Editor's Choice - Our Favorite LL Products Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. LL Products Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium - Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner- Aquarium Vacuum Cleaner -Aquarium...

User Ratings: 64 7

LL Products First Impressions

"No suction."

You fill the chamber with filter substrate. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. As you can see from the photo, it works great!

  • LL Products Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium - Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner- Aquarium Vacuum Cleaner -Aquarium Siphon - 8 FT Long Aquarium Gravel Cleaner with Mini Net
  • Put rigid tube in fishtank and squeeze bulb to create a syphon. Place other end of tubing in bucket
  • Siphon water changer has hand pump, starter stopper valve, long hose with filter attachment.
  • Water-transferring siphons use on medium, large, extra large gallon tanks 20 55 gal.
  • Our BPA Free kit includes a minnow net so you can move your fish for easy cleaning.
  • Total length is 8 feet. Outer diameter of hose is 3/4'' Inner diameter is 5/8'' Water flows quickly
  • Manufacture: Open Door Living
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LL Products
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.3']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

LL Products Final Thoughts

"I recommend the vacuum."

20 gallon long also means more ADFs! Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. I have a 20 gallon long tank at floor level.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(1486 Points)

2. Python PRO CLEAN - EXTRA LARGE (for tanks to 55 Gallons)

User Ratings: 70 3

Python 24PC First Impressions

"From aquarium to sink."

I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. 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. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier.

  • Python PRO CLEAN - EXTRA LARGE (for tanks to 55 Gallons)
  • Effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium.
  • Constructed with flexible, high quality tubing.
  • For aquariums over 55 gallons in size.
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 27.05 x 7 x 2 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 24PC
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

Python 24PC Final Thoughts

"Finally, I found this."

I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(413 Points)

3. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner with Clips, Quick & Easy Assembly, Long Nozzle Manual Water Pump, Great for ...

User Ratings: 51 9

SunGrow First Impressions

"Or just squeeze."

I just pump the water directly into my sump. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues.

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner with Clips, Quick & Easy Assembly, Long Nozzle Manual Water Pump, Great for Frequent Water Changes, Fish Tank Cleaning Kit for Saltwater and Freshwater
  • ✔ ALL INCLUSIVE AQUARIUM CLEANING KIT --- Everything you need to properly and effortlessly change your aquarium water is included in the all-in-one gravel cleaning kit by SunGrow. Not only do you receive the long nozzle, durable Rhinox tubing, priming bulb and discharge hose, but also a pair of high-quality mounting clips.
  • ✔ ELIMINATES UNPLEASANT FISHY SMELL --- We all love the look of our pet fish, but the fishy smell is a different story. The best way to keep your aquarium fresh is by regularly cleaning the gravel and substrate of debris. Fish waste, excess minerals and leftover food can get caught and begin to cause an unpleasant odor.
  • ✔ EXTRA LONG, FLEXIBLE NOZZLE --- Because the flexible vacuum nozzle in the practical SunGrow Aquarium Maintenance Kit is an extra long 4.5 feet (135cm), it makes cleaning your fish tank even easier. With such a long nozzle, there is no need to worry about getting your sleeves wet or spilling water.
  • ✔ EASY TO USE MOUNTING CLIPS --- Each aquarium water changer is easily mounted to the rim of your fish tank or bucket using the included pair of blue tube clips. With the help of these efficient mounting clips, any 8mm to 16mm hose or tubing is firmly held in place for quick and easy tank cleaning.
  • ✔ USEFUL FOR A VARIETY OF SUBSTRATES --- More than just a simple gravel cleaner, the easy prime suction pipe works on many types of tanks and different kinds of aquarium or terrarium substrates. The high quality siphon works on quartz gravel, sand, vermiculite and crushed coral for reef and brackish water tanks.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.1']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"But it's so cumbersome."

I am very satisfied with how the aquarium cleaner operates and highly recommend it. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. I knew siphoning would be an issue,. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing!

Overall Score
4.0

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

4. NICREW Automatic Gravel Cleaner, Electric Aquarium Cleaner, 2 in 1 Sludge Extractor for Medium and L...

User Ratings: 49 16

NICREW HXS-01 First Impressions

"Turned my normal 3."

So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. I knew siphoning would be an issue,.

  • NICREW Automatic Gravel Cleaner, Electric Aquarium Cleaner, 2 in 1 Sludge Extractor for Medium and Large Tanks
  • Ideal for complete aquarium cleaning or quick spot maintenance
  • Easily removes particles from topmost layer of substrate without disturbing the bottom layer of gravel
  • Decreases the build-up of harmful toxins in your aquarium while reducing strain on your filter
  • Eco-friendly products support aquatic life with a "green" approach
  • This unit can be used in freshwater and saltwater aquariums with a water depth of up to approx. 28”
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW HXS-01
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.1']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.8']

NICREW HXS-01 Final Thoughts

"Great value!"

It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(1163 Points)

5. LONDAFISH Electric Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer

User Ratings: 37 25

LONDAFISH First Impressions

"Etc etc etc."

This gravel vacuum works very well. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. I wish i had bought this the first time.

  • LONDAFISH Electric Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer
  • fish tank siphon vacuum cleaner fish tank automatic cleaner
  • EASY TO USE- Installed gravel cleaner,please keep the water level between the MAX and MIN,then strat switch.When the outlet can draw water,raise the gravel cleaner,let the head and outlet above the water.
  • MULTIPURPOSE- The cleaner can install the battery and use by the adaptor directly.(the package contain the connector:3V 2A) Freely adjust the different lengths:62cm/73cm/100cm, suitable for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • CLEANING FUNCTION- Can clean gravel, siphon the fish excreta and other dirt out effectively without requiring a water change.
  • PLEASE NOTE- Ideal for complete aquarium cleaning or quick spot maintenance and actually continuous work within 20 minutes
  • FEATURE AND ACCESSORIES- High safety performance,only need 2 size C type alkaline battery(not included).The blue hose length:70 cm;diameter:1 cm.Accessories :Siphon Water Siphon Asin: B077HS6YPS ;The Filter Bag Asin: B07B48GZ23
  • Manufacture: LONDAFISH
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LONDAFISH
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.6']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

LONDAFISH Final Thoughts

"Cleans well and quickly."

I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers. 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. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month.

Overall Score
3.3

[star rating="3.3"]
(502 Points)

6. Python 25 ft. No Spill Clean & Fill and Squeeze Stressless Siphon Starter Bundle

User Ratings: 84 8

Python First Impressions

"Sweat and hardwork."

It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. I have been looking for this for years. I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank.

  • Python 25 ft. No Spill Clean & Fill and Squeeze Stressless Siphon Starter Bundle
  • The Python 25 ft. No Spill Clean & Fill can work with your faucet to siphon water from your tank directly into the sink, making water changes a breeze. However, if you choose to not use the faucet to create siphon, you can use the included Stressless Siphon Starter to create siphon.
  • It also can refill the tank with water from the faucet (freshwater only) for ultra-quick water changes. For saltwater, fill a container next to the aquarium to prepare the salt mix.
  • This is a completely ready-to-use system. It attaches easily to any siphon with the included 1/4" and 1/2" adapters. Includes: Gravel vac with 25 feet of hose, Python Squeeze, Faucet and garden hose connectors,10" gravel tube with valve and connectors (for deeper tanks you can also purchase a 24", 36" or 48" Extended Length Gravel Tube).
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Python
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.6']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Python Final Thoughts

"Happy customer."

I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! This thing does both at the same time and quickly. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(35 Points)

7. Stretch Gravel Cleaner

Lee's Aquarium First Impressions

"Quality materials."

I wish i had bought this the first time. That said, the results were excellent. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. I found that it's difficult to use. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning.

  • Stretch Gravel Cleaner
  • lee-s-aquarium-pet-stretch-gravel-cleaner
  • BC407812
  • Lee S Aquarium & Pet
  • Manufacture: Lee's Aquarium & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 11.5 x 0.5 inches; 8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's Aquarium
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

Lee's Aquarium Final Thoughts

"I totally recommend this."

I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. 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. It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium.

Overall Score
5.0

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

8. Superfish Aquavac

User Ratings: 52 7

Superfish 544075 First Impressions

"No spills and SO easy!"

It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I have a 20 gallon long tank at floor level. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use. I knew siphoning would be an issue,.

  • Superfish Aquavac
  • Sold by Get Pet Supplies, only the best for your pet.
  • This Superfish product is dispatched from the UK.
  • Delivery available to UK and International addresses.
  • Manufacture: Superfish
  • Product Dimensions: 4.33 x 4.33 x 4.33 inches; 7.05 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Superfish 544075
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.8']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Superfish 544075 Final Thoughts

"GRAVEL CLEANER works!"

Returned, but agreed to try another one. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. I just pump the water directly into my sump. At first I was furious with this thing. I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely.

Overall Score
4.1

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

9. Battery-Powered Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Change (Only Ship to USA)

User Ratings: 36 25

filter First Impressions

"Then you vacuum."

I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going.

  • Battery-Powered Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Change (Only Ship to USA)
  • Battery-Powered Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Change#005/4
  • Manufacture: Filter
  • Editor's Impressions Of The filter
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='2.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.7']

filter Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps."

I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again.

Overall Score
3.4

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

10. 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)

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