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. NICREW Replaceable Filter Sponge for Power VAC Plus Gravel Cleaner, 5 Pcs

User Ratings: 69 5

NICREW N13880 First Impressions

"Finally, I found this."

Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks.

  • NICREW Replaceable Filter Sponge for Power VAC Plus Gravel Cleaner, 5 Pcs
  • For use with NICREW Power VAC Plus electric gravel cleaner
  • Each pack contains 5 pieces sponge replacement
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW N13880
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW N13880 Final Thoughts

"This will not rep!"

I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. Returned, but agreed to try another one. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. I have been looking for this for years.

Overall Score
4.3


(128 Points)

3. Koller Products Tom Aquarium Mr. Cleaner Battery Operated Gravel Siphon, Tom Aquarium Mr. Cleaner Ba...

User Ratings: 40 18

Koller Products TM1096 First Impressions

"4- Finally a solution!"

Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. I found that it's difficult to use. As you can see from the photo, it works great! I just pump the water directly into my sump. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video.

  • Koller Products Tom Aquarium Mr. Cleaner Battery Operated Gravel Siphon, Tom Aquarium Mr. Cleaner Battery-Operated Gravel Siphon
  • 3-in-1 aquarium cleaning tool siphons water, removes algae, and cleans gravel
  • Ideal for spot cleaning and getting to difficult-to-reach areas; ideal for siphoning nano tanks
  • Nylon bag quickly traps debris and unwanted fish waste
  • Runs on two C-size batteries (not included)
  • Extendable from 8 to 16 inches
  • Manufacture: Tom (Tominaga/Oscar)
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4 x 2 inches; 6.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products TM1096
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Koller Products TM1096 Final Thoughts

"But it's so cumbersome."

Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible. And the price is more than reasonable. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. Maybe I'm using it wrong, but I got water EVERYWHERE.

Overall Score
3.5


(1022 Points)

4. Baosity 4 Pcs Fish Garden Pond Filter Brushes Skimmer Pond Filtration

User Ratings: 45 19

Baosity First Impressions

"It comes today."

I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy.

  • Baosity 4 Pcs Fish Garden Pond Filter Brushes Skimmer Pond Filtration
  • Material: Plastic + Stainless Steel
  • Color: Black
  • Size 40cm:Length:Approx.42cm/16.54inches;Width:Approx.12cm/4.72inches
  • Material: Plastic + Stainless Steel
  • Environmental protection and not easily deformed,can be used over and over again.
  • Manufacture: Baosity
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Baosity
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Baosity Final Thoughts

"But it's so cumbersome."

I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy.

Overall Score
3.7


(6 Points)

5. Ecological Laboratories Microbe-Lift Gravel and Substrate Cleaner Size: 4 oz.

User Ratings: 49

Ecological Laboratories First Impressions

"This is a great product."

Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. You won't go wrong with this product. I should have believed the other reviews. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. This gravel vacuum works very well. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs! As you can see from the photo, it works great!

  • Ecological Laboratories Microbe-Lift Gravel and Substrate Cleaner Size: 4 oz.
  • Aquatic
  • Water Treatment and Conditioners
  • Freshwater Conditioners
  • 4 oz
  • Manufacture: Ecological Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3 inches; 0.35 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ecological Laboratories
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Ecological Laboratories Final Thoughts

"Cleaning is so EASY!"

The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. I may modify mine to be more robust.

Overall Score
4.5


(2 Points)

6. 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
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(1 Points)

7. Lee's The Ultimate Gravel Vac 25' Kit

User Ratings: 61 7

Lee's 11570 First Impressions

"The primer pump works."

Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. As you can see from the photo, it works great! It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used!

  • Lee's The Ultimate Gravel Vac 25' Kit
  • Ultimate Gravel Vac attaches directly to most faucets and allows water to drain directly into sink
  • Includes Fish-Saver cleaning assembly
  • No more need for heavy ,messy, un-wieldy buckets
  • Water changes refresh your aquarium with precious nutrients and remove excess debris.
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 9.63 x 14.25 inches; 3.4 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11570
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Lee's 11570 Final Thoughts

"Again this item is great."

It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise.

Overall Score
4.2


(27 Points)

8. Battery Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Washer Siphon Vacuum Water Pump Filter for Aquarium Fish Tank

User Ratings: 42 13

Estink First Impressions

"Great for 75 gallon."

My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. Returned, but agreed to try another one. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues.

  • Battery Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Washer Siphon Vacuum Water Pump Filter for Aquarium Fish Tank
  • 【Height Adjustable】Telescopically adjustable height for large and small aquariums.
  • 【Remove Dirt】Can clean gravel, siphon the fish excreta and other dirt out effectively without requiring a water change. Can remove the dirt from the bottom of your aquarium with this tool.
  • 【Water Siphon】Our aquarium gravel cleaner can be used as a water siphon for water changes, or to empty your aquarium when you connect a hose to outlet.
  • 【Batteries Powered】Powered by two batteries(NOT INCLUDED), safe to use. Another power on/off button to control external power supply(not included).
  • 【Easy to Install】Easy to install and operate.
  • Manufacture: Estink
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 5 x 2.5 inches; 4.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Estink
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Estink Final Thoughts

"Cleans well and quickly."

I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank.

Overall Score
3.7


(49 Points)

9. AquaTop Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Vaccum Cleaner

User Ratings: 35 35

AquaTop First Impressions

"Turned my normal 3."

I wish i had bought this the first time. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. I am so glad to have this for my fish care. They more than helped me resolve my situation. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before.

  • AquaTop Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Vaccum Cleaner
  • Recommended for 20-55 Gal Tanks
  • Unique Ball Valve Siphon
  • Integrated Gravel/Fish Guard
  • On/Off Flow Control Valve
  • Length: 8ft (Including hose & gravel head)
  • Manufacture: Aquatop
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaTop
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AquaTop Final Thoughts

"Still working great."

So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this.

Overall Score
3.3


(3 Points)

10. Songway Aquarium Gravel Cleaner/Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium Fish Tank/Aquarium Siphon with Filter, Ai...

User Ratings: 41 25

Songway First Impressions

"Becareful not to do this!"

I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! I may modify mine to be more robust. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated.

  • Songway Aquarium Gravel Cleaner/Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium Fish Tank/Aquarium Siphon with Filter, Airbag and Water Flow Controller/8.2ft Fish Tank Water Changer
  • IDEAL GRAVEL CLEANER: This fish tank vacuum has a exquisite appearance, designed with filter pump, and water flow control valve, easy to clean the debris hidden in the sand or floated in the water. Ideal for gravel cleaning and water changing, thus offer a best environment for your fish.
  • EASY TO USE: Simply insert the filter of the Aquarium Cleaner Vacuum into fish tank and gently squeeze the pump, the siphon works. You can change the fish tank water and clean the gravel/sand easily and quickly while the fish, plant or gravel will stay in place.
  • SHUT OFF VALVE DESIGN: Our enhanced fish tank vacuum cleaner has a shut off valve for you to control the water flow speed at anytime, ensuring water won't spill on the ground when you’re cleaning. The thoughtful design effectively keep your house tidy.
  • HUMANIZED: Made with high quality BPA free material, it won't harm your fish or plants! Besides, designed with a mini filter, When clean gravel bed or make a regular water change, water and debris will flow quickly while gravel, fish, plants will stay in aquarium efficiently.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: We tremendously heed to our customers' feeling, so your satisfaction is our #1 priority. If you have any issues or concerns about this item, please contact us freely at any time, we will strive our best to solve it.
  • Manufacture: Songway
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Songway
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Songway Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps someone."

It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. I knew siphoning would be an issue,. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work.

Overall Score
3.3


(20 Points)

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