Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Aqueon Aquarium Filter Accessories

1. Aqueon QuietFlow Filter Cartridge, Medium

User Ratings: 83 1

Aqueon 100106083 First Impressions

"So far so good!"

The box comes with super easy and clear instructions. Keep your stocking of creatures low. I have been buying these bags for years. I replace my filter material in my IM Nuvo 20 reef tank every week. It was nicely packaged and is a high quality filter material. The best part about these in my opinion, is the price. I have been buying these bags for years.

  • Aqueon QuietFlow Filter Cartridge, Medium
  • Fits Aqueon QuietFlow Filter: LED PRO Size 10 and E Internal 20 gallon
  • Ready-to-use cartridge contains high quality activated carbon that keeps water clean, rinse before replacing
  • Installs in seconds: align cartridge bottom key slot for an accurate fit inside the Filter
  • For optimal performance, change approximately every 4 to 6 weeks
  • Do not clean Bioholster when replacing the cartridge as it contains beneficial biological bacteria
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106083
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Aqueon 100106083 Final Thoughts

"Looks great!"

I have been using an Aquaclear 50 on a 20g long planted tank. I have been buying these bags for years. Stop buying those expensive filters, buy this and make your own. I purchased this bulk filter media for a Fluval 207 canister filter. You can run everything on battery backup sockets. It was exactly what I needed and fit beautifully. Just be super careful with the tubes!

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(4558 Points)

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2. Aqueon Replacement Specialty Filter Pads

User Ratings: 81 1

Aqueon 100106278 First Impressions

"See photo."

A great addition to the filtration system. Why not save some money to put towards more fish or supplies. I have a Top Fin 10 power filter and these cartridges fit perfectly. I will update more pictures later, once the water isnt cloudy. Plenty strong to support the rocks and gravel in my tank without sagging. I keep tubes of clear silicone sealer around. So stock your tanks a few fish at a time.

  • Aqueon Replacement Specialty Filter Pads
  • Help to remove excess harmful or toxic ammonia
  • Designed to promote a healthy Aquatic environment for Fish and Plants
  • For optimal performance, replace every 2 to 3 weeks
  • Ammonia Reducing Pads help to remove excess harmful or toxic ammonia
  • Carbon Pads remove pollutants and organic debris that discolor water, improving water clarity and reducing odor
  • Phosphate Remover Pads help to remove excess phosphate that contribute to algae growth while trapping excess waste, food and other organic debris
  • Pre-cut for easy installation
  • For optimal performance, replace approximately every 2 to 3
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 2.75 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches; 0.81 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106278
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Aqueon 100106278 Final Thoughts

"I have 2 tanks."

I will always buy these here on Amazon for the price savings. I double the size and fold them and put the bagged carbon between the layers. My pad collected yellow cloudy color also all waste. That's a long time if you knew how nasty that many shrimp and minnows can be! I even used some in my Fluval 206 canister filter on my freshwater tank. It was easy to assemble and very effective! I bought these to put over the inlet to the filters in my aquariums.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(4539 Points)

3. QuietFlow Small Filter Cartridge by Aqueon

User Ratings: 81 2

Aqueon 100106417 First Impressions

"5 gallon enchant tank."

If you have a nano tank with filter these would be perfect for that setup. I had to take a blade and run it through all the slats because the factory doesnt q. It was exactly what I needed and fit beautifully. The material is a soft and not abrasive at all. We rinse the filters 2x a day and they remain in continuous 24 hour operation. These work great as pre filter sponge on my quiet flow 10. I will update more pictures later, once the water isnt cloudy.

  • QuietFlow Small Filter Cartridge by Aqueon
  • Fits Aqueon QuietFlow Filter: E Internal 10 gallon
  • Ready-to-use cartridge contains high quality activated carbon that keeps water clean, rinse before replacing
  • Installs in seconds: align cartridge bottom key slot for an accurate fit inside the Filter
  • For optimal performance, change approximately every 4 to 6 weeks
  • Do not clean Bioholster when replacing the cartridge as it contains beneficial biological bacteria
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.8 x 2.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106417
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Aqueon 100106417 Final Thoughts

"You get what you pay for."

If you have a nano tank with filter these would be perfect for that setup. The UG is certainly no exception to that. Most plants won't like the highly oxygenated gravel and will die. They do feel a little thin but we'll see how they hold up over time. You may notice this brand is lower cost than some others. You can cap off the ones you don't want to use. Customizable in terms of media used.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(3891 Points)

4. Aqueon Filter Cartridge, Large, 6-Pack

User Ratings: 85 1

Aqueon 100106088 First Impressions

"Overall a good product!"

They do feel a little thin but we'll see how they hold up over time. I use this in my filter for aquarium 55 gal. The box comes with super easy and clear instructions. And provide a few low current areas in the tank for fish who are stressed to rest. The more you overpopulate your tank, the more frequently you'll have to do this. I purchased these for an aquarium at school. Luckily I'm using powerheads and the weight of it helps hold it in place.

  • Aqueon Filter Cartridge, Large, 6-Pack
  • Fits Aqueon QuietFlow Filter: LED PRO Size 20 & up and E Internal 40 gallon
  • Ready-to-use cartridge contains high quality activated carbon that keeps water clean, rinse before replacing
  • Installs in seconds: align cartridge bottom key slot for an accurate fit inside the Filter
  • For optimal performance, change approximately every 4 to 6 weeks
  • Do not clean Bioholster when replacing the cartridge as it contains beneficial biological bacteria
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Item Weight: 12 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 8.4 x 4 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106088
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Aqueon 100106088 Final Thoughts

"Nada, zilch, nugga."

These have prevented my original problem. Cut slightly oversized, it seems very effective as a particulate filter. If you don't know much about this just google it. For obvious reasons, don't put them directly above or below a tank. The Tetra Medium bio-bag slip easily on an original Top Fin plastic holder. Customizable in terms of media used. They are easy to clean but are very small.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(3564 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Aqueon Aquarium Filter Accessories

5. Aqueon Aquatic Flat Heaters 5 Watts

User Ratings: 68 6

Aqueon 100533032 First Impressions

"Love this sponge filter."

The box comes with super easy and clear instructions. Replace prefilter on pump inlet while filter is running. I also suppose my measuring tape may be off, but I would not think so. The first piece does get a bit dirty and usually only lasts a week. Any floating debri will get caught in a sponge intake on the reverse power head kit. It was exactly what I needed and fit beautifully. If you have several aquariums, use separate UPS backups.

  • Aqueon Aquatic Flat Heaters 5 Watts
  • Fully submersible
  • Vertical or horizontal placement using suction cups that mount to the bottom or side wall of tank
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Shatterproof construction
  • Can be used with glass or acrylic enclosures
  • Note: Do NOT operate or leave product plugged in when it is outside of water
  • 5 watt works best for up to 2.5 gallon fish tanks
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Item Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 0.88 x 1.13 x 3.13 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100533032
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

Aqueon 100533032 Final Thoughts

"I would buy it again."

The other tank is an old AIO retro tank I have with a media rack in it. I will always buy these here on Amazon for the price savings. It's also a pretty substantial roll. But if you don't weekly vacuum it up, it will eventually clog the filter. I have a Top Fin 10 power filter and these cartridges fit perfectly. I purchase the 8 pack size Large and fits great on my TopFin 40 Gallon Filter. It made no sense why one was ten and the other was twenty.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(1901 Points)

6. Aqueon QuietFlow Filter Cartridge, Medium, 12 Cartridges (Pack of 1)

User Ratings: 85 1

Aqueon 100106418 First Impressions

"& was still intact."

I had to rinse the sponges after about 2. I double the size and fold them and put the bagged carbon between the layers. I bought these to put over the inlet to the filters in my aquariums. The air stones, plastic tubing, and charcoal were provided which one would expect. Don't get anything smaller than 750VA as you don't want to overload them. I bought these because I was afraid my shrimp were getting sucked up in the filter. You may notice this brand is lower cost than some others.

  • Aqueon QuietFlow Filter Cartridge, Medium, 12 Cartridges (Pack of 1)
  • Fits Aqueon QuietFlow Filter: LED PRO Size 10 and E Internal 20 gallon
  • Ready-to-use cartridge contains high quality activated carbon that keeps water clean, rinse before replacing
  • Installs in seconds: align cartridge bottom key slot for an accurate fit inside the Filter
  • For optimal performance, change approximately every 4 to 6 weeks
  • Do not clean Bioholster when replacing the cartridge as it contains beneficial biological bacteria
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Item Weight: 14 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 8.5 x 4.5 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106418
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Aqueon 100106418 Final Thoughts

"Dump the old carbon out."

Outside tank on deck with just a few fish. You can put power heads on the riser tubes to increase the flow through the filter. They do feel a little thin but we'll see how they hold up over time. I can now afford to change all my filters at a fraction of the cost. Work perfect on my shrimp tank to keep them out of the filter. I end up cutting a small 2x3 inch square for each of my media baskets. The injection molding for the plastics leave a lot to be desired.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(1445 Points)

7. Seachem Tidal Power Aquarium Filter - 35 Gallon Large Fish Tank Filter

User Ratings: 76 4

Seachem 6581 First Impressions

"I use the APC brand."

But by two weeks, the output did drop. It was a struggle to keep the water clear before i got the goldfish. The other tank is an old AIO retro tank I have with a media rack in it. Does the job and price was less or at least same as big retailers. Fill with the supplied carbon and voila. Fill with the supplied carbon and voila. You can also buy solutions that have the bacteria in them to also get started faster.

  • Seachem Tidal Power Aquarium Filter - 35 Gallon Large Fish Tank Filter
  • FLOW REGULATION: The fully adjustable flow regulation feature on the Tidal Power Filter adjusts performance to a specific aquarium volume, type, or provide an environment for fish that prefer more or less water movement or oxygenation. Adjust the dial from anywhere between 450 gallons per hour down to a gentle 90 gallons per hour.
  • SURFACE SKIMMER: The surface skimmer on the Tidal Power Filter will capture the water from just below the surface, where excreted fish oils accumulate, as well as deeper in the tank to remove floating debris.
  • ADJUSTABLE INTAKE FLOW: With Tidal’s dual intake, it pulls water in through the telescoping pipe below the surface and at the surface through the surface skimmer. Easily adjust how much flow comes from the underwater intake pipe versus the surface skimmer with the intake flow dial.
  • HEATER HOLDER: A heater can be attached to the side of the Tidal Power Filter with an optional heater clip, allowing for better dispersal of heated water throughout your tank or aquarium.
  • MAINTENANCE ALERT: When filtration media becomes clogged with detritus and affects the flow of water, the Tidal Power Filter redirects water around the filter and back into the aquarium through an outlet on the side. The redirected water then pushed up the blue maintenance alert on the top of the filter, signaling that the filter needs to be cleaned.
  • Ventilation slots in the lid of the filter and aeration grooves in the outflow ensure that water returned to the tank is fully oxygenated and maximize gas exchange during filtration.
  • The pump pushes water up into the basket of the filter, entering through the bottom of the basket and being pushed out the top. A bottom-to-top flow ensures that water comes into contact will all filter media, and cannot go around or over filter media as with hang on back filters with a back-to-front flow.
  • Over time, filtration media can become clogged with detritus reducing or obstructing the flow of water through it. When this happens in Tidal filters, water is redirected around the filter and back into the aquarium through an outlet on the side. The redirected water pushes up the blue maintenance alert on the top of the filter, signaling that the filter needs to be cleaned.
  • Manufacture: Seachem Laboratories
  • Product Dimensions: 6.25 x 5.12 x 8 inches; 1.74 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 6581
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Seachem 6581 Final Thoughts

"Flow rate adjustment."

Work perfect on my shrimp tank to keep them out of the filter. Fun to modify your filter and clean tank as well. Even its quite costly, but it last long. If you're looking for new filters, go with these. It was nicely packaged and is a high quality filter material. Every tank should have intake sponges. I had to take a blade and run it through all the slats because the factory doesnt q.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(398 Points)

8. Leyouyou520 3 pcs Pre-Filter Foam Sponge Filter for Aquarium Fish Tank

User Ratings: 61 6

leyouyou520 CJJ-NKOIU012 First Impressions

"Works well."

The main part is cleaning, that I need to find out. I can now afford to change all my filters at a fraction of the cost. The more you overpopulate your tank, the more frequently you'll have to do this. The filters fit fine and I was happy to see that some carbon packs were included. We use this product to the extreme. It made no sense why one was ten and the other was twenty. Nitrates in small doses are not as harmful to the fish as Ammonia.

  • Leyouyou520 3 pcs Pre-Filter Foam Sponge Filter for Aquarium Fish Tank
  • Premium Quality Foam Sponge Connects to filter intake Traps fine debris Prevents small or baby inhabitants from being drawn into filter Bulk packaged to protect the environment and save you money
  • Size: 8.4*5cm/3.1*1.5inch
  • Inside Diameter: 2.1cm/0.8inch
  • Single Hole
  • Package included: 3* Pre-filter Spong
  • Manufacture: Leyouyou520
  • Editor's Impressions Of The leyouyou520 CJJ-NKOIU012
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

leyouyou520 CJJ-NKOIU012 Final Thoughts

"It's amazing."

Does the job and price was less or at least same as big retailers. I just changed it today and the water is crystal clear-- no problems. Because they are the smart thing to do when you keep aquariums. I have been buying these bags for years. I use this in my filter for aquarium 55 gal. Make sure to select the Medium size from Tetra. You will also need to replace their rechargeable batteries about every 2 years or so.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(540 Points)

9. Acurel 100% Polyester Filter Fiber for Fresh and Salt Water Aquariums

Acurel LLC 2151 First Impressions

"I'm a client for life."

Ignore all the noise about them being outdated they are a must-have buy it. Just be super careful with the tubes! I was having a problem with tiny fish getting sucked into the inlets. Plenty strong to support the rocks and gravel in my tank without sagging. Every tank should have intake sponges. Why not save some money to put towards more fish or supplies. I have been using an Aquaclear 50 on a 20g long planted tank.

  • Acurel 100% Polyester Filter Fiber for Fresh and Salt Water Aquariums
  • Improves fish health; removes more particles than formed fiber sheets
  • Loose fiber batting creates a tighter fit
  • 100-Percent polyester; will not degrade
  • Suitable for all filters
  • For use in all fresh and salt water aquatics
  • Manufacture: Acurel LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 15 x 18 inches; 10 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Acurel LLC 2151
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Acurel LLC 2151 Final Thoughts

"Huge mess."

Luckily I'm using powerheads and the weight of it helps hold it in place. Nitrates in small doses are not as harmful to the fish as Ammonia. I have been buying these bags for years. I have a Top Fin 10 power filter and these cartridges fit perfectly. Just be careful punching out the plastic. It made no sense why one was ten and the other was twenty. Also work great as filler for canisters and other filters.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(1 Points)

10. Fluval Rim Connector for FX5 High Performance Canister Filter

User Ratings: 84 1

Fluval A20230 First Impressions

"I love it!"

It was exactly what I needed and fit beautifully. Particles fall off into the aquarium when you take them off to clean them. You can put power heads on the riser tubes to increase the flow through the filter. Especially if you have a take with shrimp or baby fish. Never use live rooting plants with UG filters. I have used UG filters for many years. The injection molding for the plastics leave a lot to be desired.

  • Fluval Rim Connector for FX5 High Performance Canister Filter
  • Mechanical/biological filter pad
  • Fits Fluval FX5 high performance canister filter model A218
  • Rim connector includes 3 hose holding clips and 2 o-rings
  • Comes in polybag with fluval header and UPC label
  • Measures 1 8/9 inch length by 6 inch width by 10 inch height
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 5.9 x 10 inches; 2.56 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval A20230
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Fluval A20230 Final Thoughts

"Maybe I'll call them."

This is a lot of filter pad for your money. The UG is certainly no exception to that. But a small simple rubber band fixed the issue quickly. I will keep using these and recommend them to anyone. You may notice this brand is lower cost than some others. The filters fit fine and I was happy to see that some carbon packs were included. I just changed it today and the water is crystal clear-- no problems.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(352 Points)

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