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. iFCOW Aquarium Siphon, Aquarium Manual Water Changer Gravel Cleaner Siphon Tube Fish Tank Cleaning T...

User Ratings: 45 21

iFCOW 1295780/12043509 First Impressions

"No spills and SO easy!"

I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank.

  • iFCOW Aquarium Siphon, Aquarium Manual Water Changer Gravel Cleaner Siphon Tube Fish Tank Cleaning Tool
  • Special tube head design makes it easy to change the water at the aquarium manually
  • Put the tube head immersed into the water, move up and down to produce pressure in the tube, then the water will automatically flow through the pipe due to the siphon effect.
  • The soft long pipe is made of PVC, eco-friendly, non-toxic and flexible
  • Suitable for small sized aquarium
  • To change water, clean up small gravel and remove excrement at ease.
  • Manufacture: iFCOW
  • Product Dimensions: 11.81 x 8.27 x 1.18 inches; 2.82 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The iFCOW 1295780/12043509
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='2.9']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.7']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

iFCOW 1295780/12043509 Final Thoughts

"Cleaning is so EASY!"

I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water. It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy.

Overall Score
3.8

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

3. Fluval Edge II Gravel Cleaner,White, 11057

User Ratings: 56 6

Fluval 11057 First Impressions

"I love it."

I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. What I love about this is the water return function. So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month.

  • Fluval Edge II Gravel Cleaner,White, 11057
  • Convenient and effective tool for cleaning aquariums
  • Sucks up dirt and debris from aquarium
  • Built in gravel guard to prevent clogging
  • Equipped with 15 inch long tube plus an additional 15 inch extension tube
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 4 x 7 inches; 12.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 11057
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Fluval 11057 Final Thoughts

"If so hit helpful."

Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. At first I was furious with this thing. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. I love this setup and how easy it was to use. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs!

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(110 Points)

4. Arisun Tires Gravel 40+ 700X40 Black Fold/120 RSD+/Tr - T060205

Arisun 6927116102616 First Impressions

"This item is wonderful."

Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. 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 knew siphoning would be an issue,. This gravel vacuum works very well. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners.

  • Arisun Tires Gravel 40+ 700X40 Black Fold/120 RSD+/Tr - T060205
  • Arisun Gravel 40 Plus Tire Arisun Gravel 40+ 700x40 Bk Fold/120 Rsd+/tr
  • Manufacture: ARISUN
  • Product Dimensions: 10.45 x 5.45 x 3.8 inches; 1.17 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Arisun 6927116102616
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.1']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Arisun 6927116102616 Final Thoughts

"No suction."

It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! I have a 20 gallon long tank at floor level. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. I found that it's difficult to use. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance.

Overall Score
4.0

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

5. Aquarium Electric Water Changer, Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank, Battery Powered Sand Gravel Washing Devic...

User Ratings: 22 22

Yosoo First Impressions

"It works great!"

I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. I should have believed the other reviews. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before.

  • Aquarium Electric Water Changer, Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank, Battery Powered Sand Gravel Washing Device Pump Filter for Fish Tank Siphon Water Change Cleaning Tool
  • TANK WATER GRAVEL CLEANER: Aquarium Battery Cleaner, This aquarium gravel cleaner is designed to clean up small gravel and change water of fish tank. Clean gravel.It also can remove the dirt, residue from the bottom of aquarium to keep a clean and healthy environment of fish, turtle and other creatures
  • EFFECTIVE FILTERING: Electric Aquarium Vacuum, 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.The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water
  • ADJUSTABLE DESIGN: Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Comes with a water inlet tube and two extension tubes, so user can adjust the height according to fish tank size or the water level,which fits for large and small aquariums.Top handle part can be hung on the rim of fish tank, the cleaner helps to free your hands and clean the tank effortlessly
  • CONVENIENT TO APPLY: Fish Tank Cleaner Vacuum, Battery powered cleaner is easy to operate, powered by 2pcs "C" type batteries, with switch button to control on / off.press the button on the top, the water in the aquarium will automatically be pumped to change water through a hose
  • YOSOO GUARANTEE: Vacuum Cleaner for Aquarium, 100% brand new. Yosoo brand aim at "to maximize the satisfaction of customers" as its operation commitment.We provide a 6 months warranty for this Aquarium Gravel Cleaner.If you have any quality problem. We aim at "the best can be better" as operation tenet. Your satisfaction is our happiness
  • Manufacture: Yosoo-
  • Batteries: 1 AA batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Yosoo
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.9']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='2.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

Yosoo Final Thoughts

"I'm so happy this works!"

Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. I am so glad to have this for my fish care. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. If it isnt working for you, try without the micro pad in and do a great clean. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it.

Overall Score
3.2

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

6. Fish Tank Cleaner, Battery-Powered Aquarium Fish Tank Easy Assemble Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Siphon Wat...

User Ratings: 38

Aramox First Impressions

"Lesson learned."

I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. Returned, but agreed to try another one. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly.

  • Fish Tank Cleaner, Battery-Powered Aquarium Fish Tank Easy Assemble Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Siphon Water Filter for Medium and Large Fish Tanks
  • 【Function】 Cleaning your gravel and catch dirt without doing a water change.Helps to change the water in the fish tank efficiently and quickly.
  • 【Battery powered】Safe for you and your fish.Easy to install and use.The battery is not included.
  • 【Scope of Application】 Can also be used to siphon the water out for a water change.
  • 【Work Principle】The aquarium water changer sucks the dirt with water through a filter bag.Clean your gravel, siphon the dirt out without requiring a water change.
  • 【Bar Height Adjustable】Height Adjustable from 40cm to 95cm.You can adjust the height according to your needs.
  • Manufacture: Aramox
  • Product Dimensions: 17.72 x 5.12 x 2.76 inches; 13.93 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aramox
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.3']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Aramox Final Thoughts

"I love this."

I just left the spongy looking one. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! They more than helped me resolve my situation. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning.

Overall Score
4.4

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

7. Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube Hose Extension, 10-Feet

User Ratings: 88 2

Python 10EX First Impressions

"Great customer service."

The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. Returned, but agreed to try another one. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable.

  • Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube Hose Extension, 10-Feet
  • Easily extends your No Spill Clean and Fill system
  • Includes male and female adapters
  • Easy installation
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Part Number: 10EX
  • Item Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 16 x 1 inches
  • Size: 1.00 x 16.00 x 16.00
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 10EX
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Python 10EX Final Thoughts

"Becareful not to do this!"

What I love about this is the water return function. I may modify mine to be more robust. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. 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. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(477 Points)

8. AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Siphon Kit,6 in 1 Electric Automatic Removable Vacuum Water Changer,M...

User Ratings: 62

AQQA First Impressions

"Wonderful product!"

Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! This gravel vacuum works very well. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month.

  • AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Siphon Kit,6 in 1 Electric Automatic Removable Vacuum Water Changer,Multifunction Wash Sand Suck The Stool Filter 110V/20W 320GPH
  • 【Multifuncation Aquarium Gravel Cleaner】The main function is ①automatic changer water ②sand washer ③debris cleaning ④water filter ⑤water shower ⑥water cycle,With this product,make your fish tank cleaning activities are time-saving and efficient.
  • 【Complete Accessories, High Quality】①360° Brush Head,can clean the dirt on the wall of the fish tank ②45 ° Corner Suction Inlet,Used to clean fine sand ③Duckbill Suction Inlet with spatula,Used to absorb debris and feces at the bottom of the fish tank. If can’t suck it up, you can use a Plastic spatula ④360 ° Water Intake Strainer with suction cups,used change water, add water ⑤Gravel Washer with filter sponge,used wash sand ⑥Water Shower with Filter Bag,used turtle showering and filter
  • 【Extendable Handle Suitable For All Fish Tanks】The tube can be extended from 16.9 inches to 33.6 inches,just turn on the switch at the junction of the pipe to extend the pipe.suitable for various sizes of fish tanks,never worry about your hands being not long enough and the fish tank is too high.External switch for easy operation,Please note that the switch is not waterproof, please stay away from water.
  • 【Upgrade Electric Water Changer, Cleaning is Easier】Electric Water pump provides powerful power,rapid change water,effectively clean up impurities in the fish tank.The incident that made you clean the fish tank is no longer so hard.The starting water level can be as low as 2in and the pumping as low as 0.3in.Equipped ceramic shaft,Very quiet operation.
  • 【Fast And Convenient Installation And Disassembly】The assembly is very simple, you can assemble in order, without any other tools,can be disassembled and freely assembled to meet your different needs.When you don't need to use it, it can be disassembled and stored without taking up space.
  • Manufacture: AQQA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQQA
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.9']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.2']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

AQQA Final Thoughts

"Love everything about it!"

This gravel vacuum works very well. In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. I may modify mine to be more robust. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it.

Overall Score
4.2

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

9. 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 [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

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

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

10. Fortune-star Aquarium Siphon Gravel Cleaner Water Changer with air Bag Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleane...

User Ratings: 51 10

Fortune-star First Impressions

"It was such a pain."

I may modify mine to be more robust. As you can see from the photo, it works great! The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. I just pump the water directly into my sump. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. This is how I got the NICREW power vac to work with sand and large poop. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned.

  • Fortune-star Aquarium Siphon Gravel Cleaner Water Changer with air Bag Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Kit for Fish Tank Cleaner with Mini Net
  • Powerful function: The aquarium siphon gravel cleaner is equipped with airbags, and the strong suction can easily remove the sediment at the bottom of the water tank. The built-in filter in the water inlet can ensure that the plants and fish in the fish tank will not be discharged. The valve design of the water outlet can effectively control the size of the water flow, avoid water splashing on the ground, and keep the house tidy
  • Widely used: This aquarium siphon gravel cleaner is equipped with a 55-inch hose and a 12-inch transparent water pipe. You can combine them according to the height of your fish tank, so it is suitable for most fish tanks
  • High quality materials: This aquarium siphon gravel cleaner is made of high-quality soft PVC material, odorless, durable, and has excellent anti-oxidation and anti-corrosion properties, which can ensure the safety of your plants and fish.
  • Simple operation: the airbag button has a strong suction power, you only need to pinch 3 to 5 times, and the aquarium siphon gravel cleaner will start to work automatically. We also equip the water changer with a hose holder, which can be Out of your hands, convenient and labor-saving, to provide you with the best aquarium cleaning experience.
  • After-sales service: We aim to provide you with the best shopping experience and the best satisfaction. If you have any questions, please contact us directly and we will provide you with professional solutions.
  • Reminder:
  • Manufacture: Fortune-star
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fortune-star
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.2']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

Fortune-star Final Thoughts

"So that was MY BAD."

At first I was furious with this thing. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning.

Overall Score
3.8

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

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