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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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. LA 24" GRAVEL VAC W/NOZZLE

Lee's First Impressions

"From aquarium to sink."

I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I have large fish and large fish make large poop! Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever.

  • LA 24" GRAVEL VAC W/NOZZLE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's
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Lee's Final Thoughts

"I recommend highly."

I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. I just pump the water directly into my sump.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

3. Pawaboo Fish Tank Cleaner, 5-in-1 Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Water Changer for Quick Water Changing/San...

User Ratings: 53 7

Pawaboo First Impressions

"Happy customer."

Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. I had a couple of problems as it was the first time I have used anything like this. You won't go wrong with this product. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly.

  • Pawaboo Fish Tank Cleaner, 5-in-1 Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Water Changer for Quick Water Changing/Sand Washing/Feces Absorbing/Raking Sand/Scraping Algae with Air-Pressing Button & Glass Scraper
  • 【5-in-1 Multifunctional Cleaner】: Multifunctional fish tank cleaner helps water changing, sand washing, feces absorbing, raking sand, scraping algae. No need to immerse your hands in the aquarium water and provide a healthy environment for your underwater friends.
  • 【Air-Pressing Button】: Air suction to allow one-hand operation. Press the air button continuously until water comes into the bucket automatically. (Note: Please let the water outlet at least 19.7 in/50 cm lower than the inlet when using.)
  • 【Fish Protective & Easy to Use】: With filter basket to prevent small fish, aquatic plant and gravel from being sucked out when changing water, effectively protects fish as well as the tank cleaner. Convenient operation and easy to install.
  • 【Scraping Algae】: Glass scraper assembly can be attached to the cleaner for removing deposits, helps clean the inside of the tank easily without scratching it.
  • 【Extensive Water Pipes】: 2 inlet tubes (15.7 inch/40 cm) included, which can be extended and combined according to your demand, fit various kinds of tanks.
  • Manufacture: Pawaboo
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches; 10 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pawaboo
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  • Cleaning Speed
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Pawaboo Final Thoughts

"So I gave it a shot."

The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon.

Overall Score
4.0


(92 Points)

4. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner with Clips, Quick & Easy Assembly, Long Nozzle Manual Water Pump, Great for ...

User Ratings: 51 9

SunGrow First Impressions

"Or just squeeze."

I just pump the water directly into my sump. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues.

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner with Clips, Quick & Easy Assembly, Long Nozzle Manual Water Pump, Great for Frequent Water Changes, Fish Tank Cleaning Kit for Saltwater and Freshwater
  • ✔ ALL INCLUSIVE AQUARIUM CLEANING KIT --- Everything you need to properly and effortlessly change your aquarium water is included in the all-in-one gravel cleaning kit by SunGrow. Not only do you receive the long nozzle, durable Rhinox tubing, priming bulb and discharge hose, but also a pair of high-quality mounting clips.
  • ✔ ELIMINATES UNPLEASANT FISHY SMELL --- We all love the look of our pet fish, but the fishy smell is a different story. The best way to keep your aquarium fresh is by regularly cleaning the gravel and substrate of debris. Fish waste, excess minerals and leftover food can get caught and begin to cause an unpleasant odor.
  • ✔ EXTRA LONG, FLEXIBLE NOZZLE --- Because the flexible vacuum nozzle in the practical SunGrow Aquarium Maintenance Kit is an extra long 4.5 feet (135cm), it makes cleaning your fish tank even easier. With such a long nozzle, there is no need to worry about getting your sleeves wet or spilling water.
  • ✔ EASY TO USE MOUNTING CLIPS --- Each aquarium water changer is easily mounted to the rim of your fish tank or bucket using the included pair of blue tube clips. With the help of these efficient mounting clips, any 8mm to 16mm hose or tubing is firmly held in place for quick and easy tank cleaning.
  • ✔ USEFUL FOR A VARIETY OF SUBSTRATES --- More than just a simple gravel cleaner, the easy prime suction pipe works on many types of tanks and different kinds of aquarium or terrarium substrates. The high quality siphon works on quartz gravel, sand, vermiculite and crushed coral for reef and brackish water tanks.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"But it's so cumbersome."

I am very satisfied with how the aquarium cleaner operates and highly recommend it. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. I knew siphoning would be an issue,. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing!

Overall Score
4.0


(56 Points)

5. Number-one Fish Tank Cleaner, Aquarium Water Changer Gravel Filter Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Pump Water...

User Ratings: 43 25

Number-One First Impressions

"Hope that made sense!"

The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. Maybe I'm using it wrong, but I got water EVERYWHERE. Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them. I found that it's difficult to use.

  • Number-one Fish Tank Cleaner, Aquarium Water Changer Gravel Filter Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Pump Water Changing Sand Washing Adjustable Water Flow with Inbuilt Strainer Outlet Valve Pumping Airbag
  • 【Air-Pressing】- Aquarium siphon gravel cleaner comes with an airbag, vacuum pumping, powerful suction, can easily remove sediment from the bottom of the tank. Built-in strainer in the water inlet effectively prevents little fish or aquatic plant from being discharged
  • 【Multi-Purpose】- 3-in-1 multifunctional, water changing, sand washing & residue removing. Fish tank vacuum gravel cleaner uses vacuum siphon to change water, filter gravel, remove fish poop, efficient water cleaning.
  • 【Labor-Saving】- Aquarium gravel filter is simple to operate. Pressing the airbag repeatedly till the water flows out automatically, greatly facilitates the cleaning process. When pumping water, the outlet level must be lower than the inlet level.
  • 【Detachable】- Aquarium gravel cleaner can be split into different parts, easy to assemble and disassemble.
  • 【Adjustable Water Flow】- PVC water outlet pipe, excellent oxidation-resistant, fairly soft, flexible and durable. Fish tank siphon is equipped with an outlet valve, handy to control the water yield.
  • Manufacture: Number-One
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Number-One
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Number-One Final Thoughts

"4- Finally a solution!"

What I love about this is the water return function. But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy! So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. It's also pretty slow going, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Overall Score
3.4


(189 Points)

6. Superfish Aquavac

User Ratings: 52 7

Superfish 544075 First Impressions

"No spills and SO easy!"

It will suck up a little bit of sand, which is expected and acceptable. I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I have a 20 gallon long tank at floor level. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use. I knew siphoning would be an issue,.

  • Superfish Aquavac
  • Sold by Get Pet Supplies, only the best for your pet.
  • This Superfish product is dispatched from the UK.
  • Delivery available to UK and International addresses.
  • Manufacture: Superfish
  • Product Dimensions: 4.33 x 4.33 x 4.33 inches; 7.05 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Superfish 544075
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Superfish 544075 Final Thoughts

"GRAVEL CLEANER works!"

Returned, but agreed to try another one. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. I just pump the water directly into my sump. At first I was furious with this thing. I highly recommend this product for all aquarium keepers. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely.

Overall Score
4.1


(8 Points)

7. Maxmoral 2pcs Black Fish Feeding Ring Aquarium Fish Tank Mariculture Fishes Floating Food Feeder Cir...

User Ratings: 53 5

Maxmoral First Impressions

"Well worth it."

It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket. Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! That said, the results were excellent. My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible. That said, the results were excellent.

  • Maxmoral 2pcs Black Fish Feeding Ring Aquarium Fish Tank Mariculture Fishes Floating Food Feeder Circle with Suction Cup(Round and Square)
  • Package included:1 x Square Fish Feeding Ring and 1 x Round Fish Feeding Ring.
  • Made of high quality and durable PVC.It is fitted with a matching suction cup to hold it firmly in place.You can also choose to let the fish feed float freely along the surface of a freshwater pond or saltwater aquarium.
  • The unique design can fix the fish food in the feeding frame,so as not to spread the influence of the water quality,sucker can be fixed in any position,very convenient.
  • The fish feeder is suitable for feeding flake foods and other floating foods.Place food in a circle to keep it from floating around.
  • Effectively prevent food from entering the filter so as to reduce food waste and keep water clean.
  • Manufacture: Maxmoral
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Maxmoral
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Maxmoral Final Thoughts

"From aquarium to sink."

If for some reason this one fails, I'll just buy it again. In saying this it's nice to not lift those heavy buckets to the top anymore. I wish i had bought this the first time. I fell in love with African Dwarf Frogs when they were in a 10 gallon in my kitchen. As you can see from the photo, it works great! The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one.

Overall Score
4.1


(40 Points)

8. Lee's Mini Economy Gravel Vacuum

User Ratings: 60 8

Lee's 11450 First Impressions

"Great price!"

In saying that I get build up of solids in certain parts of my tank. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. Using a bucket to remove old water and then fill up bucket with new water.

  • Lee's Mini Economy Gravel Vacuum
  • Also includes a 56-inch long gravel vac hose
  • Features a 1-inch diameter by 6-inch long cylinder
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 4.75 x 1.38 x 10.38 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11450
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Lee's 11450 Final Thoughts

"Becareful not to do this!"

I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. It's well worth reaching out to Nicrew to exchange or find a resolution. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice. It's easy to put together, easy to use, easy to clean.

Overall Score
4.2


(305 Points)

9. MTMTOOL Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Filter Siphon Aquarium Cleaning Pump Kit with Large Airbag...

User Ratings: 26 33

MTMTOOL First Impressions

"IT's SO easy to use."

Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. Compared to how I was cleaning before, this made cleaning my tanks a breeze. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. Needless to say there was a lot of muc on the bottom. It filters out the solids and returns the water to the tank. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily.

  • MTMTOOL Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Filter Siphon Aquarium Cleaning Pump Kit with Large Airbag and Adjustable Water Flow Controller
  • Package Includes:1 x Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner.
  • With on/off flow control faucet design,free control of water discharge when pumping.
  • Water Inlet (Head part) Diameter:50mm/2";Water Outlet (Faucet) Diameter:10mm/0.4".
  • Just squeeze the large suction air bag softly so that the water can suck up and flows out automatically.
  • Filter through the gravel using the attachment to suck up food,fish waste and toxins that build up in your tank,but will not inhale your fish.
  • Manufacture: MTMTOOL
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MTMTOOL
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MTMTOOL Final Thoughts

"It works perfect!"

This thing does both at the same time and quickly. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. Idk what other people are talking about that it barely pulls. I was using a 110 Volt aquarium cleaner before I purchased this one. The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one.

Overall Score
3.0


(8 Points)

10. MTMTOOL Siphon Vacuum Aquarium Gravel Cleaner for Small Fish Tanks

User Ratings: 46 24

MTMTOOL First Impressions

"If so hit helpful."

I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible.

  • MTMTOOL Siphon Vacuum Aquarium Gravel Cleaner for Small Fish Tanks
  • 1 Set Siphon Vacuum Aquarium Gravel Cleaner.
  • Efficiently separates debris from gravel.
  • Ideal for quick change of water in small fish tanks.
  • Unique tube design,holding the tube under the body shaking,the water can be recycled.
  • Made of pvc material,environmentally friendly,non-toxic,corrosion-resistant,highly elastic.
  • Manufacture: MTMTOOL
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MTMTOOL
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MTMTOOL Final Thoughts

"I have a 4 gallon tank."

If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! That said, the results were excellent. I love this setup and how easy it was to use. I would recommend this due to the fantastic job it has provided for my needs. I would definitely recommend this product. Returned, but agreed to try another one.

Overall Score
3.6


(23 Points)

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