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 [star rating='4.8']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

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

[star rating="3.8"]
(2220 Points)

2. Lee's 11555 Ultra Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, 10"

Lee's 11555 First Impressions

"Finally, I found this."

I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. I am so glad to have this for my fish care.

  • Lee's 11555 Ultra Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, 10"
  • Features a 2" Diameter x 10" long Cylinder
  • Ultra Hose clip included
  • Self-start Siphon
  • Manufacture: Lee's Aquarium and Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.25 x 7.75 inches; 11.99 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11555
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Lee's 11555 Final Thoughts

"We shall see."

I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon.

Overall Score
5.0

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

3. 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 [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

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

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

4. Aqueon Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Large with Bulb, 10-Inch

User Ratings: 60 10

Aqueon 100106232 First Impressions

"They are very well made."

Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. I have a 20 gallon long tank at floor level. I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy! I should have believed the other reviews. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video.

  • Aqueon Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Large with Bulb, 10-Inch
  • Perfect for quick water changes
  • Self-priming, using up and down motion, to start water flow
  • Efficiently separates debris from gravel
  • 6 foot flexible hose with clip for attaching the drain hose to the inside of a bucket
  • Makes routine water changes easier
  • Self-priming, using up and down motion
  • Removes dirty water
  • Vacuums out the debris in grave
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 19.3 x 4 inches; 1.45 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106232
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.4']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Aqueon 100106232 Final Thoughts

"Just saying."

Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. You fill the chamber with filter substrate. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium.

Overall Score
4.0

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

5. Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner - Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand ...

User Ratings: 52 48

Peralng First Impressions

"It works great."

It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. 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.

  • Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner - Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer for Aquarium and Water Changer, Aquarium Sand Cleaner Kit
  • 【6 IN 1 Version Multifunction: Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner】The aquarium gravel vacuum cleaner have 6 in 1 functions with water changer + sand washer + debris cleaning + water filter + water shower + water flow. A variety of cleaning functions allow you to solve cleaning troubles in one step without buying too many tools. Convenient and saves space.
  • 【Strong Power and Suction】Power: 28W, Suction: 1800L/H. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Also can be used for Absorb Dirt, Change Water, Wash Sand, Suck The Stool, Feed The Coral Fish, And Feed The Medicine, Increase Oxygen, Filter And So On.
  • 【Adjustable Length】Matching 4 extension tubes, it can be extends from 18.5 inch to 32.7 inch. You Can Adjust The Flexible Hose To Appropriate Length According To Depth Of Your Aquarium to suit for both shallow and deep aquarium.
  • 【Safe & Durable】 Multi-page rotor spiral core, energy saving and preventing jamming, make sure it is safe to use for our customers and your love fish.
  • 【EASY TO USE】After installation according to the mode of the manual, turn on the power to use. Please power on only after put the gravel vacuum into aquarium water. If you power on out of water, it would suck into air and would stop working.
  • Manufacture: Forever Forward
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Peralng
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='2.8']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='2.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Peralng Final Thoughts

"I recommend the vacuum."

It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. I may modify mine to be more robust.

Overall Score
3.1

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

6. 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)

7. Fluval Gravel Cleaner Kit, A370, Black

User Ratings: 64 4

Fluval A370 First Impressions

"But it's so cumbersome."

I should have believed the other reviews. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! That said, the results were excellent. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing.

  • Fluval Gravel Cleaner Kit, A370, Black
  • Effectively traps dirt and debris
  • Integrated Filter housing with fine and super fine vacuum Bags (item # a372 and a373 - sold separately)
  • Thumb-operated flow control; gravel Guard prevents clogging
  • Vacuum head with grooved design for efficient debris Collection
  • For use in freshwater and Saltwater aquariums
  • The product is black with red and green pieces
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 9 x 14.7 inches; 2.78 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval A370
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Fluval A370 Final Thoughts

"Great design."

I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. They more than helped me resolve my situation. As you can see from the photo, it works great! Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze.

Overall Score
4.4

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

8. Ruiqas Hand Syphon Pump,Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Cleaner, Great for Tank Water Changing Moss Remo...

Ruiqas 1388257/120163AM93-1001 First Impressions

"It is junk."

Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. A little tricky with the hand pump. And the price is more than reasonable.

  • Ruiqas Hand Syphon Pump,Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Cleaner, Great for Tank Water Changing Moss Removal Gravel Cleaning.
  • ▲【EASY TO USE】Just press the air-pressing button to pump water out, Equipped with flow adjuster,easy to install and operate.Easy to use with air-pressing button, no battery required.Helps you easily change water, wash sand and remove moss on fish tank wall.
  • ▲【DESIGN】Built-in 3D filter can prevent small fishes and water plants from being sucking out.270cm long silicone water tube, durable and corrosion-resistant.Simple to adjust water flow with a plastic clip.
  • ▲【PREVENT BLOCKING】Aquarium gravel filter cleaner can replace the water and keep water fresh,with filter basket in the tube, effectively avoiding blocking by gravel.It’s effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium.
  • ▲【PACKAGE INCLUDES】1 x Main Body,2 x 40cm Water Inlet Tube,1 x 270cm Flexible Hose (diameter:1cm),1 x Water Flow Adjustable Clip,1 x Water Tube Fixing Clip,1 x Filter,1 x Connector,1 x Scraper
  • ▲【SERVICE GUARANTEE】We have professional, premium aftermarket replacement. Any problem of this product, you can send emails as soon. We will provide you excellent customer service and 100% satisfaction warranty.
  • Manufacture: Ruiqas
  • Product Dimensions: 16.14 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 12.91 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ruiqas 1388257/120163AM93-1001
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.3']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.2']

Ruiqas 1388257/120163AM93-1001 Final Thoughts

"Debris gets sucked up."

The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one.

Overall Score
3.0

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

9. Tropical Science Labs ATC99005 Liquid Gravel Vac Saltwater, 16-Ounce

Tropical Science Labs 731555990057 First Impressions

"It works great!"

Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. I wish i had bought this the first time. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. I have a 20 gallon long tank at floor level. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon.

  • Tropical Science Labs ATC99005 Liquid Gravel Vac Saltwater, 16-Ounce
  • Tropical Science Labs Liquid Gravel Vac Saltwater
  • Liquid Gravel Vac from Tropical Science Bio-labs utilizes the natural science of aquatic environmental chemistry
  • Available in both saltwater and marine/reef formulations.
  • Tropical Science Labs Liquid Gravel Vac Saltwater
  • Liquid Gravel Vac from Tropical Science Bio-labs utilizes the natural science of aquatic environmental chemistry
  • Available in both saltwater and marine/reef formulations
  • Available in both saltwater and marine/reef formulations
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tropical Science Labs 731555990057
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.6']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Tropical Science Labs 731555990057 Final Thoughts

"I totally recommend this."

What I love about this is the water return function. I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used!

Overall Score
5.0

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

10. SunGrow Rubber Aquarium Gloves, 22” Long Latex Gloves Keep Hands and Arms Dry, Waterproof, Comfort...

User Ratings: 59 7

SunGrow First Impressions

"They are very well made."

Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs! Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water.

  • SunGrow Rubber Aquarium Gloves, 22” Long Latex Gloves Keep Hands and Arms Dry, Waterproof, Comfortable Medium Size Gloves, Elastic Band Holds Tight, Practical for Aquarium and Household Use
  • ✔ MORE EFFECTIVE THAN SCRUB BRUSH --- Using a long scrub brush to clear dirt from your aquarium may be suitable for quick work, but for a thorough process, it is best to put on some gloves and get in there yourself. SunGrow’s 2 Rubber Aquarium Gloves are perfect for reaching deep into your fish tank and wiping all the nooks and crannies of your underwater environment with a handheld scrubber.
  • ✔ KEEPS HANDS AND ARMS DRY --- At a length of 22” (56cm), the pair of SunGrow Aquarium Gloves keep your hands and arms dry when working in your fish tank. Depending on the size of the wearer, the rubber gloves reach above the elbow on most people, making it easy to roll up your sleeves and get to work. The waterproof latex ensures that no water seeps through and your hands remain dry during the entire process.
  • ✔ CAREFULLY HANDLE SENSITIVE ORGANISMS --- Some aquatic organisms are highly sensitive to touch and don’t like to be moved around much. When working with live coral, anemone, life rock, and other delicate marine life, it is best to use rubber gloves like these from SunGrow. Wearing gloves will protect both you and your aquatic pets and plants.
  • ✔ HIGH QUALITY LATEX MATERIAL --- Keeping durability and convenience in mind, the SunGrow Aquarium Gloves are constructed using only the highest quality rubber latex. This superior material is waterproof and will not leak. It is possible to poke holes in the rubber, so avoid anything sharp or pointy. The long-lasting pair of gloves can be used and reused for years when cared for and kept properly.
  • ✔ ELASTIC GRIP BAND FOR EXTRA SECURITY --- At the top of the long latex aquarium gloves is an elastic band that tightly yet gently grips onto your arm. The arm grip not only provides extra security by holding the glove in place, but it also restricts any stray splashes of water from getting in through the top of your glove.
  • Manufacture: Marimo Pet Store
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.9']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"It's so easy."

I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. You fill the chamber with filter substrate. I love this setup and how easy it was to use. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing!

Overall Score
4.2

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

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