Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Eheim Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. EHEIM Quick Vac Pro Automatic Gravel Cleaner and Sludge Extractor- PetOverstock

User Ratings: 53 16

Eheim 3531090 First Impressions

"The thing is huge, too."

So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. A little tricky with the hand pump. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. I should have believed the other reviews.

  • EHEIM Quick Vac Pro Automatic Gravel Cleaner and Sludge Extractor- PetOverstock
  • Easy to use - no buckets or hoses required
  • Extends intervals between water changes
  • Fully submersible up to 3 feet
  • Battery operated
  • Ideal for complete aquarium cleaning or quick spot maintenance
  • Manufacture: Eheim
  • Product Dimensions: 2.75 x 1.5 x 24 inches; 15.6 Ounces
  • Batteries: 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Eheim 3531090
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Eheim 3531090 Final Thoughts

"Wonderful product!"

I would definitely recommend this product. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. I found that it's difficult to use. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews.

Overall Score
3.8


(2220 Points)

2. Laifoo 50ft Aquarium Water Changer Gravel & Sand Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Cleaning Tools

User Ratings: 69 5

Laifoo First Impressions

"Debris gets sucked up."

Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while.

  • Laifoo 50ft Aquarium Water Changer Gravel & Sand Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Cleaning Tools
  • ✮2-IN-1 FUNCTION: Convenient to siphon fish faeces, impurities, turbid water out of fish tank & refill clean water by switching connector.
  • ✮50 Feet HOSE: Made from elastic clear plastic. Harmless to fishes & No peculiar smell. Makes it more durable and anti-kinking.
  • ✮GRAVEL TUBE: Sinkable, with a filter screen inside. And appropriate suction force will not disturb fish or decor when it's working.
  • ✮SIPHON BALL: All you need to do is to pinch it several times, water will flow out automatically. Without striking a blowing.
  • ✮WARRANTY: 3 months after the date of purchase, we take care of all quality-related issues with a FREE replacement or refund. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our professional after-sale service.
  • Manufacture: Laifoo
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Laifoo
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Laifoo Final Thoughts

"It really helped a lot."

Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review.

Overall Score
4.4


(668 Points)

3. Crabworx Beach Scoop

User Ratings: 40 12

Crabworx 18157 First Impressions

"Again this item is great."

The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs!

  • Crabworx Beach Scoop
  • Easily removes uneaten food
  • Keeps your tanks gravel or sand clean and tidy
  • Easy to clean
  • Great for all hermit crab habitats
  • Manufacture: Crabworx
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4 x 8 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Crabworx 18157
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Crabworx 18157 Final Thoughts

"It was easy to assemble."

The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. As you can see from the photo, it works great! Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable.

Overall Score
3.6


(16 Points)

4. POPETPOP Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Cleaning Kit for Water Changing and Filter ...

User Ratings: 63 6

POPETPOP 37902QHKZM17AB First Impressions

"I'm so happy this works!"

Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. Maybe I'm using it wrong, but I got water EVERYWHERE. They more than helped me resolve my situation. I knew siphoning would be an issue,.

  • POPETPOP Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Cleaning Kit for Water Changing and Filter Sand Cleaning
  • 2 IN 1 MULTIFUNCTIONAL CLEANER - POPETPOP gravel cleaner is perfect for water changing and sand washing. The nozzle net prevents absorbing of juvenile fish, grass and gravel. Attached nozzle can help clean gravels which will effectively separates excrement and food residue from your aquarium, keep the water fresh.
  • COMPACT STRUCTURE - Equipped with 1pcs soft water pipe(72.4in) and 2pcs hard water pipes(11in*2). The gravel cleaner's hole is connected tightly with no worries the problem of spilling water. Fitting different-sized fish tank.
  • ANTI-BACK FLOW VALVE DESIGN - Widened anti-reverse pipe makes drainage more effective. Note: Put the QV letter end downward against the bucket when using because the pump is unidirectional.
  • EASY TO USE - Syphon pump is easy to grip, just squeeze the pump a few times, water will start flow automatically. High quality PVC tube won't collapse to block the water flow, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use. (Note: The position of water outlet must be lower than the inlet.)
  • EASY TO INSTALL - The fish tank gravel cleaner can be split into different parts and you can adjust them as per your needs. Besides, it can be fixed on the fish tank to free your hands, great for daily maintenance and routine water changing.
  • Manufacture: POPETPOP
  • Product Dimensions: 71.65 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches; 13.86 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The POPETPOP 37902QHKZM17AB
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

POPETPOP 37902QHKZM17AB Final Thoughts

"Debris gets sucked up."

I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! A little tricky with the hand pump.

Overall Score
4.2


(118 Points)

5. Pawaboo Fish Tank Cleaner, 5-in-1 Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Water Changer for Quick Water Changing/San...

User Ratings: 53 7

Pawaboo First Impressions

"Happy customer."

Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this. You won't go wrong with this product. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly.

  • Pawaboo Fish Tank Cleaner, 5-in-1 Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Water Changer for Quick Water Changing/Sand Washing/Feces Absorbing/Raking Sand/Scraping Algae with Air-Pressing Button & Glass Scraper
  • 【5-in-1 Multifunctional Cleaner】: Multifunctional fish tank cleaner helps water changing, sand washing, feces absorbing, raking sand, scraping algae. No need to immerse your hands in the aquarium water and provide a healthy environment for your underwater friends.
  • 【Air-Pressing Button】: Air suction to allow one-hand operation. Press the air button continuously until water comes into the bucket automatically. (Note: Please let the water outlet at least 19.7 in/50 cm lower than the inlet when using.)
  • 【Fish Protective & Easy to Use】: With filter basket to prevent small fish, aquatic plant and gravel from being sucked out when changing water, effectively protects fish as well as the tank cleaner. Convenient operation and easy to install.
  • 【Scraping Algae】: Glass scraper assembly can be attached to the cleaner for removing deposits, helps clean the inside of the tank easily without scratching it.
  • 【Extensive Water Pipes】: 2 inlet tubes (15.7 inch/40 cm) included, which can be extended and combined according to your demand, fit various kinds of tanks.
  • Manufacture: Pawaboo
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches; 10 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pawaboo
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Pawaboo Final Thoughts

"So I gave it a shot."

The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon.

Overall Score
4.0


(92 Points)

6. Sera Round Gravel Washer

User Ratings: 60 6

Sera 8560 First Impressions

"It works great."

It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. I may modify mine to be more robust. And the price is more than reasonable.

  • Sera Round Gravel Washer
  • Easy to handle
  • Gravel washer for all aquariums
  • For freshwater and marine aquariums
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 2.36 x 7.09 x 12.99 inches; 10.56 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 8560
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 8560 Final Thoughts

"I highly recommend this."

What I love about this is the water return function. Its made the water changes on my 55 gallon and 20 tall so easy. This gravel vacuum works very well. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said.

Overall Score
4.3


(786 Points)

7. Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube Extension, 20-Feet

User Ratings: 90 1

Python 20EX First Impressions

"I'm so happy this works!"

I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! I have been looking for this for years. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! The costomer service for this company is wonderful. This gravel vacuum works very well.

  • Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube Extension, 20-Feet
  • Easily Extends Your No Spill Clean And Fill System
  • Includes Male And Female Adapters
  • Easy Installation
  • Package Dimensions: 18.0" L X 17.0" W X 1.0" H
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Part Number: 20EX
  • Item Weight: 2.09 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 16 x 1 inches
  • Size: 20'
  • Color: Original Version
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 20EX
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Python 20EX Final Thoughts

"It's a great product."

I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. I just pump the water directly into my sump. As you can see from the photo, it works great!

Overall Score
4.8


(437 Points)

8. IREENUO Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaning, Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaning, Battery Operated Siphon...

User Ratings: 36 25

IREENUO First Impressions

"I recommend the vacuum."

It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. This is how I got the NICREW power vac to work with sand and large poop. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks!

  • IREENUO Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaning, Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaning, Battery Operated Siphon Pump Water Changer with 3 Pcs Replaceable Mesh Bags
  • MULTIFUNCTION GRAVEL CLEANING TOOL --- IREENUO aquarium vacuum is the ideal cleaning tool, which is a 3 in 1 multifunction siphon pump for cleaning gravel & algae and changing water. Make your cleaning fish tank effortless!
  • AUTOMATIC WORK BY BATTERY --- Different from traditional cleaner, which requires manual pressing to work, IREENUO fish tank gravel cleaner is powered by 2 batteries (2 C/LR14), which is faster and more convenient. But please don't use it continuously for more than 30min to preventing motor damaging.
  • EASY TO USE --- The aquarium gravel siphon can be installed easily according to the icons. To get the strongest suction, please keep the current water level between the min and max water level on the handle before you press the power button. Only that can it work with strong suction at any water level.
  • ADJUSTABLE TUBE LENGTH --- Three tubes of different lengths can be freely combined with a tube buckle, the maximum length of the combination of the tube is 73cm. Suitable for small, medium, and large aquariums.
  • ❗ ❗ ❗ NOTE --- To make sure the service life of the fish tank siphon pump, do not use it continuously for more than 30 min and do not sink the battery compartment into the water. To make sure strong suction, must keep the current water level in the min and max water level line before you press the power button.
  • The excretion of fish feces and the accumulation of metabolic waste from aquatic plants lead to turbid water quality in fish tanks, which affects fish life.
  • Garbage hidden in the gravel is difficult to clean, powerful suction of cleaner can absorb them by water flow. You can cleans the fine impurities in the gravel quickly and easily.
  • The traditional manual water changer is time-consuming and laborious, which is inefficient. An electric fish tank cleaner can help you drain the water in the tank faster.
  • Manufacture: IREENUO
  • Editor's Impressions Of The IREENUO
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

IREENUO Final Thoughts

"If so hit helpful."

You won't go wrong with this product. I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal.

Overall Score
3.2


(465 Points)

9. Python Faucet Adapter for Aquarium

User Ratings: 67 13

Python 13A First Impressions

"And it keeps flowing!"

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning.

  • Python Faucet Adapter for Aquarium
  • Fits any standard faucet
  • Solid plastic construction ensures durability and long-term use
  • Compatible with all Python No Spill Clean and Fill systems
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.02 x 1 x 1 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 13A
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Python 13A Final Thoughts

"I'm so happy this works!"

Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. If it isnt working for you, try without the micro pad in and do a great clean.

Overall Score
4.2


(127 Points)

10. Long Aquarium Gloves,26 inches Shoulder Length Gloves Natural Rubber Glove for Fish Tank Cleaner Wat...

User Ratings: 61 4

SLSON First Impressions

"It is junk."

I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! If it isnt working for you, try without the micro pad in and do a great clean. Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise.

  • Long Aquarium Gloves,26 inches Shoulder Length Gloves Natural Rubber Glove for Fish Tank Cleaner Water Change Kitchen Washing Keep Hands Arms Dry,Large Size
  • SHOUDLER LENGTH AQUARIUM GLOVES: The length of aqumrium gloves is 26in, long enough to cover all your arm length, keep hands and arms dry when you clean the fish tank.
  • GREAT WATERPROOF MATERIAL:The fish tank cleaning gloves are made of high quality rubber, NO SEAM designed,ensure that water does not penetrate into the inner. It's puncture-resistant, durable and comfortable to touch.It can work with both sea water and fresh water.
  • EXCELLENT DEXTERIRTY: Lightweight long golves for fish tank is comfortable to wear, it won't hinder free movement of hands when you wear it.
  • EASY TO HOLD: Special texture on the palm, which can increase the friction force when holding the object even when wet, so that the item will not slideoff easily.
  • EASY TO CLEAN: This golves for fish tank is durable and long lasting, just rinse off when done. It can be used for all HOUSEHOLD needs including kitchen washing and car washing.
  • Manufacture: SLSON
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SLSON
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SLSON Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps someone."

I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. I should have believed the other reviews. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. I have large fish and large fish make large poop!

Overall Score
4.2


(59 Points)

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