Editor's Choice - Our Favorite boxtech Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. Boxtech Fish Tank Water Change, Aquarium Vacuum Siphon Water Changer Pump Sand Cleaner for Aquarium ...

User Ratings: 65 6

boxtech First Impressions

"IT's SO easy to use."

It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy!

  • Boxtech Fish Tank Water Change, Aquarium Vacuum Siphon Water Changer Pump Sand Cleaner for Aquarium Water Filter
  • Boxtech Aquarium Cleaner: Water changer, washing sand, cleaning, it’s a multifunctional cleaning tool. Compatible with additional nozzle can help clean gravels which will effectively separates excrement and food residue from your aquarium, keep the water crystal clean.
  • Compact Structure: Compatible with 1pcs soft water pipe(72.4in) and 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2). It is easy to install and operate. fitting different-sized fish tank.
  • Anti-Back Flow Valve Design - Widened anti-reverse pipe makes drainage more effective. Kindly Note: Please put the QV letter end downward against the bucket when using because the pump is unidirectional.
  • Safe and Easy Use: Made of quality flexible PVC plastic which could ensure a long time use. It won't collapse to block the water flow, also, it is not too stiff, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use.
  • Special Design: Extra long tubing & hard pipes allows you to reach any dirty spots immediately without getting your hands wet
  • The water exchanger can be fixed on the glass of fish tank, great for daily maintenance and routine water changing.
  • 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2),
  • High quality PVC tube with High strength, corrosion resistant feature, won't collapse to block the water flow, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use
  • Manufacture: boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 3 x 11.3 inches; 14.39 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

boxtech Final Thoughts

"It really helped a lot."

What I love about this is the water return function. I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. This is how I got the NICREW power vac to work with sand and large poop. This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy! It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(653 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated boxtech Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

2. Boxtech Electric Aquarium Cleaner, 12V DC/28W Auto Fish Tank Gravel Cleaning kit 6 in 1 Change Water...

User Ratings: 55 14

boxtech First Impressions

"I recommend the vacuum."

Its made the water changes on my 55 gallon and 20 tall so easy. 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. I should have believed the other reviews. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again. I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier.

  • Boxtech Electric Aquarium Cleaner, 12V DC/28W Auto Fish Tank Gravel Cleaning kit 6 in 1 Change Water and Wash Sand Filter for Aquarium 10-200 Gallon
  • Multifunction Gravel Cleaner for Aquarium: Boxtech Electric Gravel Cleaner Kit with Water Changer+Sand Washer+Debris Cleaning+Water Filter+Water Shower+Water Flow 6 in 1 functions. Hmax can up to 118 inch, It takes only 0.3h to draw out a 180 gallon tank
  • Strong Power with Suction: Power is 28W, powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 256 GPH. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly
  • Safe & Durable: Only using DC12 Voltage power with UL certificated, Multi-page rotor spiral core, energy saving and preventing jamming, make sure it is safe to use for our customers and your love fish
  • With Flexible Structure: You Can Adjust The Flexible Hose To Appropriate Length According To Depth Of Your Aquarium to suit for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • Note: Only after putting the gravel vacuum cleaner into the fish tank water can it be turned on, otherwise it will stop working
  • Manufacture: Boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 6 inches; 2.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

boxtech Final Thoughts

"It is junk."

Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. I found that it's difficult to use. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used!

Overall Score
3.9

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

3. Boxtech Aquarium Filter Bags, Fish Tank Filter Bags for Electric Gravel Cleaner

User Ratings: 71 4

boxtech 5346909782 First Impressions

"I just can't use it."

I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket.

  • Boxtech Aquarium Filter Bags, Fish Tank Filter Bags for Electric Gravel Cleaner
  • Soft Fabric : The gravel cleaner filter bags use cotton style of polyester fabric, which is soft, durable cleaning, no-odour, Non-toxic and BPA free, safe to use for your fish tank water filter.
  • Knitted Craft : It use knitted craft, high density and high permeability. Can filter various impurities in the aquarium effectively.
  • Easy to use : The aquarium filter bags mouth use flexible design, no need binding buckle to bind it. Just hold it on the filter outlet is ok.
  • Easy to Clean : Clean the aquarium filter bags by your hand every week to keep it cleaning, provide a cleaning environment for your fish.
  • Best Service : We are confident that you will love our fish tank filter bags. If you are not satisfied with this product for any reason, we offer full refund.
  • Manufacture: Boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 5.91 x 5.91 x 0.2 inches; 0.81 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech 5346909782
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

boxtech 5346909782 Final Thoughts

"And it worked great."

It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc.

Overall Score
4.4

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

4. Creation Core 32.8 Feet Tube Hose No Spill Fill Aquarium Maintenance System with Tube Clip and Fauce...

Creation Core First Impressions

"It was easy to assemble."

I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. As you can see from the photo, it works great! A little tricky with the hand pump. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks.

  • Creation Core 32.8 Feet Tube Hose No Spill Fill Aquarium Maintenance System with Tube Clip and Faucet Connectors
  • This is a aquarium water feeder, it will quickly add water and not disturb fish during routine aquarium maintenance
  • Universal faucet connector is suitable for most of the faucet, except for the basin faucet
  • Tube clip is suitable for a fish tank which thickness is less than 0.47"/12mm
  • Faucet connection step: First,select any faucet(except for the basin faucet). Second,insert the universal connector into the faucet. Third, pull the outer ring of the quick connector and then insert the universal connector and release the outer ring. Thus, the connection step is complete
  • Package including: 1*universal connector, 1*quick connector, 1*standard connector, 1*water pipe, 1*tube clip
  • Manufacture: Creation Core
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Creation Core
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.2']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.7']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Creation Core Final Thoughts

"4- Finally a solution!"

I should have believed the other reviews. Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. I just left the spongy looking one. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work.

Overall Score
5.0

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

5. Jhua Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium Small Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner with 3 Nozzles, Aquarium Grave...

User Ratings: 38 30

Jhua First Impressions

"And it keeps flowing!"

It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. Returned, but agreed to try another one. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. This thing does both at the same time and quickly.

  • Jhua Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium Small Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner with 3 Nozzles, Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Vacuum Fish Tank Cleaner with Flow Control Clip, Water Changer Aquarium Siphon Pump for Fish Tank
  • 【3 Nozzles】- Fish tank cleaner is equipped with 3 kinds of nozzles for arbitrary switching: Inlet tubes straight pipe nozzle, filter nozzle, horn nozzle. Can easily meet your multiple needs for cleaning aquariums and won't wet your hands. Hose length(include airbag): 209cm/82.3inch. Hard inlet tubes length: 25cm/9.8inch.
  • 【Multi-Purpose】- 3-in-1 multifunctional, water changing, sand washing & residue removing. Aquarium siphon gravel cleaner comes with an airbag, vacuum pumping, powerful suction, can easily remove sediment from the bottom of the tank, efficient water cleaning. The filter nozzle effectively prevents little fish or aquatic plant from being discharged.
  • 【Easy to Use & Labor-Saving】- Aquarium gravel filter is simple to operate: First clamp the flow control clip, pressing the airbag repeatedly till the water flows out automatically, and then release the clip, greatly facilitates the cleaning process. Equipped with a powerful suction cup, fixed water pipe operation making it is easy to free your hands. When pumping water, the outlet level must be lower than the inlet level.
  • 【Adjustable Water Flow】- High-quality PVC water outlet pipe, excellent oxidation-resistant and corrosion-resistant performance, fairly soft, flexible and durable. Fish tank vacuum gravel cleaner is equipped with a flow control clip, handy to control the water yield.
  • 【Detachable】- Aquarium gravel cleaner can be split into different parts, easy to assemble and disassemble. Suitable for many types of small and medium fish tanks, aquariums and terrariums, etc.
  • Manufacture: Jhua
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Jhua
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.6']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3']
  • Quality [star rating='2.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Jhua Final Thoughts

"I love it."

So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible.

Overall Score
3.2

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

6. PYTHON GRAVEL TUBE ASSMBLY 30"

Python Aquarium Products First Impressions

"It works great."

The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier.

  • PYTHON GRAVEL TUBE ASSMBLY 30"
  • Category: AQUARIUM
  • Manufacturer: PYTHON AQUARIUM PRODUCTS
  • Sub-Category: MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT
  • MFR-PART-NO: GT30
  • Made By: PYTHON AQUARIUM PRODUCTS
  • Manufacture: Python Aquarium Products
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python Aquarium Products
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.7']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

Python Aquarium Products Final Thoughts

"Treat that water."

Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. I just left the spongy looking one. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. I wish i had bought this the first time. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again.

Overall Score
5.0

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

7. WEAVERBIRD Manual Fish Tank Water Changer Aquarium Dropper, 30ml Aquarium Clean Pipette Dropper, Fis...

User Ratings: 52 23

WEAVERBIRD First Impressions

"Fantastic."

The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. I found that it's difficult to use. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly.

  • WEAVERBIRD Manual Fish Tank Water Changer Aquarium Dropper, 30ml Aquarium Clean Pipette Dropper, Fish Tank Cleaning Waste Remover, Aquarium Gravel Cleaning Straw
  • Qualified material: Manual fish tank water changer aquarium dropper is made of premium non-toxic plastic material for durable and practical use. It will not harm your fish. You can use it rest assure.
  • Widely use: This aquarium clean pipette dropper is also suitable for brine shrimps and red worms feeding after food unfreezing and living feed or small particles of liquid feed is also suitable.
  • Keep fish tank clean: The aquarium gravel cleaning straw can remove the dirt and residual feed at the bottom of fish tank. It is perfect for stirring up waste and sucking it up without stressing the fish out too much. Help to keep your fish tank clean.
  • Easy to use: The amount of water absorbed by dropper can be adjusted by controlling the strength of grasping the dropper end. Please clean the item before use.
  • Scales design: With 4 scales on the pipe (10ml/ 15ml/ 20ml/30ml), and clear printed scales on the pipe. This aquarium water transfer tool is printed with clear and precise scale, easy for you to measure the liquid.
  • Manufacture: WEAVERBIRD
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WEAVERBIRD
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.6']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

WEAVERBIRD Final Thoughts

"Still working great."

It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. That said, the results were excellent. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(5 Points)

8. GOTOTOP Aquarium Cleaner Detachable Auto Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit Flexible Fish Tank Vac...

User Ratings: 45 26

GOTOTOP First Impressions

"Another tip."

I wish i had bought this the first time. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. 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. This gravel vacuum works very well. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great!

  • GOTOTOP Aquarium Cleaner Detachable Auto Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit Flexible Fish Tank Vacuum Filter with Other Accessories for Big and Small Tank Water Changing and Sand Clean
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Flexible Structure: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 with adjustable height from 40cm to 95cm. It is also equipped with soft water hose,it is more easy to empty the water out or add water.
  • Manufacture: GOTOTOP
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GOTOTOP
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.7']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='2.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

GOTOTOP Final Thoughts

"I highly recommend this."

It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. This is how I got the NICREW power vac to work with sand and large poop. In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years.

Overall Score
3.3

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

9. Marina Suction Pump for Marina AquaVac

User Ratings: 61

Marina 11046 First Impressions

"It's so easy."

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. I may modify mine to be more robust. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free.

  • Marina Suction Pump for Marina AquaVac
  • Suction Pump attachment for use with the Marina AquaVac
  • Includes brass and garden adapters for female connectors
  • Includes rubber O-Rings
  • For use with the Marina AquaVac's 11040 and 11041
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 4.9 x 8.7 inches; 4.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 11046
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Marina 11046 Final Thoughts

"Finally, I found this."

You fill the chamber with filter substrate. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever.

Overall Score
4.4

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

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

User Ratings: 54 11

KASAN First Impressions

"Cleans well and quickly."

Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process.

  • 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
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.1']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

KASAN Final Thoughts

"I just can't use it."

The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. This is how I got the NICREW power vac to work with sand and large poop. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process.

Overall Score
3.9

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

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