Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Luigi's Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. Luigi's Aquarium/Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Cleaner - A Hand Syphon Pump to Drain and Replace Your ...

User Ratings: 64 6

Luigi's First Impressions

"This item is wonderful."

Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. I would definitely recommend this product. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver!

  • Luigi's Aquarium/Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Cleaner - A Hand Syphon Pump to Drain and Replace Your Water in Minutes!
  • ✔️️ - No Messy drips, and a sturdy one way valve to improve suction. You can clear 30L in about 5 minutes.
  • ✔️️ - Filter through the gravel using the attachment to suck up food, fish waste and toxins that build up in your tank.
  • ✔️️ - Use The attached filter to prevent sucking up small fish and shrimps.
  • ✔️️ - A lot of fish accessories are overpriced. This simple, robust product does the job of a much more expensive siphon at a fraction of the cost.
  • ✔️️ % - If you're not happy for any reason just let us know and we'll give you an instant refund. No questions asked!
  • Manufacture: Luigi's
  • Item Weight: 2.89 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Luigi's
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  • Cleaning Speed
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  • Affordability

Luigi's Final Thoughts

"Well worth it."

Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. I would definitely recommend this product. I wish i had bought this the first time. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house.

Overall Score
4.3


(10036 Points)

2. 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
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  • Cleaning Speed
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  • Value For Money
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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)

3. 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
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  • Cleaning Speed
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  • Affordability

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


(413 Points)

4. ZZH 50CM Aquarium Tongs Aquarium Tweezers Extra Long Clamp Clip Cleaning Tool Cleaning Tool

User Ratings: 48 29

ZZH 147143-ZZH213248 First Impressions

"This works amazingly!"

I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. You won't go wrong with this product. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. As you can see from the photo, it works great! I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank.

  • ZZH 50CM Aquarium Tongs Aquarium Tweezers Extra Long Clamp Clip Cleaning Tool Cleaning Tool
  • .ZZH-Material: Plastic
  • .ZZH-Ideal for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • .ZZH-Size: length 50cm
  • .ZZH-Tongs attachment can be used to plant aquarium plants or to pick up objects
  • .ZZH-ZZH 50CM Aquarium Tongs Aquarium Tweezers Extra Long Clamp Clip Cleaning Tool Cleaning Tool
  • Manufacture: ZZH
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ZZH 147143-ZZH213248
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ZZH 147143-ZZH213248 Final Thoughts

"Becareful not to do this!"

Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. I love this setup and how easy it was to use. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. I wish i had bought this the first time. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again. I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver!

Overall Score
3.3


(13 Points)

5. Lee's Regular Economy Gravel Vacuum

User Ratings: 53 16

Lee's 11465 First Impressions

"I love this."

I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews.

  • Lee's Regular Economy Gravel Vacuum
  • Also includes a 56-inch long gravel vac hose
  • Made in the USA
  • Features a 2-inch diameter by 10-inch long cylinder
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.38 x 15 inches; 8.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11465
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Lee's 11465 Final Thoughts

"It works great!"

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. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs! This thing does both at the same time and quickly. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process.

Overall Score
3.7


(8 Points)

6. Aquarium Easy Start Aquarium Water Syphon With Flow Control Tap

Aquarium H2o First Impressions

"Well worth it."

As you can see from the photo, it works great! I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. You won't go wrong with this product. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. This gravel vacuum works very well. I may modify mine to be more robust.

  • Aquarium Easy Start Aquarium Water Syphon With Flow Control Tap
  • On/Off Flow Control Tap
  • Long Flow Pump With Gravel Trap
  • Additional Hose can be Added To Make Discharge Pipe Longer If Needed (Not Supplied)
  • Manufacture: United Aquatics LLC
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium H2o
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Aquarium H2o Final Thoughts

"The thing is huge, too."

Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks! The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. I may modify mine to be more robust.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

7. 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
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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)

8. Penn-Plax The Super Battery Powered Gravel Cleaner

User Ratings: 32 28

Penn-Plax BV2 First Impressions

"Great price!"

I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. They more than helped me resolve my situation. Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review. You fill the chamber with filter substrate. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive!

  • Penn-Plax The Super Battery Powered Gravel Cleaner
  • Suitable Product for your pets; Quality Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • Dimension:6X6X6
  • Weight : 2
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2.5 x 15 inches; 12.7 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax BV2
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Penn-Plax BV2 Final Thoughts

"At about 2."

Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! I may modify mine to be more robust. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. If it isnt working for you, try without the micro pad in and do a great clean. I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while.

Overall Score
3.1


(71 Points)

9. VIVOSUN Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Siphon Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner with Fishing Net Long Nozzle Water F...

User Ratings: 59 7

VIVOSUN First Impressions

"Good purchase."

Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs! We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks! If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video.

  • VIVOSUN Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Siphon Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner with Fishing Net Long Nozzle Water Flow Controller - BPA Free
  • PREMEIUM MATERIAL: Made of safe, non-toxic plastic that is both solid and BPA-free so you can guarantee the health and safety of your pets; This hose differs from vinyl tubing and prevents kicks and roll-ups and ensures that water flows smoothly
  • DURABLE OPERATION BULB: Equipped with a large operation bulb which is sturdy and durable so you can get the water flowing without further pumping; Just use 5-10 pumps and it’ll start up!
  • FLOW CONTROL: Something we all need! Comes in handy to control the amount and speed of water and prevents messes from occurring
  • DUAL NOZZLE DESIGN: Made with two nozzles – one shorter and one longer; The short nozzle is for draining water from the tank; The long nozzle is for washing and cleaning gravel, sand, and substrate
  • SMALL SUCTION CUP: Comes with a small suction cup that attaches the nozzle to the glass wall of your aquarium for a complete one-hand cleaning operation; You can even walk away while moving water out of the tank!
  • Manufacture: VIVOSUN
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VIVOSUN
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VIVOSUN Final Thoughts

"Research tank set up."

Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks! Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. You fill the chamber with filter substrate. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected.

Overall Score
4.2


(854 Points)

10. Allnice Fish Tank Cleaner Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Water Changer Gravel Filter Siphon Vacuum Pump Wat...

User Ratings: 67 7

Allnice First Impressions

"This device works well."

Its made the water changes on my 55 gallon and 20 tall so easy. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning.

  • Allnice Fish Tank Cleaner Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Water Changer Gravel Filter Siphon Vacuum Pump Water Changing Sand Washing Adjustable Water Flow with Inbuilt Strainer Outlet Valve Pumping Airbag
  • 【7 IN 1 Multifunctional】- The fishing cleaning set equipped with many accessories: Inlet tubeso, outlet hose, adjustable water flow controller clamp, fixture clamp, fish net and glass scraper, to change water, filter gravel, remove fish poop, efficient water cleaning.
  • 【Air-Pressing】- Aquarium siphon gravel cleaner comes with an airbag, vacuum pumping, powerful suction, can easily remove sediment from the bottom of the tank. Built-in strainer in the water inlet effectively prevents little fish or aquatic plant from being discharged.
  • 【Easy to Use】- Aquarium gravel filter is simple to operate. Pressing the airbag repeatedly till the water flows out automatically, greatly facilitates the cleaning process. When pumping water, the outlet level must be lower than the inlet level.
  • 【Adjustable Water Flow】- PVC water outlet pipe, excellent oxidation-resistant and corrosion-resistant performance, fairly soft, flexible and durable. Fish tank siphon is equipped with an outlet valve, handy to control the water yield.
  • 【Wide Applications】- The kit is equipped with two 15.7-inch inlet tubes. The installation length can be selected according to the height of the fish tank.
  • Manufacture: Allnice
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Allnice
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Allnice Final Thoughts

"Sweat and hardwork."

This thing does both at the same time and quickly. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new.

Overall Score
4.2


(42 Points)

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