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. Gulfstream Tropical AGU130A Mag-Float Acrylic Aquarium Cleaner, Medium

User Ratings: 72 3

Gulfstream Tropical 909032 First Impressions

"5 gallon Betta aquarium."

So much better than any other ways I have tried. Use them both every day and have zero problems with it. Everything is easy to put together and use. That I haven't seen in any other tool set. The long handle made it very easy to get everywhere. 5 inch wide razor blade to scrub algae off of the tank. I could even clean the back glass by reaching over the top of the tank.

  • Gulfstream Tropical AGU130A Mag-Float Acrylic Aquarium Cleaner, Medium
  • Mag float acrylic medium
  • This is a revolutionary magnetic aquarium cleaner, unique because it float
  • Its buoyancy makes it easy to operate and is easily guided around corners without sinking
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Gulfstream Tropical 909032
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Gulfstream Tropical 909032 Final Thoughts

"Does its job."

This works significantly better than any handheld scraper I've ever owned. I've been recommending it to all my friends with aquariums. This scrapper will trap some of it making it easier to get out of the tank. There's another tool that I used to help reset the plants. And 23 inches roughly when its fully retracted. It actually made cleaning the glass enjoyable. Add in a gravel vac and you'd basically have a complete cleaning kit.

Overall Score
4.5


(198 Points)

4. Continuum Aquatics AquaBlade M Stainless Steel Replacement Blade for Aquarium Scraper, Cleans Tank a...

User Ratings: 88

Continuum Aquatics 741360310162 First Impressions

"Great price too."

But this simple tool does the job with no chemicals. The net of this set is a little small for my uses. Or my white bubbler across the back of my tank without this scraper. Aside from that, I'm happy with the product! Works way better than the Mag-Float I was using. The only thing i wish was different is that the net was bigger. I have a redsea 170 that is only about 35 gallons.

  • Continuum Aquatics AquaBlade M Stainless Steel Replacement Blade for Aquarium Scraper, Cleans Tank and Removes Algae
  • Premium algae scraper replacement blade for marine and freshwater aquariums
  • Backwards compatible with previous AquaBlade units
  • Available with Cyan Plastic Blade (AquaBlade P) or Stainless Steel Blade (AquaBlade M)
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Continuum Aquatics
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Continuum Aquatics 741360310162
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Continuum Aquatics 741360310162 Final Thoughts

"That was not the case."

And 23 inches roughly when its fully retracted. Extremely happy I made the purchase. The quality of the product is better than I had expected for the price. Cuts through built up algea in hard to reach places with no problems! The only issue is there is no blade cover provided for storage. I have 2 of these a Nano flipper for my EVO 13. 5 gallon fluval EVO tank running a saltwater set up.

Overall Score
4.9


(30 Points)

5. Fashionclubs Fish Tank Magnetic Aquarium Glass Cleaner Brush,Scrubber Floating Clean Brush for Aquat...

User Ratings: 61 17

Fashionclubs First Impressions

"Highly recommend!"

I would not have an aquarium without this. One or two passes and glass was spotless. Great for the price as I was not expecting something extremely heavy duty. I could even clean the back glass by reaching over the top of the tank. Works way better than the Mag-Float I was using. I'm glad I purchase it as it also comes with a net. You don't need a lot of force, just patience.

  • Fashionclubs Fish Tank Magnetic Aquarium Glass Cleaner Brush,Scrubber Floating Clean Brush for Aquatic Algae Cleaning
  • Dimensions: 2.75 x 1.37 x 2.55 inch / 7 x 3.5 x 6.5cm,great for aquarium tank with glass thickness of less than 6mm that is less than 35 gallon in volume;
  • Clean algae and scum off of the inside of your aquarium the easy, fun way;
  • Strong magnetic forces cause the inside cleaning brush to follow the outside handle. Just wipe the outside, and the inside is cleaned;
  • The inside piece floats, so if it becomes separated from the outside piece, it's easy to retrieve;
  • Package Include:1pcs Fish Tank Magnetic Aquarium Glass Cleaner Brush;
  • Manufacture: fashionclubs
  • Product Dimensions: 2.76 x 1.38 x 2.56 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fashionclubs
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fashionclubs Final Thoughts

"My tank clean once again."

This is my second purchase of this scraper. Possibly a plastic case for storage around this wet environment. I have bigger fish and the net is for smaller. Happy with the set and all the different interchangeable attachments. And 23 inches roughly when its fully retracted. For stubborn spots, you may need to scrub a bit harder. Guess how I learned that mistake lol.

Overall Score
4.1


(7 Points)

6. N / A 2 in 1 Aquarium Cleaning Tool Kit,Telescopic Handle Fish Tank Brush Algae Scraper for Fish Gla...

User Ratings: 59

N / A First Impressions

"Worth the money."

The net of this set is a little small for my uses. I have a redsea 170 that is only about 35 gallons. I bought this size algae scrubber because I have a 13. This tool was perfect for cleaning everything up. And 23 inches roughly when its fully retracted. If you wait months, it gets so thick and tough, it's very hard to remove. I'm glad I purchase it as it also comes with a net.

  • N / A 2 in 1 Aquarium Cleaning Tool Kit,Telescopic Handle Fish Tank Brush Algae Scraper for Fish Glass Tank
  • Quick cleaning: The high-density sponge brush can quickly clean the attachments on the glass wall. Keep the water tank tidy.
  • No damage to glass: The stainless steel scraper can easily remove the hard material on the glass surface. Will not leave scratches on your fish tank.
  • Durable use: lightweight, durable, rust-free, and replaceable stainless steel blades. Suitable for freshwater and marine fish tanks.
  • Adjustable handle: special spring buckle design, free stretch, not easy to fall off after fixing.
  • Convenient storage: the fish tank brush or the algae glass scraper can be fixed on the fish tank wall, which is convenient for next use.
  • Manufacture: N / A
  • Editor's Impressions Of The N / A
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

N / A Final Thoughts

"Recommended, good buy."

I bought this based on reviews and sure enough it took care of the algae with ease. This kit is great if you have pretty deep aquarium or shorter arms. And i love that the handle is so long, I have a very deep tank. The sand cleaner accessory is cool, because it helps with routine cleanup. The head of the scrapper has no sharp or hard edges to scratch the glass. I don't have that worry with this scraper. Happy with the set and all the different interchangeable attachments.

Overall Score
4.2


(10 Points)

7. 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)

8. FL!PPER Flipper Platinum Aquarium Algae Scraper Replacement Blades for Fish Tank Cleaning Kits– Re...

User Ratings: 73 14

FL!PPER First Impressions

"This magnet is AMAZING!"

I hand no issues with it scratching the glass. I bought this size algae scrubber because I have a 13. I have a fairly deep sand bed in my 90 gallon reef tank. The magnet is stronger and best of all it finally floats to the surface. I have a 55 gallon tank and this does a very good job removing algae from the glass. I would not have an aquarium without this. I used a scrubber with little result.

  • FL!PPER Flipper Platinum Aquarium Algae Scraper Replacement Blades for Fish Tank Cleaning Kits– Replacement Blades for Glass Tanks & Acrylic Tanks – Aquarium Cleaner Blades with Serrated Edge, 10 Pack
  • FLIPPER PLATINUM SCRAPER BLADES: These replacement blades for your Flipper Platinum fish tank cleaning tools can be inserted in any direction for multiple levels of flexibility.
  • NON-SCRATCH BLADE: The Platinum algae scraper blades feature a serrated edge that won’t scratch your glass or acrylic fish tank, and are supplied as a convenient 10 pack.
  • CREATE CUSTOM BLADES: Cut your own custom blade card shapes to use with your Flipper fish tank cleaner for reaching difficult curved or tight areas of your fresh or salt water fish tank.
  • PERFECT FIT: These replacement blades for fish tank cleaning are compatible with the full range of Flipper Platinum algae scrapers, including the 10”, 12” Nano, 18” or 28” aquarium cleaning tools.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: If you aren't satisfied with your Flipper aquarium accessories for any reason, contact us within 60 days for replacement or refund. Must be sold from an authorized dealer.
  • Remove pesky Coraline algae and other stubborn deposits on your glass or acrylic aquarium with the Flipper Platinum Aquarium Scraper.
  • Cut your own custom blade card shapes to use with your Flipper fish tank cleaner for reaching difficult curved or tight areas of your fresh or saltwater tank.
  • 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

"Overall a great scraper."

Guess how I learned that mistake lol. If you have an aquarium with algae, use razer to clean them off the glass. Hope this review helps a few hobbyists out there. I ordered different replacement blades to use instead. For stubborn spots, you may need to scrub a bit harder. This kit is great if you have pretty deep aquarium or shorter arms. Add in a gravel vac and you'd basically have a complete cleaning kit.

Overall Score
4.3


(12 Points)

9. ISTA Floating EZ Cleaner 2.3"x1.2" (S) Magnet - Aquarium Fish Tank Algae Glass

User Ratings: 52 48

Aquarium Equip I937 ISTA浮力磁刷S First Impressions

"This magnet is AMAZING!"

So that is the first tool head I grabbed was the corner cleaner. I found the key to keeping the algae under control is to clean the glass regularly. Overall this was a very good purchase and good investment. The hole in some attachments must be a little bigger on some than others. Happy with the set and all the different interchangeable attachments. This set really save me lots of time when I clean my aquarium. If you think this review was helpful, please don't forget to vote.

  • ISTA Floating EZ Cleaner 2.3"x1.2" (S) Magnet - Aquarium Fish Tank Algae Glass
  • Having a Floating EZ Cleaner on hand is as essential for aquarium maintenance as keeping a net and bucket near your aquarium. Scrub away algae without ever getting your hands wet, thanks to its clever magnet-on-magnet design. Simply drag the no-scratch, felt-lined handle, and inside your aquarium, the scrubber follows, cleaning as it goes. Better yet, if the magnets separate, the scrubber floats right back to the surface, so you'll never have to dig around on the bottom.
  • Measures approximately: 2.3"x1.2"x1" (6X 3.1X 2.7cm) (L x W x H
  • Manufacture: I937 ISTA浮力磁刷S
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Equip I937 ISTA浮力磁刷S
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aquarium Equip I937 ISTA浮力磁刷S Final Thoughts

"Recommended!"

I placed it on the rod and cleaned the corners of my tank. My aquarium recently had a bad algae outbreak. So much better than any other ways I have tried. Cuts through built up algea in hard to reach places with no problems! Works way better than the Mag-Float I was using. The only thing i wish was different is that the net was bigger. This is a nice tool to have is you have an aquarium.

Overall Score
3.1


(2 Points)

10. urjipstore Fish Tank Aquarium Magnet Cleaning Brush Glass Float Algae Scraper Curve Glass Cleaner Sc...

urjipstore urjipstore First Impressions

"Amazingly simple to use."

Best aquarium cleaner if you ask me. Or my white bubbler across the back of my tank without this scraper. I have a redsea 170 that is only about 35 gallons. I used a scrubber with little result. I found the key to keeping the algae under control is to clean the glass regularly. So much better than any other ways I have tried. The magnet is stronger and best of all it finally floats to the surface.

  • urjipstore Fish Tank Aquarium Magnet Cleaning Brush Glass Float Algae Scraper Curve Glass Cleaner Scrubber Tool Window Cleaning Magnet
  • 1.Effective: Good absorbing ability and powerful magnetic attraction, suitable for use with different glass thickness, which can effectively clean the algae adsorbed in the aquarium, no need to worry about dirty hands.
  • 2.Stable: Super suction is not afraid of falling, it's easier to clean the fish tank.
  • 3.Safe: Anti Scratch cleaning pads won't scratch the glass.
  • 4.Comfortable environment: fish can grow in a clean fish tank.
  • 5.Easy to use: only move the outside, the inside can be moved and cleaned while cleaning the outside. Not slip griped handle enhancing cleaning action.
  • Manufacture: urjipstore
  • Product Dimensions: 5.91 x 5.12 x 1.57 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The urjipstore urjipstore
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Scrape Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

urjipstore urjipstore Final Thoughts

"That was not the case."

And i love that the handle is so long, I have a very deep tank. Due to the tank being built in, it's very difficult to clean from the back. The long handle made it very easy to get everywhere. If you hate cleaning and scrubbing your tank this thing is for you. The only issue is there is no blade cover provided for storage. Best aquarium cleaner if you ask me. The angled head of this thing makes all the difference.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

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