Editor's Choice - Our Favorite ZaneSun Aquarium Gravel Cleaners

1. ZaneSun Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner,Siphon Vacuum Pump Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Water Changer ...

User Ratings: 63 8

ZaneSun First Impressions

"If so hit helpful."

My previous gravel vacuum from Petco was horrible. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. Within a half an hour my tank almost looked brand new. I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it.

  • ZaneSun Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner,Siphon Vacuum Pump Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Water Changer Adjustable Flow Control Tape& Aquarium Algae Scraper Double Sided Sponge Brush Cleaner Scrubber
  • 1:premium silicon siphon pump:Water can be suck out easily by squeeze the big airbag gently.
  • 2. Flow Control Tap Design:Flow rate 6.7L/min, drain 30L in 5 minutes,you can clean the aquarium easily & quickly. Ideal for water changing and gravel cleaning,it is easy and convenient to use.
  • 3.This aquarium water changer is made from good quality plastic material which could ensure a long time use. Its flexible PVC hose transfer liquids and more faster.
  • 4.Total 7.5ft long, and you can add extra hose to the faucet if need (extra hose not included)
  • 5.Easy to Install & Use: Just connect all the accessories together one by one, It is ideal for water changing and gravel cleaning, giving your fish a nice living environment. Free Gift Aquarium Cleaning Brush, For use in water and saltwater, easy access to hard to reach spots. Let your fish tank more beautiful.
  • Manufacture: ZaneSun
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ZaneSun
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ZaneSun Final Thoughts

"Love this product!"

But this thing is amazing the suction is crazy! So, I bought a 20 gallon long and transferred them from the 10 gallon. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. 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. With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated.

Overall Score
4.2


(357 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
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
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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


(5 Points)

3. NUOMI Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaner Siphon Pump Gravel Vacuum Water Filter

User Ratings: 49 27

NUOMI First Impressions

"Doesn't work."

Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. And the price is more than reasonable. I like the fact it is not draining the water when you vacuum. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. You fill the chamber with filter substrate. The telescoping tube will extent to permit a larger tank to be effectively cleaned. You won't go wrong with this product.

  • NUOMI Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaner Siphon Pump Gravel Vacuum Water Filter
  • Total length: 170 cm; Diameter: 4.5 cm for large part, 1.5 cm for small part.
  • Two types of nozzle: shorter nozzle for drainage, longer nozzle for gravel cleaning.
  • Hand pump to initiate the siphon to start transferring liqued from one receptacle to another.
  • Keeps fish safe & healthy by removing excess food and removing hazardous waste and toxins.
  • Easy to install and use, does not hurt any aquarium fish when using,especially for small fish tank.
  • Manufacture: NUOMI
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NUOMI
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NUOMI Final Thoughts

"It was easy to assemble."

I also used this LinkinsLegacy cleaner in my kitchen sink. And the price is more than reasonable. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. I have never cleaned the rocks or changed the water in my aquarium so effortlessly. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. This is how I got the NICREW power vac to work with sand and large poop.

Overall Score
3.6


(20 Points)

4. Tfwadmx Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit,Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Filter Water changer Sand Cleaner with A...

User Ratings: 63

Tfwadmx First Impressions

"No spills and SO easy!"

You fill the chamber with filter substrate. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. The vacuum power is amazingly strong, yet adjustable. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. At first I was furious with this thing. They more than helped me resolve my situation. This gravel vacuum works very well.

  • Tfwadmx Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit,Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Filter Water changer Sand Cleaner with Algae Scraper Air-Pressing Button Adjustable Water Flow Controller for Cleaning Tank
  • The aquarium gravel cleaner kit has a three-in-one effect, which can be used for changing water, washing sand and scraping algae.
  • Materials-Made of high quality of ABS,transparent and soft.
  • Advantages-Equipped with two 40cm transparent tubes, convenient for you to use alternatel.The adjustable flow control can stop and flow at any time. The water flow clamp control the water flow between draining and gravel cleaning and a fixture clamp to fix the pipe to free your hands.The air-pressing button ensures one-hand operation and powerful suction.
  • Easy to use-It is convenient to operate and install .After the installation is completed, insert the inlet pipe into the tank and press the water changer button until the water enters the tank automatically.Lower the intake so as to suck up the sand and fish, etc
  • Size-Length of the Inlet Tubes: 15.7inch ,Length of the Soft Outlet Tube:81.4 inch
  • Manufacture: Tfwadmx
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tfwadmx
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Tfwadmx Final Thoughts

"It's so easy."

It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon. I may modify mine to be more robust. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. This gravel vacuum works very well. Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks! It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before. This thing does both at the same time and quickly.

Overall Score
4.6


(3 Points)

5. Lee's The Ultimate Gravel Vac 50' Kit

User Ratings: 49 8

Lee's 11571 First Impressions

"So I gave it a shot."

The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. My tank was beyond maintenance work with alot of decay and algae. I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. As you can see from the photo, it works great! Best gadget i bought for cleaning tanks! Maybe if another piece was included to attach to the right after the shutoff.

  • Lee's The Ultimate Gravel Vac 50' Kit
  • Ultimate Gravel Vac attaches directly to most faucets and allows water to drain directly into sink
  • Includes Fish-Saver cleaning assembly
  • No more need for heavy ,messy, un-wieldy buckets
  • Water changes refresh your aquarium with precious nutrients and remove excess debris.
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 12.25 x 19.5 inches; 6.09 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11571
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Lee's 11571 Final Thoughts

"That's all i want."

I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. Wasted an entire morning taking it apart, checking everything etc. Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. I've gone though dozens of aquarium cleaning gadgets and products over the years. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! The only draw back, wish it came with a longer hose or attachment to make it longer.

Overall Score
4.0


(15 Points)

6. Aqueon Water Changer Tube 18 Inches

User Ratings: 65 3

Aqueon 100106091 First Impressions

"No biggie."

Returned, but agreed to try another one. I'm thinking of other ways this could be used! I even decimated my snail problem with this thing. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK! The water gets filtered in the chamber and then RETURNED BACK TO THE TANK!

  • Aqueon Water Changer Tube 18 Inches
  • Has a longer reach for deeper tanks
  • Easy and efficient for any level aquarist
  • Easy to clean
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 8.7 x 2 inches; 4.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106091
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Aqueon 100106091 Final Thoughts

"Would def recommend!"

Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. It has adjustable flow as well which helps between my gravel tank and sand tank. I love this setup and how easy it was to use. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor.

Overall Score
4.5


(54 Points)

7. 396GPH DC Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5 in 1 Automatic Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Set Vacuum Wate...

User Ratings: 51 16

hygger First Impressions

"At about 2."

Even straightening this it would just close at this point again. This electric gravel vac was the best solution for my set up. This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use. What I love about this is the water return function. I would definitely recommend this product. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores.

  • 396GPH DC Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5 in 1 Automatic Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Set Vacuum Water Changer Sand Washer Filter Siphon Adjustable Length 12V 20W
  • FUNCTION 1 SAND WASHING: Electric operation, water flow up to 396GPH, more time and labor saving than manual operation, is your perfect choice. Use sand vacuum to meet your needs for washing sand and gravel. In addition, the accessorie has been upgraded with a filter sponge inside, which can block the sand from entering the motor pump and cause blockage.
  • FUNCTION 2 CLEANING: using the brush head, you can clean the dirt on the wall of the fish tank and brush the deposited stains on the bottom of the fish tank. Using the duckbill head, it can absorb the fish food and dung remaining at the bottom of the fish tank, and other large impurities. The control tube can be freely assembled, which can meet the fish tank of up to 40in.
  • FUNCTION 3 FILTRATION and WATER CHANGE: Use filter housing, you can directly drain clean water back into the tank. The filter material can be washed and used multiple times, and other filter materials can be replaced. Use water pipe, the water is directly flows out of the tank. It is suitable for very dirty fish tanks. It can also change and add water. The starting water level can be as low as 2in and the pumping as low as 0.3in.
  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL FISH TANK CLEANER: 5-in-1 functional clean pump, can be disassembled and freely assembled to meet your different needs. High-quality materials, wear-resistant and long service life. Safe to use, equipped with an external independent switch, the adapter is DC 12V, the power supply is UL certified, and can be used with confidence.
  • PACKAGE INCLUDE: 5 functional head accessories-45 ° corner suction inlet, duckbill suction inlet(Debris vacuum), brush head, gravel washer(sand vacuum), 360 ° water intake strainer. 2 water outlet accessories-filter housing, outlet + water pipe. Other accessories-electric pump motor, long connecting tubes, small connector, three-way valve, handle, wire slot, power adapter, switch controller.
  • Power: 20W
  • H-MAX: 9.85ft
  • F-MAX: 396GPH
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"Debris gets sucked up."

With this 12 Volt aquarium cleaner that apprehension is eliminated. And the price is more than reasonable. Wash the sponge out a few times and then add the micro. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. The suction is great as long af you're letting gravity work. If, like me, you can't get suction going on a low-tech vacuum, get this thing! Connections leak over time so I have to put some silicon joint while I join them.

Overall Score
3.8


(118 Points)

8. Lee's 11555 Ultra Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, 10"

Lee's 11555 First Impressions

"Finally, I found this."

I can't believe how inexpensive this most awesome thing is! I can't believe a marvelous thing such as this could be so inexpensive! I learned that the hose attachment was great at removing water from the tank. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. Once you get the tank water flowing out of the tubing. I am so glad to have this for my fish care.

  • Lee's 11555 Ultra Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, 10"
  • Features a 2" Diameter x 10" long Cylinder
  • Ultra Hose clip included
  • Self-start Siphon
  • Manufacture: Lee's Aquarium and Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.25 x 7.75 inches; 11.99 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 11555
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Lee's 11555 Final Thoughts

"We shall see."

I was worried I would have to keep unplugging and plugging in through out cleaning. I've done the siphon vacuum attempts with 3 different products. Putting the thing together is really intuitive and easy. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I'm getting another for the fish tank at my Mom's house. Ohh I also use it to add water to my system. Cleaning a tank is the worst part of the fish owning process. It doesn't do as good a job cleaning the gravel like a gravity suction siphon.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. ZJchao Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Height Adjustabld Electric Fish Tank Siphon Cleaning Water Changer E...

User Ratings: 58 42

ZJchao First Impressions

"I love this."

I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. I only needed 2 pumps to get the flow going. I did add a hose from an old gravel cleaner to reach my bucket. I have been looking for this for years. Which was why I'm so glad I got this one. Anyone giving this product a bad review is not using it properly. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily.

  • ZJchao Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, Height Adjustabld Electric Fish Tank Siphon Cleaning Water Changer Equiped with Extension Tube, Sand Algae Cleaner Filter
  • Clean gravel, siphon the fish excrement and other debris by the filter mesh bag, then the clean water will permeate from the bag and flow into tak, also can drain out water through outlet pipe
  • Comes with a water inlet tube and two extension tubes, so user can adjust the height according to fish tak size or the water level
  • The cleaning head with inner mesh reduces suction and prevents water plants or small fish from being sucked up with water
  • Powered by 2pcs
  • Top handle part can be hung on the edge of fish tak, the cleaner helps to free your hands and clean the tak effortlessly
  • Manufacture: ZJchao
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ZJchao
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ZJchao Final Thoughts

"It is junk."

This was super easy to assemble and use right out of the box. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! The suction is great and the valve at the end is perfect. I am so glad to have this for my fish care. This gravel vacuum works very well.

Overall Score
3.3


(2 Points)

10. Shoresu Aquarium Clean Tool Water Changer Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Pump Portable Blue

Shoresu First Impressions

"4- Finally a solution!"

I just pump the water directly into my sump. Prolly also easier to use with larger hands. I lose about 5 gallons a week due to evaporation. If you have a HUGE tank, though, it will tank you a while. 20 gallon long also means more ADFs! If it isnt working for you, try without the micro pad in and do a great clean. It got clogged with a small plastic container that got caught in the disposal.

  • Shoresu Aquarium Clean Tool Water Changer Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Siphon Pump Portable Blue
  • ♥ Easy to use water change, sucking fish feces and measuring, the maximum water absorption is 30ml.
  • ♥ Clean your gravel, siphon the dirt out while you are doing water change.
  • ♥ Material: Plastic
  • ♥ Quantity: 1 x Aquarium Cleaner Pump
  • ♥ Customer Satisfaction is Our Great Passion: Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed! please be free to contact us if you are not satisfied for any reason
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Shoresu
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Shoresu Final Thoughts

"It is fine for my needs."

I found that it's difficult to use. I would get suction for a few seconds and then it would trickle to nothing. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. I don't use the sponge and filter pad that came with the device. Its made the water changes on my 55 gallon and 20 tall so easy. So I use the NICREW power vac in between water changes and it works great! I just pump the water directly into my sump.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

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