Editor's Choice - Our Favorite AquaTop Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. AquaTop Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Vaccum Cleaner

User Ratings: 35 35

AquaTop First Impressions

"Turned my normal 3."

I wish i had bought this the first time. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. I am so glad to have this for my fish care. They more than helped me resolve my situation. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before.

  • AquaTop Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Vaccum Cleaner
  • Recommended for 20-55 Gal Tanks
  • Unique Ball Valve Siphon
  • Integrated Gravel/Fish Guard
  • On/Off Flow Control Valve
  • Length: 8ft (Including hose & gravel head)
  • Manufacture: Aquatop
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaTop
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AquaTop Final Thoughts

"Still working great."

So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this.

Overall Score
3.3


(3 Points)

2. SunGrow Betta Tank Cleaner, for Small Betta Fish Tank, Tetra fish, Gravel Cleaner, Inches, 2-Minutes...

User Ratings: 61 7

SunGrow First Impressions

"We shall see."

Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! I just pump the water directly into my sump. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful.

  • SunGrow Betta Tank Cleaner, for Small Betta Fish Tank, Tetra fish, Gravel Cleaner, Inches, 2-Minutes to Assemble, Complete Kit with Priming Bulb, No Mess and Spillage During Water Maintenance
  • ✔ FREQUENT WATER CHANGE ENSURES HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR BETTA — Without water change, you may experience that your territorial fish is living under stress. But, with the short nozzle siphon kit by SunGrow, you can do it frequently and it will not take much of your time. This no-spill system is made of high-quality to not let aquarium fish get hurt or even disturbed while it is being used to transfer water.
  • ✔ ROUTINE MAINTENANCE MADE EASY — Every SunGrow Betta Splendens’ tank substrate cleaner comes with a short nozzle with nozzle net, flexible standard tubing, operation/pump bulb, and discharge hose. While all these parts can be adjusted and modified as per your needs, the operation bulb or the hand starter is the unique component that sets it apart from other similar items in the market.
  • ✔ GOOD AQUARIUM KEEPING AT YOUR DOORSTEP — No more scooping up dirty water with a pail; that can be messy. SunGrow Aquarium Pump kit is a system with a hand controller that helps you clear out your tank efficiently and quickly by having the features you definitely need! This is suitable for maintaining both freshwater and saltwater fish tank. Each part is meticulously designed to give you the best aquarium clearing experience you can possibly have.
  • ✔ 2-MINUTES TO SETUP — The short nozzle feature of SunGrow Aquarium sand and substrate cleaner is perfect when you want to replenish or drain water out of your tank. Just place the nozzle in your tank. Press on or squeeze the operation bulb 5 to 7 times and the water will start to flow out of the nozzle. See the description below for more details.
  • ✔ HASSLE-FREE STORAGE --- The flexible siphon pump restricts the entering of the small gravel and debris from going into the hose. Not only that, after it has done the deed, it won’t give you a hard time thinking where you would store it, as it can be placed BPA-Free Siphon, Durable plastic. Assembles in 2 Minutes.practically anywhere! With its strategic portable design, you can keep it in any place you want where you can easily access it the next time you need it.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"This item is wonderful."

I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work.

Overall Score
4.2


(201 Points)

3. Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube, 36-Inch

User Ratings: 82 1

Python 36GT First Impressions

"Great for 75 gallon."

I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use. This gravel vacuum works very well. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method.

  • Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube, 36-Inch
  • Packaged with 2-1/2 feet of tubing and a female connector
  • Made of durable plastic
  • For use with the No Spill Clean and Fill system
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Part Number: 36GT
  • Material: Cotton
  • Item Weight: 15 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 36 x 2 x 2 inches
  • Size: 2.00 x 2.00 x 36.00
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 36GT
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Python 36GT Final Thoughts

"Another tip."

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable.

Overall Score
4.7


(160 Points)

4. AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5-in-1 Electric Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Set for Absorb Dirt, C...

User Ratings: 75

AQQA First Impressions

"I highly recommend this."

It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. A little tricky with the hand pump. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again.

  • AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5-in-1 Electric Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Set for Absorb Dirt, Change Water, Wash Sand, Water Shower, 20W, 320GPH
  • MULTIFUNCTION GRAVEL CLEANER: AQQA aquarium gravel cleaner is designed to clean up small gravel and change water of fish tank. It also can remove the dirt, residue from the bottom of aquarium. 5 in 1 functions with water changer + sand washer + debris cleaning + water filter + water shower. Should connect with different connector when working for different function, eliminating the need to purchase multiple tools separately
  • ADJUSTABLE DESIGN: Equipped with an inlet tube and two extension tubes, can create a total length of 38.4 inches. The tube can be extended from 16.9 inches to 33.6 inches, so user can adjust the height according to fish tank size or the water level, which is suitable for tanks with different heights
  • STRONG POWER: The 110V/20W powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 320GPH. Strong Power with Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Suitable for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • EFFECTIVE FILTERING: 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.The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water
  • WHAT YOU GET: Aquarium Gravel Cleaning kit includes 2 sections of extension tubes,1 filter bag,1 outlet hose,1 sand washing head,1 brush head,1 sand vacuum,1 water intake strainer,1 duckbill suction inlet,1 shower head,1 power adapter. AQQA provide 12 Month Warranty and 24 Hour Professional After-sales Service. Please don't hesitate to contact us to get help
  • Manufacture: AQQA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQQA
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AQQA Final Thoughts

"It's so easy."

Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water. I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon.

Overall Score
4.8


(7 Points)

5. Water Pipe Suction Device Universal Long Siphon Gravel Cleaner for Aquarium Fish Tank Washing Sand C...

AmiAbi First Impressions

"It works great!"

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice. Returned, but agreed to try another one. I love this setup and how easy it was to use.

  • Water Pipe Suction Device Universal Long Siphon Gravel Cleaner for Aquarium Fish Tank Washing Sand Changing Water Siphon
  • 1.Tanks water changes easy and effective with minimum effort.
  • 2.Does not hurt any aquarium fish when using.
  • 3.It will clean the tank by sucking up dirt and debris from the bottom.
  • 4.There is a built-in filter to prevent juvenile fish or sand suction from tank.
  • 5.It can also be used to pump water back into the aquarium.
  • Manufacture: AmiAbi
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AmiAbi
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AmiAbi Final Thoughts

"Again this item is great."

The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. I am so glad to have this for my fish care. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive!

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

6. Marina Easy Clean Gravel Cleaner

User Ratings: 58 10

Marina 11060 First Impressions

"GRAVEL CLEANER works!"

I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this. Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. Returned, but agreed to try another one. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable.

  • Marina Easy Clean Gravel Cleaner
  • Exclusive gravel guard cleans while keeping gravel in the tank
  • Quick and hassle-free start-up
  • Non-kinking hose
  • Oval shape for easy access to corners
  • 10-inch cleaning tube, 1-inch diameter, 6-foot non-kinking tube
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 5.6 x 12.5 inches; 5.28 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 11060
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Marina 11060 Final Thoughts

"It was easy to assemble."

I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever.

Overall Score
4.1


(628 Points)

7. HEEPDD Aquarium Water Changer, 59inch Length Fish Tank Manual Cleaning Tool Gravel Sand Cleaner Vacu...

User Ratings: 24 25

HEEPDD First Impressions

"It really helped a lot."

It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket.

  • HEEPDD Aquarium Water Changer, 59inch Length Fish Tank Manual Cleaning Tool Gravel Sand Cleaner Vacuum Siphon Tube for Water Changing and Sand Cleaner (AS-999)
  • Easy to Use---This aquarium water changer is easy to use, you just need to put the tube head immersed into the water and move up and down to produce pressure in the tube, then the water will automatically flow through the pipe due to the siphon effect.
  • Multi Purpose---This aquarium water changer not only can change water, but also can clean up small gravel and remove excrement at ease.
  • Qualitative Materials---The soft long pipe of this aquarium water changer is made of PVC, which is eco-friendly, non-toxic and flexible.
  • Special Tube Head Design---This aquarium water changer adopts special tube head design, makes it more convenient than other products to change the water at the aquarium manually.
  • Suitable for Small Sized Aquarium---This aquarium water changer is mainly suitable for family small sized aquarium or fish tank.
  • Manufacture: HEEPDD
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HEEPDD
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

HEEPDD Final Thoughts

"That's all i want."

I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. This is how I got the NICREW power vac to work with sand and large poop. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. Maybe I'm using it wrong, but I got water EVERYWHERE.

Overall Score
3.1


(8 Points)

8. Penn-Plax GV9 Aquarium Gravel Vac, 9" | Makes Cleaner Your Tank Quicker and Easier

User Ratings: 48 21

Penn-Plax GV9 First Impressions

"I totally recommend this."

That said, the results were excellent. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. Returned, but agreed to try another one. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected.

  • Penn-Plax GV9 Aquarium Gravel Vac, 9" | Makes Cleaner Your Tank Quicker and Easier
  • CLEANER, SCRAPER, AND SIPHON: designed to remove waste, dirt, and debris from your tank.
  • PERFECT FOR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE: it's easy to use and produces great results
  • IT WON'T SCRATCH THE GLASS: you can clean above and below your gravel line without fear of scratching
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 17.75 x 8.75 inches; 2.88 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax GV9
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax GV9 Final Thoughts

"I love it."

In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution.

Overall Score
3.7


(25 Points)

9. GOTOTOP Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer-Electric Aq...

User Ratings: 33

GOTOTOP First Impressions

"This works really well."

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. What I love about this is the water return function. I found that it's difficult to use. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon.

  • GOTOTOP Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer-Electric Aquarium Cleaner Without Batteries for Aquarium Fish Tank
  • Safe and Durable: This Aquarium Gravel Cleaner is made of high quality ABS plastic and electric components, which guarantees its safety and long-term use. The soft tube included is harmless to fishes, eco-friendly and no peculiar smell.You can adjust the flexible hose to appropriate length according to depth of your aquarium to suit for both shallow and deep aquarium, maximum water level can reach 29.53 Inch.
  • Keep Clean: 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, which ensure the cleanness and won't soil your hands.
  • Easy to Operate: Just press the power button to start, place the cleans as the position you desire to clean fish excrete and other dirt in the aquarium. Supported two suction pipe sizes, suitable for both small and large aquariums.
  • Multiple Function: This Filter Cleaner can be used for water change, empty your aquarium when you connect a hose t outlet, energy saving and preventing jamming, and also can suck up any debris in your aquarium tank like fish feed,fish poops,or dead water plant leaves,feeding medicine food and so on.
  • Customer Service:Your satisfaction is our utmost concern,please check the applicable model you need before purchasing our products. If you have any questions about the product size, please feel free to email us. Our customer service will try our best to give you a satisfactory answer within 24 hours.
  • Manufacture: Cusco
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GOTOTOP
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

GOTOTOP Final Thoughts

"Treat that water."

Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it.

Overall Score
3.7


(3 Points)

10. Lee's Pet Products ALE11561 Ultimate Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium, 25-Feet

User Ratings: 71 14

Lee's Pet Products 11561 First Impressions

"GRAVEL CLEANER works!"

I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. I knew siphoning would be an issue,. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly.

  • Lee's Pet Products ALE11561 Ultimate Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium, 25-Feet
  • Lees ultimate gravel vacuum 25feet
  • Refilling is also a breeze
  • Eliminates the need for heavy, messy buckets
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's Pet Products 11561
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Lee's Pet Products 11561 Final Thoughts

"Just saying."

This gravel vacuum works very well. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. 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. This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month.

Overall Score
4.3


(4 Points)

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