Editor's Choice - Our Favorite API Aquarium Cleaner Sprays

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

User Ratings: 71 2

API 21 First Impressions

"Amazing product."

It's like comparing sweeping your carpets to actually vacuuming them. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. I found that it's difficult to use. I saw this cleaner on another forum and figured I would give it a shot. THE ABSOLUTE BEST PART IS THE SUCTION POWER AND TIME SAVING.

  • 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
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API 21 Final Thoughts

"Would def recommend!"

That said, the results were excellent. I happily and heartily recommend this product. It came with 2 attachments, a plastic one and a metal razor one. This is built tough, so that time may be a while. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. I may modify mine to be more robust.

Overall Score
4.5


(4102 Points)

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2. API SAFE & EASY Aquarium Cleaner Spray 8-Ounce Bottle

User Ratings: 65 9

API 123 First Impressions

"Just look at the pics."

I would definitely recommend this product. I love the little blue handle for this glass cleaner, too! The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. For this tank, the magnet is too strong. Definitely like the bulb for starting suction easily. If this company ever needs a spokesperson I am their man. Works very well to clean algae from the glass.

  • API SAFE & EASY Aquarium Cleaner Spray 8-Ounce Bottle
  • Contains one (1) API SAFE & EASY Aquarium Cleaner Spray 8-Ounce Bottle
  • Cleans aquarium glass both inside and outside of glass and acrylic aquariums.
  • Cuts through white, crusty mineral deposits.
  • Safe for fish and plants.
  • Use to clean glass or acrylic aquariums.
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 6.25 inches; 9.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 123
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API 123 Final Thoughts

"Easy to use."

It will also flip to the side of the tank as shown in another customers review video. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. I have 6 tanks 130 gallons, 85, 75, 55, 39 and 20 gallons. It was on low so I put it on high and found that the unit would be ok. Shrimp are sensitive and need small water changes. AQQA multifunctional vacuum cleaner makes its job absolutely well. I happily and heartily recommend this product.

Overall Score
4.2


(321 Points)

3. FL!PPER Flipper Cleaner - 2-in-1 Magnetic Aquarium Glass Cleaner - Fish Tank Algae Cleaner - Scrubbe...

User Ratings: 79 3

FL!PPER FLIP First Impressions

"Works much better."

One swipe each way and the glass was, literally sparkling clean. Water changes and cleaning can be a pain we all know. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! A little tricky with the hand pump. Light weight and many attachments for different uses. It came with 2 attachments, a plastic one and a metal razor one. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners.

  • FL!PPER Flipper Cleaner - 2-in-1 Magnetic Aquarium Glass Cleaner - Fish Tank Algae Cleaner - Scrubber & Scraper Aquarium Cleaning Tools – Fish Tank Cleaner
  • SCRUB, SCRAPE & FLIP: Clean fresh or salt water tanks with the patented dual sided magnetic aquarium glass cleaner that flips from scrubber to non-scratch scraper with no reaching into your tank.
  • MAJOR TIME SAVER: The 2-In-1 Magnetic Aquarium Fish Tank Algae Cleaner halves the time for daily cleaning. Ideal aquarium accessories for use on glass tanks up to (3/8" - 1/2") thickness / 150 gallons
  • SQUEAKY CLEAN!: These aquarium cleaning tools clean even the most stubborn Coraline Algae. The Flipper fish tank cleaner is made with rare earth magnets for incredible cleaning strength.
  • FISH TANK ACCESSORIES: Unique orienting buoyancy keeps the cleaner upright for easy retrieval. Plus, Flipper algae remover for fish tanks does not sink like a rock if the magnets are disengaged.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: If you aren't satisfied with your Flipper aquarium cleaner for any reason, contact us within 60 days for replacement or refund. Must be sold from an authorized dealer.
  • Manufacture: Flipper Aquarium Products
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches; 3.63 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The FL!PPER FLIP
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FL!PPER FLIP Final Thoughts

"Love this scraper."

Light weight and many attachments for different uses. Almost a must have for anyone with an aquarium. Try getting floating pieces of poop into a small slit of an opening. It knocks out green algae pretty easilly. Changing water and cleaning the tank is a joy now. One swipe each way and the glass was, literally sparkling clean. It was on low so I put it on high and found that the unit would be ok.

Overall Score
4.6


(1945 Points)

4. uxcell Black Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Tong Aquascaping Plant Tool 27.5inch Long

User Ratings: 71

uxcell a17052700ux0022 First Impressions

"Do recommed end it."

Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. You can see the debris coming up the tube like an elevator- hahah. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. But strength wise, I should have gotten a Large. That said, the results were excellent.

  • uxcell Black Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Tong Aquascaping Plant Tool 27.5inch Long
  • Color: Gray,Red; Material: Plastic
  • Package Content: 1 x Aquarium Tong
  • Product Name: Aquarium Tong
  • Professional aquarium plant tools, improve the efficiency of plant cleaning.
  • Size: 70 x 4.5 x 5.5cm / 27.6" x 1.8" x 2.2" (L*W*H)
  • Manufacture: uxcell
  • Editor's Impressions Of The uxcell a17052700ux0022
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uxcell a17052700ux0022 Final Thoughts

"I just can't use it."

Works really well and is very powerful. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. It was on low so I put it on high and found that the unit would be ok. I bought the XL version for my 75gallon long. A quality product and if you have a tank, this cleaner is a must. The scrubber is identicle to the material used in velcro. I'm really happy I bought one of these.

Overall Score
4.3


(13 Points)

5. hygger Automatic Aquarium Water Changer, Siphon Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, with Flow Control V...

User Ratings: 63 8

hygger First Impressions

"Fits together easily."

My puffer attacks the python when I'm cleaning. THE ABSOLUTE BEST PART IS THE SUCTION POWER AND TIME SAVING. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. If this company ever needs a spokesperson I am their man. It will also flip to the side of the tank as shown in another customers review video. This thing cleans the glass on my tank quickly and efficiently. I am no longer spending half the day to clean all my tanks.

  • hygger Automatic Aquarium Water Changer, Siphon Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, with Flow Control Valve
  • 【Quickly Change Water 】just use a long flexible hose and 2 flow valves, you can change the aquarium water more quicker and easier, no need electric, it's semi-automatic water changer suitable for medium and large fish tanks. No spill, no mess and no heavy lifting for changing dirty water and adding clean water
  • 【Aquarium Gravel Cleaning 】When you use this water changer to suck away aquarium dirty water, you can move the gravel tube to cleaning the gravel or install the duckbilled on to clean fish feces. With the pressure from the water, the gravels and sands can be sucked up to the gravel tube then to vacuum out the debris in gravel
  • 【Non-electric & Quiet】this aquarium water changer is not electric, no noise no disturb to your fish or plants. All you need to do is to control the 2 valves and open the faucet. With 2 orange built-in control valves on the water changer, to turn it on or off you just need to rotate the valve by 1/4 turn up or down. To add clean water in to aquarium, please remember to keep the water flow assembly valve closed, so when you open the faucet the water will flow into the hose
  • 【3 sizes available】choose the size according to the distance from your fish tank to the sink faucet, flexible water hose length available: 25ft, 33ft, 49ft. The inner diameter of the hose is 1/2 inch. Each pack comes with 2 seperate faucet female adaptors(13/16 inch, 15/16 inch) and one built-in faucet femal adaptor(1 inch), so the water changer can be used for most faucets
  • 【Easy to Install】It's very easy to use, attach the water flow assembly to the faucet. To change water, after connecting the flexible hose to the water flow assembly and the gravel tube, firstly you submerge the gravel tube in the aquarium tank and keep it's orange valve closed, secondly you keep the water flow assembly orange valve open and open the faucet, finally you open the gravel tube valve, the dirty water will be sucked into the hose and flow away
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"But it don't hesitate."

I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! It is versatile, as I've used it in a 55 gallon, 35 gallon tank and a 1 gallon tank. My puffer attacks the python when I'm cleaning. A little tricky with the hand pump. I would recommend this to my friends. Even with my now-bare-bottom tank, the attachments were very ineffective. Changing water and cleaning the tank is a joy now.

Overall Score
4.2


(188 Points)

6. ATPWONZ 2 in 1 Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Kit, Magnet Aquarium Cleaner Scrubber Clean Brush with Doubl...

User Ratings: 50 5

ATPWONZ 120755-US First Impressions

"A solid 4 star product!"

Changing water and cleaning the tank is a joy now. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I bought one of these by mistake and I am so eternally grateful for that mistake. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. The other attachment are great as well.

  • ATPWONZ 2 in 1 Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Kit, Magnet Aquarium Cleaner Scrubber Clean Brush with Double-Sided Aquarium Fish Tank Algae Cleaning Brush for Glass Aquariums
  • Durable Material : Made of waterproof plastic that protects the magnets from rusting. which durable, not easily damaged.
  • Magnetic Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaner ---The strong magnet will keep the pieces together, so when you move the outer magnet, the inside magnet follows, it helps clean glass by magnetizing from an outside pad to the inner glass cleaner part, quickly and easily cleans away algae growth to make your aquarium stays healthy and looks its best.
  • Floating, Magnetizing, Scratch-Free, and Non-Slip --- The magnet aquarium scrubber clean brush will allow you to clean the inside of your fish tank without getting wet or disturbing any of your aquatic animals or plants. Notice: Made for common glass fish tank (11.8-19.6in). Not for acrylic and low iron glass.
  • Comfortable and Non-slip : it’s a long, wide bar shape that’s easy to get your fingers around, a large, chunky handle makes it easy to hold on to as you move it around and the non-slip grip comes in really handy, too.
  • Double-Sided Aquarium Fish Tank Algae Cleaning Brush: Brush Head- Made of high-end sponge, can effectively keep your fish tank clean., good to clean for the aquarium, fishing glass and tank. Suit for living room, hotel and bathroom which places have glassware.
  • Manufacture: ATPWONZ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ATPWONZ 120755-US
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ATPWONZ 120755-US Final Thoughts

"Fast and easy."

It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. This tool helped me clean all the glass in about 2 mins. No options to purchase them, they look useful. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean.

Overall Score
4.1


(30 Points)

7. Tetra No More Algae Tablets 8 Count, Controls Algae In aquariums

User Ratings: 66 6

Tetra 77344 First Impressions

"Added my stress coat."

It's like comparing sweeping your carpets to actually vacuuming them. Does not come apart easily like some others I have had. I did not receive the glass scraper with mine, but don't think I'd use it anyways. Made water changes so much faster and did not have to accidentally swallow water. A little tricky with the hand pump. I was able to get behind most of my plants no problem when cleaning the glass. I used the plastic one when I tried it today.

  • Tetra No More Algae Tablets 8 Count, Controls Algae In aquariums
  • CONTROLS ALGAE GROWTH Removes existing algae from aquarium water and controls the formation of new algae in your tank
  • CLEAR WATER Leaves aquarium water clean and crystal clear
  • CONVENIENT Each fizz tab is ready to use
  • USAGE For regular maintenance use once a month or as algae growth starts to appear
  • Hold eye open and rinse slowly and gently with water for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove contact lenses, if present, after the first 5 minutes, then continue rinsing eye.
  • Call a poison control center or doctor for further treatment advice.
  • Take off contaminated clothing.
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Item Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 4.13 x 0.88 x 6.88 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 77344
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Tetra 77344 Final Thoughts

"All you need."

This is built tough, so that time may be a while. We have one from our siphon vacuum and it truly completes this set. It makes my water changes in my tanks much easier and convinient. This vac is incredible, a power stronger than most of the canisters and sump filters. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. And it's true- it has very good quality and nice equipment.

Overall Score
4.3


(1759 Points)

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

User Ratings: 63

Aihotim First Impressions

"I LOVE IT!"

I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this. We have 3 fish tank in my house, so he has been using the cleaner every day. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. If this company ever needs a spokesperson I am their man. It is versatile, as I've used it in a 55 gallon, 35 gallon tank and a 1 gallon tank. It's like comparing sweeping your carpets to actually vacuuming them.

  • 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
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Aihotim Final Thoughts

"Good purchase."

The other attachment are great as well. I did not receive the glass scraper with mine, but don't think I'd use it anyways. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. Had a minor issue which their service department addressed immediately. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. AQQA multifunctional vacuum cleaner makes its job absolutely well. This vac is incredible, a power stronger than most of the canisters and sump filters.

Overall Score
4.5


(13 Points)

9. Songway Aquarium Gravel Cleaner/Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium Fish Tank/Aquarium Siphon with Filter, Ai...

User Ratings: 41 25

Songway First Impressions

"Wonderful!"

I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. You won't go wrong with this product. Even with my now-bare-bottom tank, the attachments were very ineffective. It's like comparing sweeping your carpets to actually vacuuming them. I'll update if anything goes wrong but so far so good. I found that it's difficult to use. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy.

  • Songway Aquarium Gravel Cleaner/Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium Fish Tank/Aquarium Siphon with Filter, Airbag and Water Flow Controller/8.2ft Fish Tank Water Changer
  • IDEAL GRAVEL CLEANER: This fish tank vacuum has a exquisite appearance, designed with filter pump, and water flow control valve, easy to clean the debris hidden in the sand or floated in the water. Ideal for gravel cleaning and water changing, thus offer a best environment for your fish.
  • EASY TO USE: Simply insert the filter of the Aquarium Cleaner Vacuum into fish tank and gently squeeze the pump, the siphon works. You can change the fish tank water and clean the gravel/sand easily and quickly while the fish, plant or gravel will stay in place.
  • SHUT OFF VALVE DESIGN: Our enhanced fish tank vacuum cleaner has a shut off valve for you to control the water flow speed at anytime, ensuring water won't spill on the ground when you’re cleaning. The thoughtful design effectively keep your house tidy.
  • HUMANIZED: Made with high quality BPA free material, it won't harm your fish or plants! Besides, designed with a mini filter, When clean gravel bed or make a regular water change, water and debris will flow quickly while gravel, fish, plants will stay in aquarium efficiently.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: We tremendously heed to our customers' feeling, so your satisfaction is our #1 priority. If you have any issues or concerns about this item, please contact us freely at any time, we will strive our best to solve it.
  • Manufacture: Songway
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Songway
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Songway Final Thoughts

"Amazing product."

It's like comparing sweeping your carpets to actually vacuuming them. Size wise, the Medium is good for a 40B. It costs every penny that I paid for it. If I had to purchase again, I would try the smaller model. Changing water and cleaning the tank is a joy now. For this tank, the magnet is too strong. That said, the results were excellent.

Overall Score
3.3


(20 Points)

10. Haploon 6 in 1 Aquarium Cleaning Tool,Including Algae Scraper, Sponge Pad, Fish Net, Gravel Rake and...

User Ratings: 70

Haploon First Impressions

"Great glass cleaner."

It came with 2 attachments, a plastic one and a metal razor one. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. I'm very happy with it, and definitely recommend. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. I have to drag it across the tank and it fights me. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor.

  • Haploon 6 in 1 Aquarium Cleaning Tool,Including Algae Scraper, Sponge Pad, Fish Net, Gravel Rake and Cleaning Brush Algae Scraper Scrubber Pad Adjustable Long Handle Fish Tank Brush Cleaner Set
  • Durable : This fish tank cleaning brush set helps to keep tank neat and clean without getting your hands wet. Made of sturdy abs plastic for long-lasting use.
  • Easy to Use : The fish tank cleaning kit is easy to assemble, can effectively remove the water tank, and is easy to use.
  • Special Design : Designed with special snap closure, attachments will sit tightly on rod firmly and securely.
  • 6 in 1 Multi-function : 6 in 1 fish tank cleaning tool set, including scraper, gravel rake, brush, cleaning sponge, fish net and right angle cleaning sponge.
  • Portable Handle : High-quality raw materials, not easy to break, rust, easy to use.
  • Manufacture: Haploon
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Haploon
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Haploon Final Thoughts

"Don't do that!"

This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. Very impressed with their responsiveness as they stand behind their product. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. I'm very happy with it, and definitely recommend. I bought the large one and it makes quick work of alge scrubbing. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. I'm really happy I bought one of these.

Overall Score
4.7


(4 Points)

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