Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Fluval Aquarium Water Changers

1. Fluval Aqua Vac Plus Filter Cartridge, 11066

User Ratings: 43 26

Fluval 11066 First Impressions

"I love it."

They have plenty of suction to clean an inch or so off the ground. This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. I wanted another one but amazon just wants me to return it. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. I have a 55 gallon turtle aquarium and this works awesome for it. This is definitely a better tool overall.

  • Fluval Aqua Vac Plus Filter Cartridge, 11066
  • Snap-in filter cartridge
  • Super fine mesh allows water to pass through while trapping dirt, debris and waste
  • Cartridge detaches easily for quick cleaning
  • Country Of Origin: China
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 4 x 9.5 inches; 0.71 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 11066
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval 11066 Final Thoughts

"Fairly easy set up."

Sometimes I would get tank water in my mouth. Very impressed with their responsiveness as they stand behind their product. I had to shake the substrate out of the bottom inch of the tube only twice! Almost a must have for anyone with an aquarium. It does the job I need it to,very effective. Definitely worth the money spent on the product. Love the item and recommend this seller!

Overall Score
3.3


(19 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Fluval Aquarium Water Changers

2. Fluval Aqua Vac Plus Foam Filter

User Ratings: 68 26

Fluval 11065 First Impressions

"Been using for years."

Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze. And kind of shook it and tested it by plugging it in. Soft tubing, large debris basket, hand pump to get it to flow. I really love this gravel cleaner for water changing and gravel cleaning. Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review. Thank you for making my job easier. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues.

  • Fluval Aqua Vac Plus Foam Filter
  • Foam Filter traps large dirt, debris and waste
  • Foam Pad removes easily from cartridge and is simple to rinse and re-use
  • For use with the Fluvial Aqua Vic Plus (11064)
  • Country Of Origin: China
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4 x 8 inches; 0.35 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 11065
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval 11065 Final Thoughts

"It was easy to assemble."

They have plenty of suction to clean an inch or so off the ground. Water changing+ vacuuming, you can use it as powerhead to make more water movement. This is definitely a better tool overall. The pump works very well too, two squeezes and it's siphoning. When I used it to get the water out, I found out it has pump function. The water from the front yard garden hose is cold. Maybe this will make me not put them off now.

Overall Score
3.9


(14 Points)

3. Aquarium Manual Water Changer Air Pump Siphon Fish Tank Gravel Tube Fish Tank Cleaning Tool

User Ratings: 30

Fdit First Impressions

"- Very easy to use."

I'd recommend this, but it just takes a little practice. 5 gallons- it works amazingly well. The bucket clamp also doesn't work very well. Python is good too but this is fast, easy and light. It works great and was fairly inexpensive compared to other similar products. Works as advertised and was delivered faster than estimated. Love the item and recommend this seller!

  • Aquarium Manual Water Changer Air Pump Siphon Fish Tank Gravel Tube Fish Tank Cleaning Tool
  • ★Put the water changer tube head immersed into the water, move up and down to produce pressure in the tube, then the water will automatically flow through the pipe due to the siphon effect.
  • ★The soft long pipe is made of pvc, it's eco-friendly, non-toxic and flexible.
  • ★Special tube head design makes it easy to change the water at the aquarium manually.
  • ★Manual water changer is designed to change water, clean up small gravel and remove excrement at ease.
  • ★Our aquarium manual water changer siphon tube is suitable for small sized aquarium fish tank cleaning.
  • Manufacture: Fdit
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fdit
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fdit Final Thoughts

"Who knows."

Instead, I would suck from the end of the tube until water came out. And kind of shook it and tested it by plugging it in. The easy siphoning of fish debris used to be a pain to do. Do what I did, and do, and so many others have stated in their reviews. I could see it working for 10 gallons, especially with a little experience. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. I pushed the tip down into the substrate and pulled the ditritus out right away.

Overall Score
3.6


(5 Points)

4. Deep Blue Professional ADB88850 Hydromaxx Water Changer for Aquarium, 50-Feet

User Ratings: 27 18

Deep Blue Professional 894594 First Impressions

"Highly recommended."

I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. - Multiple head attachment for different tasks. I do not write a ton of reviews but I HAVE to review this amazing time saver! All it takes is a couple of pumps and the water starts flowing. Maybe this will make me not put them off now. I even separated the tubes and used it to clean my small 5 gallon! You can't get a better product for such a decent price!

  • Deep Blue Professional ADB88850 Hydromaxx Water Changer for Aquarium, 50-Feet
  • With Deep Blue Professional you can have the benefit of aquariums and accessories with the features you want at prices you can afford
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Deep Blue Professional 894594
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Deep Blue Professional 894594 Final Thoughts

"The thing is huge, too."

I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. So much better than my smaller python. I washed mine with mild dish soap and the small was gone. 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 item's weren't dirty or greasy or anything, but the smell was pretty strong. I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month.

Overall Score
3.3


(11 Points)

5. uxcell Aquarium Fish Tank Manual Squeeze Water Changer Cleaning Pump

User Ratings: 76

uxcell a13051600ux0713 First Impressions

"I'm so happy this works!"

Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. Makes keeping the fish tank alot easier and quicker! I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. So much better than my smaller python. The nuisance has certainly yielded me from cleaning tank more often. This has made it a lot easier to clean our fish tank. You can see the debris coming up the tube like an elevator- hahah.

  • uxcell Aquarium Fish Tank Manual Squeeze Water Changer Cleaning Pump
  • All parts can be adjusted and modified according to what you need.
  • Hose Diameter : 1.5cm / 0.6"
  • Total Length : 160cm / 63"
  • Pump End Diameter : The Big tOne: 3.5cm / 1.4",The Small One: 1.5cm / 0.6"
  • Aquarium fishes will not be hurt or disturbed while it is being used.
  • Manufacture: uxcell
  • Product Dimensions: 63 x 0.6 x 1.4 inches; 2.88 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The uxcell a13051600ux0713
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

uxcell a13051600ux0713 Final Thoughts

"Totally recommend."

The water gets going fast too so be careful lol thanks so much! I put it together in a cinch and was off and running. It's really a super super great tool. I even separated the tubes and used it to clean my small 5 gallon! This is definitely a better tool overall. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. - Multiple head attachment for different tasks.

Overall Score
4.3


(5 Points)

6. SunGrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit with Priming Bulb, 2-Minutes to Assemble, Facilitates Frequent W...

User Ratings: 51 18

SunGrow First Impressions

"But it's so cumbersome."

Works as advertised and was delivered faster than estimated. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. It is simple, but not without being a very thoughtfully designed product. Love the item and recommend this seller! I had a manual pump before that used suction pressure to suck out all the water. You won't go wrong with this product. I THINK most likely it came from the factory because it had a industrial smell to it.

  • SunGrow Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Kit with Priming Bulb, 2-Minutes to Assemble, Facilitates Frequent Water Changes, Perfect for Cleaning Small Fish Tanks
  • ✔ GOOD AQUARIUM KEEPING AT YOUR DOORSTEP — No more scooping up dirty water with a pail; that can be messy. SunGrow Aquarium Cleaning Pump kit is a system with a hand controller that helps you clear out your tank efficiently and quickly by having the features you definitely need! This is suitable for maintaining both freshwater and saltwater tanks. Each part is meticulously designed to give you the best aquarium cleaning experience you can possibly have.
  • ✔ ROUTINE MAINTENANCE MADE EASY — Every SunGrow fish tank substrate cleaner comes with a short nozzle, nozzle net, flexible standard tubing, operation/pump bulb and discharge hose. While all these parts can be adjusted and modified as per your needs, the operation bulb or the hand starter is its unique component that sets it apart from other similar items in the market.
  • ✔ FREQUENT WATER CHANGE ENSURES HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT — Without water changes, your fish health may have an adverse impact. But, with the kink-resistant siphon cleaner by SunGrow, you can do it frequently and it will not take much of your time. This no-spill system is made high quality to not let aquarium fish get hurt or even disturbed while it is being used to transfer water.
  • ✔ 2-MINUTES TO SETUP — The short nozzle feature of SunGrow Aquarium sand and substrate cleaner is perfect when you want to replenish or drain water out of your tank. Just place the nozzle in your tank. For convenience, attach it with a suction cup. This will make work easier for you because you don’t need to hold it while draining out water! Press on, or squeeze the pump bulb 5 to 7 times and the water will start to flow out of the nozzle. See the description below for more details.
  • ✔ HASSLE-FREE STORAGE --- The flexible siphon pump helps preventing the small gravel and debris from going into the hose. Not only that, after it has done the deed, it won’t give you a hard time thinking where you would store it, as it can be placed practically anywhere! With its strategic portable 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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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"It worked perfectly."

It made the water change in our 55 gallon tank so much easier! Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. I used a plastic hose from home depot as this black hose is worthless. I had a manual pump before that used suction pressure to suck out all the water. Maybe this will make me not put them off now. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. I wanted another one but amazon just wants me to return it.

Overall Score
3.6


(72 Points)

7. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, New Quick Water Changer with Air-Pressing Button Fish Tank Sand Cleaner Kit...

User Ratings: 52 13

hygger First Impressions

"Just look at the pics."

Once you practice with it some its a really nice thing to have. I just don't know why I didn’t order it sooner. Makes keeping the fish tank alot easier and quicker! I bought this one and I absolutely love it. My prior one took several squeezes and I had to hold a finger over the outlet. I had to put the goldfish into the other 5-gallon tank, and then do the water change. Gets the turtle poos and I dont have to empty my tank every 2 weeks!

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, New Quick Water Changer with Air-Pressing Button Fish Tank Sand Cleaner Kit Aquarium Siphon Vacuum Cleaner with Water Hose Controller Clamp
  • 【3 in 1 Function】: ① Dirt Suction. Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium equipped with a duckbill suction inlet accessory, and it is easy to suck the feces away. ② Sand Washing. Aquarium siphon with 3D Filter Basket Net, protect your love fish and small gravel from suck out of the aquarium. ③ Water Changing. Built-in dual airbags, atmospheric cavity, good resilience, effortless operation.
  • 【Working Principle】: Manual air-pressing. The upgraded part is equipped with a handle, which has more operating space and saves labor and brings convenience, by testing the fastest speed is to press 7 times. Sand Washer has 2 thickened airbags inside, which can pump water quickly. And using PP ABS materials, resistance to extrusion, do not worry about airbag damage and leakage, can be used for a long time.
  • 【Easy to Use】: Push the siphon switch of the aquarium siphon vacuum cleaner several times, and make sure that the inlet tube part is full of water, and then observe the outlet hose. After the water continuously flows out, you can stop push and observe whether it will automatically. If not, continue to operate until the water will flow out quickly and automatically. The sand can move up and down in the extension tube to remove debris from your aquarium.
  • 【Accessories Include】:1 *Air-pressing control body; 2 *Extension Inlet Tube; 1 *Extension tube connector; 1 *User Manual; 1 *Duckbill suction inlet(Debris vacuum); 1 *Outlet hose(79inch PVC Hose),the water pipe can be cut according to demand; 1 *Water Flow Clamp(Flow Control),easily adjust water flow; 1 *Fixture clamp(Water pipe clamp), freely fix, free your hands.
  • 【Wide Application】: Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner is suitable for various types of fish tanks, with spliced extension tubes, two-stage splicing combination, both large and small tanks are suitable, and extension tube can be installed according to demand.Four basic combinations(excluding handle length):2 tubes(31.4inch);2 tubes + head(34inch);1 tube(16inch);1 tube + head accessories(18inch).
  • 1 *Air-pressing control body
  • 2 *Extension Inlet Tube
  • 1 *Extension tube connector
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

hygger Final Thoughts

"Totally recommend."

I let everything soak in water and washed with safe dish soap before using. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever. I really love this gravel cleaner for water changing and gravel cleaning. Aside from that, i am very happy with the product and would encourage you to get it! I got this one until my son broke my siphon. So this thing has alot of parts and poor instructions.

Overall Score
3.9


(1566 Points)

8. SM SunniMix Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Cleaner Washer Water Changer with Flow Controll...

SM SunniMix First Impressions

"I'm so happy this works!"

Gets the turtle poos and I dont have to empty my tank every 2 weeks! This little tool helped so much my bare bottom tank looks great again. Simple, lightweight design does exactly what it says it will do. Works as advertised and was delivered faster than estimated. I had a manual pump before that used suction pressure to suck out all the water. I even separated the tubes and used it to clean my small 5 gallon! Maybe this will make me not put them off now.

  • SM SunniMix Aquarium Vacuum Gravel Cleaner Fish Tank Cleaner Washer Water Changer with Flow Controller, Long Nozzle
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SM SunniMix
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SM SunniMix Final Thoughts

"Works so easily."

I could see it working for 10 gallons, especially with a little experience. The pump works very well too, two squeezes and it's siphoning. The water from the front yard garden hose is cold. It fills buckets faster than my old siphon. I felt comfortable cleaning both my 10 gallon and 55 gallon tank. This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use. It was quiet and I could sink it into the aquarium and stir up the substrate.

Overall Score
3.2


(3 Points)

9. Gold Salt, 70 g / 2.5 oz

User Ratings: 54

Seachem 214 First Impressions

"Just look at the pics."

I THINK most likely it came from the factory because it had a industrial smell to it. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. I even separated the tubes and used it to clean my small 5 gallon! Hopefully my replacement works and I can change my review. Sometimes I would get tank water in my mouth. I had a manual pump before that used suction pressure to suck out all the water. This is definitely a better tool overall.

  • Gold Salt, 70 g / 2.5 oz
  • Aquarium salt for gold fish
  • Designed to provide the optimal environment for all Goldfish species
  • Well suited for routine Aquarium freshwater use
  • Will not impact pH or provide buffering
  • 300 grams treats 175 US gallons
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 1.38 x 1.38 x 3.5 inches; 3.04 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 214
  • Cleaning Ability
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Seachem 214 Final Thoughts

"Ouch, lol."

I was using a regular siphon gravel cleaner and it was painstaking. Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. Maybe this will make me not put them off now. I think this vacuum is a smart design by someone. It quit working after the second use! I felt comfortable cleaning both my 10 gallon and 55 gallon tank. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners.

Overall Score
4.1


(3 Points)

10. Battery-Powered Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Change (Only Ship to USA)

User Ratings: 36 25

filter First Impressions

"It was such a pain."

I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. Now, the water change is a piece of cake. So much better than my smaller python. Works as advertised and was delivered faster than estimated. The suction tube is plenty long to reach all over in the'hard to reach' spots. Definitely like the bulb for starting suction easily. I take that off to hit the fine crevices.

  • Battery-Powered Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Change (Only Ship to USA)
  • Battery-Powered Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum Water Change#005/4
  • Manufacture: Filter
  • Editor's Impressions Of The filter
  • Cleaning Ability
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  • Affordability

filter Final Thoughts

"It worked perfectly."

Definitely like the bulb for starting suction easily. I had to put the goldfish into the other 5-gallon tank, and then do the water change. This has made it a lot easier to clean our fish tank. It works great and was fairly inexpensive compared to other similar products. Had a minor issue which their service department addressed immediately. I could see it working for 10 gallons, especially with a little experience. You won't go wrong with this product.

Overall Score
3.4


(20 Points)

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