Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Happie Shop Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. HS Aquatics Ville 1.5 Metre Siphon Pipe Aquarium Water Changer Pump Pipe Gravel Cleaner

User Ratings: 39 23

Happie Shop HS Siphon Pipe First Impressions

"Cleans well and quickly."

Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks! I would definitely recommend this product. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy! Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review.

  • HS Aquatics Ville 1.5 Metre Siphon Pipe Aquarium Water Changer Pump Pipe Gravel Cleaner
  • 1.5 Metre Siphon Pipe For Aquarium.
  • Fit For All Aquarium And Fish Tank.
  • A Couple Of Squeezes On The Hand Pump Is All That Is Needed To Get The Pump Working.
  • The Simple And Easy Way To Change The Water In Your Aquarium.
  • Fish Aquarium Cleaning Pipe Siphon Pipe.
  • Manufacture: Happie Shop
  • Product Dimensions: 8.66 x 1.57 x 2.36 inches; 1.76 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Happie Shop HS Siphon Pipe
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='2.9']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='2.4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Happie Shop HS Siphon Pipe Final Thoughts

"Very easy clean up!"

In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. As you can see from the photo, it works great!

Overall Score
3.4

[star rating="3.4"]
(342 Points)

2. Lee's Mini Economy Gravel Vacuum

User Ratings: 60 8

Lee's 11450 First Impressions

"Great price!"

In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! 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. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water.

  • Lee's Mini Economy Gravel Vacuum
  • Also includes a 56-inch long gravel vac hose
  • Features a 1-inch diameter by 6-inch long cylinder
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 4.75 x 1.38 x 10.38 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11450
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.4']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Lee's 11450 Final Thoughts

"Becareful not to do this!"

I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean.

Overall Score
4.2

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

3. Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube Extension, 20-Feet

User Ratings: 90 1

Python 20EX First Impressions

"I'm so happy this works!"

I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! I have been looking for this for years. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! The costomer service for this company is wonderful. This gravel vacuum works very well.

  • Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube Extension, 20-Feet
  • Easily Extends Your No Spill Clean And Fill System
  • Includes Male And Female Adapters
  • Easy Installation
  • Package Dimensions: 18.0" L X 17.0" W X 1.0" H
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Part Number: 20EX
  • Item Weight: 2.09 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 16 x 1 inches
  • Size: 20'
  • Color: Original Version
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 20EX
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.6']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Python 20EX Final Thoughts

"It's a great product."

I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. I just pump the water directly into my sump. As you can see from the photo, it works great!

Overall Score
4.8

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

4. LA 24" GRAVEL VAC W/NOZZLE

Lee's First Impressions

"From aquarium to sink."

I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I have large fish and large fish make large poop! Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever.

  • LA 24" GRAVEL VAC W/NOZZLE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Lee's Final Thoughts

"I recommend highly."

I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. I just pump the water directly into my sump.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(1 Points)

5. Marina Suction Pump for Marina AquaVac

User Ratings: 61

Marina 11046 First Impressions

"It's so easy."

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. I may modify mine to be more robust. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free.

  • Marina Suction Pump for Marina AquaVac
  • Suction Pump attachment for use with the Marina AquaVac
  • Includes brass and garden adapters for female connectors
  • Includes rubber O-Rings
  • For use with the Marina AquaVac's 11040 and 11041
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 4.9 x 8.7 inches; 4.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 11046
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Marina 11046 Final Thoughts

"Finally, I found this."

You fill the chamber with filter substrate. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever.

Overall Score
4.4

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

6. 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 [star rating='3.3']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

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

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

7. Ruiqas Hand Syphon Pump,Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Cleaner, Great for Tank Water Changing Moss Remo...

Ruiqas 1388257/120163AM93-1001 First Impressions

"It is junk."

Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. A little tricky with the hand pump. And the price is more than reasonable.

  • Ruiqas Hand Syphon Pump,Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Cleaner, Great for Tank Water Changing Moss Removal Gravel Cleaning.
  • ▲【EASY TO USE】Just press the air-pressing button to pump water out, Equipped with flow adjuster,easy to install and operate.Easy to use with air-pressing button, no battery required.Helps you easily change water, wash sand and remove moss on fish tank wall.
  • ▲【DESIGN】Built-in 3D filter can prevent small fishes and water plants from being sucking out.270cm long silicone water tube, durable and corrosion-resistant.Simple to adjust water flow with a plastic clip.
  • ▲【PREVENT BLOCKING】Aquarium gravel filter cleaner can replace the water and keep water fresh,with filter basket in the tube, effectively avoiding blocking by gravel.It’s effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium.
  • ▲【PACKAGE INCLUDES】1 x Main Body,2 x 40cm Water Inlet Tube,1 x 270cm Flexible Hose (diameter:1cm),1 x Water Flow Adjustable Clip,1 x Water Tube Fixing Clip,1 x Filter,1 x Connector,1 x Scraper
  • ▲【SERVICE GUARANTEE】We have professional, premium aftermarket replacement. Any problem of this product, you can send emails as soon. We will provide you excellent customer service and 100% satisfaction warranty.
  • Manufacture: Ruiqas
  • Product Dimensions: 16.14 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 12.91 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ruiqas 1388257/120163AM93-1001
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.3']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.2']

Ruiqas 1388257/120163AM93-1001 Final Thoughts

"Debris gets sucked up."

The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one.

Overall Score
3.0

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

8. hygger Automatic Aquarium Water Changer, Siphon Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, with Flow Control V...

User Ratings: 63 8

hygger First Impressions

"Then you vacuum."

The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing!

  • hygger Automatic Aquarium Water Changer, Siphon Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, with Flow Control Valve
  • 【Quickly Change Water 】just use a long flexible hose and 2 flow valves, you can change the aquarium water more quicker and easier, no need electric, it's semi-automatic water changer suitable for medium and large fish tanks. No spill, no mess and no heavy lifting for changing dirty water and adding clean water
  • 【Aquarium Gravel Cleaning 】When you use this water changer to suck away aquarium dirty water, you can move the gravel tube to cleaning the gravel or install the duckbilled on to clean fish feces. With the pressure from the water, the gravels and sands can be sucked up to the gravel tube then to vacuum out the debris in gravel
  • 【Non-electric & Quiet】this aquarium water changer is not electric, no noise no disturb to your fish or plants. All you need to do is to control the 2 valves and open the faucet. With 2 orange built-in control valves on the water changer, to turn it on or off you just need to rotate the valve by 1/4 turn up or down. To add clean water in to aquarium, please remember to keep the water flow assembly valve closed, so when you open the faucet the water will flow into the hose
  • 【3 sizes available】choose the size according to the distance from your fish tank to the sink faucet, flexible water hose length available: 25ft, 33ft, 49ft. The inner diameter of the hose is 1/2 inch. Each pack comes with 2 seperate faucet female adaptors(13/16 inch, 15/16 inch) and one built-in faucet femal adaptor(1 inch), so the water changer can be used for most faucets
  • 【Easy to Install】It's very easy to use, attach the water flow assembly to the faucet. To change water, after connecting the flexible hose to the water flow assembly and the gravel tube, firstly you submerge the gravel tube in the aquarium tank and keep it's orange valve closed, secondly you keep the water flow assembly orange valve open and open the faucet, finally you open the gravel tube valve, the dirty water will be sucked into the hose and flow away
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

hygger Final Thoughts

"Wish I found this sooner."

Returned, but agreed to try another one. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. Returned, but agreed to try another one.

Overall Score
4.2

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

9. SunGrow Rubber Aquarium Gloves, 22” Long Latex Gloves Keep Hands and Arms Dry, Waterproof, Comfort...

User Ratings: 59 7

SunGrow First Impressions

"They are very well made."

Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs! Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water.

  • SunGrow Rubber Aquarium Gloves, 22” Long Latex Gloves Keep Hands and Arms Dry, Waterproof, Comfortable Medium Size Gloves, Elastic Band Holds Tight, Practical for Aquarium and Household Use
  • ✔ MORE EFFECTIVE THAN SCRUB BRUSH --- Using a long scrub brush to clear dirt from your aquarium may be suitable for quick work, but for a thorough process, it is best to put on some gloves and get in there yourself. SunGrow’s 2 Rubber Aquarium Gloves are perfect for reaching deep into your fish tank and wiping all the nooks and crannies of your underwater environment with a handheld scrubber.
  • ✔ KEEPS HANDS AND ARMS DRY --- At a length of 22” (56cm), the pair of SunGrow Aquarium Gloves keep your hands and arms dry when working in your fish tank. Depending on the size of the wearer, the rubber gloves reach above the elbow on most people, making it easy to roll up your sleeves and get to work. The waterproof latex ensures that no water seeps through and your hands remain dry during the entire process.
  • ✔ CAREFULLY HANDLE SENSITIVE ORGANISMS --- Some aquatic organisms are highly sensitive to touch and don’t like to be moved around much. When working with live coral, anemone, life rock, and other delicate marine life, it is best to use rubber gloves like these from SunGrow. Wearing gloves will protect both you and your aquatic pets and plants.
  • ✔ HIGH QUALITY LATEX MATERIAL --- Keeping durability and convenience in mind, the SunGrow Aquarium Gloves are constructed using only the highest quality rubber latex. This superior material is waterproof and will not leak. It is possible to poke holes in the rubber, so avoid anything sharp or pointy. The long-lasting pair of gloves can be used and reused for years when cared for and kept properly.
  • ✔ ELASTIC GRIP BAND FOR EXTRA SECURITY --- At the top of the long latex aquarium gloves is an elastic band that tightly yet gently grips onto your arm. The arm grip not only provides extra security by holding the glove in place, but it also restricts any stray splashes of water from getting in through the top of your glove.
  • Manufacture: Marimo Pet Store
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.9']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"It's so easy."

I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. You fill the chamber with filter substrate. I love this setup and how easy it was to use. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing!

Overall Score
4.2

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

10. Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaning Kit Algae Scrapers Set 5 in 1 & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner - Siphon Vacuum...

User Ratings: 50 9

GreenJoy First Impressions

"No spills and SO easy!"

I love this setup and how easy it was to use. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. I may modify mine to be more robust. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful.

  • Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaning Kit Algae Scrapers Set 5 in 1 & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner - Siphon Vacuum for Water Changing and Sand Cleaner(25-65 gallons)
  • Including: Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Algae Scrapers 5 in 1 and Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Siphon Vacuum for Water Changing and Sand Cleaner.
  • Aquarium Fish Tank Clean Algae Scrapers 5 in 1 includes: fish net, gravel rake, scraping algae, fork and sponge brush, can be easily assembled and disassembled with the strap.
  • Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner: Easy-to-use water change and sand clean, keep your fishes safe.
  • Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner: The soft hose can reach everywhere without difficulty, the gravel washer can be easy to clean the sand and sweep up the trash at the bottom of the fish tank.
  • Note: Please wash the product after cleaning the fish tank.
  • Manufacture: Cool Cool Shop
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 3 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GreenJoy
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

GreenJoy Final Thoughts

"Fantastic."

As you can see from the photo, it works great! Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. Returned, but agreed to try another one. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(550 Points)

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