Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Marina Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. 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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Marina Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

2. Hagen Marina Betta Waste Remover for Aquarium

User Ratings: 52 10

Marina 11056A1 First Impressions

"Works great."

It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer.

  • Hagen Marina Betta Waste Remover for Aquarium
  • Waste Remover for betta kits
  • Easy to use
  • Helps provide your betta with a fresh environment to live in
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2.8 x 13.5 inches; 1.41 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 11056A1
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Marina 11056A1 Final Thoughts

"It cleans itself!"

I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! That said, the results were excellent.

Overall Score
3.9


(466 Points)

3. 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
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(13 Points)

4. Ecological Labs AEL20528 Microbe Lift Gravel and Substrate Cleaner for Aquarium, 4-Ounce

User Ratings: 45 17

Ecological Labs 971030 First Impressions

"Marvelous."

It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process.

  • Ecological Labs AEL20528 Microbe Lift Gravel and Substrate Cleaner for Aquarium, 4-Ounce
  • Ecological Labs Microbe Lift Gravel & Substrate Cleaner, 4-Ounce
  • Manufactured by Ecological Labs
  • Made in United States
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ecological Labs 971030
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Ecological Labs 971030 Final Thoughts

"This device works well."

Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. I may modify mine to be more robust. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore.

Overall Score
3.6


(4 Points)

5. Baosity 4 Pcs Fish Garden Pond Filter Brushes Skimmer Pond Filtration

User Ratings: 45 19

Baosity First Impressions

"It comes today."

I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy.

  • Baosity 4 Pcs Fish Garden Pond Filter Brushes Skimmer Pond Filtration
  • Material: Plastic + Stainless Steel
  • Color: Black
  • Size 40cm:Length:Approx.42cm/16.54inches;Width:Approx.12cm/4.72inches
  • Material: Plastic + Stainless Steel
  • Environmental protection and not easily deformed,can be used over and over again.
  • Manufacture: Baosity
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Baosity
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Baosity Final Thoughts

"But it's so cumbersome."

I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. 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. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy.

Overall Score
3.7


(6 Points)

6. 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
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(189 Points)

7. Persuper Aquarium Gravel Sand Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Aquarium Gravel ...

User Ratings: 49 18

PERSUPER First Impressions

"I love this."

If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. This is how I got the NICREW power vac to work with sand and large poop. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum.

  • Persuper Aquarium Gravel Sand Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Minnow Betta Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Changing Cleaner
  • Easy to use- Our fish tank cleaner is a powerful, effective unit at water change, It comes with an extension accessory so you won't have to get your hands wet even if the water is deep.
  • Two types of nozzles- Shorter nozzles for drainage, longer nozzles for cleaning fish surplus food, excrement and fine gravel/discharging waste while replacing water; use will not damage the life of any aquarium.
  • Large Intake Tube- Our gravel vacuum is just over 8 feet long, but it has a small intake tube and a hand pump. It also comes with a clip to hold the hose in the bucket. The design includes a sieve to stop sand and gravel from flowing up into the discharge tube and away.
  • Safety materials- Manufactured from environmentally friendly materials, which helps you to take out dirty water as well as vacuum waste from the bottom with no contamination and harm to your fish tank environment.
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed- There are any questions or issues about our product, please feel free to reach us directly and we will gladly assist you at any time! our team will try our best to provide great customer support.
  • Manufacture: PERSUPER
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.96 x 9.25 inches; 3.53 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PERSUPER
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

PERSUPER Final Thoughts

"I have a 4 gallon tank."

I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. I would definitely recommend this product. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! That said, the results were excellent. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues.

Overall Score
3.6


(216 Points)

8. STARROAD-TIM Fish Tank Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit Long Nozzle Water Changer for Water Changing and ...

User Ratings: 55 12

STARROAD-TIM First Impressions

"Fantastic."

I have been looking for this for years. I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. At first I was furious with this thing. I should have believed the other reviews. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs!

  • STARROAD-TIM Fish Tank Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit Long Nozzle Water Changer for Water Changing and Filter Gravel Cleaning with Air-Pressing Button and Adjustable Water Flow Controller- BPA Free
  • SPECIAL DESIGN: With well-formed shape, compact structure with 2pcs water inlet tubes(15.75in*2), it is easy to install and operate. fitting different-sized fish tank.
  • EASY TO USE: just press the air-pressing button to pump water out, Equipped with flow adjuster,easy to install and operate.Aquarium Gravel Cleaner is perfect for cleaning up your aquarium.
  • 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.
  • EQUIPPED WITH MANY ACCESSORIEC: Air-pressing button, Valve, Glass scraper(Clean up algae and stains on the fish tank),Inlet Pipe,Outlet pipe,Water Flow Clamp and anti-backflow valve design.
  • CUSTOMER SUPPORT: We strive to provide the best satisfaction for all our customers. If you are not satisfied with our aquarium gravel cleaner, please feel free to contact us and we will send you a replacement or give you a full refund.
  • Manufacture: STARROAD-TIM
  • Editor's Impressions Of The STARROAD-TIM
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

STARROAD-TIM Final Thoughts

"Cleans well and quickly."

I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. If it isnt working for you, try without the micro pad in and do a great clean. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer.

Overall Score
4.0


(2085 Points)

9. Koller Products Tom Aquarium Mr. Cleaner Battery Operated Gravel Siphon, Tom Aquarium Mr. Cleaner Ba...

User Ratings: 40 18

Koller Products TM1096 First Impressions

"4- Finally a solution!"

Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. I found that it's difficult to use. As you can see from the photo, it works great! I just pump the water directly into my sump. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video.

  • Koller Products Tom Aquarium Mr. Cleaner Battery Operated Gravel Siphon, Tom Aquarium Mr. Cleaner Battery-Operated Gravel Siphon
  • 3-in-1 aquarium cleaning tool siphons water, removes algae, and cleans gravel
  • Ideal for spot cleaning and getting to difficult-to-reach areas; ideal for siphoning nano tanks
  • Nylon bag quickly traps debris and unwanted fish waste
  • Runs on two C-size batteries (not included)
  • Extendable from 8 to 16 inches
  • Manufacture: Tom (Tominaga/Oscar)
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4 x 2 inches; 6.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products TM1096
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Koller Products TM1096 Final Thoughts

"But it's so cumbersome."

Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible. And the price is more than reasonable. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. Maybe I'm using it wrong, but I got water EVERYWHERE.

Overall Score
3.5


(1022 Points)

10. 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)

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