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
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.7']
  • Cleaning Power [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

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

[star rating="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
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.2']
  • Cleaning Power [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.2']

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

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

3. Pawfly 3.5 Inch Telescopic Aquarium Fish Net Fine Mesh Small Round Net with Extendable 9-24 inch Lon...

User Ratings: 54 13

Pawfly First Impressions

"So worth the money."

Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. I'm really happy I bought one of these. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. I'm very happy with it, and definitely recommend. I used the plastic one when I tried it today. I have several of these for multiple tank sizes.

  • Pawfly 3.5 Inch Telescopic Aquarium Fish Net Fine Mesh Small Round Net with Extendable 9-24 inch Long Handle
  • Telescopic handle allows you to reach the bottom of 9 to 24 inch deep tank without dripping hands.
  • 3.5 inches round in diameter and 3 inches deep pocket is great for small fishes & baby shrimps.
  • Solid flexible handle built with 304 stainless steel won't get rust or bent. Excellent net for skimming small debris or leaves from marine aquarium and pools.
  • Soft Fine Nylon netting reducing the risk of injury while transferring delicate fish, especially suitable for betta and newborn guppy.
  • Hanging ring added on handle end so that it can be simply hang up when done
  • Manufacture: Pawfly
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pawfly
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.6']
  • Cleaning Power [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Pawfly Final Thoughts

"This works really well."

If you do not mind a rough ride, then perhaps you can try this one. The other attachment are great as well. 5 hours even adding water back to tanks. The other attachment are great as well. I am very happy with this as it gets deep down in the gravel,and does the job fast. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. Also equipped come with a lot of accessories,.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(193 Points)

4. Pawfly 8 Inch Aquarium Fish Net Fine Mesh Fish Catch Nets with 10.5 inch Plastic Handle - Green

User Ratings: 83

Pawfly First Impressions

"Great value!"

I almost spent more and got the big name brand one. I was able to get behind most of my plants no problem when cleaning the glass. Does not come apart easily like some others I have had. If this company ever needs a spokesperson I am their man. Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review. Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review. This is my second review but since this is a great product I'll do it again.

  • Pawfly 8 Inch Aquarium Fish Net Fine Mesh Fish Catch Nets with 10.5 inch Plastic Handle - Green
  • Fine mesh net is perfect for safely transferring delicate fish and skimming small debris from the water. An essential tool for aquariums and pools.
  • Net measures 8" L x 6" W x 10.5" Handle, with 4.5" deep net pocket.
  • The fine nylon mesh was soft to touch, safe for all fish, reducing the likelihood of injury.
  • Plastic wrap over the metal handle tail makes it comfortable in your hand and convenient to hang it up when done.
  • Constructed with 3 pieces of thick wire, 10.5 inch long sturdy handle help you to reach deep tank much easier.
  • Manufacture: Pawfly
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pawfly
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.6']
  • Cleaning Power [star rating='3.9']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Pawfly Final Thoughts

"Worth every penny."

I will buy again, when the time comes. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. My 5 gallon pea puffer tank had some algae on the glass sides. Also equipped come with a lot of accessories,. Works as advertised and was delivered faster than estimated. Water changes and cleaning can be a pain we all know. Does not come apart easily like some others I have had.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(31 Points)

5. Mag-Float-350 Large Glass Aquarium Cleaner (w/Metal Scraper)

User Ratings: 76 3

Mag-Float First Impressions

"I still like it."

Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. I cleaned it in the sink then cleaned my other 20 long tank. Shrimp are sensitive and need small water changes. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. A quality product and if you have a tank, this cleaner is a must. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review.

  • Mag-Float-350 Large Glass Aquarium Cleaner (w/Metal Scraper)
  • The Mag-Float-350 Large Glass Aquarium Cleaner is recommended for use with glass aquariums up to 350 gallons with a surface thickness up to 5/8”. Includes Mag-Float Metal Scraper.
  • Product dimensions: (3-1/4" x 2-1/2" x 1")
  • The Mag-Float cleaners contain special abrasive velcro pads that remove algae from the surface of your aquarium
  • The Mag-Float floats when the inner magnet separates from the outer magnet. Because you never have to reach into the aquarium, not only can you stay clean and dry, but you also avoid toxic lotions or soap residue on your skin from getting into your aquarium water.
  • Can be used on freshwater and saltwater tanks. Magnet does not lose strength over time.
  • Manufacture: Mag-Float
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Mag-Float
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Power [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Mag-Float Final Thoughts

"Doing an 80."

AQQA multifunctional vacuum cleaner makes its job absolutely well. No options to purchase them, they look useful. I love the little blue handle for this glass cleaner, too! For this tank, the magnet is too strong. It will take a few runs to get most of the algae off. 5 hours even adding water back to tanks. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house.

Overall Score
4.5

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

6. FL!PPER Flipper Pico 2 in 1 Magnetic Algae Scrubber Scraper Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaner

User Ratings: 64 5

FL!PPER First Impressions

"One handed use!"

I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice. This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use. It will take a few runs to get most of the algae off. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. Works as advertised and was delivered faster than estimated. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores.

  • FL!PPER Flipper Pico 2 in 1 Magnetic Algae Scrubber Scraper Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaner
  • PERFECT AQUARIUM CLEANER FOR SMALL FISH TANKS! Flipper Aquarium Products' Signature 2-in-1 MAGNETIC Scrubber Scraper in a FUN-SIZED design for glass & acrylic tanks up to 1/4" (6MM) thick. Keep your glass or acrylic aquarium fish tank looking as good as the day you bought it! Strong rare earth magnets make it easy to clean your tank without getting your hands wet!
  • FL!PPER PICO 2-in-1 Scrubber Scraper design MAGNETICALLY FL!PS from an abrasive scrubbing pad on one side to an algae busting scraper on the other INSIDE your tank without having to get your hands wet! Scrub and Scrape all around your tank with ease! Easily flips around square corners. Great for daily soft algae removal! Take full control of your aquarium cleaning from outside your tank!
  • COMPLETE AND EFFICIENT HANDS-DRY AQUARIUM CLEANING! Small dual sided magnetic aquarium cleaner has an abrasive scrubbing pad on one side and with just a twist of the outside handle, the scrubbing pad FL!PS inside the tank to an algae busting scraper. Scrub and scrape all day with Flipper's patented fun flipping action!
  • SPECIFICATIONS: For Glass & Acrylic tanks up to 1/4" (6MM) thick - 2-In-1 Abrasive Scrubber Pad / Removable Scraper Blade - Small Compact Design 1.25" x 1.25" Inside Scrubbing Surface | 1" x 1.25" Outside Handle - Use Caution Near Sand Line. Trapped Sand Can Scratch Aquarium Glass - Replaceable Scraper Blade - 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • SHOW OFF YOUR TANK! Nobody likes a dirty fish tank! Clean it up with Flipper's full line of patented fish-friendly aquarium products! Easy, Hands-Dry Tank Maintenance with Tools that work! Start FL!PPIN' Today!
  • Manufacture: FL!PPER Aquarium Products
  • Editor's Impressions Of The FL!PPER
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.1']
  • Cleaning Power [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

FL!PPER Final Thoughts

"So very disappointed!"

I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. Water changes and cleaning can be a pain we all know. AQQA multifunctional vacuum cleaner makes its job absolutely well. 5 gallons- it works amazingly well. It knocks out green algae pretty easilly. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month.

Overall Score
4.4

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

7. SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank V...

User Ratings: 44 29

SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 First Impressions

"Took about 1 min."

But this AQQA Gravel Cleaner system is AMAZING! I bought this cleaner for my husband and we got this in 15 days before. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. Almost a must have for anyone with an aquarium. The easy siphoning of fish debris used to be a pain to do. This tool helped me clean all the glass in about 2 mins. Made water changes so much faster and did not have to accidentally swallow water.

  • SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner, Siphon Cleaning Tool for Gravel Sand
  • Supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums.
  • Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.
  • Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • Battery case on the top, only 2 batteries needed for easy and safe installation.
  • Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease.
  • Manufacture: SANON
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 10.3 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.9']
  • Cleaning Power [star rating='2.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 Final Thoughts

"They both work great!"

It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. I almost spent more and got the big name brand one. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. It knocks out green algae pretty easilly. I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. This is good for taking out the bull and then finishing with credit card.

Overall Score
3.0

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

8. Jeeco Aquarium Scissor Tweezers Spatula Tool - 4 in 1 Stainless Steel Aquatic Plants Aquascaping Too...

User Ratings: 82 1

Jeeco First Impressions

"I hope this helps."

Almost a must have for anyone with an aquarium. It was on low so I put it on high and found that the unit would be ok. I have to drag it across the tank and it fights me. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. If you do not mind a rough ride, then perhaps you can try this one. Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. The cleaner is very easy to install, and it is multifunction.

  • Jeeco Aquarium Scissor Tweezers Spatula Tool - 4 in 1 Stainless Steel Aquatic Plants Aquascaping Tools Set for Fish Starter Kits & Aquariums Tank
  • 4 in 1 Aquascaping tools - Straight Tweezer, Curved Tweezer, Aquatic Curved Scissor, Spatula. Comes with a decent velvet pouch, for you to package well when not in use.
  • Forged Stainless Steel Material - Made of durable stainless steel material with excellent flexibility and will never suffer rust. The ridged handle will provide secure, comfortable grips on your fingers.
  • Anti Slip Clips - Both the straight and curved tweezer has serrated tips to help grip stuff securely without ever slipping off. You can use these tweezers to feed and handle live food for larger aquatic pets or corals.
  • Safe & Minimizing interference - Specially designed delicate clip end, no harm to your small or thin water plants, minimum water disturbance rather than use hand directly, helps prevent accidental injuries to your reptile's mouth.
  • Versatile - Great for all types of aquarium plants, fish tank substrate, gravel and other Aquarium decorations. The key benefit is that it allows precision plant trimming and maintenance that does not disturb the rest of the decor/plants.
  • Manufacture: Jeeco
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Jeeco
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Power [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Jeeco Final Thoughts

"Fits together easily."

We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. I would recommend this to my friends. This tool helped me clean all the glass in about 2 mins. I used the plastic one when I tried it today. This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. I cleaned it in the sink then cleaned my other 20 long tank.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(2080 Points)

9. KEDSUM Magnetic Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaner, Fish Tank Glass Cleaner, Floating Clean Brush with Handl...

User Ratings: 72 6

KEDSUM First Impressions

"No more buckets!"

Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. I happily and heartily recommend this product. My 5 gallon pea puffer tank had some algae on the glass sides. If you do not mind a rough ride, then perhaps you can try this one. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. Simple, lightweight design does exactly what it says it will do.

  • KEDSUM Magnetic Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaner, Fish Tank Glass Cleaner, Floating Clean Brush with Handle Design
  • ►【Compact Size】KEDSUM 5.3" magnet aquarium cleaner can handle for 2/5" - 6/5"(10mm-30mm) thickness of glass, compact and ideal for medium glass. This magnet glass cleaner can quickly and easily cleans glass to make your aquarium stays healthy and looks its best.
  • ►【Floating Design】Revolutionary magnetic cleaner features floating function, easy to be guided around corners without sinking, no worry of sinking to the bottom of fish tank and you can retrieve it without getting your hands wet or disturbing any of your aquatic animals or plants.
  • ►【Handgrip Design】KEDSUM magnet aquarium cleaner features unique handle design, convenient to use, user-friendly design makes people feel relaxed and comfortable when using it.
  • ►【Premium Quality】The scrubber side is made of fabric with tiny hooks that scrape off the algae without damaging the glass. Outside, the surface of the handle is covered in felt so it glides smoothly along as you clean.
  • ►【Strong Magnetic】Powerful magnetic forces control the inside cleaning brush to follow the outside handle. Just wipe the outside, and the inside is cleaned! Any question of your KEDSUM magnet aquarium cleaner, please come back to us and we will be responsible for the aquarium cleaner we produce.
  • Tired of putting your whole arm into the tank to clean the glass?
  • KEDSUM magnetic glass cleaner is exactly what you need.
  • Each aquarium cleaner individually aquarium tested to assure highest quality.
  • Manufacture: KEDSUM
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.4 x 3.8 inches; 12.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The KEDSUM
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Power [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

KEDSUM Final Thoughts

"So worth the money."

Works as advertised and was delivered faster than estimated. I may modify mine to be more robust. I love the little blue handle for this glass cleaner, too! This tool helped me clean all the glass in about 2 mins. I am very happy with this as it gets deep down in the gravel,and does the job fast. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this. Made water changes so much faster and did not have to accidentally swallow water.

Overall Score
4.4

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

10. UPETTOOLS Aquarium Cleaning Tool 6 in 1 Fish Tank Cleaning Kit Algae Scraper Scrubber Pad Adjustable...

User Ratings: 69 2

UPETTOOLS First Impressions

"Works much better."

This is built tough, so that time may be a while. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. One swipe each way and the glass was, literally sparkling clean. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver!

  • UPETTOOLS Aquarium Cleaning Tool 6 in 1 Fish Tank Cleaning Kit Algae Scraper Scrubber Pad Adjustable Long Handle Fish Tank Brush Cleaner Set
  • ✔【Durable Carbon Fiber Material】This aquarium cleaning tools are strong and durable, safe for aquarium and fish, anti- rust long-lasting use without bending or breaking.
  • ✔【Multi-Functional Tools】This Fish Tank Cleaner Set is specially designed for fish tank cleaning,the right- angle brush can rotate 180 degrees to clean the dirt in each corner, stainless steel scraper attachment for cleaning tough stuff, tube brush for cleaning pipe, gravel rake for raking and cleaning gravel, flat sponge for substrate and glass cleaning.
  • ✔【Adjustable Handle】Stretching freely, tight and not to fall off .it can be extends from 19.7-38.18inch which is long enough to clean up to 2.65 ft depth tank.,it can clean up all kinds of tank dirt for you without wetting your hands.
  • ✔【Easy to Use】The aquarium tools is easy to assemble and disassemble, designed with spring closure, attachments will sit tightly on rod firmly and securely. Special note Please keep the tool dry after use to avoid oxidation of sewage.
  • ✔【6 in 1 Fish Tank Cleaning Tools Kit】Aquarium supplies including algae scraper,gravel rake, aquarium brush, cleaning sponge,fishing net,and right- angle cleaning sponge.
  • Manufacture: UPETTOOLS
  • Editor's Impressions Of The UPETTOOLS
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Power [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

UPETTOOLS Final Thoughts

"Fantastic."

I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. I am very pleased with this product! With this product I was able to do it by myself quickly and easily! If this company ever needs a spokesperson I am their man. The scrubber is identicle to the material used in velcro. But strength wise, I should have gotten a Large.

Overall Score
4.5

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

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