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
  • 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)

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
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • 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. Fish Tank Pipette Dropper Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Waste Remover Changer Aquarium Dropper Pipette Fee...

User Ratings: 41 16

Pssopp First Impressions

"But it's so cumbersome."

Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. Returned, but agreed to try another one. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing!

  • Fish Tank Pipette Dropper Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Waste Remover Changer Aquarium Dropper Pipette Feeder Water Transfer Tool with Extension Tube
  • 【Keep Your Fish Tank Clean】The Fish Tank Dropper can remove the dirt and residual feed at the fish tank bottom. It is perfect for stirring up waste in the bottom of the tank and sucking it up without stressing the fish out too much. Help to keep your fish tank clean.
  • 【4 Scales on the Pipe】With 4 scales on the pipe (10ml/ 15ml/ 20ml/ 30ml). This Aquarium Water Transfer tool is printed with clear and precise scale, easy for you to measure the liquid.
  • 【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 product before use.
  • 【Widely Used】This Pipette Graduated 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.
  • 【High Quality】Our fish tank water changer is made of non-toxic plastic material, will not harm your fish.
  • Manufacture: Pssopp
  • Product Dimensions: 3.94 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches; 2.82 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pssopp
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  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Pssopp Final Thoughts

"Cleaning is so EASY!"

I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc.

Overall Score
3.7


(8 Points)

5. XMHF Aquarium Cleaning Tool Set 4-in-1 Fish Net, Gravel Rake,Plant Fork,Clearing Sponge

XMHF First Impressions

"I recommend the vacuum."

I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal.

  • XMHF Aquarium Cleaning Tool Set 4-in-1 Fish Net, Gravel Rake,Plant Fork,Clearing Sponge
  • Material: Metal and Plastic;Weight: 63g
  • Remove the dirty from the bottom of your aquarium effectively.
  • 4 in 1 aquarium fish tank cleaning tools kit:A Fish Net,A Gravel Rake,A Plant Fork,A Clearing Sponge
  • Assemble the handle and accessory holder to the rod, you can choose which accessory you want to fit to the accessory holder.
  • Rinse with tap water after use.
  • Manufacture: XMHF
  • Editor's Impressions Of The XMHF
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

XMHF Final Thoughts

"I recommend highly."

The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

6. Imagitarium Aquatic Gravel Vacuum, X-Large

User Ratings: 76 10

Imagitarium First Impressions

"Well worth it."

I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use. My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible. Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls.

  • Imagitarium Aquatic Gravel Vacuum, X-Large
  • For freshwater, saltwater or aquatic turtle aquariums
  • Strong suction
  • Efficiently separates debris from gravel
  • Manufacture: Imagitarium
  • Item Weight: 1.23 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Imagitarium
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  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"I totally recommend this."

This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible. I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. And the price is more than reasonable.

Overall Score
4.4


(23 Points)

7. 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)

8. Aquarium Manual Water Changer Gravel Cleaner Water Filter Syphon Tube Fluids Transfer Tool PVC Sand ...

User Ratings: 64 36

Pssopp Pssoppikwmgdapf1 First Impressions

"Just saying."

Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor.

  • Aquarium Manual Water Changer Gravel Cleaner Water Filter Syphon Tube Fluids Transfer Tool PVC Sand Vacuum Cleaning Pump Fish Tank Cleaning Tool with 59in Long Pipe
  • 【Siphon Effect】Put the tube head immersed into the water, move up and down to produce pressure in the tube, then the water will automatically flow through the pipe due to the siphon effect.
  • 【Long Suction Pipe】Supplied with long suction pipe, you can remove the dirt from the bottom of your aquarium. Special tube head design makes it easy to change the water at the aquarium manually.
  • 【Change Water Easily】It can change water, clean up small gravel and remove excrement at ease. You don't need to spoon up water any more, suitable for small sized aquarium.
  • 【High Quality】The soft long pipe is made of PVC, eco-friendly, non-toxic and flexible. Harmless to fishes and no peculiar smell.
  • 【Easy to Use】Comes ready to use for convenient, assembly-free aquarium maintenance.
  • Manufacture: Pssopp
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pssopp Pssoppikwmgdapf1
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Pssopp Pssoppikwmgdapf1 Final Thoughts

"Love everything about it!"

I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. At first I was furious with this thing. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank.

Overall Score
3.5


(4 Points)

9. Lee's The Ultimate Gravel Vac 25' Kit

User Ratings: 61 7

Lee's 11570 First Impressions

"The primer pump works."

Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. As you can see from the photo, it works great! It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used!

  • Lee's The Ultimate Gravel Vac 25' Kit
  • Ultimate Gravel Vac attaches directly to most faucets and allows water to drain directly into sink
  • Includes Fish-Saver cleaning assembly
  • No more need for heavy ,messy, un-wieldy buckets
  • Water changes refresh your aquarium with precious nutrients and remove excess debris.
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 9.63 x 14.25 inches; 3.4 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11570
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Lee's 11570 Final Thoughts

"Again this item is great."

It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise.

Overall Score
4.2


(27 Points)

10. Fluval GravelVAC Multi Substrate Cleaner Small (50cm)

User Ratings: 61 11

Fluval 11080 First Impressions

"Doesn't work."

It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. Returned, but agreed to try another one. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing.

  • Fluval GravelVAC Multi Substrate Cleaner Small (50cm)
  • 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 20 in (50.8 cm)
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 5.2 x 14.7 inches; 7.94 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 11080
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval 11080 Final Thoughts

"This will not rep!"

Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. I am so glad to have this for my fish care. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work.

Overall Score
4.2


(84 Points)

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