Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Sera Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. Sera Round Gravel Washer

User Ratings: 60 6

Sera 8560 First Impressions

"It works great."

It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. I may modify mine to be more robust. And the price is more than reasonable.

  • Sera Round Gravel Washer
  • Easy to handle
  • Gravel washer for all aquariums
  • For freshwater and marine aquariums
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 2.36 x 7.09 x 12.99 inches; 10.56 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 8560
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sera 8560 Final Thoughts

"I highly recommend this."

What I love about this is the water return function. Its made the water changes on my 55 gallon and 20 tall so easy. This gravel vacuum works very well. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said.

Overall Score
4.3


(786 Points)

2. Lee's Stretch Ultra Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, Self-Start

User Ratings: 24 24

Lee's 11550 First Impressions

"4- Finally a solution!"

I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. I love this setup and how easy it was to use. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. You fill the chamber with filter substrate. A little tricky with the hand pump. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you.

  • Lee's Stretch Ultra Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, Self-Start
  • Also features a self-start cap assembly and a 72-inch long vinyl hose
  • Designed to separate debris from gravel and remove it from the aquarium during routine water changes
  • Produced specifically for designer aquariums, other small aquariums and fish bowls
  • Made of flexible plastic
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 15 inches; 7.26 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11550
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  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Lee's 11550 Final Thoughts

"I love this."

Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. Maybe I'm using it wrong, but I got water EVERYWHERE. As you can see from the photo, it works great! Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. As you can see from the photo, it works great! In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon.

Overall Score
3.2


(6 Points)

3. FarBoat Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Siphon Water Changer with Long Nozzle for Cleaning Changin...

FarBoat First Impressions

"Hope that made sense!"

At first I was furious with this thing. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. This gravel vacuum works very well. I knew siphoning would be an issue,. This gravel vacuum works very well. I may modify mine to be more robust.

  • FarBoat Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Siphon Water Changer with Long Nozzle for Cleaning Changing Water
  • Material: Plastic. Robust, high quality, eco-friendly and durable.
  • Nozzle: Prevent from sucking large gravels or small fish and shrimp, no blockage and keep the animals safe.
  • Cleaning fish waste, gravel and sand while replacing water, will not hurt fish in your aquarium.
  • Easy to use, time-saving and labour-saving.
  • Guarantee Service: 100% Satisfaction guarantee and reliable customer service within a 24 hour time support.
  • Manufacture: FarBoat
  • Editor's Impressions Of The FarBoat
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

FarBoat Final Thoughts

"Still working great."

I should have believed the other reviews. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I wish i had bought this the first time. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

4. 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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  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

5. LQKYWNA Manual Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Washer Water Changer, A Hand Syphon Pump to Drain Cleaner...

LQKYWNA First Impressions

"Hope this helps."

It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. At first I was furious with this thing. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. What I love about this is the water return function.

  • LQKYWNA Manual Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Washer Water Changer, A Hand Syphon Pump to Drain Cleaner with Adjustable Water Walve
  • Water Inlet Filter: There is a filter at the water inlet, which can help to clean sand and gravel and the residues and stains attached to the grass and sand bed, and it can prevent the gravel and sand from being sucked in, which is more convenient for cleaning.
  • How to Use: First put the water inlet into the fish tank, then place the water outlet below the water surface, and finally press the blue suction ball continuously to stop after the water flow forms.
  • Clean and Hygienic: This product adopts the design of the principle of pneumatic siphon. The blue manual compression ball replaces the ancient method of suction by mouth, which is more clean and hygienic.
  • Water Flow Adjustment Valve: This fish tank water changer has a water flow adjustment valve. You can adjust the water flow according to your needs, which is very convenient and fast.
  • High-quality Plastic Tube: This product uses high-quality plastic hose, with a total length of about 2 meters, and other plastic tubes can also be replaced according to demand.
  • Manufacture: LQKYWNA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LQKYWNA
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  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

LQKYWNA Final Thoughts

"Exactly what I needed!"

I am very satisfied with how the aquarium cleaner operates and highly recommend it. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! I have been looking for this for years.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

6. Tropical Science Labs ATC99005 Liquid Gravel Vac Saltwater, 16-Ounce

Tropical Science Labs 731555990057 First Impressions

"It works great!"

Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. I wish i had bought this the first time. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. I have a 20 gallon long tank at floor level. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon.

  • Tropical Science Labs ATC99005 Liquid Gravel Vac Saltwater, 16-Ounce
  • Tropical Science Labs Liquid Gravel Vac Saltwater
  • Liquid Gravel Vac from Tropical Science Bio-labs utilizes the natural science of aquatic environmental chemistry
  • Available in both saltwater and marine/reef formulations.
  • Tropical Science Labs Liquid Gravel Vac Saltwater
  • Liquid Gravel Vac from Tropical Science Bio-labs utilizes the natural science of aquatic environmental chemistry
  • Available in both saltwater and marine/reef formulations
  • Available in both saltwater and marine/reef formulations
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tropical Science Labs 731555990057
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tropical Science Labs 731555990057 Final Thoughts

"I totally recommend this."

What I love about this is the water return function. I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used!

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

7. Ruiqas Hand Syphon Pump,Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Cleaner, Great for Tank Water Changing Moss Remo...

Ruiqas 1388257/120163AM93-1001 First Impressions

"It is junk."

Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium. A little tricky with the hand pump. And the price is more than reasonable.

  • Ruiqas Hand Syphon Pump,Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Cleaner, Great for Tank Water Changing Moss Removal Gravel Cleaning.
  • ▲【EASY TO USE】Just press the air-pressing button to pump water out, Equipped with flow adjuster,easy to install and operate.Easy to use with air-pressing button, no battery required.Helps you easily change water, wash sand and remove moss on fish tank wall.
  • ▲【DESIGN】Built-in 3D filter can prevent small fishes and water plants from being sucking out.270cm long silicone water tube, durable and corrosion-resistant.Simple to adjust water flow with a plastic clip.
  • ▲【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.
  • ▲【PACKAGE INCLUDES】1 x Main Body,2 x 40cm Water Inlet Tube,1 x 270cm Flexible Hose (diameter:1cm),1 x Water Flow Adjustable Clip,1 x Water Tube Fixing Clip,1 x Filter,1 x Connector,1 x Scraper
  • ▲【SERVICE GUARANTEE】We have professional, premium aftermarket replacement. Any problem of this product, you can send emails as soon. We will provide you excellent customer service and 100% satisfaction warranty.
  • Manufacture: Ruiqas
  • Product Dimensions: 16.14 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 12.91 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ruiqas 1388257/120163AM93-1001
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Ruiqas 1388257/120163AM93-1001 Final Thoughts

"Debris gets sucked up."

The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one.

Overall Score
3.0


(1 Points)

8. SunGrow Aquarium Cleaning Pump Kit, BPA Free, Easy-to-Use, No Spill, Tank Cleaner, Pet-Friendly, Lon...

User Ratings: 45 18

SunGrow First Impressions

"This is a great product."

Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. I should have believed the other reviews. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae.

  • SunGrow Aquarium Cleaning Pump Kit, BPA Free, Easy-to-Use, No Spill, Tank Cleaner, Pet-Friendly, Long Nozzle Feature, Perfect for Cleaning and Changing Water in Tank
  • EASY AND EFFICIENT CLEANING EXPERIENCE — No more scooping up dirty water with a pail; that can be messy. SunGrow Aquarium Cleaning Pump is a system that helps you clear out your tank efficiently and quickly by having the features you definitely need! Each part is meticulously designed to give you the best aquarium cleaning experience you can possibly have.
  • ALL-IN-ONE KIT — Every SunGrow Aquarium Cleaning Pump kit comes with a long nozzle, strong Rhinox tubing, operation/pump bulb and discharge hose. All parts can be adjusted and modified according to what you need.
  • SAFE FOR ALL — SunGrow Aquarium Cleaning Pump is made with lightweight, high-quality, BPA-free plastic that’s safe for you and your pets. Aquarium fishes won’t be hurt or disturbed while it is being used.
  • EASY TO USE — The long nozzle feature of SunGrow Aquarium Cleaning Pump is perfect for when you wish to clean the tank by removing the sand and gravel. Just place the nozzle and hose in your tank then use a suction cup to attach it to the tank. This will make work easier for you because you don’t need to hold it while draining out water! Press on the pump bulb 5 to 7 times and the water will start to flow out of the discharge nozzle. See the description below for more details.
  • HASSLE-FREE STORAGE - After using the Aquarium Cleaning Pump, it won’t give you a hard time thinking where you should put it, because it can be placed practically anywhere! With its strategic design, you can keep it in any place you want where you can easily access it the next time you need it.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
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  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"Finally, I found this."

I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. I wish i had bought this the first time. I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice.

Overall Score
3.6


(46 Points)

9. Lukovee Fish Aquarium Cleaner, Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Water and Sand Changer Device with Stressles...

User Ratings: 51 10

Lukovee First Impressions

"If so hit helpful."

Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! I may modify mine to be more robust.

  • Lukovee Fish Aquarium Cleaner, Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Water and Sand Changer Device with Stressless Syphon Starter Water Flow Control Clamp Long Flexible Pipe Perfect for Cleaning Small Fish Tanks
  • ➤ 5 IN 1 Multifunctional ---This fish tank water pump for cleaning gravel cleaner set is equipped with many accessories: Inlet tubes, Outlet hose, adjustable Water Flow Controller clamp, fixture clamp, fish net and glass scraper. No need for power, No need to immersing your hands in the aquarium water, No spilling water on the ground, this manual gravel cleaning kit could safely help to aquarium water changing, scraping algae, sand washing, raking sand, excrement-absorbing.
  • ➤ Fit For All Aquarium --- This Aquarium cleaner tool kit has 2 inlet tubes (each 40cm/15.75in long), which can be connected by an orange connecting pipe to use. The 6 foot flexible outlet hose with water flow clip can be attached on the bucket to prevent water from splashing, help you optimize the water flow and fix the pipe, making your work efficiently and easily. It almost fits for all different-sized fish/plant/turtle aquariums tank.
  • ➤ Aquarium Fish Net & Filter Basket Net --- ①The size of fish net (Width: 3.9 inch; Length :12.2 inch) will be easily fit for most fishes and aquariums. Durable construction means it will not easy to bending or breaking. It also help catch those crafty, quick fish and clean out debris from the tank. ②Filter basket net in the tube effectively avoiding blocking by gravel and prevents smaller fish from being sucked into the apparatus. It’s effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium
  • ➤ Simple Assembly, Easy Operation --- This fish tank gravel cleaner easy to use, first connect the inlet and outlet pipe, Please remember to spin on the orange connector to install the extension tube, it's safe and tight. Then press the air pressure button with your palm until the water can flow out automatically. This product has a powerful suction, even a child can operate. The valve inside can prevent water from backflow.
  • ➤ 100% Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed! --- Lukovee aquarium gravel cleaner fish vacuum are designed to keep a healthy environment for our underwater friends. but if in any way you are not 100% satisfied with this aquarium gravel cleaner, please feel free to contact us. We truly care about our customers! Just use it with confidence! We will provide every customer with the best service!
  • Suction Type: Manual pressing air pump button
  • Inlet Pipe Length: each 40cm/ 15.7inch
  • Outlet Hose Length: 204cm/ 80.3inch
  • Manufacture: Lukovee
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lukovee
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Lukovee Final Thoughts

"I love this."

If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier.

Overall Score
3.9


(100 Points)

10. SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank V...

User Ratings: 44 29

SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 First Impressions

"Then you vacuum."

This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks!

  • SANON Aquarium Cleaning Tools, Battery Powered Siphon Pump Water Filter Aquarium Cleaner Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner, Siphon Cleaning Tool for Gravel Sand
  • Supplied with two suction pipe sizes, work for both large and small aquariums.
  • Come with gravel and sand filter mesh bag, fully repeated for durable use.
  • Flexible and stretchable tube for adjustable length to fit different water depth.
  • Battery case on the top, only 2 batteries needed for easy and safe installation.
  • Ergonomic handle for secure and comfortable grip with operation ease.
  • Manufacture: SANON
  • Product Dimensions: 13.39 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches; 10.3 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SANON 1101916/120144AM92-0117 Final Thoughts

"This will not rep!"

I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again.

Overall Score
3.0


(4 Points)

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