If you haven’t used a fish tank vacuum before, you’re in for a treat – at least, I really like using them!
Fish tank gravel vacuums are amazingly effective at getting fish poo, uneaten food, and other waste, out of the gravel at the bottom of your tank. I remember my dad had to teach me how to use it the first time, because there is a bit of a trick to getting the vacuum (or siphon) action started.
The Best Fish Tank Gravel Cleaner
We’ll take a look at 3 of the best fish tank vacuums that you can use to empty water from the tank, and clean the gravel. One can even send new water back to your tank!
Remember to switch off the electrics before you start doing a water change and clean. This includes pumps, filters and heaters. These generally need to be submerged while they are on and can be damaged if the water level drops too low.
TERA PUMP Aquarium Cleaner Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner
The TERA PUMP fish tank gravel cleaner is one of the best sellers. It has over 1500 reviews and a very good star rating. This pump is popular for good reason – it has some amazing features which I’ll list below. Take a look at this video first and I’m sure you’ll be convinced!
Why does everybody love this fish tank vacuum?
It has a unique filter that prevents stones, snails and fish from being sucked up and out
It has a hand pump (what they call an ‘operation bulb’) to get the siphon started
A flow control device for slowing down the release of water
A short nozzle for simply draining the tank, or a long nozzle for cleaning gravel
It’s so easy to use (unlike the siphon I first started with!)
An amazing price for what you’re getting
The total length of this siphon is 64 inches. It can transfer 1.5 gallons of water per minute, which can be slowed down if necessary. It is made from polyethylene, PVC and EVA, all of which are BPA free, and safe for pets.
Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Maintenance System
The Python Aquarium Gravel Cleaner is a large fish tank vacuum that comes in a range of lengths. You can buy this hose at 25 or 50 foot lengths. This is a high quality, American made gravel cleaner that is excellent for large aquariums.
Watch the following video to see how this great siphon works.
As you will have seen in the video, this siphon comes with a standard 10 inch gravel tube. Longer gravel tubes can be purchased separately. These include the following sizes:
Python Fish Tank Gravel Vacuum and Siphon Kit for Aquarium
The smaller Python fish tank vacuum is a siphon that does not connect to your taps, but works like a regular fish tank vacuum. You can be sure that you are getting a high quality, American made product.