tank. At this point I'm Trying to wash pebbles.

  • 18 Pounds Decorative Pebbles Small Black Stones Aquarium Gravel River Rock, Natural Polished Decorative Gravel,Garden Ornamental Pebbles Rocks,Black Decorative Stones,Black Pebbles, Decor (Black)
  • Size: About 0.22"-0.35"; Color: Black; Weight: About 18.1 pounds
  • Perfect for Indoor & Outdoor use
  • Many Uses: If you want to add extra beauty in your garden, lawn and even to your potted plant or aquarium this pack of pebbles is ideal for you. It is perfect for home decor and a creative interior and exterior design. Use for flower arrangements, vase fillers, walkways, water features, exposed aggregate flooring or walls, swimming pool areas and many other areas. It could also be used as an accent to aquariums, water gardens, ponds, and terrariums.
  • Versatile: Our pebbles are a beautiful material for decorating. So many things can be built and decorated with natural stones.They blend their amazing texture and natural color with creativity and innovative DIY ideas and turn into striking accents and original designs. Wonderully versatile for creative art projects such as flower arrangements, vase fillers, walkways, water features, exposed aggregate flooring or walls, swimming pool areas and etc.
  • 18 Pounds: Decorative Pebbles Small Black Stones Aquarium Gravel River Rock, Natural Polished Decorative Gravel,Garden Ornamental Pebbles Rocks,Black Decorative Stones,Black Pebbles,Polished Decor
  • Manufacture: BLQH
  • Item Weight: 18.52 pounds
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BLQH Final Thoughts

"The color is very pretty."

So will just see if color stays-God willing! At least any visible to the naked eye. I included a picture which doesn't do the product justice. This is the real deal mother earth approx. Very random shapes and colors that blend well. For reference, my tank is a 20 gallon tall tank. They served their purpose, but had to be the dirtiest rocks I have ordered.

Overall Score
4.8


(76 Points)

10. POPETPOP 100g Aquarium Gravel River Rock Decorative Polished Gravel Small Decorative Pebbles Stones ...

User Ratings: 40 33

POPETPOP First Impressions

"Looks great!"

I decided on this particular brand of gravel because of Amazon's add-on program. I used this for a path in a 22 gallon aquarium. Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. It really makes the tank look sharp and I believe the goldfish likes it, too. Not sure why there is so much bad feedback for this. I rinsed it about 3-4 times and felt satisfied it was good. They served their purpose, but had to be the dirtiest rocks I have ordered.

  • POPETPOP 100g Aquarium Gravel River Rock Decorative Polished Gravel Small Decorative Pebbles Stones for Aquariums Landscaping Vase Fillers
  • Polished Gravel Mixed Color Decorative River Rock Stones for Aquarium
  • Also perfect for flower arrangements, walkways, water features, exposed aggregate flooring or walls and swimming pools.
  • Natural lightly polished stones in assorted colors. Perfect for aquariums, water gardens, ponds, and terrariums.
  • Perfect embellish fancy-themed surroundings add fancy atmosphere to your fish tank and other places.
  • Please rinse them several times before you put them in your fish tank.Special polished surface without sharp edges will not hurt fish or human.
  • Manufacture: POPETPOP
  • Product Dimensions: 0.35 x 0.28 x 0.08 inches; 3.39 Ounces
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POPETPOP Final Thoughts

"Nicely polished."

I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish. I filled with filter water ad let sit for a day before relocate fish. The rocks are REALLY dirty, and contain random debris. Removed pebbles and refilled for the 3rd time. I'd recommend but just be wary of debris. I'd recommend but just be wary of debris. I am disappointed that there seems to be nothing special about this gravel.

Overall Score
3.1


(34 Points)

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