Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Python Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. Python Pro-Clean Gravel Washer and Siphon Kit for Aquarium, Large

User Ratings: 70 4

Python 16PC First Impressions

"I recommend highly."

It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. You won't go wrong with this product. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. A little tricky with the hand pump.

  • Python Pro-Clean Gravel Washer and Siphon Kit for Aquarium, Large
  • Effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium
  • Constructed with flexible, high quality tubing
  • For aquariums from 20 to 55 gallons in size
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Item Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 8.05 x 2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 16PC
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Python 16PC Final Thoughts

"Lesson learned."

I would definitely recommend this product. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum. I love this setup and how easy it was to use.

Overall Score
4.4


(5627 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Python Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

2. Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube, 24-Inch

User Ratings: 82 1

Python 940029 First Impressions

"Finally, I found this."

Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK!

  • Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube, 24-Inch
  • Packaged with 2-1/2 feet of tubing and a female connector
  • Made of durable plastic
  • Compatible with the No Spill Clean and Fill system
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Item Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 2 x 2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 940029
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  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Python 940029 Final Thoughts

"Works great."

I am very satisfied with how the aquarium cleaner operates and highly recommend it. I am so glad to have this for my fish care. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. This gravel vacuum works very well. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation.

Overall Score
4.7


(1413 Points)

3. Python Pro-Clean Aquarium Gravel Washer/Siphon Kit, Medium with Siphon Squeeze

User Ratings: 62 5

Python PCSMD First Impressions

"It has two connectors."

If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. I have been looking for this for years. I love this setup and how easy it was to use. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. I wish i had bought this the first time.

  • Python Pro-Clean Aquarium Gravel Washer/Siphon Kit, Medium with Siphon Squeeze
  • Includes the Python Squeeze Siphon Starter
  • Effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium
  • Constructed with flexible, high quality tubing
  • For aquariums up to 20 gallons in size
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Item Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 7 x 2 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python PCSMD
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Python PCSMD Final Thoughts

"Becareful not to do this!"

Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month.

Overall Score
4.3


(851 Points)

4. Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube Hose Extension, 10-Feet

User Ratings: 88 2

Python 10EX First Impressions

"Great customer service."

The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. Returned, but agreed to try another one. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable.

  • Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube Hose Extension, 10-Feet
  • Easily extends your No Spill Clean and Fill system
  • Includes male and female adapters
  • Easy installation
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Part Number: 10EX
  • Item Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 16 x 1 inches
  • Size: 1.00 x 16.00 x 16.00
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 10EX
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  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Python 10EX Final Thoughts

"Becareful not to do this!"

What I love about this is the water return function. I may modify mine to be more robust. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff.

Overall Score
4.8


(477 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Python Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

5. Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube Extension, 20-Feet

User Ratings: 90 1

Python 20EX First Impressions

"I'm so happy this works!"

I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! I have been looking for this for years. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! The costomer service for this company is wonderful. This gravel vacuum works very well.

  • Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube Extension, 20-Feet
  • Easily Extends Your No Spill Clean And Fill System
  • Includes Male And Female Adapters
  • Easy Installation
  • Package Dimensions: 18.0" L X 17.0" W X 1.0" H
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Part Number: 20EX
  • Item Weight: 2.09 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 16 x 1 inches
  • Size: 20'
  • Color: Original Version
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 20EX
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  • Value For Money
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Python 20EX Final Thoughts

"It's a great product."

I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. I just pump the water directly into my sump. As you can see from the photo, it works great!

Overall Score
4.8


(437 Points)

6. Python PRO CLEAN - EXTRA LARGE (for tanks to 55 Gallons)

User Ratings: 70 3

Python 24PC First Impressions

"From aquarium to sink."

I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier.

  • Python PRO CLEAN - EXTRA LARGE (for tanks to 55 Gallons)
  • Effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium.
  • Constructed with flexible, high quality tubing.
  • For aquariums over 55 gallons in size.
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 27.05 x 7 x 2 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 24PC
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Python 24PC Final Thoughts

"Finally, I found this."

I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier.

Overall Score
4.5


(413 Points)

7. Python Ulti-Vac Pond Aquarium Maintenance System

User Ratings: 26 31

Python 940041 First Impressions

"Hope that made sense!"

Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said.

  • Python Ulti-Vac Pond Aquarium Maintenance System
  • Effortless, mess-free cleaning
  • Extracts rotting and decaying debris from hard to reach areas
  • Removable waste chamber
  • Kindly refer Installation Manual under product details
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 47.05 x 8 x 6.05 inches; 4.95 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 940041
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
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Python 940041 Final Thoughts

"Or just squeeze."

I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs! Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again.

Overall Score
3.0


(195 Points)

8. Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube, 36-Inch

User Ratings: 82 1

Python 36GT First Impressions

"Great for 75 gallon."

I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use. This gravel vacuum works very well. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method.

  • Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube, 36-Inch
  • Packaged with 2-1/2 feet of tubing and a female connector
  • Made of durable plastic
  • For use with the No Spill Clean and Fill system
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Part Number: 36GT
  • Material: Cotton
  • Item Weight: 15 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 36 x 2 x 2 inches
  • Size: 2.00 x 2.00 x 36.00
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 36GT
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Python 36GT Final Thoughts

"Another tip."

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable.

Overall Score
4.7


(160 Points)

9. Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube, 30-Inch

User Ratings: 80 3

Python 30GT First Impressions

"Another tip."

I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. I have a 20 gallon long tank at floor level. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part.

  • Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Gravel Tube, 30-Inch
  • Packaged with 2-1/2 feet of tubing and a female connector
  • Made of durable plastic
  • For use with the No Spill Clean and Fill system
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 2 x 2 inches; 13.28 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 30GT
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  • Value For Money
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Python 30GT Final Thoughts

"Great value!"

A little tricky with the hand pump. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I would definitely recommend this product. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive!

Overall Score
4.6


(145 Points)

10. Python Faucet Adapter for Aquarium

User Ratings: 67 13

Python 13A First Impressions

"And it keeps flowing!"

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. I would recommend turning your filter off during the process. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning.

  • Python Faucet Adapter for Aquarium
  • Fits any standard faucet
  • Solid plastic construction ensures durability and long-term use
  • Compatible with all Python No Spill Clean and Fill systems
  • Manufacture: Python Products Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.02 x 1 x 1 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Python 13A
  • Cleaning Ability
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
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Python 13A Final Thoughts

"I'm so happy this works!"

Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. If it isnt working for you, try without the micro pad in and do a great clean.

Overall Score
4.2


(127 Points)

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