Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Aquatrone Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium - Long Nozzle Aquarium Siphon - Aquarium Vacuum with Priming Bulb & Flow ...

User Ratings: 61 9

Aquatrone First Impressions

"Wish I found this sooner."

Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. This gravel vacuum works very well. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable.

  • Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium - Long Nozzle Aquarium Siphon - Aquarium Vacuum with Priming Bulb & Flow Controller - Fish Tank Cleaner Vacuum - Aquarium Water Changer - Aquarium Gravel Cleaner - Siphon
  • PREVENT BUILT UP OF DEBRIS - Our aquarium siphon is used to remove any uneaten food or detritus that are trapped in the gravel which can be fatal to aquarium inhabitants if not removed. Do water changes easily with our fish tank vacuum gravel cleaner to reduce toxic ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels in the water column, keeping your fishes happy and healthy.
  • DRAIN YOUR AQUARIUM WITH A FEW SQUEEZES - No more sucking on the hose risking dirty aquarium water from entering your mouth or scooping aquarium water from your fish tank to the bucket, spilling aquarium water on the floor creating a mess with the use of our aquarium gravel vacuum. Our aquarium water changer comes with a priming bulb to get the water flowing from your aquarium to the bucket, simply by squeezing the priming bulb for a few times. Aquarium maintenance made easy!
  • FISH SAFE - Our flexible aquarium vacuum gravel cleaner is meticulously designed using BPA free durable plastic. Each nozzle comes with a guard which eliminates the risk of your fishes from getting sucked up by the gravel cleaner and hurting your precious fishes.
  • HANDS-FREE - Suitable for aquariums with a height of 4 to 20 inches. Aquatrone's fish tank vacuum comes with a hose holder and a suction cup which holds the nozzle snugly onto glass, allowing you to drain your aquarium without having to hold the gravel vacuum, giving you time to clean your fish tank equipment in the meantime. Shorter time needed for aquarium maintenance!
  • VERSATILE - Our high quality fish tank gravel cleaner comes with 2 types of specialized nozzle. The short nozzle is for draining the aquarium while the long nozzle is for cleaning the gravel, by removing leftover food and debris that are trapped in the gravel. Aquatrone's fish tank gravel vacuum comes with a flow controller for easy control of the rate of draining. Suitable for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums.
  • Manufacture: Aquatrone
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquatrone
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Aquatrone Final Thoughts

"Great purchase!"

Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(734 Points)

2. 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)

3. Poity Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaning Filter Tool Siphon Pump Water Fish Tank Cleaner

User Ratings: 31 29

Poity First Impressions

"It's so easy."

I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water. This gravel vacuum works very well. This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. I am so glad to have this for my fish care.

  • Poity Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaning Filter Tool Siphon Pump Water Fish Tank Cleaner
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Poity
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='2.4']
  • Quality [star rating='2.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

Poity Final Thoughts

"Turned my normal 3."

Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. I would definitely recommend this product. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used!

Overall Score
3.1

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

4. SunGrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit with Priming Bulb, 2-Minutes to Assemble, Facilitates Frequent W...

User Ratings: 51 18

SunGrow First Impressions

"So I gave it a shot."

I wish i had bought this the first time. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process.

  • SunGrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit with Priming Bulb, 2-Minutes to Assemble, Facilitates Frequent Water Changes, Perfect for Cleaning Small Fish Tanks
  • ✔ GOOD AQUARIUM KEEPING AT YOUR DOORSTEP — No more scooping up dirty water with a pail; that can be messy. SunGrow Aquarium Cleaning 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 tanks. Each part is meticulously designed to give you the best aquarium cleaning experience you can possibly have.
  • ✔ ROUTINE MAINTENANCE MADE EASY — Every SunGrow fish tank substrate cleaner comes with a short nozzle, 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 its unique component that sets it apart from other similar items in the market.
  • ✔ FREQUENT WATER CHANGE ENSURES HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT — Without water changes, your fish health may have an adverse impact. But, with the kink-resistant siphon cleaner by SunGrow, you can do it frequently and it will not take much of your time. This no-spill system is made high quality to not let aquarium fish get hurt or even disturbed while it is being used to transfer water.
  • ✔ 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. For convenience, attach it with a suction cup. This will make work easier for you because you don’t need to hold it while draining out water! Press on, or squeeze the pump 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 helps preventing 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 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 [star rating='3.7']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.2']
  • Quality [star rating='2.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3']

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"It's a great product."

Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs! Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(72 Points)

5. 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 [star rating='2.4']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='2.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.5']

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

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

6. Aqueon 25 ft Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner & Water Changer Vacuum

User Ratings: 78 11

Aqueon First Impressions

"Great value!"

Maybe I'm using it wrong, but I got water EVERYWHERE. Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. I am very satisfied with how the aquarium cleaner operates and highly recommend it.

  • Aqueon 25 ft Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner & Water Changer Vacuum
  • The Aqueon Aquarium Water Changer with 25 ft Hose was developed to make routine water changes and vacuuming gravel easy and efficient for any level aquarist
  • Complete water flow control prevents spillage, facilitates more complete, thorough cleaning and eliminates the need for lifting heavy buckets of water
  • 11" gravel tube with built-in water flow control valve
  • Water flow sink attachment with adjustable splash reducing guard
  • Multi-connection faucet adaptor
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.4']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.4']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Aqueon Final Thoughts

"I have double stands."

I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. They more than helped me resolve my situation. I knew siphoning would be an issue,. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean.

Overall Score
4.2

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

7. Water & Wood Fish Tank Plastic Manual Squeezing Water Changing Cleaning Pump 76.8"

User Ratings: 70

Waterwood First Impressions

"Love this product!"

I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible.

  • Water & Wood Fish Tank Plastic Manual Squeezing Water Changing Cleaning Pump 76.8"
  • Product Name : Aquarium Cleaning Pump;Fit for : Aquarium, Fish Tank
  • Material : Plastic;Color : Indigo Blue, White, Clear
  • Total Length : 1.95M / 76.8;Hose Diameter : 1.5cm / 0.6
  • Pump End Diameter : The Big One: 4.4cm / 1.73;The Small One: 1.5cm / 0.6 : The Small One: 1.5cm / 0.6
  • Weight : 130g;Package Content : 1 x Aquarium Cleaning Pump
  • Manufacture: Water & Wood
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Waterwood
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.1']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Waterwood Final Thoughts

"Great design."

Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! I knew siphoning would be an issue,. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely.

Overall Score
4.4

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

8. LQKYWNA Manual Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Washer Water Changer, A Hand Syphon Pump to Drain Cleaner...

LQKYWNA First Impressions

"Hope this helps."

It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. At first I was furious with this thing. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. What I love about this is the water return function.

  • LQKYWNA Manual Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Washer Water Changer, A Hand Syphon Pump to Drain Cleaner with Adjustable Water Walve
  • Water Inlet Filter: There is a filter at the water inlet, which can help to clean sand and gravel and the residues and stains attached to the grass and sand bed, and it can prevent the gravel and sand from being sucked in, which is more convenient for cleaning.
  • How to Use: First put the water inlet into the fish tank, then place the water outlet below the water surface, and finally press the blue suction ball continuously to stop after the water flow forms.
  • Clean and Hygienic: This product adopts the design of the principle of pneumatic siphon. The blue manual compression ball replaces the ancient method of suction by mouth, which is more clean and hygienic.
  • Water Flow Adjustment Valve: This fish tank water changer has a water flow adjustment valve. You can adjust the water flow according to your needs, which is very convenient and fast.
  • High-quality Plastic Tube: This product uses high-quality plastic hose, with a total length of about 2 meters, and other plastic tubes can also be replaced according to demand.
  • Manufacture: LQKYWNA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LQKYWNA
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

LQKYWNA Final Thoughts

"Exactly what I needed!"

I am very satisfied with how the aquarium cleaner operates and highly recommend it. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! I have been looking for this for years.

Overall Score
5.0

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

9. Fluval Edge II Gravel Cleaner,White, 11057

User Ratings: 56 6

Fluval 11057 First Impressions

"I love it."

I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. What I love about this is the water return function. So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month.

  • Fluval Edge II Gravel Cleaner,White, 11057
  • Convenient and effective tool for cleaning aquariums
  • Sucks up dirt and debris from aquarium
  • Built in gravel guard to prevent clogging
  • Equipped with 15 inch long tube plus an additional 15 inch extension tube
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 4 x 7 inches; 12.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 11057
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Fluval 11057 Final Thoughts

"If so hit helpful."

Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. At first I was furious with this thing. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. I love this setup and how easy it was to use. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs!

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(110 Points)

10. Lee S Aquarium & Pet Ultimate Super Pump

Lee's S11580 First Impressions

"Hope this helps."

Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. I would definitely recommend this product.

  • Lee S Aquarium & Pet Ultimate Super Pump
  • Lee S Aquarium & Pet
  • Ultimate Super Pump
  • All items are brand new, never worn and never used. We guarantee the authenticity of all items.
  • Manufacture: Lee's
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.88 x 1.5 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's S11580
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Lee's S11580 Final Thoughts

"Stay tuned."

Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review. This gravel vacuum works very well. What I love about this is the water return function. You fill the chamber with filter substrate. What I love about this is the water return function. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! Returned, but agreed to try another one.

Overall Score
5.0

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

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