Editor's Choice - Our Favorite API Aquarium Algae Scrapers

1. API Algae SCRAPERS and Hand HELD Pads for Acrylic Aquariums

User Ratings: 71 2

API 21 First Impressions

"It is The One!"

Don't bother with the other brands. Aside from that, I'm happy with the product! My smaller aquarium has a back aside that the brush can easily clean. The only thing i wish was different is that the net was bigger. A little more tomorrow and the next day and almost all the algae will be gone. I have bigger fish and the net is for smaller. I have a redsea 170 that is only about 35 gallons.

  • API Algae SCRAPERS and Hand HELD Pads for Acrylic Aquariums
  • Contains one (1) API ALGAE SCRAPER For Glass Aquariums 1-Count Container
  • Extra long and extra strong scraper for glass aquariums.
  • Quickly removed unsightly algae.
  • Extra-long handle keeps your hand from getting wet and supports durable scrubbing pad.
  • For use in glass aquariums only. Not for use on acrylic, plexiglass, or any surface other than glass. Do not use on dry surfaces. Rinse pad with tap water before and after each use.
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 3.25 x 18 inches; 3.53 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 21
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

API 21 Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend!"

Hope this review helps a few hobbyists out there. If it was half the size and maybe came with two extenders then it would be better. Keeps my aquarium looking crystal clean. Due to the tank being built in, it's very difficult to clean from the back. I used a scrubber with little result. The quality of the product is better than I had expected for the price. If I applied too much pressure, the handle would snap.

Overall Score
4.5


(4102 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated API Aquarium Algae Scrapers

2. API Hand HELD Algae PAD for Glass Aquariums 2-Count Container

User Ratings: 56 12

API 172097-2PK-PHIL First Impressions

"Really strong grip."

The only thing i wish was different is that the net was bigger. It works great for my tank, you may want to get a bigger pad for larger tanks. Also love the ability to quickly change tools with snap on head feature! Great product and worth every penny. I found the key to keeping the algae under control is to clean the glass regularly. Easy to install the blade, seems to be well made. If you wait months, it gets so thick and tough, it's very hard to remove.

  • API Hand HELD Algae PAD for Glass Aquariums 2-Count Container
  • Contains one (1) API HAND HELD ALGAE PAD For Glass Aquariums 1-Count Container
  • Quickly removes unsightly algae from glass aquariums.
  • Durable scrubbing pad comes with hand-held control to clean nooks and crannies.
  • Use to rid glass aquariums of unsightly algae.
  • Manufacture: API
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 172097-2PK-PHIL
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

API 172097-2PK-PHIL Final Thoughts

"Very easy to use."

I have a redsea 170 that is only about 35 gallons. The only down side would be that the main section that holds the blade is a bit long. The magnet is stronger and best of all it finally floats to the surface. 5 and a medium sized one for my 100 gallon reef tank. This cleaning tool set has been working wonderfully. It needs the extra support of the thicker pole. If I applied too much pressure, the handle would snap.

Overall Score
4.1


(13 Points)

3. Aihotim Double-Sided Aquarium Fish Tank Sponge Cleaning Brush, Algae Cleaning Brush with Non-Slip Ha...

User Ratings: 63

Aihotim First Impressions

"It will last much longer."

When this one wears out, I will replace it with the same brand. This scrapper will trap some of it making it easier to get out of the tank. Dont have to get wet, its very long, about 33 inches at maximum extension. One or two passes and glass was spotless. There's another tool that I used to help reset the plants. If I applied too much pressure, the handle would snap. The razer blade scraping tool is great as well.

  • Aihotim Double-Sided Aquarium Fish Tank Sponge Cleaning Brush, Algae Cleaning Brush with Non-Slip Handle, Aquarium Cleaning Sponge, Sponge Scrubber Cleaner for Glass Aquariums
  • 【Double-Sided Brush Head】- This fish tank cleaning brush made of high-end sponge, which remove the alge quickly and effectively, keep your fish tank clean and let your lovely fishes enjoy a healthier life.
  • 【Non-slip Handle】- Crafted with superior plastic, long enough to reach the walls and bottom of 20-50 gallon tanks without getting your sleeves wet, fish tank brush allows you to easily hold it and use it.
  • 【Save Your Time】- This fish tank cleaning sponge can efficiently cleans your fish tank without scratching the walls.this algae scraper brush suitable for glass fish tank, a great assistant tool for your aquariums.
  • 【Easy to Store】- With a hole on the end of the handle, enables you to hang it on the wall after using, keep the brush head dry and use for long time.
  • 【Widely Application】- This fish tank brush is suitable for all kinds of tanks, such as acrylic fish tank, glass fish tank and plastic fish tank, etc.
  • Manufacture: Aihotim
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.7 x 4.3 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aihotim
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aihotim Final Thoughts

"Scarper side is great."

I bought this size algae scrubber because I have a 13. Overall this was a very good purchase and good investment. It works great for my tank, you may want to get a bigger pad for larger tanks. My aquarium recently had a bad algae outbreak. Use them both every day and have zero problems with it. The Gravel rake make it so much easier aswell to level out the rock. And i love that the handle is so long, I have a very deep tank.

Overall Score
4.5


(13 Points)

4. Tunze Care Magnet Scraper - Strong+ Plus (220.025) Offer a Free Water Quality Record Card, That Help...

Tunze 9707858 First Impressions

"Really strong grip."

Possibly a plastic case for storage around this wet environment. I have used it a lot and really like it. This works significantly better than any handheld scraper I've ever owned. This works significantly better than any handheld scraper I've ever owned. I have no idea how this would hold up to much larger tanks. I have used the scrapper and it removed the algae from my tank's glass very easily. Happy with the set and all the different interchangeable attachments.

  • Tunze Care Magnet Scraper - Strong+ Plus (220.025) Offer a Free Water Quality Record Card, That Help You to Know Well for Tank Water Quality.
  • For 20 mm (0.8 in.) up to a glass thickness of 25 mm (1 in.).
  • Width 86 mm (3.38 in.), length 140 mm (5.51 in.).
  • Includes a stainless steel blade and two spare plastic blades.
  • Plastic blades & round edges enable smooth transitions & suitable for curved panes.
  • Manufacture: Tunze
  • Item Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tunze 9707858
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tunze 9707858 Final Thoughts

"Waaait for it."

I was surprised at how heavy and well built this is. It also works well at knocking off buildup from my decorations without removing them. This scraper is for an acrylic aquarium. Nano magnet is a little weak on 6 mm WaterBox, but still works fine. The pipe cleaner attachment was very helpful in getting inside the UGF. You don't need a lot of force, just patience. If it was half the size and maybe came with two extenders then it would be better.

Overall Score
5.0


(11 Points)

5. IDS Home Fish Tank Aquarium Stainless Steel Algae Cleaning Razor Scraper Blade Glass Cleaner Tool

User Ratings: 73 7

IDS Home First Impressions

"Good value for the money."

Happy with the set and all the different interchangeable attachments. The angled head of this thing makes all the difference. I have two aquariums, a 49 gallon tank and a 10 gallon tank. Keeps my aquarium looking crystal clean. This work well at cleaning the glass and is a great price. The Gravel rake make it so much easier aswell to level out the rock. This aquarium scraper is so much better than the old one.

  • IDS Home Fish Tank Aquarium Stainless Steel Algae Cleaning Razor Scraper Blade Glass Cleaner Tool
  • Aquarium scraper is ideal for cleaning all types of algae in fish tank
  • Right angle blade design helps cleaning the corner of aquarium tank
  • Great fish tank cleaning tools kit - Very convenient to install, change blades and use
  • Aquarium algae scraper is made of stainless steel, which is resistant to corrosion and anti-rust
  • Long algae scraper 26" (65cm)
  • This stainless steel scraper is specialized in scraping removing algae in aquarium tank.
  • With special design, it can help you easily clean your fish tank.
  • This aquarium algae scraper is made of stainless steel, which is resistant to corrosion and anti-rust.
  • Manufacture: IDS Home
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 1 x 15.5 inches; 0.02 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The IDS Home
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

IDS Home Final Thoughts

"Incredible invention!"

The quality of the product is better than I had expected for the price. Interchangeable pads and a water release for the rod. Hope this review helps a few hobbyists out there. It's an aquascape aquarium by the way. Extremely happy I made the purchase. My smaller aquarium has a back aside that the brush can easily clean. There are two minor drawbacks to using this tool to scrape algae though.

Overall Score
4.4


(202 Points)

6. AquaticHI Premium 6 in 1 Aquarium/Fish Tank Premium Cleaning Tool, Algae Brush, Algae Scraper, Fish ...

User Ratings: 58 5

AquaticHI First Impressions

"Amazingly simple to use."

There's another tool that I used to help reset the plants. Happy with the set and all the different interchangeable attachments. This cleaning tool set has been working wonderfully. It literally took me 5 mins to scrape my 55 gal. I have two aquariums, a 49 gallon tank and a 10 gallon tank. It's an aquascape aquarium by the way. If it was half the size and maybe came with two extenders then it would be better.

  • AquaticHI Premium 6 in 1 Aquarium/Fish Tank Premium Cleaning Tool, Algae Brush, Algae Scraper, Fish Net, Flat Sponge, Right Angle Sponge, Gravel Rake for Long Deep Fish Tanks
  • ⭐️ Keep your hands dry and clean with this PREMIUM 6 in 1 multi-function aquarium cleaning tool
  • ⭐️ Attachments are easy to swap out and use. Great for cleaning and removing dirty debris from your tank and aquarium
  • ⭐️ Extendable / stretchable from 22 inches to 34 inches
  • ⭐️ High quality, durable ABS plastic material, anti-rust
  • ⭐️ Comes with: algae brush, algae scraper, fish net, flat sponge, right angle sponge, and sand / gravel rake
  • Manufacture: AquaticHI
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaticHI
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AquaticHI Final Thoughts

"I'm not using the blade."

I have two aquariums, a 49 gallon tank and a 10 gallon tank. This kit is great if you have pretty deep aquarium or shorter arms. 5 and a medium sized one for my 100 gallon reef tank. Easy to install the blade, seems to be well made. I have a 24 inch deep tank that requires I stand on a chair to get to the top. The first one lasted for several years. I bought this because I have flowerhorns and they bite.

Overall Score
4.3


(34 Points)

7. AquaGenesis RoboSnail World's Best Magnetic Automatic Aquarium Glass Cleaner for Fish Tanks

User Ratings: 53 25

AquaGenesis RSV1A First Impressions

"No scrub, scrub, scrub."

This is a nice tool to have is you have an aquarium. Great product and worth every penny. I was surprised at how heavy and well built this is. I've used this tool a couple of times now cleaning the glass on my 125gal tank. If you think this review was helpful, please don't forget to vote. It's an aquascape aquarium by the way. This kit is great if you have pretty deep aquarium or shorter arms.

  • AquaGenesis RoboSnail World's Best Magnetic Automatic Aquarium Glass Cleaner for Fish Tanks
  • SIMPLE AND EASY TO USE automatic aquarium glass cleaner designed for all glass sizes
  • ACTIVATES AUTOMATICALLY every 24 hours cleaning the glass while you’re home or away
  • PREVENT ALGAE GROWTH with daily cleanings so that it never has a chance to build up
  • KEEP YOUR TANK CLEAN with this magnetic aquarium glass cleaner for a sparkling tank
  • GAIN HOURS OF ENJOYMENT and save on costly cleanings while maintaining plant life
  • Manufacture: AquaGenesis International
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3.88 x 2.25 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Batteries: 1 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaGenesis RSV1A
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AquaGenesis RSV1A Final Thoughts

"I would buy this again."

I bought this based on reviews and sure enough it took care of the algae with ease. The only thing i wish was different is that the net was bigger. If it was half the size and maybe came with two extenders then it would be better. It's an aquascape aquarium by the way. I placed it on the rod and cleaned the corners of my tank. I bought this size algae scrubber because I have a 13. There are two minor drawbacks to using this tool to scrape algae though.

Overall Score
3.5


(60 Points)

8. Penn-Plax Wizard Glass Aquarium Scraper & Scrubber Combo Kit (WZ20) – 27” Length

User Ratings: 53 12

Penn-Plax WZ20 First Impressions

"Small but mighty!"

How can a pandemic cause algae you ask. I have no idea how this would hold up to much larger tanks. The angled head of this thing makes all the difference. My only gripe is that the blade is not replaceable. Possibly I could keep the filters in my small tank. If I applied too much pressure, the handle would snap. Great for the price as I was not expecting something extremely heavy duty.

  • Penn-Plax Wizard Glass Aquarium Scraper & Scrubber Combo Kit (WZ20) – 27” Length
  • Included Components: Wizard Glass Aquarium Scrubber/. Package Quantity: 1Scrubber Freely Cleans Off New Algae Growth
  • Stainless Steel Scraper: Cleans Off The Heavy Algae And Mineral Deposits, While The Sponge Cleans Off New Algae Growth.
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Package Dimensions: 5.334 L X 43.18 H X 20.32 W (Centimeters)
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 6.9 x 1 inches; 7.51 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax WZ20
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax WZ20 Final Thoughts

"Really strong grip."

I bought this size algae scrubber because I have a 13. One or two passes and glass was spotless. I've used this tool a couple of times now cleaning the glass on my 125gal tank. There are two minor drawbacks to using this tool to scrape algae though. I would not have an aquarium without this. Great product and worth every penny. Everything is easy to put together and use.

Overall Score
3.9


(182 Points)

9. 3 PCS Double-Sided Aquarium Fish Tank Algae Cleaning Brush with Non-Slip Handle, Sponge Scrubber Cle...

User Ratings: 64 3

SUNTRY First Impressions

"Amazingly simple to use."

This set works great for the portrait marine land 5+ gallon kit glass tank. Due to the tank being built in, it's very difficult to clean from the back. Aside from that, I'm happy with the product! The only down side would be that the main section that holds the blade is a bit long. If you hate cleaning and scrubbing your tank this thing is for you. Due to the tank being built in, it's very difficult to clean from the back. I bought this based on reviews and sure enough it took care of the algae with ease.

  • 3 PCS Double-Sided Aquarium Fish Tank Algae Cleaning Brush with Non-Slip Handle, Sponge Scrubber Cleaner for Glass Aquariums and Home Kitchen
  • High Quality Brush - the aquarium brush made of high quality sponge, which could remove the alge quickly and effectively, keeping your fish tank inhabitants a clean environment.
  • Non-slip Handle - Crafted with superior plastic, long enough, allows you to easily hold it and use it.
  • High Performance - Efficiently cleans your fish tank without scratching the walls.
  • Easy to Store - With a hole on the end of the handle, enables you to hang it on the wall after using.
  • Widely Used - It is suitable for all kinds of tanks, such as acrylic fish tank, glass fish tank and plastic fish tank, etc.
  • Manufacture: SUNTRY
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SUNTRY
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SUNTRY Final Thoughts

"Great buy!"

The telescoping handle is nice and makes cleaning deeper tanks a breeze. My only gripe is that the blade is not replaceable. The hole in some attachments must be a little bigger on some than others. I've used this tool a couple of times now cleaning the glass on my 125gal tank. I found the key to keeping the algae under control is to clean the glass regularly. I ordered different replacement blades to use instead. This scraper is for an acrylic aquarium.

Overall Score
4.4


(224 Points)

10. FL!PPER Flipper Pico 2 in 1 Magnetic Algae Scrubber Scraper Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaner

User Ratings: 64 5

FL!PPER First Impressions

"This works great."

Everything is easy to put together and use. And when i drain water out i can use this without getting wet. That I haven't seen in any other tool set. If you are too close to the top water will splash. But since no directions come, I thought I might mention it. 5 gallon fluval EVO tank running a saltwater set up. This aquarium scraper is so much better than the old one.

  • FL!PPER Flipper Pico 2 in 1 Magnetic Algae Scrubber Scraper Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaner
  • PERFECT AQUARIUM CLEANER FOR SMALL FISH TANKS! Flipper Aquarium Products' Signature 2-in-1 MAGNETIC Scrubber Scraper in a FUN-SIZED design for glass & acrylic tanks up to 1/4" (6MM) thick. Keep your glass or acrylic aquarium fish tank looking as good as the day you bought it! Strong rare earth magnets make it easy to clean your tank without getting your hands wet!
  • FL!PPER PICO 2-in-1 Scrubber Scraper design MAGNETICALLY FL!PS from an abrasive scrubbing pad on one side to an algae busting scraper on the other INSIDE your tank without having to get your hands wet! Scrub and Scrape all around your tank with ease! Easily flips around square corners. Great for daily soft algae removal! Take full control of your aquarium cleaning from outside your tank!
  • COMPLETE AND EFFICIENT HANDS-DRY AQUARIUM CLEANING! Small dual sided magnetic aquarium cleaner has an abrasive scrubbing pad on one side and with just a twist of the outside handle, the scrubbing pad FL!PS inside the tank to an algae busting scraper. Scrub and scrape all day with Flipper's patented fun flipping action!
  • SPECIFICATIONS: For Glass & Acrylic tanks up to 1/4" (6MM) thick - 2-In-1 Abrasive Scrubber Pad / Removable Scraper Blade - Small Compact Design 1.25" x 1.25" Inside Scrubbing Surface | 1" x 1.25" Outside Handle - Use Caution Near Sand Line. Trapped Sand Can Scratch Aquarium Glass - Replaceable Scraper Blade - 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • SHOW OFF YOUR TANK! Nobody likes a dirty fish tank! Clean it up with Flipper's full line of patented fish-friendly aquarium products! Easy, Hands-Dry Tank Maintenance with Tools that work! Start FL!PPIN' Today!
  • Manufacture: FL!PPER Aquarium Products
  • Editor's Impressions Of The FL!PPER
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

FL!PPER Final Thoughts

"A must-have."

There are multiple attachments which gives options on what to clean with. One or two passes and glass was spotless. If you hate cleaning and scrubbing your tank this thing is for you. And 23 inches roughly when its fully retracted. This aquarium scraper is so much better than the old one. I have no idea how this would hold up to much larger tanks. It is very handy for keeping my 30-gal freshwater aquarium clean.

Overall Score
4.4


(35 Points)

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