Editor's Choice - Our Favorite AQUANEAT Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. AQUANEAT Aquarium Fish Tank Water Changer Hand Pump Syphon Easily Use Water Vacuum (Large)

User Ratings: 52 10

AQUANEAT GC-A542 First Impressions

"Doesn't work."

I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. I have been looking for this for years. I am very satisfied with how the aquarium cleaner operates and highly recommend it. What I love about this is the water return function. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues.

  • AQUANEAT Aquarium Fish Tank Water Changer Hand Pump Syphon Easily Use Water Vacuum (Large)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUANEAT GC-A542
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.6']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='2.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

AQUANEAT GC-A542 Final Thoughts

"Both worked great."

I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy! I have a 20 gallon long tank at floor level. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video.

Overall Score
3.9

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

2. Koller Products Tom Aquarium Mr. Cleaner Battery Operated Gravel Siphon, Tom Aquarium Mr. Cleaner Ba...

User Ratings: 40 18

Koller Products TM1096 First Impressions

"4- Finally a solution!"

Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. I found that it's difficult to use. As you can see from the photo, it works great! I just pump the water directly into my sump. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video.

  • Koller Products Tom Aquarium Mr. Cleaner Battery Operated Gravel Siphon, Tom Aquarium Mr. Cleaner Battery-Operated Gravel Siphon
  • 3-in-1 aquarium cleaning tool siphons water, removes algae, and cleans gravel
  • Ideal for spot cleaning and getting to difficult-to-reach areas; ideal for siphoning nano tanks
  • Nylon bag quickly traps debris and unwanted fish waste
  • Runs on two C-size batteries (not included)
  • Extendable from 8 to 16 inches
  • Manufacture: Tom (Tominaga/Oscar)
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4 x 2 inches; 6.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products TM1096
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.9']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Koller Products TM1096 Final Thoughts

"But it's so cumbersome."

Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible. And the price is more than reasonable. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. Maybe I'm using it wrong, but I got water EVERYWHERE.

Overall Score
3.5

[star rating="3.5"]
(1022 Points)

3. Gravel Cleaners Battery-Powered Fish Tank Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Water Change

User Ratings: 35 32

Gravel Cleaners First Impressions

"I have a 4 gallon tank."

I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. I would definitely recommend this product. But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy!

  • Gravel Cleaners Battery-Powered Fish Tank Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Water Change
  • Item: Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Condition: New Quantity: 1 Perfect for all types of tanks Remove dirt and debris Consistent flow rate makes cleaning easy Excellent quality and suction power Multiple extension lengths Includes hose & filter bag Maximum water depth of 20.5 inches Batteries (C/LR 14) not included
  • Manufacture: Gravel Cleaners
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Gravel Cleaners
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='2.9']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='2.4']
  • Quality [star rating='2.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3']

Gravel Cleaners Final Thoughts

"Still working great."

The costomer service for this company is wonderful. I may modify mine to be more robust. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. This gravel vacuum works very well. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. I just left the spongy looking one. Returned, but agreed to try another one.

Overall Score
3.1

[star rating="3.1"]
(21 Points)

4. Lee's Squeeze Bulb Ultra Gravel Vac

User Ratings: 28

Lee's 11544 First Impressions

"So I gave it a shot."

The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. You won't go wrong with this product. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. I would definitely recommend this product. It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

  • Lee's Squeeze Bulb Ultra Gravel Vac
  • It also contains a efficient squeeze bulb
  • Water changes are a -inch snap-inch
  • Siphoning is easy no matter what the level of water in the aquarium
  • Includes a strainer to protect precious fish and plants from harm during water changes
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 9.88 x 2.88 x 17 inches; 9.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11544
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Lee's 11544 Final Thoughts

"If so hit helpful."

I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I have a 20 gallon long tank at floor level. I have been looking for this for years. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products.

Overall Score
3.9

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

5. ZJchao Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Height Adjustabld Electric Fish Tank Siphon Cleaning Water Changer E...

User Ratings: 58 42

ZJchao First Impressions

"I love this."

I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. I have been looking for this for years. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily.

  • ZJchao Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Height Adjustabld Electric Fish Tank Siphon Cleaning Water Changer Equiped with Extension Tube, Sand Algae Cleaner Filter
  • Clean gravel, siphon the fish excrement and other debris by the filter mesh bag, then the clean water will permeate from the bag and flow into tak, also can drain out water through outlet pipe
  • Comes with a water inlet tube and two extension tubes, so user can adjust the height according to fish tak size or the water level
  • The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water
  • Powered by 2pcs
  • Top handle part can be hung on the edge of fish tak, the cleaner helps to free your hands and clean the tak effortlessly
  • Manufacture: ZJchao
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ZJchao
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.1']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

ZJchao Final Thoughts

"It is junk."

This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. I am so glad to have this for my fish care. This gravel vacuum works very well.

Overall Score
3.3

[star rating="3.3"]
(2 Points)

6. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Kit,Water Exchanger Adjustable Water Flow Controller | 5 in...

User Ratings: 47 10

NIDEZON First Impressions

"Turned my normal 3."

The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. Returned, but agreed to try another one. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light.

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Kit,Water Exchanger Adjustable Water Flow Controller | 5 in 1 Algae Scrapers,Spoon Net,Plant Fork,Sponge,Gravel Rake,Convenient Aqua Tools
  • 【No Effect on Fish and Invertebrate】The tubing is flexible silicone so it is more maneuverable that the stiff tubing. this helps in keeping the tubing in the bucket so you don't spill water all over the place.The bottom of the siphon has a smart setting,Fish and sand are not easily sucked out.
  • 【More Convenient】Makes your aquarium maintenance water changes so much easier no more emptying water out by cups just Stick the vacuum in the water but the other end of the hose in a bucket press the button a couple of times to get suction and this will empty out as much water as you want,also you can put water in the tank this way. Weekly fish tank water changes will become easier.
  • 【Siphon with Locking Function】Maybe your child will ask, dad, why does the water flow out automatically when the plastic tube is inserted into the water? We can spread the knowledge of physics to children, and at the same time do the maintenance job of the fish tank (the principle of attraction between gravity and water molecules).
  • 【5 in 1 Aquarium Set】Adjustable Handle - 40-80cm / 15.74-31.5inch.Stretching freely, tightly fixed and not to fall off. 4 INCH FISH NET perfect for catching small fish, sand, shrimp, crayfish, snails, aquatic frogs.5 in 1 set can meet the tools you need to clean the fish tank.
  • 【OUR SERVICE AND WARRANTY】If you have any questions about our products, please contact us in time, we will provide you with solutions within 24 hours! We are confident enough to provide customers with high-quality products and services!
  • Manufacture: Gveuwin
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NIDEZON
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.4']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3']
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

NIDEZON Final Thoughts

"And it keeps flowing!"

I may modify mine to be more robust. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month.

Overall Score
3.9

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

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

Yutiny First Impressions

"Treat that water."

Its made the water changes on my 55 gallon and 20 tall so easy. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water.

  • 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
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.3']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Yutiny Final Thoughts

"It really helped a lot."

I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. I wish i had bought this the first time. Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks!

Overall Score
5.0

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

8. ZaneSun Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner,Siphon Vacuum Pump Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Water Changer ...

User Ratings: 63 8

ZaneSun First Impressions

"If so hit helpful."

My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it.

  • ZaneSun Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner,Siphon Vacuum Pump Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Water Changer Adjustable Flow Control Tape& Aquarium Algae Scraper Double Sided Sponge Brush Cleaner Scrubber
  • 1:premium silicon siphon pump:Water can be suck out easily by squeeze the big airbag gently.
  • 2. Flow Control Tap Design:Flow rate 6.7L/min, drain 30L in 5 minutes,you can clean the aquarium easily & quickly. Ideal for water changing and gravel cleaning,it is easy and convenient to use.
  • 3.This aquarium water changer is made from good quality plastic material which could ensure a long time use. Its flexible PVC hose transfer liquids and more faster.
  • 4.Total 7.5ft long, and you can add extra hose to the faucet if need (extra hose not included)
  • 5.Easy to Install & Use: Just connect all the accessories together one by one, It is ideal for water changing and gravel cleaning, giving your fish a nice living environment. Free Gift Aquarium Cleaning Brush, For use in water and saltwater, easy access to hard to reach spots. Let your fish tank more beautiful.
  • Manufacture: ZaneSun
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ZaneSun
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.7']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

ZaneSun Final Thoughts

"Love this product!"

But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy! So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated.

Overall Score
4.2

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

9. Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Battery Powered Fish Tank Siphon Water Change Cleaning Tool Sand Gr...

Pssopp First Impressions

"We shall see."

Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. I may modify mine to be more robust. I just pump the water directly into my sump. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. I love this setup and how easy it was to use. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly.

  • Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Battery Powered Fish Tank Siphon Water Change Cleaning Tool Sand Gravel Washing Filter with a Water Inlet Tube and Two Extension Tubes
  • 【Keeping Clean Environment】Clean gravel, siphon the fish excrement and other debris by the filter mesh bag, then the clean water will permeate from the bag and flow into tank, also can drain out water through outlet pipe.
  • 【Inner Mesh】The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water. Keeping a clean and healthy environment of fish, turtle and other creatures.
  • 【Batteries Powered】Powered by 2pcs "C" type batteries, with switch button to control on / off. Battery powered cleaner is easy to operate, press the button on the top, the water in the aquarium will automatically be pumped to change water through a hose.
  • 【Adjustable Height】Comes with a water inlet tube and two extension tubes, so user can adjust the height according to fish tank size or the water level.
  • 【Top Handle】Top handle part can be hung on the rim of fish tank, the cleaner helps to free your hands and clean the tank effortlessly.
  • Manufacture: Pssopp
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pssopp
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='2.2']
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3']

Pssopp Final Thoughts

"I recommend highly."

I just left the spongy looking one. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice. I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon.

Overall Score
3.2

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

10. Python Pro-Clean Gravel Washer and Siphon Kit for Aquarium, Large. Premium Pack

Python Basic First Impressions

"Good purchase."

The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water. And the price is more than reasonable. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers. I am very satisfied with how the aquarium cleaner operates and highly recommend it. I should have believed the other reviews.

  • Python Pro-Clean Gravel Washer and Siphon Kit for Aquarium, Large. Premium Pack
  • Effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium
  • Constructed with flexible, high quality tubing
  • For aquariums from 20 to 55 gallons in size
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python Basic
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.6']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

Python Basic Final Thoughts

"I have double stands."

And the price is more than reasonable. Returned, but agreed to try another one. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank.

Overall Score
5.0

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

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