Editor's Choice - Our Favorite mcgrady1xm Aquarium Water Changers

1. Mcgrady1xm Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5 in 1 Automatic Vacuum Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Set,Wat...

User Ratings: 33 22

mcgrady1xm First Impressions

"Fits together easily."

Definitely worth the money spent on the product. It finally broke after 10 years of use so I could justify buying a new one! The suction tube is plenty long to reach all over in the'hard to reach' spots. I liked the idea of this product when I saw it, and decided to take a chance. I could see it working for 10 gallons, especially with a little experience. Simple, lightweight design does exactly what it says it will do. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket.

  • Mcgrady1xm Electric Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5 in 1 Automatic Vacuum Fish Tank Cleaning Tool Set,Water Changer Sand Washer with Filter Cotton
  • 【Full of Sincerity, Full in Packages】1 handle, 4 sections of extension tubes, 1 switch,1 low suction pump, 1 sand vaccum, 1 shower, 1 debris vacuum, 1 brush head, 1 sand washing head, 1 filter bag and 59in water hose
  • 【Longer and Deeper】Comes with 4 sections of extension tube, which can extend from 19 inches to 46 inches, longer than other products! 4-foot-deep fish tank can be easily cleaned and water changed
  • 【Water Changer】Super strong pump and high heed,flow rate up to 496GPH(8.3 Gallon per Minute), 7ft head, starting water level as low as 1.9in, pumping as low as 0.3in, shallow fish tank can also use, fast and efficient, no need to waste time manually changing water,drop your siphon!
  • 【Upgrade 5 in 1】We can do: ① Quickly suck impurities ② Quickly wash sand ③ Rain mode ④ Pumping mode ⑤ Quickly add water mode to meet all your cleaning and water changing requirements
  • 【Perform their duties】Duckbill suction head is suitable for bare tank use, corner sand washing head is suitable for landscaping sand and stone fish tank, effluent rain shower can bathe turtles, low suction seat can be sucked to low water level, Sand washing head attachment for cleaning coarse gravel , brush head for cleaning on the substrate
  • Manufacture: mcgrady1xm
  • Editor's Impressions Of The mcgrady1xm
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  • Affordability

mcgrady1xm Final Thoughts

"- Very easy to use."

I let everything soak in water and washed with safe dish soap before using. It does the same work, only better and in half the time. The item's weren't dirty or greasy or anything, but the smell was pretty strong. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. It kept coming off and made a mess on the floor. If used in a deeper tanks, the shower effect will all be underwater. The vacuum insn't too loud which is good, and has very good suction.

Overall Score
3.3


(33 Points)

2. Continuum Aquatics Ocean Snow - Marine Snow Replicator for Live Corals and Reef Aquariums

User Ratings: 72

Continuum Aquatics QOS250 First Impressions

"The thing is huge, too."

It is simple, but not without being a very thoughtfully designed product. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. Simple, lightweight design does exactly what it says it will do. 5 gallons- it works amazingly well. I had to put the goldfish into the other 5-gallon tank, and then do the water change. The trigger can be pulled on and off and it shakes the gravel for you. Aside from that, i am very happy with the product and would encourage you to get it!

  • Continuum Aquatics Ocean Snow - Marine Snow Replicator for Live Corals and Reef Aquariums
  • Part of a complete system for simplifying & maintaining proper water chemistry in nano-reef aquariums.Provides a rich source of both organic and inorganic nutrients simultaneously to corals & reefs
  • Provides aragonite based inorganic materials, rich proteins & lipids necessary for coral growth
  • Made in the USA
  • Age range description: All Stages
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches; 6.38 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Continuum Aquatics QOS250
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Continuum Aquatics QOS250 Final Thoughts

"- Very easy to use."

- Multiple head attachment for different tasks. And suddenly it began running again! Makes keeping the fish tank alot easier and quicker! I have gone through two others and they lasted about a month. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. You can see the debris coming up the tube like an elevator- hahah. That will show you which parts go were.

Overall Score
4.4


(19 Points)

3. Jor Aquarium Water Change Gloves, 19.6 Inches Long, Keep Hands and Arms Dry, Seamless Stitching and ...

User Ratings: 81 19

JOR First Impressions

"It works well."

The water gets going fast too so be careful lol thanks so much! Python overkill for that size but it has it's place. I pushed the tip down into the substrate and pulled the ditritus out right away. Thank you for making my job easier. Works as advertised and was delivered faster than estimated. Once put together, I tried it immediately- it was AWESOME! Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket.

  • Jor Aquarium Water Change Gloves, 19.6 Inches Long, Keep Hands and Arms Dry, Seamless Stitching and Elastic Cuff, Ensures Regular Fish Tank Maintenance, No-Skid Design, 1 Pair
  • PERFECT MATCH FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED AQUARIUMS --- A unique blend of latex and PVC creates a durable waterproof exterior while a soft fine Cashmere lining provides a warm, comfortable interior. Please note that the purple part of the glove is not waterproof. The pair of gloves is perfectly fit for using in small aquariums ranging two to ten gallons.
  • DIFFERENT ALTERNATE USES OTHER THAN AQUARIUM MAINTENANCE --- Beyond standard aquarium maintenance, the versatile pair of Jor Aquarium Gloves are useful for a variety of other household tasks such as hand washing your cars, scrubbing the bathroom and dish washing.
  • ARM LENGTH WITH SEAMLESS STITCHING & ELASTIC CUFF --- Keep your hands, arms and sleeves dry with the extra long 19.6 inches (50 cm) Jor Aquarium Gloves with superior seamless stitching. A secure elastic cuff around the wrist of each glove ensures that the Jor Aquarium Gloves won’t slide down or fall off while you are wearing them, adding even more protection from water and marine life.
  • RESTRAIN YOUR PETS FROM CONTAMINATION --- Every aquarium owner knows how sensitive fish and aquatic life is. A direct contact of your skin with them or the water that they live in, might contaminate and cause its inhabitants allergic reactions. To avoid this unfortunate situation, use Jor Aquarium Gloves whenever you perform aquarium tasks, be it shifting the fish or just playing with them with your hands in water.
  • NO-SKID DESIGN FOR ADDED SAFETY --- The innovative no-skidding surface of the Jor Aquarium Gloves is very convenient when handling sensitive aquatic life such as coral, sea anemone and crustaceans.
  • Manufacture: JOR
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JOR
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JOR Final Thoughts

"Vs hard plastic part."

The speed of water removal works for cleaning an occupied tank. It was quiet and I could sink it into the aquarium and stir up the substrate. Soft tubing, large debris basket, hand pump to get it to flow. I pushed the tip down into the substrate and pulled the ditritus out right away. I may still return this BUT I'm going to try once again. You can't get a better product for such a decent price! It did however do a better job than the gravel vac i was using before.

Overall Score
4.2


(7 Points)

4. uxcell Aquarium Squeeze Cleaner Pump Siphon Cleaning Water Changing Tool 43cm

User Ratings: 56

uxcell a16042500ux1970 First Impressions

"I love it."

Product seems to be well made and should work a long time with reasonable care. Suction is amazing and I don't have any issues. Once put together, I tried it immediately- it was AWESOME! They have plenty of suction to clean an inch or so off the ground. I was using a regular siphon gravel cleaner and it was painstaking. I even separated the tubes and used it to clean my small 5 gallon! Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier.

  • uxcell Aquarium Squeeze Cleaner Pump Siphon Cleaning Water Changing Tool 43cm
  • Color: Blue,Clear; Package Content: 1 x Aquarium Cleaning Pump
  • Total Size: Total Length: 43cm/ 17"; Material: Plastic,Rubber
  • Product Name: Aquarium Cleaning Pump; Net Weight: 112g
  • Fit for: Aquarium, Fish Tank; Hose Diameter: Max. 2.2cm/0.87"
  • Capacity: 50ml
  • Manufacture: uxcell
  • Editor's Impressions Of The uxcell a16042500ux1970
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uxcell a16042500ux1970 Final Thoughts

"Wonderful product!"

Definitely worth the money spent on the product. But It always ended up messy with water on the floor. Gets under decorations between plants and in corners. I wanted another one but amazon just wants me to return it. I found that it's difficult to use. The speed of water removal works for cleaning an occupied tank. Like I said can splice more hose on to reach to the outside or wherever.

Overall Score
4.6


(2 Points)

5. HS Aquatics Ville Aquarium Siphon Pump 1.5 Metre Gravel Cleaner Suction Pipe Filter Water Changer Wi...

User Ratings: 33 20

Happie Shop First Impressions

"I'm so happy this works!"

It got clogged a few times and i had to take it to the sink and run water through it. I also found that the angled attachment clogged way easy. The easy siphoning of fish debris used to be a pain to do. I felt comfortable cleaning both my 10 gallon and 55 gallon tank. I'm only using this to siphon my aquarium water during water changes. It made the water change in our 55 gallon tank so much easier! I did have to cut one of the tubes to make it a little shorter but that was easy.

  • HS Aquatics Ville Aquarium Siphon Pump 1.5 Metre Gravel Cleaner Suction Pipe Filter Water Changer With Valve Control For Fish Tank
  • Color And Design May Vary
  • Fish Aquarium Cleaning Pipe Siphon Pipe With Valve Control.
  • 1.5 Metre Siphon Pipe For Aquarium. The Simple And Easy Way To Change The Water In Your Aquarium.
  • Fit For All Aquarium And Fish Tank.
  • A Couple Of Squeezes On The Hand Pump Is All That Is Needed To Get The Pump Working.
  • Manufacture: Happie Shop
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Happie Shop
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Happie Shop Final Thoughts

"Cleans well and quickly."

The speed of water removal works for cleaning an occupied tank. Soft tubing, large debris basket, hand pump to get it to flow. Very impressed with their responsiveness as they stand behind their product. We have a snapping turtle and I was having to clean his tank 2-3 times a month. Hard for small hands like mine to grasp and use easily. I used a plastic hose from home depot as this black hose is worthless. This is definitely a better tool overall.

Overall Score
3.3


(143 Points)

6. Brackish Salt, 20 kg / 44 lbs

Seachem 221 First Impressions

"Good purchase."

I THINK most likely it came from the factory because it had a industrial smell to it. The water gets going fast too so be careful lol thanks so much! You won't go wrong with this product. Great product and would highly recommend! I put the water from the from yard into a 58 qt bin first. This siphon really sucks, and I'm glad I bought it. I found that it's difficult to use.

  • Brackish Salt, 20 kg / 44 lbs
  • A chemically sound blend of salts designed to replicate native environment of live bearers and other brackish estuary fish
  • Designed to function without adversely impacting on aquatic plants when used at regionally specific recommended dosage
  • Well suited for routine Aquarium freshwater dosage
  • Does not impact pH or provide buffering
  • 300 grams treats up to 150 gallons
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 12.5 x 19.75 inches; 46.3 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 221
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Seachem 221 Final Thoughts

"Took him an hour."

I think this vacuum is a smart design by someone. Makes cleaning my daughter's turtle tank much, much easier. It is simple, but not without being a very thoughtfully designed product. I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. This one doesn't lose suction, and is easy to use. All it takes is a couple of pumps and the water starts flowing. The pump works very well too, two squeezes and it's siphoning.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

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

User Ratings: 43 25

Number-One First Impressions

"Took him an hour."

Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. The shower head also has a nice pressure control on it to make it Spray more or less. The water gets going fast too so be careful lol thanks so much! It fills buckets faster than my old siphon. I bought this one and I absolutely love it. I had to shake the substrate out of the bottom inch of the tube only twice! I may still return this BUT I'm going to try once again.

  • 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

"I purchased two of these."

It does the job I need it to,very effective. So after I received my replacement tool, i did a water change with it. I had a manual pump before that used suction pressure to suck out all the water. Great product and would highly recommend! It quit working after the second use! It does the same work, only better and in half the time. It works great and was fairly inexpensive compared to other similar products.

Overall Score
3.4


(189 Points)

8. 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
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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)

9. Gulfstream Tropical AGU00126 125-Gallon Mag-Replacement Pad Felt for Aquarium Cleaner, Medium

User Ratings: 80

Gulfstream Tropical 909004 First Impressions

"Don't do that!"

I have several divided tanks and I struggle to get the normal syphon in to clean. This hose would be over kill for 20 gals or less but I have 40 gal tanks. It works great and was fairly inexpensive compared to other similar products. I gotta say tho that it's really powerful. My prior one took several squeezes and I had to hold a finger over the outlet. I put it together in a cinch and was off and running. The nuisance has certainly yielded me from cleaning tank more often.

  • Gulfstream Tropical AGU00126 125-Gallon Mag-Replacement Pad Felt for Aquarium Cleaner, Medium
  • Mag replacement pad felt 125 medium
  • Package contains one pad and one felt for mag-float brand aquarium cleaners
  • Choose the one that fits your size and type of aquarium
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Gulfstream Tropical 909004
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Gulfstream Tropical 909004 Final Thoughts

"It's so easy."

It finally broke after 10 years of use so I could justify buying a new one! I put it together in a cinch and was off and running. Once you practice with it some its a really nice thing to have. Great product and would highly recommend! Now, the water change is a piece of cake. So this thing has alot of parts and poor instructions. Ignore the orang plastic clip that attaches to a bucket.

Overall Score
4.7


(44 Points)

10. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner,Fish Tank Cleaner,Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium Flow Control Valve Gravel Clean...

User Ratings: 50 11

ZHIYONG First Impressions

"It's so easy."

Almost a must have for anyone with an aquarium. Product arrived really quick and is packaged nicely. I had to shake the substrate out of the bottom inch of the tube only twice! The vacuum insn't too loud which is good, and has very good suction. I just don't know why I didn’t order it sooner. The shower mode make more oxygen just like an airstone. You can't get a better product for such a decent price!

  • Aquarium Gravel Cleaner,Fish Tank Cleaner,Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium Flow Control Valve Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Fish Tank Vacuum Siphon Water Changer-A Hand Syphon Pump to Drain
  • ☞DO NOT DISTURB THE FISH: Aquarium Gravel Cleaner is made of high-quality plastic to prevent the aquarium fish from being injured or even disturbed when the water is transferred. The isolation net design can prevent sand or fish from entering, and protect the fish from the water when changing the water. Being frightened can help you clean the water tank efficiently and quickly.
  • ☞ EASY FOR REGULAR MAINTENANCE: Gravel Vacuum for Aquarium is equipped with nozzle net, flexible standard tube, operation/pump ball and discharge hose, easy to assemble and disassemble, flexible siphon pump helps Prevent small rubble and debris from entering the hose, while the filter and water inlet port can be removed, which is convenient for cleaning fish leftovers, feces and fine gravel/removing waste when changing water or for other suction, such as suction mouth Smaller containers, etc.
  • ☞EASY TO INSTALL AND USE: You can freely use the aquarium gravel cleaner because it has a high safety performance. The innovative automatic siphon pump (semi-automatic water changer) is fast and simple. Press 5 to 7 times or squeeze the pump bulb and water will start to flow out of the nozzle. Very easy, only one person.
  • ☞CONVENIENT STORAGE: The soft design can be rolled up and placed in a smaller place after use, which is convenient for next use, saves space, and will not increase your troubles during use.
  • ☞USER-FRIENDLY: If your fish tank cleaner is damaged due to logistics extrusion and other reasons when you receive the package, you don't have to worry, you can contact customer service to exchange for a new product for you to make your shopping satisfied.
  • Manufacture: ZHIYONG
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ZHIYONG
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ZHIYONG Final Thoughts

"It worked perfectly."

But It always ended up messy with water on the floor. It's too small, just wash that baby out at the sink. It works great and was fairly inexpensive compared to other similar products. So this thing has alot of parts and poor instructions. The shower mode make more oxygen just like an airstone. Definitely not for the common colored gravel found at pet stores. I had to put the goldfish into the other 5-gallon tank, and then do the water change.

Overall Score
3.8


(12 Points)

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