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)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Penn-Plax Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

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
  • Cleaning Ability
  • 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. hygger Automatic Aquarium Water Changer, Siphon Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, with Flow Control V...

User Ratings: 63 8

hygger First Impressions

"Then you vacuum."

The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing!

  • hygger Automatic Aquarium Water Changer, Siphon Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, with Flow Control Valve
  • 【Quickly Change Water 】just use a long flexible hose and 2 flow valves, you can change the aquarium water more quicker and easier, no need electric, it's semi-automatic water changer suitable for medium and large fish tanks. No spill, no mess and no heavy lifting for changing dirty water and adding clean water
  • 【Aquarium Gravel Cleaning 】When you use this water changer to suck away aquarium dirty water, you can move the gravel tube to cleaning the gravel or install the duckbilled on to clean fish feces. With the pressure from the water, the gravels and sands can be sucked up to the gravel tube then to vacuum out the debris in gravel
  • 【Non-electric & Quiet】this aquarium water changer is not electric, no noise no disturb to your fish or plants. All you need to do is to control the 2 valves and open the faucet. With 2 orange built-in control valves on the water changer, to turn it on or off you just need to rotate the valve by 1/4 turn up or down. To add clean water in to aquarium, please remember to keep the water flow assembly valve closed, so when you open the faucet the water will flow into the hose
  • 【3 sizes available】choose the size according to the distance from your fish tank to the sink faucet, flexible water hose length available: 25ft, 33ft, 49ft. The inner diameter of the hose is 1/2 inch. Each pack comes with 2 seperate faucet female adaptors(13/16 inch, 15/16 inch) and one built-in faucet femal adaptor(1 inch), so the water changer can be used for most faucets
  • 【Easy to Install】It's very easy to use, attach the water flow assembly to the faucet. To change water, after connecting the flexible hose to the water flow assembly and the gravel tube, firstly you submerge the gravel tube in the aquarium tank and keep it's orange valve closed, secondly you keep the water flow assembly orange valve open and open the faucet, finally you open the gravel tube valve, the dirty water will be sucked into the hose and flow away
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

hygger Final Thoughts

"Wish I found this sooner."

Returned, but agreed to try another one. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. Returned, but agreed to try another one.

Overall Score
4.2


(189 Points)

7. Fish Tank Cleaner, Battery-Powered Aquarium Fish Tank Easy Assemble Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Siphon Wat...

User Ratings: 38

Aramox First Impressions

"Lesson learned."

I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. Returned, but agreed to try another one. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly.

  • Fish Tank Cleaner, Battery-Powered Aquarium Fish Tank Easy Assemble Gravel Vacuum Cleaner Siphon Water Filter for Medium and Large Fish Tanks
  • 【Function】 Cleaning your gravel and catch dirt without doing a water change.Helps to change the water in the fish tank efficiently and quickly.
  • 【Battery powered】Safe for you and your fish.Easy to install and use.The battery is not included.
  • 【Scope of Application】 Can also be used to siphon the water out for a water change.
  • 【Work Principle】The aquarium water changer sucks the dirt with water through a filter bag.Clean your gravel, siphon the dirt out without requiring a water change.
  • 【Bar Height Adjustable】Height Adjustable from 40cm to 95cm.You can adjust the height according to your needs.
  • Manufacture: Aramox
  • Product Dimensions: 17.72 x 5.12 x 2.76 inches; 13.93 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aramox
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aramox Final Thoughts

"I love this."

I just left the spongy looking one. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! They more than helped me resolve my situation. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning.

Overall Score
4.4


(3 Points)

8. Boxtech Electric Aquarium Cleaner, 12V DC/28W Auto Fish Tank Gravel Cleaning kit 6 in 1 Change Water...

User Ratings: 55 14

boxtech First Impressions

"I recommend the vacuum."

Its made the water changes on my 55 gallon and 20 tall so easy. 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. I should have believed the other reviews. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again. I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier.

  • Boxtech Electric Aquarium Cleaner, 12V DC/28W Auto Fish Tank Gravel Cleaning kit 6 in 1 Change Water and Wash Sand Filter for Aquarium 10-200 Gallon
  • Multifunction Gravel Cleaner for Aquarium: Boxtech Electric Gravel Cleaner Kit with Water Changer+Sand Washer+Debris Cleaning+Water Filter+Water Shower+Water Flow 6 in 1 functions. Hmax can up to 118 inch, It takes only 0.3h to draw out a 180 gallon tank
  • Strong Power with Suction: Power is 28W, powerful water pump motor can provide the maximum flow of 256 GPH. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly
  • Safe & Durable: Only using DC12 Voltage power with UL certificated, Multi-page rotor spiral core, energy saving and preventing jamming, make sure it is safe to use for our customers and your love fish
  • With Flexible Structure: You Can Adjust The Flexible Hose To Appropriate Length According To Depth Of Your Aquarium to suit for both shallow and deep aquarium
  • Note: Only after putting the gravel vacuum cleaner into the fish tank water can it be turned on, otherwise it will stop working
  • Manufacture: Boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 6 inches; 2.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

boxtech Final Thoughts

"It is junk."

Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. I found that it's difficult to use. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used!

Overall Score
3.9


(482 Points)

9. 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)

10. Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner - Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand ...

User Ratings: 52 48

Peralng First Impressions

"It works great."

It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part.

  • Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner - Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Syphon Operated Gravel Water Filter Cleaner Sand Washer for Aquarium and Water Changer, Aquarium Sand Cleaner Kit
  • 【6 IN 1 Version Multifunction: Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner】The aquarium gravel vacuum cleaner have 6 in 1 functions with water changer + sand washer + debris cleaning + water filter + water shower + water flow. A variety of cleaning functions allow you to solve cleaning troubles in one step without buying too many tools. Convenient and saves space.
  • 【Strong Power and Suction】Power: 28W, Suction: 1800L/H. Suction enough to change water, suck food debris & fish poop out of aquarium quickly. Also can be used for Absorb Dirt, Change Water, Wash Sand, Suck The Stool, Feed The Coral Fish, And Feed The Medicine, Increase Oxygen, Filter And So On.
  • 【Adjustable Length】Matching 4 extension tubes, it can be extends from 18.5 inch to 32.7 inch. You Can Adjust The Flexible Hose To Appropriate Length According To Depth Of Your Aquarium to suit for both shallow and deep aquarium.
  • 【Safe & Durable】 Multi-page rotor spiral core, energy saving and preventing jamming, make sure it is safe to use for our customers and your love fish.
  • 【EASY TO USE】After installation according to the mode of the manual, turn on the power to use. Please power on only after put the gravel vacuum into aquarium water. If you power on out of water, it would suck into air and would stop working.
  • Manufacture: Forever Forward
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Peralng
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Peralng Final Thoughts

"I recommend the vacuum."

It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. 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. I may modify mine to be more robust.

Overall Score
3.1


(3 Points)

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