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. Premium 12-in-1 Fish Tank/Aquarium Cleaner Starter Kit w/Siphon, Fish Net, Magnet Brush, Algae Scrap...

User Ratings: 53 9

Friendly Fish Company First Impressions

"Great idea."

It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. Has good suction and decent build quality. With this product I was able to do it by myself quickly and easily! Works as advertised and was delivered faster than estimated. I almost spent more and got the big name brand one. We have 3 fish tank in my house, so he has been using the cleaner every day.

  • Premium 12-in-1 Fish Tank/Aquarium Cleaner Starter Kit w/Siphon, Fish Net, Magnet Brush, Algae Scraper, Fish Tank Thermometer & Aquarium Plants - BPA Free Aquarium Cleaning Tools
  • ✅ The Perfect All-In-1 Fish Tank Cleaning Kit! - Comes with all the aquarium cleaning tools and aquarium accessories necessary to keep all your fish tanks clean and your fish happy! No need to get just one fish tank cleaner, get them all in one starter aquarium kit along with bonus fish tank decorations!
  • ✅ Includes Upgraded High Suction Aquarium Gravel Cleaner - Use our fish tank cleaner vacuum to easily change water without disrupting the aquarium soil or aquarium substrate in your glass or acrylic aquarium! The perfect aquarium siphon for any fish tank, turtle tank or frog tank owner! No more need to search for "gravel vacuum for aquarium" because your algae remover for aquariums solution is here!
  • ✅ Includes 1x Premium Upgraded Ultra Fine Aquarium Fish Net & 1x Aquarium Thermometer - Our fish net removes pesky debris from your tank whether you have a corner aquarium, kids fish tank, hanging fish bowl, small aquarium, or round fish tank! Extra soft and gentle, too, so it won't harm your betta fish or other sea life! Also, use our fish tank thermometer to ensure your tank stays at an optimal temperature and keeps your fish safe!
  • ✅ Included 1x Upgraded Fish Tank Cleaner Magnet & 8x Aquarium Decor Plants - Our fish tank glass cleaner comes with optional stainless steel or plastic blades to easily scrape off algae on the inside of your glass tank or plastic terrarium. Our Aquarium magnet cleaner works with any saltwater fish tank, fresh water fish tank, small fish tank, goldfish tank or large fish tank. Also, use our plastic plant aquarium decorations to add to your fish bowl decorations & tank theme!
  • Designed In America, 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! - Colorado proud, American owned and operated! We stand by our aquarium kit & fish tank accessories and are continuously improving on your feedback. We offer a no questions asked, 30-day money-back guarantee on every purchase! Now that's a great deal on a great fish tank gravel vacuum, fish tank decor & cleaning supplies aquarium kit!
  • Manufacture: ECOM Global
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Friendly Fish Company
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Friendly Fish Company Final Thoughts

"Otherwise it works great."

The scrubber is identicle to the material used in velcro. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. Light weight and many attachments for different uses. Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review. I have to drag it across the tank and it fights me. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. I can reach my hand in, but it seems to stress her out.

Overall Score
4.1


(14 Points)

4. CROWNY Fish Mini Algae Scrapers Super Magnetic Brush,Small Fish Tank Glass Cleaner, Aquarium Cleanin...

CROWNY First Impressions

"It works perfect!"

The scrubber is identicle to the material used in velcro. I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice. A little tricky with the hand pump. My 5 gallon pea puffer tank had some algae on the glass sides. I can reach my hand in, but it seems to stress her out. Works as advertised and was delivered faster than estimated. I would recommend this to my friends.

  • CROWNY Fish Mini Algae Scrapers Super Magnetic Brush,Small Fish Tank Glass Cleaner, Aquarium Cleaning Tool
  • 【Product Size】--Mini(1.6*1.8inch)/Medium(2*2.2inch)/Large(2.1*2.5inch), Suitable for glass thickness of 0.3inch (8mm) 、0.3inch (8mm) and 0.4inch (10mm).
  • 【Powerful Magnetic Design】-- Designed with the super adsorption force, as you move the outside magnet, the inside magnet follows, hence cleans the glass, and promote the water quality. Also can clean the aquatic plant, algae and gravel without scratching the glass.
  • 【Exquisite Soft Brush】-- Soft clean fabric is not afraid of scratching fish tank, anti-skid edge, a small, light work of art, easy operate.It’s also extremely durable, so it will last a long time.
  • 【Scope of application】--Ideal for small glass fish tank, like freshwater saltwater tanks, grass tanks.According to different models, mini (fish tank within 50cm) / Medium (40-80cm) / Large (60-120cm).
  • 【GUARANTEE】-- Our product give the strict assurance of the quality. If there is any quality problem with our products, you can choose replacement or full refund.
  • Manufacture: CROWNY
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CROWNY
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CROWNY Final Thoughts

"Great product."

This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. I found that it's difficult to use. For the water pump part, it has strong power, it works great. I am no longer spending half the day to clean all my tanks. I found that it's difficult to use. I am using this on a bare bottom tank. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

5. UEETEK Algae Razor Scrapers Cleaner,65cm Stainless Steel Algae Cleaning Razor Scraper Cleaner Tool W...

User Ratings: 51 4

UEETEK First Impressions

"Good purchase."

Light weight and many attachments for different uses. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. I love the little blue handle for this glass cleaner, too! I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. I bought the large one and it makes quick work of alge scrubbing. I cleaned it in the sink then cleaned my other 20 long tank. You can see the debris coming up the tube like an elevator- hahah.

  • UEETEK Algae Razor Scrapers Cleaner,65cm Stainless Steel Algae Cleaning Razor Scraper Cleaner Tool With 10 Pcs Blades for Fish Tank Aquarium,25.6 x 1.8 x 0.3 inch (L x W x H)
  • Material: Stainless steel.
  • Made from superior stainless steel. Anti-rust and corrosion resistance with strong durability.
  • Angled blade design for cleaning corner and places that is generally hard to reach.
  • Very convenient to install, change blades and use.
  • Specialized algae cleaner scraper for fish tank and glass tank cleaning.
  • Manufacture: UEETEK
  • Product Dimensions: 25.59 x 1.77 x 0.31 inches; 7.44 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The UEETEK
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UEETEK Final Thoughts

"Anyway, he loves it."

I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. The other attachment are great as well. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I bought one of these by mistake and I am so eternally grateful for that mistake. I have 6 tanks 130 gallons, 85, 75, 55, 39 and 20 gallons. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores.

Overall Score
4.0


(37 Points)

6. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner with Clips, Quick & Easy Assembly, Long Nozzle Manual Water Pump, Great for ...

User Ratings: 51 9

SunGrow First Impressions

"But it's so cumbersome."

I am using this on a bare bottom tank. 5 hours even adding water back to tanks. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. Had a minor issue which their service department addressed immediately. Works very well to clean algae from the glass. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely.

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner with Clips, Quick & Easy Assembly, Long Nozzle Manual Water Pump, Great for Frequent Water Changes, Fish Tank Cleaning Kit for Saltwater and Freshwater
  • ✔ ALL INCLUSIVE AQUARIUM CLEANING KIT --- Everything you need to properly and effortlessly change your aquarium water is included in the all-in-one gravel cleaning kit by SunGrow. Not only do you receive the long nozzle, durable Rhinox tubing, priming bulb and discharge hose, but also a pair of high-quality mounting clips.
  • ✔ ELIMINATES UNPLEASANT FISHY SMELL --- We all love the look of our pet fish, but the fishy smell is a different story. The best way to keep your aquarium fresh is by regularly cleaning the gravel and substrate of debris. Fish waste, excess minerals and leftover food can get caught and begin to cause an unpleasant odor.
  • ✔ EXTRA LONG, FLEXIBLE NOZZLE --- Because the flexible vacuum nozzle in the practical SunGrow Aquarium Maintenance Kit is an extra long 4.5 feet (135cm), it makes cleaning your fish tank even easier. With such a long nozzle, there is no need to worry about getting your sleeves wet or spilling water.
  • ✔ EASY TO USE MOUNTING CLIPS --- Each aquarium water changer is easily mounted to the rim of your fish tank or bucket using the included pair of blue tube clips. With the help of these efficient mounting clips, any 8mm to 16mm hose or tubing is firmly held in place for quick and easy tank cleaning.
  • ✔ USEFUL FOR A VARIETY OF SUBSTRATES --- More than just a simple gravel cleaner, the easy prime suction pipe works on many types of tanks and different kinds of aquarium or terrarium substrates. The high quality siphon works on quartz gravel, sand, vermiculite and crushed coral for reef and brackish water tanks.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"I used one tube."

I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice. That said, the results were excellent. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. The scrubber is identicle to the material used in velcro. Definitely worth the money spent on the product. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. The costomer service for this company is wonderful.

Overall Score
4.0


(56 Points)

7. Gulfstream Tropical AGU01000 Mag-Float Super Acrylic Glass Aquarium Cleaner

User Ratings: 33

Gulfstream Tropical 790950010005 First Impressions

"Was able to google."

It costs every penny that I paid for it. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I'm really happy I bought one of these. Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. Changing water and cleaning the tank is a joy now. Once put together, I tried it immediately- it was AWESOME! The easy siphoning of fish debris used to be a pain to do.

  • Gulfstream Tropical AGU01000 Mag-Float Super Acrylic Glass Aquarium Cleaner
  • The mag-float cleaners contain special abrasive Velcro pads that remove algae from the surface of your aquarium
  • Can be used on freshwater and saltwater tanks
  • Magnet does not lose strength over time
  • 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 790950010005
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Gulfstream Tropical 790950010005 Final Thoughts

"Added my stress coat."

I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. Water changes and cleaning can be a pain we all know. It makes my water changes in my tanks much easier and convinient. I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy.

Overall Score
3.4


(3 Points)

8. Yutiny Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Vacuum Siphon Tube Fish Tank Drainer Aquarium Water Changer Fish Tank...

Yutiny First Impressions

"Everything work good."

Shrimp are sensitive and need small water changes. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. I happily and heartily recommend this product. I have 6 tanks 130 gallons, 85, 75, 55, 39 and 20 gallons. 5 hours even adding water back to tanks. I was able to get behind most of my plants no problem when cleaning the glass.

  • Yutiny Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Vacuum Siphon Tube Fish Tank Drainer Aquarium Water Changer Fish Tank Water Filter Cleaner
  • 【Unique Design】Ideal for water changing and gravel cleaning.double functions for wash sand and change water, more convenient to use.
  • 【 High Quality】Made of high quality plastic, not easily crack, strong and durable.which could ensure a long time use. Its flexible clear hose transfer liquids and more faster.
  • 【 Strong Wash Sand Ability】Just adjust the slope angle, it can effectively suck up the fish manure and feed residues in the sand.
  • 【Multifunction】Small vacuum cup makes cleaning around and under stones, wood and corals easy. It can also clean the sand and purifiy of water at the same time in change the water process.
  • 【Easy To Use】Small container self priming water transfer design for more quick jobs Easy to use, suitable for maintaining both freshwater and saltwater tanks.
  • Manufacture: Yutiny
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Yutiny
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Yutiny Final Thoughts

"So very disappointed!"

I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice. Does not come apart easily like some others I have had. No options to purchase them, they look useful. If I had to purchase again, I would try the smaller model. With this product I was able to do it by myself quickly and easily! I cleaned it in the sink then cleaned my other 20 long tank. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. KASAN Gravel Cleaner Pump Aquarium Long Nozzle Cleaning Kit Tool, Aquarium Siphon for Cleaning Sand....

User Ratings: 54 11

KASAN First Impressions

"Great design."

We have 3 fish tank in my house, so he has been using the cleaner every day. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. It was on low so I put it on high and found that the unit would be ok. The scrapper will float if detached from the magnet. This is good for taking out the bull and then finishing with credit card. That said, the results were excellent. Had a minor issue which their service department addressed immediately.

  • KASAN Gravel Cleaner Pump Aquarium Long Nozzle Cleaning Kit Tool, Aquarium Siphon for Cleaning Sand. with a Pneumatic Button Adjustment Control, it is a Vacuum Cleaner for Aquarium
  • Multi-Function Cleaning Kit: The KASAN Gravel Clean Long Nozzle Cleaning Kit enables a multi-purpose cleaning fish tank. It can wash the sand, scrape the algae, absorb the remaining debris and beautify the sandstone arrangement. It can make your aquarium cleaner and is a vacuum cleaner in the aquarium.
  • Equipped with many accessories: pneumatic buttons, valves, algae scrapers, inlet tubes, outlet tubes, air clips.
  • Reasonable design: The valve supplied with this product will not block the gravel and will not suck the fish. The algae scraper is a plastic material and you don't have to worry about affecting your fish tank.
  • Wide range of applications: The kit is equipped with two 15.7-inch inlet tubes. The installation length can be selected according to the height of the fish tank. Therefore, it is suitable for aquariums of various sizes. See the installation video for the installation process.
  • After-sales service: Provide you with 12 months of 24/7 customer service. If you have any questions, please contact us directly, we will provide you with a professional solution.
  • The multi-purpose gravel cleaner is equipped with two 15.75-inch tubes for all sizes of fish tanks. Equipped with your own basket filter, it will not suck the fish and sand.
  • Equipped with a holder that can be attached to the aquarium to release hands for ease of use. It does not affect the normal activities of fish when used.
  • Effctive removal of debris in the aquarium througout the water changing process.
  • Manufacture: KASAN
  • Editor's Impressions Of The KASAN
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KASAN Final Thoughts

"Good purchase."

You can see the debris coming up the tube like an elevator- hahah. The issue is that the sponge also blocks any debris from entering. Definitely like the bulb for starting suction easily. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. Definitely like the bulb for starting suction easily. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review.

Overall Score
3.9


(795 Points)

10. UPETTOOLS Fish Shrimp Skimming Net Fine Mesh Extendable Stainless Steel Handle Fishing Net for Aquar...

User Ratings: 65 6

UPETTOOLS First Impressions

"So very disappointed!"

I will buy again, when the time comes. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use. Scrubs away even the toughest alge. The easy siphoning of fish debris used to be a pain to do. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. I would definitely recommend this product.

  • UPETTOOLS Fish Shrimp Skimming Net Fine Mesh Extendable Stainless Steel Handle Fishing Net for Aquarium Fish Tank Pond Creek
  • Upettools Fish Shrimp Skimming Net is A Great Tool For Catching Your Fish When Routine Tank Maintenance Is Necessary.
  • Soft, Rush-Proof And Lightweight Nylon Net Won't Pull At Fish Scales. All Metal Parts Are Plastic Coated.
  • Upettools Fish Shrimp Skimming Net Is Specially Designed For Aquatic Plants, Small Fish And Others.
  • Upettools Fish Shrimp Skimming Net Has A Convenient Hook On Handle Tail So You Can Simply Hang It Up When Done.
  • Small Net Is Suitable For Use With Newly Hatched Brine Shrimp And Fish.
  • Manufacture: Upettools
  • Editor's Impressions Of The UPETTOOLS
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UPETTOOLS Final Thoughts

"I love this product!"

I am using this on a bare bottom tank. I have to drag it across the tank and it fights me. No options to purchase them, they look useful. I almost spent more and got the big name brand one. Works very well to clean algae from the glass. I am very pleased with this product! I'm thinking of other ways this could be used!

Overall Score
4.3


(734 Points)

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