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. Aquarium Accessories Vacuum Cleaner Siphon Suctions Pump Aquarium Tank

Corner Biz Aquarium First Impressions

"It is fine for my needs."

Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. I knew siphoning would be an issue,. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! I am very satisfied with how the aquarium cleaner operates and highly recommend it.

  • Aquarium Accessories Vacuum Cleaner Siphon Suctions Pump Aquarium Tank
  • Clean gravel, siphon the fish excreta and other dirt out effectively.
  • Press the pump to pump out the water, easy-to-use cleaner pump for aquarium.
  • The tube is long enough and flexible, convenient to use.
  • Removable filter prevents the small fishes and sand from sucked out.
  • Keeps the aquarium clean, gives your fish a nice living environment.
  • Manufacture: general
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Corner Biz Aquarium
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Corner Biz Aquarium Final Thoughts

"Just saying."

I am so glad to have this for my fish care. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

3. Marina Easy Clean Gravel Cleaner, Medium

User Ratings: 52 12

Hagen 11062 First Impressions

"But it's so cumbersome."

The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. I have been looking for this for years. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer.

  • Marina Easy Clean Gravel Cleaner, Medium
  • 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
  • 15-inch cleaning tube, 2.5-inch diameter, 6-foot non-kinking tube and clip
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 0.82 x 10.4 inches; 0.02 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hagen 11062
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Hagen 11062 Final Thoughts

"Quality materials."

Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. You won't go wrong with this product. I wish i had bought this the first time. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. I have been looking for this for years.

Overall Score
4.0


(357 Points)

4. Natural Rapport Aquarium Gravel Cleaner - The Only Gravel Cleaner Fish Need - Professional Aquarium ...

User Ratings: 63 6

Natural Rapport First Impressions

"It works great."

Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. At first I was furious with this thing. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them.

  • Natural Rapport Aquarium Gravel Cleaner - The Only Gravel Cleaner Fish Need - Professional Aquarium Gravel Cleaner to Naturally Maintain a Healthier Tank, Reducing Fish Waste & Toxins (16 fl oz)
  • NATURAL, HEALTHIER AQUARIUM - Our gravel cleaner introduces healthy, natural bacteria that biologically eliminate excess fish waste, fish food, toxins, odors, and other organic wastes. This leads to cleaner, clearer water, and a healthier fish tank.
  • EXTEND YOUR TANK MAINTENANCE - Our professional grade, non-chemical formula will extend the time between water changes and vacuum gravel cleanings by eliminating organic waste that accumulates in your aquarium. It also helps correct for overfeeding.
  • MAKE YOUR AQUARIUM WATER FISH SAFE - Our gravel cleaner not only improves water quality and clarity and minimizes odors, but also naturally reduces the build-up of toxic ammonia and nitrite as well as problem-causing nitrate and phosphate.
  • PROFESSIONAL, EASY, ONE-STEP APPLICATION - Simply add one capful per 10 gallons to your Saltwater or Freshwater aquariums for cleaning. That's it, done! No messy accessories, tools or pump. Our 16 oz bottle treats up to 960 gallons, now that's value.
  • OUR PROMISE - All supplies made in the USA. We have a customer promise of "complete product delight". We are a family-owned business passionate about making natural products with high standards keeping your beautiful fish safer and healthier.
  • Manufacture: Natural Rapport
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 8 inches; 15.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Natural Rapport
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Natural Rapport Final Thoughts

"Stay tuned."

This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. Its made the water changes on my 55 gallon and 20 tall so easy. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. I have a 20 gallon long tank at floor level.

Overall Score
4.3


(2477 Points)

5. Ecological Labs AEL20528 Microbe Lift Gravel and Substrate Cleaner for Aquarium, 4-Ounce

User Ratings: 45 17

Ecological Labs 971030 First Impressions

"Marvelous."

It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. 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. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process.

  • Ecological Labs AEL20528 Microbe Lift Gravel and Substrate Cleaner for Aquarium, 4-Ounce
  • Ecological Labs Microbe Lift Gravel & Substrate Cleaner, 4-Ounce
  • Manufactured by Ecological Labs
  • Made in United States
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ecological Labs 971030
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Ecological Labs 971030 Final Thoughts

"This device works well."

Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. I may modify mine to be more robust. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore.

Overall Score
3.6


(4 Points)

6. Laifoo Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Cleaner Washer for Fish Tank Cleaning Gravel & Sand

User Ratings: 68 5

Laifoo First Impressions

"THEN I FOUND THIS!"

Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. As you can see from the photo, it works great! Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc.

  • Laifoo Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Cleaner Washer for Fish Tank Cleaning Gravel & Sand
  • FUNCTION --- Easy to control, convenient to siphon fish faeces, impurities, turbid water out of fish tank.
  • 7 Feet HOSE --- Made from clear & elastic plastic. Makes it more durable and anti-kinking. Harmless to fishes & No peculiar smell.
  • GRAVEL TUBE --- Sinkable, with a filter screen inside. 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 --- For 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

"Wish I found this sooner."

It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! 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. I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing.

Overall Score
4.4


(700 Points)

7. Betta Small Gravel Cleaner & Siphon

User Ratings: 75 25

BETTA Jnk070 First Impressions

"THEN I FOUND THIS!"

The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. And the price is more than reasonable. I would definitely recommend this product. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. Prolly also easier to use with larger hands.

  • Betta Small Gravel Cleaner & Siphon
  • Cleaning nozzle diameter: 3 Inch x 1 Inch (8.5 x 3cm)
  • Cleaning nozzle length: 7 Inch (18.5cm)
  • Hose length: 47 Inch (120cm)
  • Manufacture: J&K AQUATICS
  • Item Weight: 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BETTA Jnk070
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

BETTA Jnk070 Final Thoughts

"Exactly what I needed!"

I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. I found that it's difficult to use. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. I just pump the water directly into my sump.

Overall Score
4.0


(2 Points)

8. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Kit,Water Exchanger Adjustable Water Flow Controller | 5 in...

User Ratings: 47 10

NIDEZON First Impressions

"Turned my normal 3."

The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. Returned, but agreed to try another one. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light.

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Kit,Water Exchanger Adjustable Water Flow Controller | 5 in 1 Algae Scrapers,Spoon Net,Plant Fork,Sponge,Gravel Rake,Convenient Aqua Tools
  • 【No Effect on Fish and Invertebrate】The tubing is flexible silicone so it is more maneuverable that the stiff tubing. this helps in keeping the tubing in the bucket so you don't spill water all over the place.The bottom of the siphon has a smart setting,Fish and sand are not easily sucked out.
  • 【More Convenient】Makes your aquarium maintenance water changes so much easier no more emptying water out by cups just Stick the vacuum in the water but the other end of the hose in a bucket press the button a couple of times to get suction and this will empty out as much water as you want,also you can put water in the tank this way. Weekly fish tank water changes will become easier.
  • 【Siphon with Locking Function】Maybe your child will ask, dad, why does the water flow out automatically when the plastic tube is inserted into the water? We can spread the knowledge of physics to children, and at the same time do the maintenance job of the fish tank (the principle of attraction between gravity and water molecules).
  • 【5 in 1 Aquarium Set】Adjustable Handle - 40-80cm / 15.74-31.5inch.Stretching freely, tightly fixed and not to fall off. 4 INCH FISH NET perfect for catching small fish, sand, shrimp, crayfish, snails, aquatic frogs.5 in 1 set can meet the tools you need to clean the fish tank.
  • 【OUR SERVICE AND WARRANTY】If you have any questions about our products, please contact us in time, we will provide you with solutions within 24 hours! We are confident enough to provide customers with high-quality products and services!
  • Manufacture: Gveuwin
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NIDEZON
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NIDEZON Final Thoughts

"And it keeps flowing!"

I may modify mine to be more robust. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month.

Overall Score
3.9


(39 Points)

9. Lukovee Fish Aquarium Cleaner, Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Water and Sand Changer Device with Stressles...

User Ratings: 51 10

Lukovee First Impressions

"If so hit helpful."

Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! I may modify mine to be more robust.

  • Lukovee Fish Aquarium Cleaner, Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Water and Sand Changer Device with Stressless Syphon Starter Water Flow Control Clamp Long Flexible Pipe Perfect for Cleaning Small Fish Tanks
  • ➤ 5 IN 1 Multifunctional ---This fish tank water pump for cleaning gravel cleaner set is equipped with many accessories: Inlet tubes, Outlet hose, adjustable Water Flow Controller clamp, fixture clamp, fish net and glass scraper. No need for power, No need to immersing your hands in the aquarium water, No spilling water on the ground, this manual gravel cleaning kit could safely help to aquarium water changing, scraping algae, sand washing, raking sand, excrement-absorbing.
  • ➤ Fit For All Aquarium --- This Aquarium cleaner tool kit has 2 inlet tubes (each 40cm/15.75in long), which can be connected by an orange connecting pipe to use. The 6 foot flexible outlet hose with water flow clip can be attached on the bucket to prevent water from splashing, help you optimize the water flow and fix the pipe, making your work efficiently and easily. It almost fits for all different-sized fish/plant/turtle aquariums tank.
  • ➤ Aquarium Fish Net & Filter Basket Net --- ①The size of fish net (Width: 3.9 inch; Length :12.2 inch) will be easily fit for most fishes and aquariums. Durable construction means it will not easy to bending or breaking. It also help catch those crafty, quick fish and clean out debris from the tank. ②Filter basket net in the tube effectively avoiding blocking by gravel and prevents smaller fish from being sucked into the apparatus. It’s effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium
  • ➤ Simple Assembly, Easy Operation --- This fish tank gravel cleaner easy to use, first connect the inlet and outlet pipe, Please remember to spin on the orange connector to install the extension tube, it's safe and tight. Then press the air pressure button with your palm until the water can flow out automatically. This product has a powerful suction, even a child can operate. The valve inside can prevent water from backflow.
  • ➤ 100% Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed! --- Lukovee aquarium gravel cleaner fish vacuum are designed to keep a healthy environment for our underwater friends. but if in any way you are not 100% satisfied with this aquarium gravel cleaner, please feel free to contact us. We truly care about our customers! Just use it with confidence! We will provide every customer with the best service!
  • Suction Type: Manual pressing air pump button
  • Inlet Pipe Length: each 40cm/ 15.7inch
  • Outlet Hose Length: 204cm/ 80.3inch
  • Manufacture: Lukovee
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lukovee
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Lukovee Final Thoughts

"I love this."

If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. 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.

Overall Score
3.9


(100 Points)

10. 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
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(1 Points)

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