The 10 Best Algae Scrapers

This Review has been updated 11 times since it was first published in October of 2016. If you can’t see your beautiful tropical fish through that hazy green film, it’s time to break out one of these algae scrapers. Built to remove nasty deposits quickly and easily, they are available for use on both acrylic and glass and come in a range of designs that require varying amounts of effort from the user. None are terribly expensive, however, so there’s no excuse not to clean. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Review.

Editor's Choices
Top 10 Algae Scrapers

10. API Algae Scraper

  • Replacement pads available
  • Sturdy and durable handle
  • Better in corners than on flat panes

9. Atlantis Aquatics 5-in-1

  • Scrubber rotates 360 degrees
  • Better for glass than acrylic
  • Nifty aquascaping fork

8. Koller Products Multi-Tool

  • Shovel attachment for fallen items
  • Budget-friendly price
  • Flexible so you can't push too hard

7. Continuum AquaBlade P

  • White body is easy to see in water
  • Resists bacteria and odors
  • Best for light duty

6. AroPaw Tools Set

  • Gloves are bpa-free
  • Keep slime off your skin
  • Requires more elbow grease than many

5. Fluval 3-in-1

  • Head swivels to multiple positions
  • Telescopic handle with comfort grip
  • Hard to store due to its large size

4. Kedsum Floating

  • No trouble to move back and forth
  • Cleaning pad has ample felt
  • Sometimes leaves behind streaks

3. Gulfstream Tropical Mag-Float

  • Potent against stubborn algae
  • Brush stays free of gravel and sand
  • Three available sizes

2. MiguCo Stainless Steel

  • Angled for corner cleaning
  • 25 inches when extended
  • Uncomplicated design

1. Flipper 2-in-1

  • Can use on glass or acrylic
  • Safety gap prevents sand trapping
  • Blades are replaceable

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