Editor's Choice - Our Favorite SubstrateSource Aquarium Gravel

1. SubstrateSource Natural Lava Gravel - 2 Pounds

User Ratings: 68 3

SubstrateSource NR0120-2 First Impressions

"It's what I needed."

The color of the gravel makes the blue in my Tetra's and Gourami's pop. I baught a 5 gallon tank and i had to buy 2 packs. Wonderful mixture of color with the black stone. 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. I used this for a small aquarium with 2 goldfish and it worked great! The pebbles are a perfect size for 30+ gallon tanks.

  • SubstrateSource Natural Lava Gravel - 2 Pounds
  • All natural lava substrate.
  • Plants love it.
  • Screened, washed, and kiln dried.
  • Highly porous.
  • Manufacture: SubstrateSource
  • Item Weight: 2.49 Pounds
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SubstrateSource NR0120-2 Final Thoughts

"There is a simple remedy."

It has lovely colors and I will be using ONLY this gravel in the future. The pebbles are a perfect size for 30+ gallon tanks. I opened the bag, dumped it in a bowl and filled it with water. I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time. Really like the coloring of them as well. I really love this natural gravel, really makes my 20g High look natural! I'd recommend but just be wary of debris.

Overall Score
4.3


(47 Points)

2. Imagitarium River Rock Shallow Creek Aquarium Gravel, 20 LBS

User Ratings: 75 3

Imagitarium First Impressions

"Worked like a charm."

Like everyone else says wash it before putting it in your tank. For reference, my tank is a 20 gallon tall tank. The pebbles are a perfect size for 30+ gallon tanks. These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown. I didn't even need the water clarifier, and I found it in the bag. Plenty of rock for my 5 gal aquarium. I just wanted to post a picture so you can see how much comes in a pack.

  • Imagitarium River Rock Shallow Creek Aquarium Gravel, 20 LBS
  • River Rock Shallow Creek Aquarium Substrate from Imagitarium
  • Helps mimic a 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

"Beautiful gravel."

Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. I wash it in small batches in a five gallon bucket before putting it in the tank. This gravel works extremely well for planted tanks and for smaller fish species. It's my new, absolute favorite substrate. The color of the gravel makes the blue in my Tetra's and Gourami's pop. I rinsed it about 3-4 times and felt satisfied it was good. It does need a good washing, and I used a 5 gallon bucket method.

Overall Score
4.6


(71 Points)

3. CNZ Aquarium Gravel Black & Flourescent Mix for Plant Aquariums, Landscaping, Home Decor, 0.25"-0.35...

User Ratings: 75 4

CNZ First Impressions

"I love it."

The glow is pretty minimal but it still looks nice. I filled with filter water ad let sit for a day before relocate fish. Really like the coloring of them as well. There's a nice mix of color and gives my little nano tanks a nice earthy feel. A little bigger than what I wanted but I still used it. I have a 90 gallon aquarium with a footprint of 18 by 48 inches. I'd recommend but just be wary of debris.

  • CNZ Aquarium Gravel Black & Flourescent Mix for Plant Aquariums, Landscaping, Home Decor, 0.25"-0.35", 5-Pound
  • High quality polymer coated gravel for use in fresh water aquariums.
  • Ideal 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.
  • Please rinse them before you put them in your fish tank.Size: Average size 0.25" - 0.35" Total weight approximately 5 pounds
  • For optimum results, use 2 lbs Of gravel per every one gallon of water
  • Manufacture: CNZ
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CNZ Final Thoughts

"Great product."

I didn't even need the water clarifier, and I found it in the bag. Just make sure you rinse it out REALLY good, before adding to your aquarium. I half rinse it and put it in my tank. I used these to put on top of soil if my pot plants. Love the vibrant neon colors mixed in with the black gravel. Don't even waste your time adding it to your tank. Love the vibrant neon colors mixed in with the black gravel.

Overall Score
4.5


(351 Points)

4. Pure Water Pebbles Nature's Ocean Aquarium Gravel Marine Blue Gravel 5lb Bag

User Ratings: 63 10

Pure Water Pebbles First Impressions

"Just as described."

For smaller plants, these rocks are a little on the big side. I WOULD recommend buying this item! This is perfect for a 2 gallon tank that also has some acrylic gems. It really makes the tank look sharp and I believe the goldfish likes it, too. If you have to bury tank decor that doesn't have suction cups then you need more. I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. Works great in my daughter aquarium.

  • Pure Water Pebbles Nature's Ocean Aquarium Gravel Marine Blue Gravel 5lb Bag
  • Natural Aquarium Gravel
  • 100% Acrylic Coating
  • Will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water
  • Non-toxic
  • Colorfast
  • Manufacture: Nature's Ocean
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Pure Water Pebbles Final Thoughts

"Thumbs up!"

I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time. I half rinse it and put it in my tank. Colors are exactly as shown on the screen- at least on my monitor. It will take you a while to properly clean. Love the vibrant neon colors mixed in with the black gravel. I filled with filter water ad let sit for a day before relocate fish. It will take you a while to properly clean.

Overall Score
4.1


(35 Points)

5. Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 25-Pound, Salt and Pepper

Pure Water Pebbles 70521 First Impressions

"Love these!"

Wash gravel well before use, and its pretty good. Really like the coloring of them as well. Very random shapes and colors that blend well. I baught a 5 gallon tank and i had to buy 2 packs. The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it. It does need a good washing, and I used a 5 gallon bucket method. Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow.

  • Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 25-Pound, Salt and Pepper
  • 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: 21.5 x 12 x 2 inches; 24.8 Pounds
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Pure Water Pebbles 70521 Final Thoughts

"Worked out great for me."

Love the vibrant neon colors mixed in with the black gravel. I am disappointed that there seems to be nothing special about this gravel. I'd recommend but just be wary of debris. I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank. I purchased to put into a dry river rock. Really just rinsed a little and ready to go. They served their purpose, but had to be the dirtiest rocks I have ordered.

Overall Score
5.0


(5 Points)

6. Carib Sea CaribSea Arag-Alive Natural Reef Aquarium Gravel

User Ratings: 73 27

Carib Sea First Impressions

"One for my 2."

Unlike most, I didn't purchase this gravel for its ability to glow. I purchased to put into a dry river rock. Originally I bought the black with colored stones for my 5 gallon tank. All n all, very happy with the purchase. I wanted white rocks that were vibrant. The rocks are REALLY dirty, and contain random debris. I use a hybrid of the Walstad Method, and this stuff is perfect.

  • Carib Sea CaribSea Arag-Alive Natural Reef Aquarium Gravel
  • Aids in the growth of corals
  • Buffers for the life of the aquarium
  • Helps maintain a proper pH of 8.2 without constant chemical additions
  • Discourages nuisance algae growth
  • Manufacture: CaribSea
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 13 x 20 inches; 16 Pounds
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Carib Sea Final Thoughts

"No more gnats."

Don't even waste your time adding it to your tank. Bigger than normal aquarium gravel, nice colors, good quality, no smell. Don't use any soaps or anything else. Arrived in 8 sealed plastic bags inside one Priority box. So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank. The color mixture with the darker colors in it does that very well. The color looks beautiful and natural in the tank.

Overall Score
3.9


(7 Points)

7. IPW Industries Inc. Compatible 15 Pound Box Replacement Filter Tank Gravel

User Ratings: 69

IPW Industries Inc First Impressions

"Worked like a charm."

Really like the coloring of them as well. Will definitely purchase again when needed. I really love this natural gravel, really makes my 20g High look natural! Just be patient and realize that it's going to take a while to rinse it. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and would suggest this product to others. Worked great for my succulent gardens. It worked really well and still allowed new stems to pop through.

  • IPW Industries Inc. Compatible 15 Pound Box Replacement Filter Tank Gravel
  • IPW Industries Inc. replacement garnet gravel for standard tanks
  • 15 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: 7.09 pounds
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
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IPW Industries Inc Final Thoughts

"I recommend!"

So will just see if color stays-God willing! I included a picture which doesn't do the product justice. Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. Stir periodically and then your good to go! This was because of my own preconceived notions and not that of the sellers though. It's my new, absolute favorite substrate. I rinsed it before I put it in the tank.

Overall Score
4.7


(10 Points)

8. Pisces 4lb Gold Pearl Aquarium Gravel (AM-GOLD005), Small

User Ratings: 66 10

Pisces AM-GOLD005 First Impressions

"Wet vs dry."

I half rinse it and put it in my tank. These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown. 5 inches of gravel, so you could use more or less depending on tank size. Don't use any soaps or anything else. 5 inches of gravel, so you could use more or less depending on tank size. The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it. It was easy to clean and looks great in my bamboo glass vases!

  • Pisces 4lb Gold Pearl Aquarium Gravel (AM-GOLD005), Small
  • Triple washed
  • Pure natural gravel
  • Unique to new Zealand
  • 2-4Mm
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Pisces USA
  • Product Dimensions: 7.09 x 7.87 x 79 inches; 4.4 Pounds
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Pisces AM-GOLD005 Final Thoughts

"Overall this is good."

I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. I planned on spending 24-48 hours removing all the dust in washes and soaks. I used this for a small aquarium with 2 goldfish and it worked great! One bag was open and had emptied into the box. We bought this for a glo fish tank. I'm accenting with multicolored glass rocks to accent. The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it.

Overall Score
4.3


(15 Points)

9. CNZ Aquarium Natural River Gravel

User Ratings: 75 4

CNZ 4346797571 First Impressions

"I haven't used this yet."

Don't own a blacklight so can't tell if it glows or not. This gravel works extremely well for planted tanks and for smaller fish species. Really just rinsed a little and ready to go. I didn't even need the water clarifier, and I found it in the bag. I have a 90 gallon aquarium with a footprint of 18 by 48 inches. Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. Don't use any soaps or anything else.

  • CNZ Aquarium Natural River Gravel
  • Aids in propagation of beneficial bacteria
  • Adds depth and beauty to aquariums, water gardens, ponds and terrariums
  • Made by nature river pebble stone, average size: 0.2-0.4 inch
  • Safe for use in freshwater and marine environments
  • For optimum results, use 2 lbs. of gravel per every one gallon of water
  • Manufacture: CNZ
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CNZ 4346797571 Final Thoughts

"It's just what I wanted."

This was the cheapest DIY project with a big wow factor. I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium. For smaller plants, these rocks are a little on the big side. This is the real deal mother earth approx. Snails and fish dont seem to mind the switch from sand. I've been using that for a few months now with my betta. Secondly the gravels colour looks enhanced under a bright led light.

Overall Score
4.6


(198 Points)

10. MIMOSA Aquarium Gravel, Tumbled Fluorite, 2-Pound, 0.35’’-0.59’’

User Ratings: 71 10

Mimosa First Impressions

"Beautiful gravel."

This was because of my own preconceived notions and not that of the sellers though. I decided on this particular brand of gravel because of Amazon's add-on program. I rinsed it about 3-4 times and felt satisfied it was good. The gravel size is exactly as described in the product description- 2 to 4mm. I rinsed it before I put it in the tank. I use a hybrid of the Walstad Method, and this stuff is perfect. I opened the bag, dumped it in a bowl and filled it with water.

  • MIMOSA Aquarium Gravel, Tumbled Fluorite, 2-Pound, 0.35’’-0.59’’
  • Fluorite Gravel Bulk Sale: Net Weight: 2 Pounds; Quantity: 1 Pack in box; Size: 9-15mm(0.35’’-0.59’’).
  • Range of Color: Purple, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, Brown, Gray, or a Mix of Colors.
  • An Excellent Stone for Aquarium: The Tumbling, Polished, and Irregular Fluorite Chips Stones Create a Colorful and Natural Base for yours fish Tank. Proven, Quality filtration. Rinse Gravel Before Using.
  • More Application: Substrate for Air Plants , Vase Fillers, Wish Bottles Fillers. Home Decor, Landscape and DIY Jewelry. Perfect for All Enthusiasts.
  • 100% Money-back Guarantee: Your Purchase Is Backed by Our Guarantee That You Are Fully Satisfied with Your Purchase or Receive Your Money Back. Excellent Gift Enjoyable for You and Your Loved One.
  • Manufacture: MIMOSA LLC
  • Item Weight: 1.78 pounds
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Mimosa Final Thoughts

"Nice product."

Removed pebbles and refilled for the 3rd time. So if you are looking for bigger size, this is not it. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish. These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown. It has lovely colors and I will be using ONLY this gravel in the future. For reference, my tank is a 20 gallon tall tank. Bigger than normal aquarium gravel, nice colors, good quality, no smell.

Overall Score
4.3


(14 Points)

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