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 [star rating='3.1']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

[star rating="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 [star rating='3.5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

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

[star rating="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 [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)

4. Crabworx Beach Scoop

User Ratings: 40 12

Crabworx 18157 First Impressions

"Again this item is great."

The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs!

  • Crabworx Beach Scoop
  • Easily removes uneaten food
  • Keeps your tanks gravel or sand clean and tidy
  • Easy to clean
  • Great for all hermit crab habitats
  • Manufacture: Crabworx
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4 x 8 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Crabworx 18157
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.8']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3']
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Crabworx 18157 Final Thoughts

"It was easy to assemble."

The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. As you can see from the photo, it works great! Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(16 Points)

5. NICREW Replaceable Filter Sponge for Power VAC Plus Gravel Cleaner, 5 Pcs

User Ratings: 69 5

NICREW N13880 First Impressions

"Finally, I found this."

Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks.

  • NICREW Replaceable Filter Sponge for Power VAC Plus Gravel Cleaner, 5 Pcs
  • For use with NICREW Power VAC Plus electric gravel cleaner
  • Each pack contains 5 pieces sponge replacement
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW N13880
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

NICREW N13880 Final Thoughts

"This will not rep!"

I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. Returned, but agreed to try another one. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. I have been looking for this for years.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(128 Points)

6. Python Faucet Adapter for Aquarium

User Ratings: 67 13

Python 13A First Impressions

"And it keeps flowing!"

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning.

  • Python Faucet Adapter for Aquarium
  • Fits any standard faucet
  • Solid plastic construction ensures durability and long-term use
  • Compatible with all Python No Spill Clean and Fill systems
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.02 x 1 x 1 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 13A
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.3']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Python 13A Final Thoughts

"I'm so happy this works!"

Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. If it isnt working for you, try without the micro pad in and do a great clean.

Overall Score
4.2

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

7. HIRO AQUATICS New Nano Aquarium Cleaner Kit/Long Nozzle Water Changer for Nano Tank Water Changing

User Ratings: 53

HIRO AQUATICS First Impressions

"Both worked great."

Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. If it isnt working for you, try without the micro pad in and do a great clean. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free.

  • HIRO AQUATICS New Nano Aquarium Cleaner Kit/Long Nozzle Water Changer for Nano Tank Water Changing
  • New Upgraded Version - More powerful and less Messy
  • It is ideal for cleaning mini/nano fish tanks or small betta fish tanks
  • It includes a thinner water tubing (1/4 '' ID) transports water in a longer time (Max Flow Rate is 0.4 Gal/min), leaving you enough time to clean the nano tanks and suck away the fish droppings
  • With the thinner cleaning straw, it is easy to get into the tight spots between rocks, wood, and plants and get them cleaned.
  • Free lifetime tech support from GA, USA
  • The plastic vacuum tube is only 1/4 inch wide, which is smaller than most of other cleaning vacuum cleaners. As a result, it not only can reach into tight spots to clean up, but also transports water in a longer time to leave you enough time to clean a Nano tank, fish bowls or other smaller aquariums.
  • Max Flow Rate is only 0.4 Gallon/min.
  • This upgraded version includes a flow restrictor which let you control water flow easier than ever.
  • Manufacture: MOSART USA LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 60 inches; 6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HIRO AQUATICS
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.7']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

HIRO AQUATICS Final Thoughts

"I recommend the vacuum."

I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs! If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank.

Overall Score
3.8

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

8. 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 [star rating='3.9']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

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

[star rating="3.5"]
(1022 Points)

9. uxcell Black Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Gravel Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Shovel

uxcell a17042100ux0711 First Impressions

"Sweat and hardwork."

In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part.

  • uxcell Black Plastic Aquarium Fish Tank Garden Gravel Sand Scraper Cleaning Pan Shovel
  • Color: Black; Package Content: 1 x Sand Shovel
  • Product Name: Sand Shovel
  • Material: Plastic
  • Net Weight: 79g
  • Size: 20.6 x 8.2 x 10cm/8.1" x 3.2" x 3.9"(L*W*H)
  • Manufacture: uxcell
  • Editor's Impressions Of The uxcell a17042100ux0711
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

uxcell a17042100ux0711 Final Thoughts

"Research tank set up."

It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. At first I was furious with this thing.

Overall Score
5.0

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

10. Aqueon Water Changer Tube 18 Inches

User Ratings: 65 3

Aqueon 100106091 First Impressions

"No biggie."

Returned, but agreed to try another one. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK!

  • Aqueon Water Changer Tube 18 Inches
  • Has a longer reach for deeper tanks
  • Easy and efficient for any level aquarist
  • Easy to clean
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 8.7 x 2 inches; 4.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106091
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Aqueon 100106091 Final Thoughts

"Would def recommend!"

Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. I love this setup and how easy it was to use. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor.

Overall Score
4.5

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

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