The 10 Best Algae Scrapers
This wiki 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 picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best algae scraper on Amazon.
March 01, 2019:
We took a hard look at magnetic and non-magnetic algae scrapers, ultimately adding both despite claims that magnetic versions create scratches. Ultimately, any scraper will scratch when substrate becomes caught between the pad and the glass or acrylic, so no matter which you choose, caution and attention are crucial. We think the Flipper 2-in-1 and the Gulfstream Tropical Mag-Float are fine choices when it comes to these magnetic types. Both are relatively strong and are crafted from high-quality materials. We also decided to add the MiguCo Stainless Steel. Its metal construction is for fresh water, but you can use it in salt water as long as you're careful to rinse it when you're finished (to prevent corrosion and rust). And for those who crave simplicity in life, we selected the AroPaw Tools Set. True, this isn't a scraper device per se, but the gloves turn your very own mitts into just the tools you need. Plus, they're bright orange, which might make it harder to mislay them.