Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Saim Aquarium Algae Scrapers

1. Saim Aquarium Algae Cleaning Magnet Glass Aquarium Cleaner, Large

User Ratings: 71 2

Saim B0000000172 First Impressions

"I'm amazed."

It literally took me 5 mins to scrape my 55 gal. This scrapper will trap some of it making it easier to get out of the tank. It comes with a big net, small net and a few other tools so it is worth it. I ordered different replacement blades to use instead. This aquarium scraper is so much better than the old one. The only down side would be that the main section that holds the blade is a bit long. If you think this review was helpful, please don't forget to vote.

  • Saim Aquarium Algae Cleaning Magnet Glass Aquarium Cleaner, Large
  • This magnetic brush can be used on glass tanks up to 0.20" - 0.79" (5 - 20 mm) thickness
  • Perfect design that flips from scrubber to scraper.
  • Complete cleaning without using extra hand.
  • Blades can be assembled easily.
  • Open Method: to rotate magnetic cleaner in the horizontal direction as the picture [because the Magnet is too strong, please do not pull up and down to open it ]
  • Manufacture: Saim
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 2.3 x 9.9 inches; 10.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Saim B0000000172
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Saim B0000000172 Final Thoughts

"Great price too."

The razer blade scraping tool is great as well. Also love the ability to quickly change tools with snap on head feature! And I don't often say things like that. There are multiple attachments which gives options on what to clean with. I have no idea how this would hold up to much larger tanks. I was surprised at how heavy and well built this is. The hole in some attachments must be a little bigger on some than others.

Overall Score
4.5

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

2. Marina 4 in 1 Aquarium Scraper

User Ratings: 60 7

Marina 11019 First Impressions

"Very pleased."

It is very handy for keeping my 30-gal freshwater aquarium clean. I ordered different replacement blades to use instead. Or my white bubbler across the back of my tank without this scraper. The magnet is stronger and best of all it finally floats to the surface. My smaller aquarium has a back aside that the brush can easily clean. The long handle made it very easy to get everywhere. Great for the price as I was not expecting something extremely heavy duty.

  • Marina 4 in 1 Aquarium Scraper
  • Combines four cleaning jobs into one tool
  • Long adjustable handle with cleaning head
  • Easy to store with its removable handle
  • Easy to use design
  • Suitable for glass or acrylic aquariums
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 4.5 x 18 inches; 4.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 11019
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.9']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Marina 11019 Final Thoughts

"I got the small."

I still had to soak the hard to reach pieces in 1 part bleach, 5 parts water. The quality of the product is better than I had expected for the price. I don't have that worry with this scraper. Hope this review helps a few hobbyists out there. Everything is easy to put together and use. The hole in some attachments must be a little bigger on some than others. Small and inconspicuous in the tank.

Overall Score
4.2

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

3. 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)

4. 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)

5. Genrics Seven Master Aquarium Woody Magnetic Scraper Tool Floating Glass Scraper for Fish Tank

Genrics First Impressions

"Very easy to use."

This is a nice tool to have is you have an aquarium. That piece makes getting the side walls a bit harder. I bought this size algae scrubber because I have a 13. Possibly I could keep the filters in my small tank. I've used this tool a couple of times now cleaning the glass on my 125gal tank. Also love the ability to quickly change tools with snap on head feature! For stubborn spots, you may need to scrub a bit harder.

  • Genrics Seven Master Aquarium Woody Magnetic Scraper Tool Floating Glass Scraper for Fish Tank
  • 【Comfortable and Non-slip】This woody Magnetic Scraper is ergonomically designed so it's comfortable to use, user-friendly design makes it easy to hold on when you move it around
  • 【Strong Magnetic Cleaner】 Powerful magnetic sticks tightly on the glass not fall off and controls the inside cleaning brush to follow the outside handle well
  • 【Two Different Blades】Specially provided two different blades, one is metal and the other is plastic, which can be used to clean the fish tank as quickly and easily as you need
  • 【Float Design】Once take down the external grip, the internal cleaner features floating function, so you never have to worry about it sinking to the bottom of the tank and you can retrieve it without getting your hands wet or disturbing any aquatic animals or plants
  • 【For Glass Tank】Seven Master Scraper is only suit for 10-15mm thickness aquarium
  • Manufacture: Genrics
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Genrics
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Genrics Final Thoughts

"Worth the money."

It also works well at knocking off buildup from my decorations without removing them. 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. This cleaning tool set has been working wonderfully. This work well at cleaning the glass and is a great price. The first one lasted for several years. I was surprised at how heavy and well built this is.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(1 Points)

6. Carefree Fish Acrylic Aquarium Special Mini Magnetic Cleaner Suitable for Acrylic Fish Tank and Glas...

User Ratings: 63 10

Carefree Fish Mini First Impressions

"Works great."

I have a redsea 170 that is only about 35 gallons. I have no idea how this would hold up to much larger tanks. So that is the first tool head I grabbed was the corner cleaner. This scraper is for an acrylic aquarium. And when i drain water out i can use this without getting wet. Works way better than the Mag-Float I was using. The only issue is there is no blade cover provided for storage.

  • Carefree Fish Acrylic Aquarium Special Mini Magnetic Cleaner Suitable for Acrylic Fish Tank and Glass Fish Tank Algae Scrapers Super Magnetic Brush Aquarium Cleaning Tool
  • ❤Suitable for acrylic fish tank and glass fish tank:Soft and clean cloth let the fish tank from scratches.For glass fish tank, buy our glass fish tank special mini magnetic cleaner to have a better cleaning effect
  • ❤Strong magnetic: the use of neodymium magnet, super adsorption force, a magic weapon that keeps seaweed from leaving a trace, an excellent cleaner
  • ❤Mini size: small and arched fish tanks are also suitable, it can bypass the square corners. When it's washing, no corner is missed
  • ❤Warning: Because of its strong magnetic force, watch out for sand to get between the small pieces and the tank, which can scratch your acrylic tank
  • ❤Note: please do not put small pieces with mini words into the water. Two small pieces of flannelette are different, even though they look the same When not in use, do not let the magnetic brush in the water for a long time.
  • Manufacture: Carefree Fish
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Carefree Fish Mini
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.7']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Carefree Fish Mini Final Thoughts

"Very easy to use."

Everything is easy to put together and use. I have 2 of these a Nano flipper for my EVO 13. I've used this tool a couple of times now cleaning the glass on my 125gal tank. I bought this size algae scrubber because I have a 13. 5 gallon fluval EVO tank running a saltwater set up. I know alot of people feel this is junk. I have bigger fish and the net is for smaller.

Overall Score
4.1

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

7. SunGrow Blade Refills for Aquarium Glass Scrubber, 1.7x0.8 Inches, Stainless Steel Razor-Sharp Blade...

User Ratings: 71 2

SunGrow First Impressions

"I got the small."

I have used it a lot and really like it. Works way better than the Mag-Float I was using. Works way better than the Mag-Float I was using. I bought this tool to help maintain my aquarium. Since I knew this I am happy with it. The rake came in handy to smooth the gravel after the gravel cleaning. I have two aquariums, a 49 gallon tank and a 10 gallon tank.

  • SunGrow Blade Refills for Aquarium Glass Scrubber, 1.7x0.8 Inches, Stainless Steel Razor-Sharp Blade, 3-Minutes to Get Crystal Clear Glass, Set of 10
  • ✔ RAZOR SHARP STAINLESS STEEL BLADE --- SunGrow brings you 10 razor sharp stainless steel blade so that your residue cleaner never have to run out of blades. If you find that the razor blade is not doing its job as well as before, you can remove and replace the blade with a brand new, sharp blade to scrape off any slimy gook from your tank.
  • ✔ USE THIS BLADE REFILL PACK WITH SUNGROW SCRAPER --- The cost-effective value for money pack of 10 blades had to be made use with the SunGrow’s Aquarium Scrapers. This helps in cleaning the glass surface from hard water stains.
  • ✔ SUITABLE FOR GLASS AQUARIUMS ONLY --- The scraper’s razor is sharp, yet it will not damage your glass aquarium in any way. You can simply scrape off all the unwanted scum, leaving the glass pristine and scratch-free.
  • ✔ REMOVES EVEN THE MOST STUBBORN RESIDUE--- The unique design of this fish tank razor cleaner will cut through and remove even the thickest residue. Even if you have been neglecting to clean the residue, this metal scraper will give your tank a fast makeover, leaving it clean and clear.
  • ✔ STAINLESS STEEL DESIGN --- In this pack you will receive 10 razor blades for your cleaner. They are made from stainless steel which is completely resistant to any rust or corrosion. Use your metal scraper for years to come.
  • Manufacture: LUFFY PETS COLLECTION
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"Will buy again!"

You have to squeeze the ends and the cover slides off and the razor blade is exposed. But since no directions come, I thought I might mention it. And i love that the handle is so long, I have a very deep tank. The head of the scrapper has no sharp or hard edges to scratch the glass. Nano magnet is a little weak on 6 mm WaterBox, but still works fine. This scrapper will trap some of it making it easier to get out of the tank. This scraper is for an acrylic aquarium.

Overall Score
4.5

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

8. 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)

9. Mag-Float Float-410 Large Plus Acrylic Aquarium Cleaner (w/Acrylic Scraper)

User Ratings: 81

Mag-Float First Impressions

"Still pretty good!"

Don't bother with the other brands. This tool was perfect for cleaning everything up. Easy to install the blade, seems to be well made. Since I knew this I am happy with it. There are multiple attachments which gives options on what to clean with. Guess how I learned that mistake lol. This works significantly better than any handheld scraper I've ever owned.

  • Mag-Float Float-410 Large Plus Acrylic Aquarium Cleaner (w/Acrylic Scraper)
  • The Mag-Float-410 Large Acrylic Aquarium Cleaner is recommended for use with acrylic aquariums up to 400 gallons with a surface thickness up to 3/4"
  • Product dimensions: (6" x 2-1/2" x 1")
  • The Mag-Float cleaners contain special abrasive velcro pads that remove algae from the surface of your aquarium
  • You can use the Mag-Float Lg & Lg+ Feeding Clip with this cleaner
  • Includes one Mag-Float Acrylic Scraper
  • Manufacture: Mag-Float
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Mag-Float
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.4']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Mag-Float Final Thoughts

"Very pleased."

Small and inconspicuous in the tank. I would not have an aquarium without this. It works awesome and does everything I wanted it too and more. If you are too close to the top water will splash. My aquarium recently had a bad algae outbreak. And I don't often say things like that. This is my second purchase of this scraper.

Overall Score
4.6

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

10. 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 [star rating='4.2']
  • Scrape Speed [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

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

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

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