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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  • Value For Money
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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. AquaTop Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Vaccum Cleaner

User Ratings: 35 35

AquaTop First Impressions

"Turned my normal 3."

I wish i had bought this the first time. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. I am so glad to have this for my fish care. They more than helped me resolve my situation. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before.

  • AquaTop Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Vaccum Cleaner
  • Recommended for 20-55 Gal Tanks
  • Unique Ball Valve Siphon
  • Integrated Gravel/Fish Guard
  • On/Off Flow Control Valve
  • Length: 8ft (Including hose & gravel head)
  • Manufacture: Aquatop
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaTop
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  • Value For Money
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AquaTop Final Thoughts

"Still working great."

So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this.

Overall Score
3.3


(3 Points)

7. SM SunniMix Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Cleaner Washer Water Changer with Flow Controll...

SM SunniMix First Impressions

"Hope that made sense!"

The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. I wish i had bought this the first time. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier.

  • SM SunniMix Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Cleaner Washer Water Changer with Flow Controller, Long Nozzle
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SM SunniMix
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  • Value For Money
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SM SunniMix Final Thoughts

"It works great."

Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. You won't go wrong with this product. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning.

Overall Score
3.2


(3 Points)

8. QXUJI Fish Tank Water Changer Aquarium Droppers, Aquarium Clean Pipette Dropper, 11.02 inch Fish Tan...

QXUJI First Impressions

"It works perfect!"

I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy.

  • QXUJI Fish Tank Water Changer Aquarium Droppers, Aquarium Clean Pipette Dropper, 11.02 inch Fish Tank Cleaning Waste Remover, Coral Feeder SPS HPS Feeder
  • Material: The Aquarium Dropper is made of high quality plastic and rubber material, durable and comfortable to feel, safe for fish and corals, easy to clean.
  • Size: The total length of the Aquarium Dropper is 11.02 inch/28cm, long length to feed the corals or remove the waste from the tank or change fish tank water.
  • 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, which make sure you know how much you are dispensing and prevents overfeeding.
  • Function: You can change water for the fish tank with the Aquarium Dropper. You can target-feed liquid phytoplankton to corals or other invertebrates and aquatic animals. Very easy to control and allows you to directly feed your sea squirt, filter feeders and timid fish with ease and comfort. You can remove dirt or residual feed from the bottom of the fish tank, to keep it a clean living atomospher.
  • Package included: 1PC Aquarium Clean Pipette Dropper in total.
  • Manufacture: QXUJI
  • Editor's Impressions Of The QXUJI
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  • Cleaning Speed
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  • Value For Money
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QXUJI Final Thoughts

"IT's SO easy to use."

Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. At first I was furious with this thing. But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy! I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

9. Poity Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaning Filter Tool Siphon Pump Water Fish Tank Cleaner

User Ratings: 31 29

Poity First Impressions

"It's so easy."

I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water. This gravel vacuum works very well. This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. I am so glad to have this for my fish care.

  • Poity Aquarium Gravel Vacuum Cleaning Filter Tool Siphon Pump Water Fish Tank Cleaner
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Poity
  • Cleaning Ability
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Poity Final Thoughts

"Turned my normal 3."

Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. I would definitely recommend this product. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used!

Overall Score
3.1


(8 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
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
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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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