Editor's Choice - Our Favorite NICREW Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. 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
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  • 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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated NICREW Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

2. NICREW Power VAC Plus Electric Gravel Cleaner, Automatic Aquarium Cleaner with Sponge Filter, 3 in 1...

User Ratings: 46 13

NICREW N12250 First Impressions

"Works great."

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning.

  • NICREW Power VAC Plus Electric Gravel Cleaner, Automatic Aquarium Cleaner with Sponge Filter, 3 in 1 Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner for Medium and Large Tanks
  • 3-in-1 unit for quick cleanups or complete aquarium maintenance
  • Sponge filter traps debris while remaining easy to clean
  • Decreases the build-up of harmful toxins in your aquarium while reducing strain on your filter
  • Easily removes particles from topmost layer of substrate without disturbing the bottom layer of gravel
  • Equipped with flow adjustment valve to adjust the water flow rate (1/2" or 5/8" hose is NOT included)
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW N12250
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  • Cleaning Speed
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW N12250 Final Thoughts

"Sweat and hardwork."

Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. I have a 20 gallon long tank at floor level. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method.

Overall Score
3.8


(647 Points)

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

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


(128 Points)

4. Lee's 12-Inch Slim Jr. Ultra Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, Self-Start with Hose Clip

User Ratings: 56 10

Lee's 11549 First Impressions

"THEN I FOUND THIS!"

The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely.

  • Lee's 12-Inch Slim Jr. Ultra Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, Self-Start with Hose Clip
  • Ultra Hose Clip included.
  • Designed to separate debris from gravel and remove it from the aquarium while performing routine water changes.
  • Produced specifically for designer aquariums, other small aquariums & fish bowls.
  • Cylinder : 1 1/4" diameter X 12" Long
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 15.25 inches; 0.16 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11549
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  • Value For Money
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Lee's 11549 Final Thoughts

"I recommend the vacuum."

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. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. A little tricky with the hand pump. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs!

Overall Score
4.1


(68 Points)

5. GOTOTOP Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer-Electric Aq...

User Ratings: 33

GOTOTOP First Impressions

"This works really well."

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. What I love about this is the water return function. I found that it's difficult to use. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon.

  • GOTOTOP Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer-Electric Aquarium Cleaner Without Batteries for Aquarium Fish Tank
  • Safe and Durable: This Aquarium Gravel Cleaner is made of high quality ABS plastic and electric components, which guarantees its safety and long-term use. The soft tube included is harmless to fishes, eco-friendly and no peculiar smell.You can adjust the flexible hose to appropriate length according to depth of your aquarium to suit for both shallow and deep aquarium, maximum water level can reach 29.53 Inch.
  • Keep Clean: Clean gravel, siphon the fish excrement and other debris by the filter mesh bag, then the clean water will permeate from the bag and flow into tank, also can drain out water through outlet pipe, which ensure the cleanness and won't soil your hands.
  • Easy to Operate: Just press the power button to start, place the cleans as the position you desire to clean fish excrete and other dirt in the aquarium. Supported two suction pipe sizes, suitable for both small and large aquariums.
  • Multiple Function: This Filter Cleaner can be used for water change, empty your aquarium when you connect a hose t outlet, energy saving and preventing jamming, and also can suck up any debris in your aquarium tank like fish feed,fish poops,or dead water plant leaves,feeding medicine food and so on.
  • Customer Service:Your satisfaction is our utmost concern,please check the applicable model you need before purchasing our products. If you have any questions about the product size, please feel free to email us. Our customer service will try our best to give you a satisfactory answer within 24 hours.
  • Manufacture: Cusco
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GOTOTOP
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GOTOTOP Final Thoughts

"Treat that water."

Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it.

Overall Score
3.7


(3 Points)

6. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Kit,Water Exchanger Adjustable Water Flow Controller | 5 in...

User Ratings: 47 10

NIDEZON First Impressions

"Turned my normal 3."

The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. Returned, but agreed to try another one. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light.

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Kit,Water Exchanger Adjustable Water Flow Controller | 5 in 1 Algae Scrapers,Spoon Net,Plant Fork,Sponge,Gravel Rake,Convenient Aqua Tools
  • 【No Effect on Fish and Invertebrate】The tubing is flexible silicone so it is more maneuverable that the stiff tubing. this helps in keeping the tubing in the bucket so you don't spill water all over the place.The bottom of the siphon has a smart setting,Fish and sand are not easily sucked out.
  • 【More Convenient】Makes your aquarium maintenance water changes so much easier no more emptying water out by cups just Stick the vacuum in the water but the other end of the hose in a bucket press the button a couple of times to get suction and this will empty out as much water as you want,also you can put water in the tank this way. Weekly fish tank water changes will become easier.
  • 【Siphon with Locking Function】Maybe your child will ask, dad, why does the water flow out automatically when the plastic tube is inserted into the water? We can spread the knowledge of physics to children, and at the same time do the maintenance job of the fish tank (the principle of attraction between gravity and water molecules).
  • 【5 in 1 Aquarium Set】Adjustable Handle - 40-80cm / 15.74-31.5inch.Stretching freely, tightly fixed and not to fall off. 4 INCH FISH NET perfect for catching small fish, sand, shrimp, crayfish, snails, aquatic frogs.5 in 1 set can meet the tools you need to clean the fish tank.
  • 【OUR SERVICE AND WARRANTY】If you have any questions about our products, please contact us in time, we will provide you with solutions within 24 hours! We are confident enough to provide customers with high-quality products and services!
  • Manufacture: Gveuwin
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NIDEZON
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  • Value For Money
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NIDEZON Final Thoughts

"And it keeps flowing!"

I may modify mine to be more robust. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month.

Overall Score
3.9


(39 Points)

7. STARROAD-TIM Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Newly Upgraded Fish Tank Water Changer with Air Pressure Butto...

STARROAD-TIM First Impressions

"Wonderful product!"

I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well.

  • STARROAD-TIM Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Newly Upgraded Fish Tank Water Changer with Air Pressure Button Long Nozzle Water Flow Controller for Fish Tank Cleaning Gravel and Sand
  • Multifunctional Product: gravel cleaner can be used to wash sand, absorb dirt, dust, suck fish feces, change water, etc., to meet your multiple needs, one product can be used for multiple purposes!
  • Easy to Use: The fish tank water changer is easy to operate and is a new upgraded product. When in use, hold the handle and manually press it down. The water will automatically be sucked into the hard tube and flow out through the hose to quickly clean the fish tank. It can be used easily without wasting time.
  • Product Size: The total length of the hard tube is 32in, and it can be split into two hard tubes, the hose is 86.7in, which is suitable for fish tanks of various sizes.
  • How it Works: The new upgraded product is equipped with a handle that uses manual air pressure to automatically flow out the water. This design makes the operation easier. The product is made of ABS, PP material, which is anti-extrusion, and has a filter inside to prevent clogging.
  • Happy Shopping: We have been working hard to provide customers with the best services and products. If you are not satisfied with the product or have questions, you can contact our customer service at any time, we will give you the most satisfactory answer as soon as possible!
  • Manufacture: STARROAD-TIM
  • Editor's Impressions Of The STARROAD-TIM
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STARROAD-TIM Final Thoughts

"Very simple."

As you can see from the photo, it works great! I just pump the water directly into my sump. I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. I may modify mine to be more robust.

Overall Score
5.0


(4 Points)

8. AAWWMI Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaner Tool Fish Net and Fish Tank Siphon Cleaner Set,Aquarium Fish Net w...

User Ratings: 70

AAWWMI First Impressions

"I recommend the vacuum."

It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is!

  • AAWWMI Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaner Tool Fish Net and Fish Tank Siphon Cleaner Set,Aquarium Fish Net with Extendable Handle Fish Tank Siphon Aquarium Cleaner Tools Clean Your Aquarium In Depth
  • ✔Package Included : 1 Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Cleaner + 1 Aquarium Fish Net with Extendable Handle,Help you to clean your aquarium in depth.
  • ✔HIGH QUALITY : A strong but soft nylon mesh net, safe for catching small fish, but tough enough for removing large quantities of debris – A heavy duty stainless steel handle that will not bend or rust. Fish Tank Siphon nozzle comes with a guard which eliminates the risk of your fishes from getting sucked up by the fish tank cleaner and hurting your precious fishes.
  • ✔Combination Suit : Extendable Handle allows you to reach the bottom of 9 to 24 inch deep tank without dripping hands.and then Fish Tank Siphon can remove the dirt from the bottom of your aquarium. Supplied with long suction pipe, it's suitable for both large and small aquariums. It's easy to install and use And you can use this tool freely for its high safety performance Innovative auto siphon pump (Semi-automatic Water Changer ), quick & easy.
  • ✔SAFELY for FISH : The soft, nylon netting is safe for catching almost all aquarium fish. Gentle enough for delicate fish, young fish, guppies, small fry, and shrimp.The Fish Tank Siphon attached filter to prevent sucking up small fish and shrimps.
  • ✔Guarantee : If you're not happy for any reason just let us know and we'll give you an instant refund. 100% Money Back Guarantee.
  • Manufacture: Dan Poetry Learn
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AAWWMI
  • Cleaning Ability
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  • Value For Money
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AAWWMI Final Thoughts

"Great price!"

I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. I love this setup and how easy it was to use. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up.

Overall Score
4.4


(4 Points)

9. WEAVERBIRD Manual Fish Tank Water Changer Aquarium Dropper, 30ml Aquarium Clean Pipette Dropper, Fis...

User Ratings: 52 23

WEAVERBIRD First Impressions

"Fantastic."

The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. I found that it's difficult to use. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly.

  • WEAVERBIRD Manual Fish Tank Water Changer Aquarium Dropper, 30ml Aquarium Clean Pipette Dropper, Fish Tank Cleaning Waste Remover, Aquarium Gravel Cleaning Straw
  • Qualified material: Manual fish tank water changer aquarium dropper is made of premium non-toxic plastic material for durable and practical use. It will not harm your fish. You can use it rest assure.
  • Widely use: This aquarium clean pipette dropper is also suitable for brine shrimps and red worms feeding after food unfreezing and living feed or small particles of liquid feed is also suitable.
  • Keep fish tank clean: The aquarium gravel cleaning straw can remove the dirt and residual feed at the bottom of fish tank. It is perfect for stirring up waste and sucking it up without stressing the fish out too much. Help to keep your fish tank clean.
  • Easy to use: The amount of water absorbed by dropper can be adjusted by controlling the strength of grasping the dropper end. Please clean the item before use.
  • Scales design: With 4 scales on the pipe (10ml/ 15ml/ 20ml/30ml), and clear printed scales on the pipe. This aquarium water transfer tool is printed with clear and precise scale, easy for you to measure the liquid.
  • Manufacture: WEAVERBIRD
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WEAVERBIRD
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WEAVERBIRD Final Thoughts

"Still working great."

It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. That said, the results were excellent. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month.

Overall Score
3.8


(5 Points)

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

User Ratings: 51 18

SunGrow First Impressions

"So I gave it a shot."

I wish i had bought this the first time. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process.

  • 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
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"It's a great product."

Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs! Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy.

Overall Score
3.6


(72 Points)

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