Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Fluval Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. Fluval Aqua Pro Vac Gravel Cleaner, 36 CIN

User Ratings: 58 7

Fluval 11077 First Impressions

"Cleans well and quickly."

I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze.

  • Fluval Aqua Pro Vac Gravel Cleaner, 36 CIN
  • Powerful suction and an optional long-reach nozzle easily remove waste and debris
  • Ideal for super quick and effective cleaning
  • Convenient battery powered operation and replaceable filters
  • Waterproof vacuum doubles as both gravel cleaner and water change system
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Item Weight: 1.05 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 2.56 x 3.15 x 15.75 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 11077
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval 11077 Final Thoughts

"It's a great product."

I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze.

Overall Score
4.1


(385 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Fluval Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

2. 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
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(279 Points)

3. Fluval Medium/Large Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, 11081

User Ratings: 55 14

Fluval 11081 First Impressions

"Works great."

Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. Returned, but agreed to try another one. This is how I got the NICREW power vac to work with sand and large poop. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. They more than helped me resolve my situation. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon.

  • Fluval Medium/Large Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, 11081
  • Easy Start siphon for quick priming - starts with just a couple of pumps
  • Thumb-operated flow regulator allows you to adjust speed as you clean
  • Gravel guard prevents clogging ; Tube extension included for larger tanks and hard to reach areas
  • Suitable for all substrates (sand, gravel, rock)
  • For use in freshwater and saltwater aquariums, with a depth up to 24 in (60cm)
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 7.2 x 17.5 inches; 14.5 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 11081
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval 11081 Final Thoughts

"Cleaning is so EASY!"

I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. 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 would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal.

Overall Score
3.9


(139 Points)

4. 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
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(110 Points)

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5. Fluval GravelVAC Multi Substrate Cleaner Small (50cm)

User Ratings: 61 11

Fluval 11080 First Impressions

"Doesn't work."

It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. Returned, but agreed to try another one. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing.

  • Fluval GravelVAC Multi Substrate Cleaner Small (50cm)
  • Easy Start siphon for quick priming - starts with just a couple of pumps
  • Thumb-operated flow regulator allows you to adjust speed as you clean
  • Gravel guard prevents clogging ; Tube extension included for larger tanks and hard to reach areas
  • Suitable for all substrates (sand, gravel, rock)
  • For use in freshwater and saltwater aquariums, with a depth up to 20 in (50.8 cm)
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 5.2 x 14.7 inches; 7.94 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 11080
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval 11080 Final Thoughts

"This will not rep!"

Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. I am so glad to have this for my fish care. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work.

Overall Score
4.2


(84 Points)

6. Fluval Fine Vacuum Bag for Gravel Cleaner Kit (2 Pack), A372

User Ratings: 77 2

Fluval A372 First Impressions

"Hope this helps."

But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy! Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. I knew siphoning would be an issue,.

  • Fluval Fine Vacuum Bag for Gravel Cleaner Kit (2 Pack), A372
  • Compatible with the Fluval FX Gravel Vacuum (Item #A370 - sold separately)
  • Provides a deep clean, reducing water change frequency
  • Recommended replacement after 2 uses
  • Country Of Origin: Italy
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 3.2 x 6 inches; 0.96 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval A372
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval A372 Final Thoughts

"It's so easy."

This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it.

Overall Score
4.7


(67 Points)

7. Water & Wood Fish Tank Plastic Manual Squeezing Water Changing Cleaning Pump 76.8"

User Ratings: 70

Waterwood First Impressions

"Love this product!"

I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible.

  • Water & Wood Fish Tank Plastic Manual Squeezing Water Changing Cleaning Pump 76.8"
  • Product Name : Aquarium Cleaning Pump;Fit for : Aquarium, Fish Tank
  • Material : Plastic;Color : Indigo Blue, White, Clear
  • Total Length : 1.95M / 76.8;Hose Diameter : 1.5cm / 0.6
  • Pump End Diameter : The Big One: 4.4cm / 1.73;The Small One: 1.5cm / 0.6 : The Small One: 1.5cm / 0.6
  • Weight : 130g;Package Content : 1 x Aquarium Cleaning Pump
  • Manufacture: Water & Wood
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Waterwood
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Waterwood Final Thoughts

"Great design."

Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! I knew siphoning would be an issue,. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely.

Overall Score
4.4


(5 Points)

8. Python 25 ft. No Spill Clean & Fill w Hook & 24" Extended Length Gravel Tube Bundle

User Ratings: 80 2

Python First Impressions

"Very easy clean up!"

The costomer service for this company is wonderful. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again.

  • Python 25 ft. No Spill Clean & Fill w Hook & 24" Extended Length Gravel Tube Bundle
  • The Python 25 ft. No Spill Clean & Fill w/ Python Hook & 24" Extended Length Gravel Tube Package combines the: Python 25 ft. No Spill Clean & Fill; Python Hook; and Python 24" Extended Length Gravel Tube
  • The 24" Gravel Tube will allow you to clean the bottom of a deeper tank without getting your hands wet
  • The Gravel Hook replaces the Gravel Tube and holds the water line securely to the side of your tank when you refill the tank
  • Manufacture: Python
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Python Final Thoughts

"I love this."

Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks.

Overall Score
4.7


(90 Points)

9. Penn-plax Gravel Vac GVX

User Ratings: 40 14

Penn-Plax GVX First Impressions

"Would def recommend!"

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. I knew siphoning would be an issue,. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! 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 knew siphoning would be an issue,.

  • Penn-plax Gravel Vac GVX
  • CLEANER AND SIPHON: designed to remove grungy waste, dirt layers, and debris from your tank
  • PERFECT FOR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE: it's self-starting siphon is easy to use and produces great results
  • LEAVES GRAVEL AT THE BOTTOM: you can clean above and below your gravel line without fear of scratching
  • EXTENDABLE: the tube extends from 9 to 16 inches, so this Gravel Vac is perfect for reaching every spot in your aquarium
  • SHOP PENN PLAX FOR ALL YOUR PET’S NEEDS: Penn Plax is a manufacturer and distributer of top pet supplies, who specialize in creating excellent pet products for animals both great and small
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.75 x 8.06 x 2.57 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax GVX
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax GVX Final Thoughts

"We shall see."

I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. I may modify mine to be more robust. Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. Its made the water changes on my 55 gallon and 20 tall so easy.

Overall Score
3.6


(6 Points)

10. ttnight Battery Syphon Operated Vacuum Gravel Water Filter Cleaner for Aquarium Fish Tank

User Ratings: 13 20

ttnight First Impressions

"Doesn't work."

I found that it's difficult to use. I am very satisfied with how the aquarium cleaner operates and highly recommend it. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. What I love about this is the water return function. I am so glad to have this for my fish care.

  • ttnight Battery Syphon Operated Vacuum Gravel Water Filter Cleaner for Aquarium Fish Tank
  • Material: High Quality ABS Plastic and Electronic Components.
  • Power Requirement: 2 x Battery (C/LR14,Not included).
  • Easy to install and use. Remove the dirty things from the bottom of your aquarium effectively.
  • Supported two suction pipe sizes, suitable for both small and large aquariums. Maximum water depth 52cm.
  • Also be used as a water siphon for water changes, or to empty your aquarium when you connect a hose to outlet.
  • Manufacture: ttnight
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ttnight
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

ttnight Final Thoughts

"Finally, I found this."

You won't go wrong with this product. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up.

Overall Score
3.1


(11 Points)

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