Editor's Choice - Our Favorite VIVOSUN Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. VIVOSUN Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Siphon Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner with Fishing Net Long Nozzle Water F...

User Ratings: 59 7

VIVOSUN First Impressions

"Good purchase."

Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs! We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks! If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video.

  • VIVOSUN Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Siphon Fish Tank Vacuum Cleaner with Fishing Net Long Nozzle Water Flow Controller - BPA Free
  • PREMEIUM MATERIAL: Made of safe, non-toxic plastic that is both solid and BPA-free so you can guarantee the health and safety of your pets; This hose differs from vinyl tubing and prevents kicks and roll-ups and ensures that water flows smoothly
  • DURABLE OPERATION BULB: Equipped with a large operation bulb which is sturdy and durable so you can get the water flowing without further pumping; Just use 5-10 pumps and it’ll start up!
  • FLOW CONTROL: Something we all need! Comes in handy to control the amount and speed of water and prevents messes from occurring
  • DUAL NOZZLE DESIGN: Made with two nozzles – one shorter and one longer; The short nozzle is for draining water from the tank; The long nozzle is for washing and cleaning gravel, sand, and substrate
  • SMALL SUCTION CUP: Comes with a small suction cup that attaches the nozzle to the glass wall of your aquarium for a complete one-hand cleaning operation; You can even walk away while moving water out of the tank!
  • Manufacture: VIVOSUN
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VIVOSUN
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  • Value For Money
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VIVOSUN Final Thoughts

"Research tank set up."

Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks! Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. You fill the chamber with filter substrate. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected.

Overall Score
4.2


(854 Points)

2. Aqueon Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Large with Bulb, 10-Inch

User Ratings: 60 10

Aqueon 100106232 First Impressions

"They are very well made."

Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. I have a 20 gallon long tank at floor level. I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy! I should have believed the other reviews. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. If you've never used a gravel vac, get this product and watch a YouTube video.

  • Aqueon Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Large with Bulb, 10-Inch
  • Perfect for quick water changes
  • Self-priming, using up and down motion, to start water flow
  • Efficiently separates debris from gravel
  • 6 foot flexible hose with clip for attaching the drain hose to the inside of a bucket
  • Makes routine water changes easier
  • Self-priming, using up and down motion
  • Removes dirty water
  • Vacuums out the debris in grave
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 19.3 x 4 inches; 1.45 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106232
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100106232 Final Thoughts

"Just saying."

Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. You fill the chamber with filter substrate. I got a bunch of sludge out of the bottom of my aquarium.

Overall Score
4.0


(976 Points)

3. Lee's Squeeze Bulb Ultra Gravel Vac w On/Off Valve

User Ratings: 44 27

Lee's 11545 First Impressions

"No suction."

What I love about this is the water return function. Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. I have been looking for this for years. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy! Next time, I'll lay towels down around the tank.

  • Lee's Squeeze Bulb Ultra Gravel Vac w On/Off Valve
  • Water changes are a -inch snap-inch
  • Siphoning is easy no matter what the level of water in the aquarium
  • Features a 1-1/4-inch diameter by 12-inch long cylinder
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 9.88 x 2.88 x 17 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11545
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
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Lee's 11545 Final Thoughts

"Very simple."

Takes me less than 10min to clean my tank with this method. I hope that I do not need another but I would purchase again without hesitation. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. This gravel vacuum works very well. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned.

Overall Score
3.3


(4 Points)

4. DINY Home & Style Aquarium Cleaner Siphon Pump Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner with Long Nozzle with W...

User Ratings: 64 7

DINY Home & Style 4346781915 First Impressions

"This works amazingly!"

The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews.

  • DINY Home & Style Aquarium Cleaner Siphon Pump Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner with Long Nozzle with Water Flow Controller
  • Easy to use gravel cleaner pump for fish tanks - removes the dirt from the bottom of your tank
  • Safe on fish during use - perfect fro both small and large aquarium's
  • Tube length is appx 5.5 feet and the tube diameter is appx 0.55"
  • Easy to use: Squeeze the large suction balloon softly so that the water and dirt can be sucked up
  • Includes Water Flow Control and Suction cup - The perfect water cleaner
  • Manufacture: Dependable Industries inc
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DINY Home & Style 4346781915
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
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DINY Home & Style 4346781915 Final Thoughts

"I am so glad I did."

So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket.

Overall Score
4.3


(147 Points)

5. Aquarium Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Change Battery-Powered Gravel Cleaner

Cartener First Impressions

"Cleaning is so EASY!"

What I love about this is the water return function. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks. You won't go wrong with this product. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners.

  • Aquarium Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Change Battery-Powered Gravel Cleaner
  • Aquarium Vacuum Cleaner + Water Siphon.Easy to install and use.Telescopically adjustable height for large and small aquariums.
  • Adjustable height.Maximum water depth 52 cm.Hose & Filter bag included.Syphon Pipe supplied.
  • Flow rate 520 litres per hour.With this tool,you can remove the dirt from the bottom of your aquarium.Supplied with two suction pipe sizes,it is suitable for both large and small aquariums.
  • Also be used as a water siphon for water changes, or to empty your aquarium when you connect a hose to outlet.
  • Material: High Quality ABS Plastic and Electronic Components.Power Requirement: 2 x Battery (C/LR14, not included).
  • Manufacture: CARTENER001
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Cartener
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  • Value For Money
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Cartener Final Thoughts

"Great design."

Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum. I found that it's difficult to use. I have a 29g aquarium and it does suction quickly as others have said. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. The costomer service for this company is wonderful.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

6. Fortune-star Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit New Quick Fish Tank Cleaner with Vacuum Siphon Vac for Wate...

Fortune-star First Impressions

"So that was MY BAD."

So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! That said, the results were excellent. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. You fill the chamber with filter substrate.

  • Fortune-star Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit New Quick Fish Tank Cleaner with Vacuum Siphon Vac for Water Changer Cleaning Pump with Air-Pressing Button
  • 【Novel Design】The handle is specially designed for easy pressing, and the comfortable grip makes it easy to press down without effort. The working principle of the water changer is gravity, does not require electricity, and absolutely safe. This sand cleaner is quiet when it works, but the electric fish tank water changer makes noise when it works.
  • 【Multifunction】Fortune-Star Filter Gravel Cleaner suit of all your requirements for fish tank.Can be used to rake gravel(Level the ground); Sand and gravel cleaning(clear away the powder particles); Fecal absorption( clean fish feces); Quick changing the water (stronger suction to easily change the water).The aquarium has always been kept clean and beautiful.
  • 【Easy operation】accessories: 1 * Air pressure control mechanism (with a fixed valve); 2 * Lengthened air inlet pipe; 1 * Extension pipe connector; 1 * Water outlet hose (the water pipe can be cut off as needed); 1 *Water flow clamp (easy to adjust the water flow); easy to use: if you don't know how to use it, please refer to the instruction manual, connect the device, and press the air pressure button until the water flows out steadily,then wait for it to complete its work by itself
  • 【Scope of application】Fortune Star Aquarium gravel cleaning fish tank kit is suitable for aquariums of various sizes. There are two lengthened inlet pipes and an 82-inch long outlet pipe, which can be adjusted to the appropriate length according to the size of your aquarium, and the water changer will not affect the fish during use.
  • 【After-sales service 】We strive to provide the best satisfaction for all our customers. If you are not satisfied with our aquarium gravel cleaner kit, please feel free to contact us and we will send you a replacement or give you a full refund.
  • Clean the aquarium regularly to provide a healthy and clean living environment for underwater friends.
  • Put the water inlet pipe into the aquarium, press the air pressure button until there is a steady flow of water, the next thing to do is to wait.
  • Connect the white inlet pipe to the port wiht the filter.
  • Manufacture: Fortune-star
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fortune-star
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  • Value For Money
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Fortune-star Final Thoughts

"So I gave it a shot."

It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. It just takes a little bit of trial and error on your part. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

7. ACEONE Manual Fish Tank Water Changer Aquarium Dropper, 2Pcs 30ml Aquarium Clean Pipette Dropper, Fi...

User Ratings: 50

ACEONE First Impressions

"Great for 75 gallon."

I have a glass bottom aquarium with no substrate. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. I have been looking for this for years. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly.

  • ACEONE Manual Fish Tank Water Changer Aquarium Dropper, 2Pcs 30ml Aquarium Clean Pipette Dropper, Fish Tank Cleaning Waste Remover, Aquarium Gravel Cleaning Straw
  • 【Qualified Material】 Manual Fish Tank Water Changer Aquarium Dropper is made of premium non-toxic plastic material for durable and practical use. It will not harm your fish. You can use it rest assure.
  • 【Easy To Use】 The amount of water absorbed by dropper can be adjusted by controlling the strength of grasping the dropper end. Please clean the item before use.
  • 【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.
  • 【Keep Fish Tank Clean】 The Aquarium Gravel Cleaning Straw can remove the dirt and residual feed at the bottom of fish tank. Perfect for stirring up waste and sucking it up without stressing the fish out too much. Help to keep your fish tank clean.
  • 【Widely Use】 This Aquarium Clean Pipette Dropper is also suitable for brine shrimps and red worms feeding after food unfreezing and living feed or small particles of liquid feed.
  • Manufacture: ACEONE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ACEONE
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  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

ACEONE Final Thoughts

"So that was MY BAD."

The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. This thing does both at the same time and quickly.

Overall Score
4.5


(2 Points)

8. 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
  • Cleaning Ability
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

9. 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
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  • 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)

10. 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)

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