Editor's Choice - Our Favorite MingDak Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. MingDak Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Vacuum Siphon Pump - Siphon Gravel Washer/Water Changer with Flow Co...

User Ratings: 51 13

MingDak 4346782288 First Impressions

"Works great."

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. This is how I got the NICREW power vac to work with sand and large poop. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. I have been looking for this for years. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. At first I was furious with this thing.

  • MingDak Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Vacuum Siphon Pump - Siphon Gravel Washer/Water Changer with Flow Controller, Long Nozzle and Tank Clip for Water Changing and Gravel Cleaning-BPA Free
  • Ideal for replacing water in aquarium tank, squeeze the Pump to Initiate the Siphon to Start Transferring Liquid from One Receptacle to Another
  • Takes the Waste out too while Replacing the Water; Unique Pump Filter Allows Dirt in Sand to be Discharged along with Water
  • Two Types of Nozzles: Shorter Nozzle for Drainage , the Longer Nozzle for Gravel Cleaning without hurting any Aquarium Fish when in Use
  • SAFE FOR ALL — Aquarium Cleaning Pump is made with lightweight, high-quality, BPA-free plastic that’s safe for you and your pets.
  • EASY TO USE — Just place the nozzle and hose in your tank then use a suction cup to attach it to the tank. This will make work easier for you because you don’t need to hold it while draining out water!
  • Manufacture: Mingdak
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak 4346782288
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MingDak 4346782288 Final Thoughts

"Wish I found this sooner."

Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. Returned, but agreed to try another one. I just left the spongy looking one.

Overall Score
3.9


(159 Points)

2. 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
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(1163 Points)

3. Brynnl Planted Aquariums Tools, 5 in 1 Stainless Steel Aquascaping Tool Kit, Straight Tweezer, Curve...

User Ratings: 50

Brynnl First Impressions

"We shall see."

Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. That said, the results were excellent. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. I wish i had bought this the first time. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing!

  • Brynnl Planted Aquariums Tools, 5 in 1 Stainless Steel Aquascaping Tool Kit, Straight Tweezer, Curved Tweezer, Straight Scissor, Curved Scissor, Spatula, Aquarium Starter Kits for Aquariums Tank
  • 【5 in 1 Package】You will get 1 x straight tweezers, 1 x curved tweezers,1 x straight scissors,1 x curved scissors,1 x spatula. Gift:1x handheld bag, for you to package well when not in use.
  • 【High Quality Material】Aquarium tool set is made of sturdy and high quality stainless steel. It is not easy to rust, just make sure to rinse and dry them off after every use with clean cloth and they will work for a long time.
  • 【Multi-Functional Tools】These aquarium plant tools are perfect for clipping and removing withered and decaying leaves from aquarium plants.You can use the tongs to pick up dead leaves and debris from the substrate. It also serves as the best utensil for those expertise water plants cultivators in the caring of young aquarium plants.
  • 【Good for Plant and Fish】Specially designed delicate clip end, no harm to your small or thin water plants, minimum water disturbance rather than use hand directly. If you use your hand it maybe disturbs the fishes and moved debris all over the aquarium when you put your hand in the water.
  • 【Widely Application】Great for all types of aquarium plants, fish tank substrate, gravel, and other aquarium decorations. The best for precision plant trimming and maintenance and not disturb the rest of the decor/plants.
  • Manufacture: Brynnl
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Brynnl
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Brynnl Final Thoughts

"Just saying."

Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing.

Overall Score
4.0


(2 Points)

4. KASAN Gravel Cleaner Pump Aquarium Long Nozzle Cleaning Kit Tool, Aquarium Siphon for Cleaning Sand....

User Ratings: 54 11

KASAN First Impressions

"Cleans well and quickly."

Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process.

  • KASAN Gravel Cleaner Pump Aquarium Long Nozzle Cleaning Kit Tool, Aquarium Siphon for Cleaning Sand. with a Pneumatic Button Adjustment Control, it is a Vacuum Cleaner for Aquarium
  • Multi-Function Cleaning Kit: The KASAN Gravel Clean Long Nozzle Cleaning Kit enables a multi-purpose cleaning fish tank. It can wash the sand, scrape the algae, absorb the remaining debris and beautify the sandstone arrangement. It can make your aquarium cleaner and is a vacuum cleaner in the aquarium.
  • Equipped with many accessories: pneumatic buttons, valves, algae scrapers, inlet tubes, outlet tubes, air clips.
  • Reasonable design: The valve supplied with this product will not block the gravel and will not suck the fish. The algae scraper is a plastic material and you don't have to worry about affecting your fish tank.
  • Wide range of 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. Therefore, it is suitable for aquariums of various sizes. See the installation video for the installation process.
  • After-sales service: Provide you with 12 months of 24/7 customer service. If you have any questions, please contact us directly, we will provide you with a professional solution.
  • The multi-purpose gravel cleaner is equipped with two 15.75-inch tubes for all sizes of fish tanks. Equipped with your own basket filter, it will not suck the fish and sand.
  • Equipped with a holder that can be attached to the aquarium to release hands for ease of use. It does not affect the normal activities of fish when used.
  • Effctive removal of debris in the aquarium througout the water changing process.
  • Manufacture: KASAN
  • Editor's Impressions Of The KASAN
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

KASAN Final Thoughts

"I just can't use it."

The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. This is how I got the NICREW power vac to work with sand and large poop. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process.

Overall Score
3.9


(795 Points)

5. Boxtech Aquarium Filter Bags, Fish Tank Filter Bags for Electric Gravel Cleaner

User Ratings: 71 4

boxtech 5346909782 First Impressions

"I just can't use it."

I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket.

  • Boxtech Aquarium Filter Bags, Fish Tank Filter Bags for Electric Gravel Cleaner
  • Soft Fabric : The gravel cleaner filter bags use cotton style of polyester fabric, which is soft, durable cleaning, no-odour, Non-toxic and BPA free, safe to use for your fish tank water filter.
  • Knitted Craft : It use knitted craft, high density and high permeability. Can filter various impurities in the aquarium effectively.
  • Easy to use : The aquarium filter bags mouth use flexible design, no need binding buckle to bind it. Just hold it on the filter outlet is ok.
  • Easy to Clean : Clean the aquarium filter bags by your hand every week to keep it cleaning, provide a cleaning environment for your fish.
  • Best Service : We are confident that you will love our fish tank filter bags. If you are not satisfied with this product for any reason, we offer full refund.
  • Manufacture: Boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 5.91 x 5.91 x 0.2 inches; 0.81 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech 5346909782
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

boxtech 5346909782 Final Thoughts

"And it worked great."

It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc.

Overall Score
4.4


(65 Points)

6. Lee's Squeeze Bulb Ultra Gravel Vac w On/Off Valve

User Ratings: 44 27

Lee's 11545 First Impressions

"No suction."

What I love about this is the water return function. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. I have been looking for this for years. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy! Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank.

  • Lee's Squeeze Bulb Ultra Gravel Vac w On/Off Valve
  • Water changes are a -inch snap-inch
  • Siphoning is easy no matter what the level of water in the aquarium
  • Features a 1-1/4-inch diameter by 12-inch long cylinder
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 9.88 x 2.88 x 17 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11545
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Lee's 11545 Final Thoughts

"Very simple."

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. 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. This gravel vacuum works very well. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned.

Overall Score
3.3


(4 Points)

7. SunGrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit with Priming Bulb, 2-Minutes to Assemble, Facilitates Frequent W...

User Ratings: 51 18

SunGrow First Impressions

"It works great!"

I should have believed the other reviews. A little tricky with the hand pump. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again. Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks! I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place.

  • SunGrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit with Priming Bulb, 2-Minutes to Assemble, Facilitates Frequent Water Changes, Perfect for Cleaning Small Fish Tanks
  • ✔ GOOD AQUARIUM KEEPING AT YOUR DOORSTEP — No more scooping up dirty water with a pail; that can be messy. SunGrow Aquarium Cleaning Pump kit is a system with a hand controller that helps you clear out your tank efficiently and quickly by having the features you definitely need! This is suitable for maintaining both freshwater and saltwater tanks. Each part is meticulously designed to give you the best aquarium cleaning experience you can possibly have.
  • ✔ ROUTINE MAINTENANCE MADE EASY — Every SunGrow fish tank substrate cleaner comes with a short nozzle, nozzle net, flexible standard tubing, operation/pump bulb and discharge hose. While all these parts can be adjusted and modified as per your needs, the operation bulb or the hand starter is its unique component that sets it apart from other similar items in the market.
  • ✔ FREQUENT WATER CHANGE ENSURES HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT — Without water changes, your fish health may have an adverse impact. But, with the kink-resistant siphon cleaner by SunGrow, you can do it frequently and it will not take much of your time. This no-spill system is made high quality to not let aquarium fish get hurt or even disturbed while it is being used to transfer water.
  • ✔ 2-MINUTES TO SETUP — The short nozzle feature of SunGrow Aquarium sand and substrate cleaner is perfect when you want to replenish or drain water out of your tank. Just place the nozzle in your tank. For convenience, attach it with a suction cup. This will make work easier for you because you don’t need to hold it while draining out water! Press on, or squeeze the pump bulb 5 to 7 times and the water will start to flow out of the nozzle. See the description below for more details.
  • ✔ HASSLE-FREE STORAGE --- The flexible siphon pump helps preventing the small gravel and debris from going into the hose. Not only that, after it has done the deed, it won’t give you a hard time thinking where you would store it, as it can be placed practically anywhere! With its strategic portable design, you can keep it in any place you want where you can easily access it the next time you need it.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"I just can't use it."

If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK!

Overall Score
3.6


(72 Points)

8. 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
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(16 Points)

9. Aquarium Water Change Gloves Keep Hands & Arms Dry Allergen- and Contamination-Free During Fish Tank...

User Ratings: 42 19

Hamiledyi First Impressions

"Etc etc etc."

This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! A little tricky with the hand pump. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! I may modify mine to be more robust.

  • Aquarium Water Change Gloves Keep Hands & Arms Dry Allergen- and Contamination-Free During Fish Tank Maintenance: Elastic Forearm Seal and Prevent Leak (Water Change Gloves)
  • ❤Every aquarium owner knows how sensitive fish and aquatic life is. A direct contact of your skin with them or the water that they live in, might contaminate the water and cause its inhabitants allergic reactions. To prevent this unfortunate situation, use our Aquarium Gloves whenever you perform aquarium tasks, be it shifting the fish or just playing with them with your hands in water.
  • ❤ A unique blend of latex and PVC creates a durable waterproof exterior while a soft fine Cashmere lining provides a warm, comfortable interior.
  • ❤ Keep your hands, arms and sleeves free from water with the extra long 20.5 inches (52 cm) Aquarium Gloves with superior seamless stitching. A secure elastic cuff around the wrist of each glove ensures that the SunGrow Aquarium Gloves won’t slide down or fall off while you are wearing them, adding even more protection from water and marine life.
  • ❤The innovative anti skidding surface of the Aquarium Gloves comes is very convenient when handling sensitive aquatic life such as coral, sea anemone and crustaceans. Beyond standard aquarium maintenance, the versatile Aquarium Gloves are also useful for a variety of other household tasks such as hand washing your cars, cleaning the bathroom and dish washing.
  • ❤Package including:1 pair of gloves
  • Manufacture: Hamiledyi
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hamiledyi
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Hamiledyi Final Thoughts

"Great value!"

Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing.

Overall Score
3.5


(164 Points)

10. PYTHON GRAVEL TUBE ASSMBLY 30"

Python Aquarium Products First Impressions

"It works great."

The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier.

  • PYTHON GRAVEL TUBE ASSMBLY 30"
  • Category: AQUARIUM
  • Manufacturer: PYTHON AQUARIUM PRODUCTS
  • Sub-Category: MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT
  • MFR-PART-NO: GT30
  • Made By: PYTHON AQUARIUM PRODUCTS
  • Manufacture: Python Aquarium Products
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python Aquarium Products
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Python Aquarium Products Final Thoughts

"Treat that water."

Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. I just left the spongy looking one. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. I wish i had bought this the first time. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. 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.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

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