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. SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank V...

User Ratings: 44 29

SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 First Impressions

"Then you vacuum."

This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks!

  • SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner, Siphon Cleaning Tool for Gravel Sand
  • Supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums.
  • Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.
  • Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • Battery case on the top, only 2 batteries needed for easy and safe installation.
  • Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease.
  • Manufacture: SANON
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 10.3 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 Final Thoughts

"This will not rep!"

I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again.

Overall Score
3.0


(4 Points)

3. Python Ulti-Vac Pond Aquarium Maintenance System

User Ratings: 26 31

Python 940041 First Impressions

"Hope that made sense!"

Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said.

  • Python Ulti-Vac Pond Aquarium Maintenance System
  • Effortless, mess-free cleaning
  • Extracts rotting and decaying debris from hard to reach areas
  • Removable waste chamber
  • Kindly refer Installation Manual under product details
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 47.05 x 8 x 6.05 inches; 4.95 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 940041
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Python 940041 Final Thoughts

"Or just squeeze."

I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs! Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again.

Overall Score
3.0


(195 Points)

4. 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)

5. Marina Easy Clean Gravel Cleaner

User Ratings: 58 10

Marina 11060 First Impressions

"GRAVEL CLEANER works!"

I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this. Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. Returned, but agreed to try another one. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable.

  • Marina Easy Clean Gravel Cleaner
  • 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
  • 10-inch cleaning tube, 1-inch diameter, 6-foot non-kinking tube
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 5.6 x 12.5 inches; 5.28 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 11060
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Marina 11060 Final Thoughts

"It was easy to assemble."

I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever.

Overall Score
4.1


(628 Points)

6. CNZ Lighting Squeezing Auto Siphon Vacuum Aquarium Gravel Cleaner

User Ratings: 40 18

CNZ Lighting CNZBY28 First Impressions

"Great design."

In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. I would definitely recommend this product. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. I am so glad to have this for my fish care. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks.

  • CNZ Lighting Squeezing Auto Siphon Vacuum Aquarium Gravel Cleaner
  • Squeezing auto siphon with shut-off valve
  • Works on freshwater, saltwater and mini reef aquariums
  • Easy to use instant siphon gravel vacuum
  • 2" diameter nozzle, 7inch long
  • 1" tubing, 6 feet long
  • Manufacture: CNZ Lighting
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 10.4 x 2.8 inches; 1.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CNZ Lighting CNZBY28
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

CNZ Lighting CNZBY28 Final Thoughts

"I love this."

It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. What I love about this is the water return function. If it isnt working for you, try without the micro pad in and do a great clean. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up.

Overall Score
3.5


(41 Points)

7. Lee S Aquarium & Pet Ultimate Super Pump

Lee's S11580 First Impressions

"Hope this helps."

Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. I would definitely recommend this product.

  • Lee S Aquarium & Pet Ultimate Super Pump
  • Lee S Aquarium & Pet
  • Ultimate Super Pump
  • All items are brand new, never worn and never used. We guarantee the authenticity of all items.
  • Manufacture: Lee's
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.88 x 1.5 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's S11580
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Lee's S11580 Final Thoughts

"Stay tuned."

Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review. This gravel vacuum works very well. What I love about this is the water return function. You fill the chamber with filter substrate. What I love about this is the water return function. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! Returned, but agreed to try another one.

Overall Score
5.0


(4 Points)

8. Laifoo Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Cleaner Washer Siphon Water Changer

User Ratings: 67 7

Laifoo 11278605 First Impressions

"It comes today."

I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing!

  • Laifoo Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Cleaner Washer Siphon Water Changer
  • ✮2-IN-1 FUNCTION: Convenient to siphon fish faeces, impurities, turbid water out of fish tank & refill clean water by switching connector.
  • ✮GRAVEL TUBE: Sinkable, with a filter screen inside. Will not disturb fish or decor when it's working.
  • ✮25 Feet HOSE: Made from elastic clear plastic. Harmless to fishes & No peculiar smell. Durable and anti-kinking. Easy to put away with a hose strap.
  • ✮SIPHON BALL: All you need to do is to pinch it for 3 to 5 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 11278605
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Laifoo 11278605 Final Thoughts

"I LOVE this thing."

I knew siphoning would be an issue,. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy! I knew siphoning would be an issue,. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. As you can see from the photo, it works great! Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method.

Overall Score
4.3


(871 Points)

9. Water Tech Fish Tank Cleaner, Cordless Battery Powered Aquarium Cleaner Vacuum Gravel Cleaner & Siph...

User Ratings: 44 18

Water Tech AquariumVac First Impressions

"Just saying."

I am very satisfied with how the aquarium cleaner operates and highly recommend it. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks.

  • Water Tech Fish Tank Cleaner, Cordless Battery Powered Aquarium Cleaner Vacuum Gravel Cleaner & Siphon Vac. Adjustable Water Flow, Ideal for Quick Gravel Cleaning and Water Changing
  • CORDLESS: Ideal for quick and easy cleaning of Fish Tank gravel. Vacuums food, fish waste and toxins that build up in the tank. Powered by 3 C-cell batteries. (batteries not included)
  • 2-STAGE MICRO-FILTER: Unique 2-stage micro-filter can remove the finest debris from gravel substrate without disturbing aquarium water. Includes connection to be used as Siphon.
  • FISH-SAFE QUIET DRIVE MOTOR: Low-speed motor performs efficiently without stress to the fish. Includes control to adjust vacuum power.
  • MAINTAINS WATER LEVEL: Incorporating in-tank Filtration & Exhaust, the Aquarium Vac cleans the tank without emptying and changing the chemistry or balance of the water.
  • WHATS INCLUDED: (1) Aquarium Vac. Siphon tube, 2-Stage Filter, (2) Vac Head extensions
  • Manufacture: Water Tech
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Water Tech AquariumVac
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Water Tech AquariumVac Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps someone."

I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon.

Overall Score
3.6


(6 Points)

10. Aquarium Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Change Battery-Powered Gravel Cleaner

Cartener First Impressions

"Cleaning is so EASY!"

What I love about this is the water return function. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks. You won't go wrong with this product. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners.

  • Aquarium Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Change Battery-Powered Gravel Cleaner
  • Aquarium Vacuum Cleaner + Water Siphon.Easy to install and use.Telescopically adjustable height for large and small aquariums.
  • Adjustable height.Maximum water depth 52 cm.Hose & Filter bag included.Syphon Pipe supplied.
  • Flow rate 520 litres per hour.With this tool,you can remove the dirt from the bottom of your aquarium.Supplied with two suction pipe sizes,it is suitable for both large and small aquariums.
  • Also be used as a water siphon for water changes, or to empty your aquarium when you connect a hose to outlet.
  • Material: High Quality ABS Plastic and Electronic Components.Power Requirement: 2 x Battery (C/LR14, not included).
  • Manufacture: CARTENER001
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Cartener
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Cartener Final Thoughts

"Great design."

Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum. I found that it's difficult to use. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. The costomer service for this company is wonderful.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

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