Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Penn-Plax Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. Penn-Plax The Super Battery Powered Gravel Cleaner

User Ratings: 32 28

Penn-Plax BV2 First Impressions

"Great price!"

I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. They more than helped me resolve my situation. Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review. You fill the chamber with filter substrate. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive!

  • Penn-Plax The Super Battery Powered Gravel Cleaner
  • Suitable Product for your pets; Quality Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • Dimension:6X6X6
  • Weight : 2
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2.5 x 15 inches; 12.7 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax BV2
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax BV2 Final Thoughts

"At about 2."

Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! I may modify mine to be more robust. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. If it isnt working for you, try without the micro pad in and do a great clean. I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while.

Overall Score
3.1


(71 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Penn-Plax Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

2. Penn-Plax GV9 Aquarium Gravel Vac, 9" | Makes Cleaner Your Tank Quicker and Easier

User Ratings: 48 21

Penn-Plax GV9 First Impressions

"I totally recommend this."

That said, the results were excellent. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. Returned, but agreed to try another one. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected.

  • Penn-Plax GV9 Aquarium Gravel Vac, 9" | Makes Cleaner Your Tank Quicker and Easier
  • CLEANER, SCRAPER, AND SIPHON: designed to remove waste, dirt, and debris from your tank.
  • PERFECT FOR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE: it's easy to use and produces great results
  • IT WON'T SCRATCH THE GLASS: you can clean above and below your gravel line without fear of scratching
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 17.75 x 8.75 inches; 2.88 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax GV9
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax GV9 Final Thoughts

"I love it."

In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution.

Overall Score
3.7


(25 Points)

3. Penn-plax Gravel Vac GVX

User Ratings: 40 14

Penn-Plax GVX First Impressions

"Would def recommend!"

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. I knew siphoning would be an issue,. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. I knew siphoning would be an issue,.

  • Penn-plax Gravel Vac GVX
  • CLEANER AND SIPHON: designed to remove grungy waste, dirt layers, and debris from your tank
  • PERFECT FOR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE: it's self-starting siphon is easy to use and produces great results
  • LEAVES GRAVEL AT THE BOTTOM: you can clean above and below your gravel line without fear of scratching
  • EXTENDABLE: the tube extends from 9 to 16 inches, so this Gravel Vac is perfect for reaching every spot in your aquarium
  • SHOP PENN PLAX FOR ALL YOUR PET’S NEEDS: Penn Plax is a manufacturer and distributer of top pet supplies, who specialize in creating excellent pet products for animals both great and small
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.75 x 8.06 x 2.57 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax GVX
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax GVX Final Thoughts

"We shall see."

I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. I may modify mine to be more robust. Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. Its made the water changes on my 55 gallon and 20 tall so easy.

Overall Score
3.6


(6 Points)

4. Penn-Plax Gravel Vac Cleaner

User Ratings: 40 23

Penn-Plax GV16 First Impressions

"I love this."

It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful.

  • Penn-Plax Gravel Vac Cleaner
  • CLEANER, SCRAPER, AND SIPHON: designed to remove waste, dirt, and debris from your tank.
  • PERFECT FOR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE: it's easy to use and produces great results
  • IT WON'T SCRATCH THE GLASS: you can clean above and below your gravel line without fear of scratching
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 2.25 x 8.8 x 23.3 inches; 14.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax GV16
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax GV16 Final Thoughts

"I love it."

I knew siphoning would be an issue,. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy.

Overall Score
3.3


(5 Points)

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5. Penn-Plax GV5 Aquarium Gravel Vac

User Ratings: 77

Penn-Plax GV5 First Impressions

"Hope that made sense!"

The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc.

  • Penn-Plax GV5 Aquarium Gravel Vac
  • Cleaner, Scraper, And Siphon: Designed To Remove Waste, Dirt, And Debris From Your Tank
  • Perfect For Routine Maintenance: It'S Easy To Use And Produces Great Results
  • It Won'T Scratch The Glass: You Can Clean Above And Below Your Gravel Line Without Fear Of Scratching
  • Package Dimensions: 1.75" L X 8.5" W X 15.0" H
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.75 x 8.5 x 15 inches; 7.04 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax GV5
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  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax GV5 Final Thoughts

"Very simple."

I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. And the price is more than reasonable. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process.

Overall Score
4.8


(3 Points)

6. Matala Gravel Vacuum Suction Head

User Ratings: 37 20

Matala First Impressions

"Etc etc etc."

The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. I should have believed the other reviews. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said.

  • Matala Gravel Vacuum Suction Head
  • the matala gravel vacuum head is designed to clean gravel bottom ponds without sucking up the gravel. Suitable gravel sizes are between 3/8" to 1" size. The gravel vacuum head can be used to clean the surface of the rock or it can be pushed down into the gravel up to 2 inches deep for a deeper cleaning.   click here for information
  • Manufacture: Matala
  • Item Weight: 1.05 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Matala
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  • Value For Money
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Matala Final Thoughts

"And it keeps flowing!"

This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use. At first I was furious with this thing. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks! My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae.

Overall Score
3.6


(14 Points)

7. DERCLIVE Aquarium gravel cleaner, quick water changer with air pressure button, fish tank sand remov...

User Ratings: 32 34

DERCLIVE 1097194/120204RJQKGB First Impressions

"Would def recommend!"

Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it.

  • DERCLIVE Aquarium gravel cleaner, quick water changer with air pressure button, fish tank sand remover kit, straw vacuum cleaner with hose controller clip
  • 1.Powerful auto siphon pump for easy operation with dirt cleaning efficiency.
  • 2.Eco-friendly and soft tube.
  • 3.Separate On/Off flow value switch.
  • 4.Integrated gravel and sand strainer.
  • 5.Widely work with small to large aquarium tanks.
  • Manufacture: DERCLIVE
  • Product Dimensions: 17.32 x 9.45 x 2.95 inches; 1.06 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DERCLIVE 1097194/120204RJQKGB
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

DERCLIVE 1097194/120204RJQKGB Final Thoughts

"It's a great product."

I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum. Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. That said, the results were excellent. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing!

Overall Score
3.3


(3 Points)

8. SunGrow Aquarium Water Change Gloves, 19.6 Inches Long, No-Skid Design, Keep Hands and Arms Dry, Sea...

User Ratings: 46 17

SunGrow First Impressions

"Love everything about it!"

I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. And the price is more than reasonable. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate.

  • SunGrow Aquarium Water Change Gloves, 19.6 Inches Long, No-Skid Design, Keep Hands and Arms Dry, Seamless Stitching and Elastic Cuff, 1 Pair
  • KEEP ARMS & HANDS DRY WITH GLOVES --- Use SunGrow Aquarium Gloves whenever you perform aquarium tasks, be it shifting the fish or just playing with them with your hands in water.
  • PERFECT MATCH FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED AQUARIUMS --- The glove exterior is water-resistive while a soft fine Cashmere lining provides a warm, comfortable interior. Please note that the purple part of the glove will get wet. The pair of gloves perfectly fits for using in small aquariums ranging two to ten gallons.c
  • ARM LENGTH WITH SEAMLESS STITCHING & ELASTIC CUFF --- Keep your hands, arms and sleeves dry with the extra long 19.6 inches (50 cm) SunGrow 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.
  • NO SKID DESIGN --- The non-skidding surface of the SunGrow Aquarium Gloves makes the task very convenient when handling sensitive aquatic life such as coral, sea anemone and crustaceans.
  • ALTERNATE USES OTHER THAN AQUARIUM MAINTENANCE --- The versatile SunGrow Aquarium Gloves are also useful for a variety of tasks such as hand washing your cars, bathroom and dish washing.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"Hope this helps."

I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. I may modify mine to be more robust. Maybe I'm using it wrong, but I got water EVERYWHERE. This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process.

Overall Score
3.7


(296 Points)

9. Laifoo 50ft Aquarium Water Changer Gravel & Sand Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Cleaning Tools

User Ratings: 69 5

Laifoo First Impressions

"Debris gets sucked up."

Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while.

  • Laifoo 50ft Aquarium Water Changer Gravel & Sand Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Cleaning Tools
  • ✮2-IN-1 FUNCTION: Convenient to siphon fish faeces, impurities, turbid water out of fish tank & refill clean water by switching connector.
  • ✮50 Feet HOSE: Made from elastic clear plastic. Harmless to fishes & No peculiar smell. Makes it more durable and anti-kinking.
  • ✮GRAVEL TUBE: Sinkable, with a filter screen inside. And appropriate suction force will not disturb fish or decor when it's working.
  • ✮SIPHON BALL: All you need to do is to pinch it several times, water will flow out automatically. Without striking a blowing.
  • ✮WARRANTY: 3 months after the date of purchase, we take care of all quality-related issues with a FREE replacement or refund. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our professional after-sale service.
  • Manufacture: Laifoo
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Laifoo
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Laifoo Final Thoughts

"It really helped a lot."

Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review.

Overall Score
4.4


(668 Points)

10. AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Siphon Kit,6 in 1 Electric Automatic Removable Vacuum Water Changer,M...

User Ratings: 62

AQQA First Impressions

"Wonderful product!"

Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! This gravel vacuum works very well. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month.

  • AQQA Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Siphon Kit,6 in 1 Electric Automatic Removable Vacuum Water Changer,Multifunction Wash Sand Suck The Stool Filter 110V/20W 320GPH
  • 【Multifuncation Aquarium Gravel Cleaner】The main function is ①automatic changer water ②sand washer ③debris cleaning ④water filter ⑤water shower ⑥water cycle,With this product,make your fish tank cleaning activities are time-saving and efficient.
  • 【Complete Accessories, High Quality】①360° Brush Head,can clean the dirt on the wall of the fish tank ②45 ° Corner Suction Inlet,Used to clean fine sand ③Duckbill Suction Inlet with spatula,Used to absorb debris and feces at the bottom of the fish tank. If can’t suck it up, you can use a Plastic spatula ④360 ° Water Intake Strainer with suction cups,used change water, add water ⑤Gravel Washer with filter sponge,used wash sand ⑥Water Shower with Filter Bag,used turtle showering and filter
  • 【Extendable Handle Suitable For All Fish Tanks】The tube can be extended from 16.9 inches to 33.6 inches,just turn on the switch at the junction of the pipe to extend the pipe.suitable for various sizes of fish tanks,never worry about your hands being not long enough and the fish tank is too high.External switch for easy operation,Please note that the switch is not waterproof, please stay away from water.
  • 【Upgrade Electric Water Changer, Cleaning is Easier】Electric Water pump provides powerful power,rapid change water,effectively clean up impurities in the fish tank.The incident that made you clean the fish tank is no longer so hard.The starting water level can be as low as 2in and the pumping as low as 0.3in.Equipped ceramic shaft,Very quiet operation.
  • 【Fast And Convenient Installation And Disassembly】The assembly is very simple, you can assemble in order, without any other tools,can be disassembled and freely assembled to meet your different needs.When you don't need to use it, it can be disassembled and stored without taking up space.
  • Manufacture: AQQA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQQA
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  • Value For Money
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AQQA Final Thoughts

"Love everything about it!"

This gravel vacuum works very well. In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. I may modify mine to be more robust. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it.

Overall Score
4.2


(3 Points)

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