Editor's Choice - Our Favorite WALOTAR Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. WALOTAR Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner-30ft Long Hose Aquarium Vacuum Syphon Water Changing Pump Kit&Sand ...

User Ratings: 44 15

WALOTAR First Impressions

"I love this."

Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. I have large fish and large fish make large poop! Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. This thing does both at the same time and quickly. The costomer service for this company is wonderful.

  • WALOTAR Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner-30ft Long Hose Aquarium Vacuum Syphon Water Changing Pump Kit&Sand Cleaning Washer Tools
  • 【Easy to Clean and Change Water 2 in 1 Function】- Siphon with filter can be used to change water, wash sand, scrape moss and absorb dirt, quiet and will not disturb fish.
  • 【30Ft Long Antifreeze Hose】- Flexible transparent hose up to 20mm in diameter, non-toxic and odorless, able to change water quickly, supporting over 50 gallons of fish tank.
  • 【20In Long Gravel Cleaner】- Enough to clean every corner of the fish tank without wet hands, Quickly draining dirty water.
  • 【Applicable to All Kinds of Faucets】- Universal joints can be connected to all kinds of faucets, one-button disassembly, no longer worrying about not adapting.
  • 【A Variety of Accessories】- Also includes a water stop valve, hose bracket, hose storage straps, and we will provide a 100% satisfactory shopping experience, you can always contact us.
  • 30ft long antifreeze hose - f
  • lexible transparent hose up to 20mm in diametern
  • on-toxic and odorless, able to change water quickly, supporting over 50 gallons of fish tank
  • Manufacture: WALOTAR
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WALOTAR
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.8']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='2.7']
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

WALOTAR Final Thoughts

"Lesson learned."

You fill the chamber with filter substrate. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. I should have believed the other reviews. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. They more than helped me resolve my situation. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(249 Points)

2. 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 [star rating='3.1']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.1']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3']

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

[star rating="3.3"]
(5 Points)

3. 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
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='2.2']
  • Quality [star rating='2.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.2']

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

[star rating="3.2"]
(6 Points)

4. 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
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4.8']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

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

[star rating="4.5"]
(2 Points)

5. 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
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='2.9']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

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

[star rating="3.6"]
(46 Points)

6. Allnice Fish Tank Cleaner Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Water Changer Gravel Filter Siphon Vacuum Pump Wat...

User Ratings: 67 7

Allnice First Impressions

"This device works well."

Its made the water changes on my 55 gallon and 20 tall so easy. The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer. Gravel cleaning has become so easy and mess free. The costomer service for this company is wonderful. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning.

  • Allnice Fish Tank Cleaner Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Water Changer Gravel Filter Siphon Vacuum Pump Water Changing Sand Washing Adjustable Water Flow with Inbuilt Strainer Outlet Valve Pumping Airbag
  • 【7 IN 1 Multifunctional】- The fishing cleaning set equipped with many accessories: Inlet tubeso, outlet hose, adjustable water flow controller clamp, fixture clamp, fish net and glass scraper, to change water, filter gravel, remove fish poop, efficient water cleaning.
  • 【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.
  • 【Easy to Use】- 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.
  • 【Adjustable Water Flow】- PVC water outlet pipe, excellent oxidation-resistant and corrosion-resistant performance, fairly soft, flexible and durable. Fish tank siphon is equipped with an outlet valve, handy to control the water yield.
  • 【Wide Applications】- The kit is equipped with two 15.7-inch inlet tubes. The installation length can be selected according to the height of the fish tank.
  • Manufacture: Allnice
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Allnice
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.3']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.2']

Allnice Final Thoughts

"Sweat and hardwork."

This thing does both at the same time and quickly. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. I love the extendable attachments for my larger tanks. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. Most of the poop just sits on the top the sand substrate in my tank. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(42 Points)

7. Fish Tank Pipette Dropper Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Waste Remover Changer Aquarium Dropper Pipette Fee...

User Ratings: 41 16

Pssopp First Impressions

"But it's so cumbersome."

Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. Returned, but agreed to try another one. The assembly instructions for this unit are unquestionably clear and precise. Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing!

  • Fish Tank Pipette Dropper Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Waste Remover Changer Aquarium Dropper Pipette Feeder Water Transfer Tool with Extension Tube
  • 【Keep Your Fish Tank Clean】The Fish Tank Dropper can remove the dirt and residual feed at the fish tank bottom. It is perfect for stirring up waste in the bottom of the tank and sucking it up without stressing the fish out too much. Help to keep your fish tank clean.
  • 【4 Scales on the Pipe】With 4 scales on the pipe (10ml/ 15ml/ 20ml/ 30ml). This Aquarium Water Transfer tool is printed with clear and precise scale, easy for you to measure the liquid.
  • 【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 product before use.
  • 【Widely Used】This Pipette Graduated Dropper is also suitable for brine shrimps and red worms feeding after food unfreezing, and living feed or small particles of liquid feed is also suitable.
  • 【High Quality】Our fish tank water changer is made of non-toxic plastic material, will not harm your fish.
  • Manufacture: Pssopp
  • Product Dimensions: 3.94 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches; 2.82 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pssopp
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.7']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Pssopp Final Thoughts

"Cleaning is so EASY!"

I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc.

Overall Score
3.7

[star rating="3.7"]
(8 Points)

8. WEAVERBIRD Manual Fish Tank Water Changer Aquarium Dropper, 30ml Aquarium Clean Pipette Dropper, Fis...

User Ratings: 52 23

WEAVERBIRD First Impressions

"Fantastic."

The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. I found that it's difficult to use. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. It siphons the water out of the aquarium very quickly.

  • WEAVERBIRD Manual Fish Tank Water Changer Aquarium Dropper, 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.
  • 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 is also suitable.
  • Keep fish tank clean: The aquarium gravel cleaning straw can remove the dirt and residual feed at the bottom of fish tank. It is perfect for stirring up waste and sucking it up without stressing the fish out too much. Help to keep your fish tank clean.
  • 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.
  • Manufacture: WEAVERBIRD
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WEAVERBIRD
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='3.6']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

WEAVERBIRD Final Thoughts

"Still working great."

It would get clogged with leaves and such but that's expected. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. That said, the results were excellent. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. I learned that the best control was to shorten the device as much as possible. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(5 Points)

9. AIBAO Aquarium Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Cleaner Water Changer - A Manual Siphon Pump to Drain Awa...

User Ratings: 54 12

AIBAO First Impressions

"Wish I found this sooner."

I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! And the price is more than reasonable. A little tricky with the hand pump. I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance.

  • AIBAO Aquarium Fish Tank Siphon and Gravel Cleaner Water Changer - A Manual Siphon Pump to Drain Away Water in Minutes
  • 【3 IN 1 FUNCTION AND COST-EFFECTIVE】AIBAO Aquarium cleaner can be used as water changer,sand washing and gravel cleaner. Giving your precious fish a healthy and favorable living environment.Many fish or tortoise tank accessories are overpriced. This simple, high-quality product does the same job of a much more expensive siphon.
  • 【EASY TO USE】No more scooping up dirty water with a pail! Use the principle of siphon to operate, All you need to do is to pinch the blue SIPHON BALL 3-6 times, the water will flow out from the nozzle automatically. When cleaning sand, the filter can protect small sand and fish from being sucked in. Unplug the filter, the suction power will increase, and the dirt in the fish tank can be absorbed.
  • 【BAP FREE MATERIAL AND EASY TO STORE】Every component of AIBAO aquarium kits is made of quality flexible PVC plastic which could ensure a long time use. It won't be too stiff, easy to bend it into any position to fit for your use.The entire water changer can be disassembled into 4 small parts, which does not take up a lot of space and can be conveniently stored in a drawer or a bag.
  • 【PERFECT AND SAFE FOR REGULAR WATER CHANGE】No Messy drips, and a sturdy outlet valve to improve suction. You can clear 30L water in about 5 minutes. Each nozzle comes with a guard which eliminates the risk of your fishes from getting sucked up by the gravel cleaner and hurting your precious fishes. Water Changer Siphons use on medium, large, extra large gallon tanks 20 to 50 gal.
  • 【CUSTOMER SERVICE】Any questions can consult with us. We pay attention to EVERY customer feedback and adjust every detail to ensure quality and satisfaction.
  • Manufacture: AIBAO
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AIBAO
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='4']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

AIBAO Final Thoughts

"I'm so happy this works!"

Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. The last two pictures display the suction cup with its perforated screen inside it. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. Its made the water changes on my 55 gallon and 20 tall so easy.

Overall Score
3.9

[star rating="3.9"]
(158 Points)

10. Ecological Laboratories Microbe-Lift Gravel and Substrate Cleaner Size: 4 oz.

User Ratings: 49

Ecological Laboratories First Impressions

"This is a great product."

Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. You won't go wrong with this product. I should have believed the other reviews. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. This gravel vacuum works very well. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs! As you can see from the photo, it works great!

  • Ecological Laboratories Microbe-Lift Gravel and Substrate Cleaner Size: 4 oz.
  • Aquatic
  • Water Treatment and Conditioners
  • Freshwater Conditioners
  • 4 oz
  • Manufacture: Ecological Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3 inches; 0.35 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ecological Laboratories
  • Cleaning Ability [star rating='5']
  • Cleaning Speed [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Ecological Laboratories Final Thoughts

"Cleaning is so EASY!"

The hardest thing to do is wrap up the cord to store it after use. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff. The filter loads up really fast, so it's not much good for recycling water cleaning. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. I may modify mine to be more robust.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(2 Points)

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