Updated March 04, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Algae Scrapers

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This wiki has been updated 10 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 Wiki. Skip to the best algae scraper on Amazon.

10. API Algae Scraper

9. Atlantis Aquatics 5-in-1

8. Koller Products Multi-Tool

7. Continuum AquaBlade P

6. AroPaw Tools Set

5. Fluval 3-in-1

4. Kedsum Floating

3. Gulfstream Tropical Mag-Float

2. MiguCo Stainless Steel

1. Flipper 2-in-1

Editor's Notes

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.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on March 04, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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