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 [star rating='5']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

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

[star rating="4.5"]
(4102 Points)

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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 [star rating='4.2']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='3.9']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

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

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

3. Petacc Double-Sided Fish Tank Cleaner Sponge Cleaning Brush Portable Scraper Practical Scrubber with...

User Ratings: 66 3

Petacc First Impressions

"Its a strong hold."

This is a good deal and perfect all in one package for cleaning aquariums. If you hate cleaning and scrubbing your tank this thing is for you. It needs the extra support of the thicker pole. There's another tool that I used to help reset the plants. I don't have that worry with this scraper. I would have gone to the next size up to get the extra pressure on the inside glass. I have a 5-gallon fish tank with my beta in it.

  • Petacc Double-Sided Fish Tank Cleaner Sponge Cleaning Brush Portable Scraper Practical Scrubber with Non-Slip Handle, Suitable for Cleaning Fish Tank
  • 【Brush Head】- Made of high-end sponge, can effectively keep your fish tank clean.
  • 【Non-slip Handle】- Crafted with superior plastic, long enough, Petacc fish tank brush allows you to easily hold it and use it.
  • 【High Performance】- This fish tank cleaning sponge can 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】- 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: Petacc
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Petacc
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.9']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Petacc Final Thoughts

"They are the best."

That I haven't seen in any other tool set. There are multiple attachments which gives options on what to clean with. I have used the scrapper and it removed the algae from my tank's glass very easily. It works great for my tank, you may want to get a bigger pad for larger tanks. The real bonus is it actually works. I bought this tool to help maintain my aquarium. 5 inch wide razor blade to scrub algae off of the tank.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(323 Points)

4. Hffheer Aquarium Magnet Glass Cleaner Fish Tank Magnetic Brush Algae Scrapers Scrubber Floating Clea...

User Ratings: 50

Hffheer First Impressions

"I don't use it."

The only thing i wish was different is that the net was bigger. This work well at cleaning the glass and is a great price. This set comes with acouple different cleaning tools. It works great for my tank, you may want to get a bigger pad for larger tanks. This set works great for the portrait marine land 5+ gallon kit glass tank. Works way better than the Mag-Float I was using. Extremely happy I made the purchase.

  • Hffheer Aquarium Magnet Glass Cleaner Fish Tank Magnetic Brush Algae Scrapers Scrubber Floating Clean Brush Scratch-Free Magnetizing Brush
  • CLEANING TOOL: Can be used to clean the fish tank, and provide fishes a good living environment. Ideal for glass fish tank, like freshwater saltwater tanks, grass tanks.
  • STRONG MAGNETIC DESIGN: Designed with the magnet, which can kill the bacterial in the water of the fish tank, and promote the water quality. Comes with cleaning tool, can clean the aquatic plant, algae and gravel without scratching the glass.
  • COMFORTABLE GRIP: The fish tank brush is ergonomic, comfortable to grip the brush. User-friendly design make people feel relaxed and comfortable in the using.
  • EASY TO USE AND STORE: Mini fish tank brush, it is convenient to use and store the brush.
  • CONVENIENT: It is very convenient clean the fish tank and will not scratch the fish tank.
  • Manufacture: Hffheer
  • Product Dimensions: 3.54 x 3.54 x 3.54 inches; 1.76 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hffheer
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

Hffheer Final Thoughts

"Over all very good."

I have no idea how this would hold up to much larger tanks. It actually made cleaning the glass enjoyable. Overall this was a very good purchase and good investment. This is a good deal and perfect all in one package for cleaning aquariums. That has an impact on how well this brush works. I still had to soak the hard to reach pieces in 1 part bleach, 5 parts water. I have a 55 gallon tank and this does a very good job removing algae from the glass.

Overall Score
4.5

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

5. Seachem Algae Scraper Replacement Cartridge

User Ratings: 56 24

Seachem 3211 First Impressions

"Good value for the money."

Hope this review helps a few hobbyists out there. The first one lasted for several years. The only down side would be that the main section that holds the blade is a bit long. Cuts through built up algea in hard to reach places with no problems! Also love the ability to quickly change tools with snap on head feature! I hand no issues with it scratching the glass. It works awesome and does everything I wanted it too and more.

  • Seachem Algae Scraper Replacement Cartridge
  • Country Of Origin : Italy
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 4 Inches
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 8 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 9 Inches
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Included components: blade and pad attachments
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 3.31 x 0.67 x 3.15 inches; 0.71 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 3211
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='2.9']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='2.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

Seachem 3211 Final Thoughts

"Magnet is strong."

Great for the price as I was not expecting something extremely heavy duty. You don't need a lot of force, just patience. It comes with a big net, small net and a few other tools so it is worth it. This little pad was just what was needed for cleaning up our 2 gallon bowl. This set comes with acouple different cleaning tools. 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.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(7 Points)

6. Pssopp Aquarium Cleaner Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaning Brush Glass Algae Scraper Cleaner Aquarium Clean...

User Ratings: 35 39

Pssopp First Impressions

"Couldn't do that before!"

It needs the extra support of the thicker pole. It's designed nice, very solid and it's a decent price, what's not to like about it. 5 inch wide razor blade to scrub algae off of the tank. I was surprised at how heavy and well built this is. Guess how I learned that mistake lol. The net of this set is a little small for my uses. It comes with a big net, small net and a few other tools so it is worth it.

  • Pssopp Aquarium Cleaner Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaning Brush Glass Algae Scraper Cleaner Aquarium Cleaning Tool for Fish Tank
  • 【Efficient Cleaner】 Easy to clean, no dead angles, it is a good helper for cleaning. Can clean the aquatic plant, algae and gravel without scratching the glass.
  • 【Durable Material】 Made of high quality plastic material, which is durable, lightweight and practical.
  • 【Potable】 Compact size and lightweight, easy and convenient to use. It'll clean algae and scum off of the inside of your aquarium easy and fast.
  • 【Easy to Use】 Humanized design, comfortable hand feeling and convenient operation, let you clean your fish tank more comprehensive.
  • 【Make Your Fish Tank Clean】 Keeps the aquarium clean and gives your fish a nice living environment. Please feel free to Contact us if you have any questions.
  • Manufacture: Pssopp
  • Product Dimensions: 3.94 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches; 0.81 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pssopp
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.6']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='3.1']
  • Quality [star rating='2.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Pssopp Final Thoughts

"Best algae scraper ever!"

I could even clean the back glass by reaching over the top of the tank. Overall this was a very good purchase and good investment. I'm glad I purchase it as it also comes with a net. This works significantly better than any handheld scraper I've ever owned. This works significantly better than any handheld scraper I've ever owned. The one hassle to this scraper is that mounting the blade can be very tricky. I placed it on the rod and cleaned the corners of my tank.

Overall Score
3.2

[star rating="3.2"]
(3 Points)

7. Tunze Blades Set 86 mm (3.39 in.) 0220.154 Care Magnet Replacement Long Blades Set

User Ratings: 74 3

Tunze 0220.154 First Impressions

"Good value for the money."

If they had an extension that'd be nice. It is very easy to swap the heads with very convenient locking system. And when i drain water out i can use this without getting wet. That piece makes getting the side walls a bit harder. Possibly I could keep the filters in my small tank. I have used the scrapper and it removed the algae from my tank's glass very easily. Overall this was a very good purchase and good investment.

  • Tunze Blades Set 86 mm (3.39 in.) 0220.154 Care Magnet Replacement Long Blades Set
  • Genuine Tunze-brand parts for the Care Magnet aquarium cleaner
  • Includes 3.39"-long plastic & stainless steel algae-scraping blades
  • Replace old, worn blades to ensure proper aquarium maintenance
  • Manufacture: TUNZE
  • Product Dimensions: 0.59 x 0.98 x 3.39 inches; 0.35 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tunze 0220.154
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.8']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Tunze 0220.154 Final Thoughts

"This is AMAZING."

Works way better than the Mag-Float I was using. I placed it on the rod and cleaned the corners of my tank. This set really save me lots of time when I clean my aquarium. I ordered different replacement blades to use instead. This set really save me lots of time when I clean my aquarium. The angled head of this thing makes all the difference. The real bonus is it actually works.

Overall Score
4.5

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

8. Aquarium Algae Scraper Cleaner Long Handle Detachable Tank Razor Blade Glass Cleaner Tool

User Ratings: 60

HEEPDD First Impressions

"Cleans algae very well."

This tool has enough reach and is plenty strong enough. If you wait months, it gets so thick and tough, it's very hard to remove. Great product and worth every penny. This cleaning tool set has been working wonderfully. This tool has enough reach and is plenty strong enough. That has an impact on how well this brush works. How can a pandemic cause algae you ask.

  • Aquarium Algae Scraper Cleaner Long Handle Detachable Tank Razor Blade Glass Cleaner Tool
  • Good Cleaning Effect---This fish tank cleaning brush set helps to keep tank neat and clean without getting your hands wet, and easily clean corners and backgrounds of your tank. 10 durable blades for replacement.
  • Glass Friendly---Soft and sharp blade,Won't be able scratch your precious glass tanks. This fish tank cleaning brush can effectively scrub away algae or other impurities.
  • Long Handle Design---Adjustable handle length for different use, just assemble the handle and accessory holder to the rod. With an extension rod for a total length of up to 65cm / 25.59inch.
  • Easy to Use & Durable---Made of sturdy ABS plastic for long-lasting use. Ergonomic grip for comfortable use, non-slip plastic handle is easy to access to hard reaching spots.
  • Satisfaction Guarantee---We greatly value our customers and want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.If you aren't happy with your shopping experience or product, we urge you to contact us so we can resolve the issue!
  • Manufacture: HEEPDD
  • Product Dimensions: 25.98 x 2.68 x 0.39 inches; 5.29 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HEEPDD
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.5']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

HEEPDD Final Thoughts

"My tank clean once again."

Everything is easy to put together and use. I have bigger fish and the net is for smaller. There are two minor drawbacks to using this tool to scrape algae though. It's designed nice, very solid and it's a decent price, what's not to like about it. I'm glad I purchase it as it also comes with a net. One or two passes and glass was spotless. There are two minor drawbacks to using this tool to scrape algae though.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(7 Points)

9. Scrubber Pad for Glass Aquariums [Set of 3] Size: Super (4" H x 3" W x 1" D)

User Ratings: 45 22

Lee's Pet Products B43ALE12005 First Impressions

"They are the best."

I was surprised at how heavy and well built this is. If you wait months, it gets so thick and tough, it's very hard to remove. It works awesome and does everything I wanted it too and more. It is way overkill for that small tank but I get the job done very quick. That has an impact on how well this brush works. It's an easy to use pad that removed algae fairly easily from the acrylic. But for the price I paid, I don't mind water running down my arm one bit.

  • Scrubber Pad for Glass Aquariums [Set of 3] Size: Super (4" H x 3" W x 1" D)
  • 3 coarse Super Size Glass Scrubber Pads
  • Easily cleans algae and other grime from your fish tank
  • Each super size pad measures 3 by 4 inches to make aquarium cleaning quick
  • Lee's Aquarium Super-Size Scrubber Pads are heavy duty, long lasting aquarium cleaning tools
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Lees Aquarium & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches; 2.93 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's Pet Products B43ALE12005
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.3']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Lee's Pet Products B43ALE12005 Final Thoughts

"It works flawlessly."

It's designed nice, very solid and it's a decent price, what's not to like about it. Best aquarium cleaner if you ask me. That piece makes getting the side walls a bit harder. This work well at cleaning the glass and is a great price. The sand cleaner accessory is cool, because it helps with routine cleanup. I have a 5-gallon fish tank with my beta in it. That piece makes getting the side walls a bit harder.

Overall Score
3.7

[star rating="3.7"]
(10 Points)

10. Lifegard Aquatics R270914 Mighty Mag Algae Cleaner for Nano Aquariums

User Ratings: 58

Lifegard Aquatics R270914 First Impressions

"Very easy to use."

The sand cleaner accessory is cool, because it helps with routine cleanup. Nano magnet is a little weak on 6 mm WaterBox, but still works fine. It works great for my tank, you may want to get a bigger pad for larger tanks. If you have an aquarium with algae, use razer to clean them off the glass. I have a redsea 170 that is only about 35 gallons. The quality of the product is better than I had expected for the price. You have to squeeze the ends and the cover slides off and the razor blade is exposed.

  • Lifegard Aquatics R270914 Mighty Mag Algae Cleaner for Nano Aquariums
  • Unique design reduces the risk of scratching the Aquarium walls
  • Brand of lifeguard
  • Manufactured in China
  • Package Dimensions: 5.0" L x 5.0" W x 5.0" H
  • Manufacture: Lifegard Aquatics
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 2 inches; 3.39 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lifegard Aquatics R270914
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.3']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Lifegard Aquatics R270914 Final Thoughts

"It is metal, after all."

Just a great set of tools for the price. This is a nice tool to have is you have an aquarium. There are multiple attachments which gives options on what to clean with. 5 inch wide razor blade to scrub algae off of the tank. It's also significantly larger so cleaning takes less time. I have a redsea 170 that is only about 35 gallons. This scraper is for an acrylic aquarium.

Overall Score
4.2

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

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