Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Vuba Aquarium Gravel

1. Vuba Easihold Resin Gravel Binder (5 Litre Jerry)

User Ratings: 68 7

Vuba First Impressions

"My tank is not done yet."

It's my new, absolute favorite substrate. But didnt return it as it still looked cool with few coloured pebbles scattered. It looks great and didn't change anything about the water. I've been using that for a few months now with my betta. I have a 90 gallon aquarium with a footprint of 18 by 48 inches. The little package of clarifier included is not nearly enough. Water became with film like on top and lots of little bubbles on every surface.

  • Vuba Easihold Resin Gravel Binder (5 Litre Jerry)
  • HOLDS AND FIXES LOOSE STONES - New or Existing, Easihold will hold together 5-10mm stones when applied and left to dry for 48 hours in good weather conditions (60°+).
  • POUR, SPRAY, HAND MIX - Easihold can be poured using a Watering Can, Sprayed using a Hand Sprayer or Hand Mixed with Stones.
  • PROTECTS STONES - Easihold coats and protects stones, but does not create a gloss / changed appearance.
  • MANUFACTURED IN YORKSHIRE, UK - We Manufacture Easihold in Yorkshire, and we take great pride in our Patented Product!
  • WANT TO GUARANTEE GOOD RESULTS? Leave to dry for 5 days in good conditions, do not oversaturate (it is air drying) and use 5-10mm clean stones. Problems are only ever a result of not following these guidelines!
  • Manufacture: Vuba
  • Item Weight: 12.23 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 7.87 x 5.91 x 9.06 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Vuba
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

Vuba Final Thoughts

"Would purchase again."

Just be patient and realize that it's going to take a while to rinse it. I also found a DEAD spider in the gravel! It comes in a variety of colors, but I prefer the classic white. Out of the bag there is an amazing amount of dust. It smells like chlorine and epoxy glue. Secondly the gravels colour looks enhanced under a bright led light. I rinsed it about 3-4 times and felt satisfied it was good.

Overall Score
4.3

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

2. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Md trade
  • Quality [star rating='2.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

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

[star rating="3.9"]
(24 Points)

3. Pettex Roman Gravel Aquarium Gravel (4.4lb) (Aqua Blend)

User Ratings: 63

Monster Pet Supplies 2011 First Impressions

"Love the color."

So if you are looking for bigger size, this is not it. I purchased to put into a dry river rock. This is perfect for a 2 gallon tank that also has some acrylic gems. Color is good contrast to the Beta. Water became with film like on top and lots of little bubbles on every surface. Overall I am happy with the gravel. But didnt return it as it still looked cool with few coloured pebbles scattered.

  • Pettex Roman Gravel Aquarium Gravel (4.4lb) (Aqua Blend)
  • 4.4 pound pouch
  • Manufacture: Roman
  • Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 5.91 x 9.84 inches; 4.41 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Monster Pet Supplies 2011
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

Monster Pet Supplies 2011 Final Thoughts

"VERY GOOD."

For smaller plants, these rocks are a little on the big side. I used this for a path in a 22 gallon aquarium. Don't even hesitate on purchasing this stuff. Just be patient and realize that it's going to take a while to rinse it. They're like large pebbles that are the size of your pinky-nail. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish. I have a 90 gallon aquarium with a footprint of 18 by 48 inches.

Overall Score
4.5

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

4. Spectrastone Permaglo Black Lagoon for Freshwater Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 71 8

Spectrastone 20516 First Impressions

"Very easy to clean."

So will just see if color stays-God willing! I'd recommend but just be wary of debris. I have a 90 gallon aquarium with a footprint of 18 by 48 inches. This is my favorite gravel I've bought from Amazon. I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time. Using these stones for growing bulbs for church project. It's a gemstone quality gravel, not the topfin crap from petsmart.

  • Spectrastone Permaglo Black Lagoon 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 20516
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Spectrastone 20516 Final Thoughts

"Fantastic gravel!"

This gravel works extremely well for planted tanks and for smaller fish species. The rocks are REALLY dirty, and contain random debris. Some of the bad feedback says it clouds the water. It has lovely colors and I will be using ONLY this gravel in the future. Not sure why there is so much bad feedback for this. So will just see if color stays-God willing! If you have to bury tank decor that doesn't have suction cups then you need more.

Overall Score
4.3

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

5. Spectrastone Berry Lake Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 49

Spectrastone 915425 First Impressions

"Beautiful and natural."

There is some sand and dirt mixed in. I think the pink makes my aquarium stand out and gives it a cute little look. Plenty of rock for my 5 gal aquarium. Just do a proper rinse, and you will be fine. Love the vibrant neon colors mixed in with the black gravel. The little package of clarifier included is not nearly enough. The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it.

  • Spectrastone Berry Lake Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 25-Pound Bag
  • Will not affect PH
  • Safe for use in freshwater aquariums
  • Non-Toxic coating
  • Manufacture: Clifford W. Estes CO, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 18.75 x 9 x 2 inches; 25 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Spectrastone 915425
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Spectrastone 915425 Final Thoughts

"Beautiful and natural."

Just be patient and realize that it's going to take a while to rinse it. Don't use any soaps or anything else. One bag was open and had emptied into the box. Overall I am happy with the gravel. Worked great for my succulent gardens. I wished I would have bought a few more so It would be deeper in my tank. I opened the bag, dumped it in a bowl and filled it with water.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(4 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BXI
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

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

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

7. Natural Quartz Pebbles Gravel, 25 lbs

User Ratings: 70

Quartz Colors First Impressions

"There is none."

The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it. So will just see if color stays-God willing! So if you are looking for bigger size, this is not it. The color of the gravel makes the blue in my Tetra's and Gourami's pop. It has lovely colors and I will be using ONLY this gravel in the future. But the gravel itself is nice quality and adds interest to tanks. It really makes the tank look sharp and I believe the goldfish likes it, too.

  • Natural Quartz Pebbles Gravel, 25 lbs
  • Approximately 1/8"
  • All natural Quartz pebbles
  • Will not effect PH
  • For freshwater aquariums, terrariums, landscaping, vase filler for candles and floral, crafts, hobbies and all decorative purposes.
  • Manufacture: Quartz Colors
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Quartz Colors
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

Quartz Colors Final Thoughts

"Nice gravel."

I included a picture which doesn't do the product justice. I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time. This was the cheapest DIY project with a big wow factor. I've ordered their midnight pearl color and it is beautiful too. The little package of clarifier included is not nearly enough. I didn't even need the water clarifier, and I found it in the bag. Works great in my daughter aquarium.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(2 Points)

8. Carib Sea Florida Crushed Coral

User Ratings: 61 8

Carib Sea 110 First Impressions

"Great quality."

Everyone ask where did i get that color. But didnt return it as it still looked cool with few coloured pebbles scattered. I did rinse it off before putting it in the aquarium. Perfect for the corydoras, pleasing to the eye. It's my new, absolute favorite substrate. It smells like chlorine and epoxy glue. Although I had to rinse it about 5 times to fully get ALL of the dust out.

  • Carib Sea Florida Crushed Coral
  • May also be used in marine or African cichlid aquariums
  • Contains millions of beneficial marine bacteria to enhance biological filtration
  • Ideal for most freshwater aquaria, including discus, tetras, angelfish, water turtles, rays, plants, cichlids and more
  • Manufacture: Pro-Motion Distributing - Direct
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 2 x 14 inches; 10 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carib Sea 110
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Carib Sea 110 Final Thoughts

"Love these!"

Removed pebbles and refilled for the 3rd time. I absolutely love how the rocks glow in my tank! Stir periodically and then your good to go! A little bigger than what I wanted but I still used it. I planned on spending 24-48 hours removing all the dust in washes and soaks. So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank. This was the cheapest DIY project with a big wow factor.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(14 Points)

9. Spectrastone Permaglo Yellow Aquarium Gravel for Freshwater Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag

User Ratings: 59 12

Spectrastone 20504 First Impressions

"Love the look."

I recommend doing it in smaller portions. Aside from the size, the appearance of this gravel is what stands out the most. They're like large pebbles that are the size of your pinky-nail. I'll definitely use this gravel again the next time I start a new tank. Will definitely purchase again when needed. Perfect for the corydoras, pleasing to the eye. I use a hybrid of the Walstad Method, and this stuff is perfect.

  • Spectrastone Permaglo Yellow Aquarium Gravel 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; 2.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Spectrastone 20504
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Spectrastone 20504 Final Thoughts

"Great aquarium gravel!"

Out of the bag there is an amazing amount of dust. I was scared to buy it after the reviews I read about it killing their fish. The gravel size is exactly as described in the product description- 2 to 4mm. So if you are looking for bigger size, this is not it. Had to move fish out after it nearly died. Stir periodically and then your good to go! We bought this for a glo fish tank.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(14 Points)

10. Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 2-Pound, Jet Black

User Ratings: 64 7

Pure Water Pebbles 70092 First Impressions

"Great aquarium gravel!"

I purchased to put into a dry river rock. I would buy again if the price didn't double from last time. I decided on this particular brand of gravel because of Amazon's add-on program. The gravel adds amazing color and the fish and snails seem to like it. For my purpose, they work perfectly, for an aquarium, they might need a quick rinse. So far, really happy with how it looks in my small tank. I purchased to put into a dry river rock.

  • Pure Water Pebbles Aquarium Gravel, 2-Pound, Jet Black
  • 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; 1.7 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pure Water Pebbles 70092
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Pure Water Pebbles 70092 Final Thoughts

"No bubbles, no bad water."

Just be patient and realize that it's going to take a while to rinse it. They're like large pebbles that are the size of your pinky-nail. These colors combine to give an overall color of light brown. One bag was open and had emptied into the box. There's a nice mix of color and gives my little nano tanks a nice earthy feel. I recommend doing it in smaller portions. I've ordered their midnight pearl color and it is beautiful too.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(38 Points)

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