Editor's Choice - Our Favorite biOrb Aquarium Filter Accessories

1. biOrb Service Kit

User Ratings: 79 2

biOrb RF4012NET First Impressions

"Works like a charm."

You get what you pay for but i had to work on it a lot. The foam is not coarse as illustrated; it's finer and denser. Also work great as filler for canisters and other filters. So stock your tanks a few fish at a time. Fun to modify your filter and clean tank as well. For obvious reasons, don't put them directly above or below a tank. Does the job and price was less or at least same as big retailers.

  • biOrb Service Kit
  • A true “one size fits all” filter for the biOrb aquariums
  • Includes acrylic safe cleaning pad to remove algae with ease
  • All natural, non-toxic water treatments included
  • Change every four to eight weeks
  • Full instructions included
  • Manufacture: biOrb
  • Product Dimensions: 4.75 x 1.77 x 7.5 inches; 3.53 Ounces
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biOrb RF4012NET Final Thoughts

"Easy to handle."

It comes with the filter bag, bag frame, and charcoal media all separate. I double the size and fold them and put the bagged carbon between the layers. And provide a few low current areas in the tank for fish who are stressed to rest. I use two layers of floss before the water goes to and through my chemical media. I even used some in my Fluval 206 canister filter on my freshwater tank. I have a Top Fin 10 power filter and these cartridges fit perfectly. I will always buy these here on Amazon for the price savings.

Overall Score
4.7


(2087 Points)

2. XINYOU XY-2822 Air Pump Double Sponge Water Filter for Aquarium

User Ratings: 77 3

XINYOU First Impressions

"ALL I can say is wow."

It includes 12 mesh filter bags& 12 packets of charcoal. The measurements are about 9 cm long x 4 cm wide and the hole is about 2 cm. Particles fall off into the aquarium when you take them off to clean them. The more you overpopulate your tank, the more frequently you'll have to do this. Never use live rooting plants with UG filters. The more you overpopulate your tank, the more frequently you'll have to do this. Lets start with the amount of filter material you get.

  • XINYOU XY-2822 Air Pump Double Sponge Water Filter for Aquarium
  • Sponge filters provide both mechanical and biological filtration
  • Provides the ideal location for bacterial colonization.
  • Does not trap fish fry. Suitable filter when breeding and spawning Discus, Dwarf cichlids, guppies, and killifish.
  • Max Tank Size: 20 Gallons each filter, 6.5"L x 2.4"W x 9.5" H
  • Package includes: XY-2822 x 4
  • Manufacture: XINYOU
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches; 5.55 Pounds
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XINYOU Final Thoughts

"Great product."

I end up cutting a small 2x3 inch square for each of my media baskets. Fun to modify your filter and clean tank as well. Outside tank on deck with just a few fish. I will always buy these here on Amazon for the price savings. Small amounts of these bubbles can also help oxygenate the water over time. It's also a pretty substantial roll. I changed water 4 days in a row and still cloudy.

Overall Score
4.6


(463 Points)

3. Kolar Labs Crystal Cal Activated Carbon – Activated Charcoal for Aquariums and Fish Tanks

User Ratings: 73 4

Kolar Labs First Impressions

"Easy to handle."

I will always buy these here on Amazon for the price savings. This improves flow and prolongs time between cleaning. Just be careful punching out the plastic. Did all of mine The same, never ripped a one and they all fit like a glove. Keep your stocking of creatures low. You get what you pay for but i had to work on it a lot. The foam is not coarse as illustrated; it's finer and denser.

  • Kolar Labs Crystal Cal Activated Carbon – Activated Charcoal for Aquariums and Fish Tanks
  • CONTAINS 0.7 lbs (320 g) - FAST RESULTS: Works quickly to eliminate cloudy water, colors and odors overnight – guaranteed
  • TRUSTED SOURCE: Made according to Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) standards; Bringing you the highest quality, bulk and packaged Activated Carbon
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE: Laboratory grade granular activated carbon; Specifically made with optimum pore structure for aquarium use
  • WORKS IN ALL FILTERS: Large granules allow great flow in any filter media bag, cartridge or filter for efficient filtration; Use in reactors, canister filters, intank filters or hanging filters
  • EASY TO USE: Use 1 cup per 50 gallons (1 tablespoon for every 3 gallons); Change every 2-4 weeks; Short rinse before use
  • Eliminates cloudy water in fresh, brackish and saltwater environments
  • Effectively removes colors, odors, tannins, and organic waste products
  • For use in all aquariums, tanks, and ponds
  • Manufacture: Calgon Carbon
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Kolar Labs Final Thoughts

"Excellent media!"

This is great for transporting aquarium life from location to location too. If you have a nano tank with filter these would be perfect for that setup. It made no sense why one was ten and the other was twenty. Did all of mine The same, never ripped a one and they all fit like a glove. Because they are the smart thing to do when you keep aquariums. I purchased this bulk filter media for a Fluval 207 canister filter. I purchased these for an aquarium at school.

Overall Score
4.5


(379 Points)

4. Koral Filters Aquarium Filter Pad Media Roll - Dye-Free and Blue Bonded - Cut to Fit - Durable - Fis...

User Ratings: 76 2

Koral Filters First Impressions

"Bigger than expected."

But by two weeks, the output did drop. I don't advise using a UG filter as the only filtration source in large tanks. So here is the product size on the boxes that isn't included in the description! Replace prefilter on pump inlet while filter is running. I'm using this pad to HOB filters AC70 bottom and top of it’s sponge. But if you don't weekly vacuum it up, it will eventually clog the filter. And provide a few low current areas in the tank for fish who are stressed to rest.

  • Koral Filters Aquarium Filter Pad Media Roll - Dye-Free and Blue Bonded - Cut to Fit - Durable - Fish and Reef Aquarium Compatible - Clean Water
  • Non-toxic - Safe and Durable
  • Optimum waterflow with cleaning efficiency
  • Works with Fresh or Salt water
  • 12" wide 1" thick - Cut to fit media roll
  • 100% Satisfaction Guranteed
  • Manufacture: Koral Filters
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Koral Filters Final Thoughts

"I'm a client for life."

Make sure to select the Medium size from Tetra. I had to take a blade and run it through all the slats because the factory doesnt q. Also work great as filler for canisters and other filters. Nitrates in small doses are not as harmful to the fish as Ammonia. Because they are the smart thing to do when you keep aquariums. I have always had an undergravel filter and my aquariums. You can run everything on battery backup sockets.

Overall Score
4.6


(1160 Points)

5. 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
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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


(3891 Points)

6. SLSON 5 Pcs Media Filter Bag Aquarium Fine 180 Micron Mesh Filter Bags Reusable Nylon Drawstring Bag...

User Ratings: 70 3

SLSON First Impressions

"Not any more."

Just be super careful with the tubes! You get what you pay for but i had to work on it a lot. I can now afford to change all my filters at a fraction of the cost. We use this product to the extreme. Fish that are constantly swimming hard will tire and die from stress. I had a 90 gallon aquarium that I did not use an undergravel filter in. It works okay for now but I hope it does not mess up my filter in the long run.

  • SLSON 5 Pcs Media Filter Bag Aquarium Fine 180 Micron Mesh Filter Bags Reusable Nylon Drawstring Bags for Fish Tank Activated Carbon,Charcoal,Bio Balls Filter Accessories,White
  • FINE FILTER MEDIA BAG: this fine mesh filter bag has 180 micron mesh,fit for most kinds of filter media, like Purigen, Pelletized Carbon, Bio Balls, Ceramic Rings, suitable for freshwater and saltwater tanks,power filters.
  • HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL: the aquarium filter bag made of high quality Nylon, durable and corrosion resistant, not subject to degradation from exposure to bleach, caustics, acids, or other harsh environmental exposure likely to take place during regeneration of filter media.
  • DRAWSTRING STYLE: unlike the zipper bag, our fish tank filter bag is drawstring style, not contain metal which may easily get rust and pollute your water, more safety for media fiters,reusable and durable.
  • MESH DIMENSION: 180 micron mesh, 15cm*20cm/ 6"*7.8", suitable for fine filters. Come with 5 pcs fine mesh drawstring filter bags,suitable for fine filters.
  • WIDELY USED: Suitable for freshwater and saltwater tanks,power filters.
  • Manufacture: SLSON
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 7.87 x 0.08 inches; 0.81 Ounces
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SLSON Final Thoughts

"At a time."

This filter system doesn't come with everything to you need. Replace prefilter on pump inlet while filter is running. Most plants won't like the highly oxygenated gravel and will die. The box comes with super easy and clear instructions. You can also buy solutions that have the bacteria in them to also get started faster. I replace my filter material in my IM Nuvo 20 reef tank every week. It was easy to assemble and very effective!

Overall Score
4.5


(425 Points)

7. Sera Siporax Professional 15 mm 10 L, 6.4 lb. Aquarium Filter Accessories, White (8474)

User Ratings: 89

Sera 8474 First Impressions

"The hole is smaller."

But by two weeks, the output did drop. I also suppose my measuring tape may be off, but I would not think so. Cut slightly oversized, it seems very effective as a particulate filter. You will also need to replace their rechargeable batteries about every 2 years or so. Small amounts of these bubbles can also help oxygenate the water over time. The first piece does get a bit dirty and usually only lasts a week. I will keep using these and recommend them to anyone.

  • Sera Siporax Professional 15 mm 10 L, 6.4 lb. Aquarium Filter Accessories, White (8474)
  • Included Components: All Glass Filter Media
  • All glass biological filter medium
  • Available for fresh- and saltwater aquariums as well as garden ponds
  • Harbors aerobic and anaearobic bacteria
  • Three dimensional pore structure
  • Innovative high quality mechanical filter media
  • Filters even finest particles, such as sludge and floating algae
  • For crystal clear water within 24 hours
  • Manufacture: Sera North America, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 11.42 x 11.42 x 10.63 inches; 6.4 Pounds
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Sera 8474 Final Thoughts

"I love it!"

You can run everything on battery backup sockets. The foam is not coarse as illustrated; it's finer and denser. So stock your tanks a few fish at a time. Don't get anything smaller than 750VA as you don't want to overload them. It was a struggle to keep the water clear before i got the goldfish. This is a lot of filter pad for your money. You will also need to replace their rechargeable batteries about every 2 years or so.

Overall Score
4.9


(38 Points)

8. INGVIEE Compatible Coarse Foam Filter Pads for Eheim Classic 600 2217

INGVIEE First Impressions

"It's worth that price."

I had to rinse the sponges after about 2. It was a struggle to keep the water clear before i got the goldfish. I change my filters once a month, so the 12 pack lasts me a year! I also suppose my measuring tape may be off, but I would not think so. I can now afford to change all my filters at a fraction of the cost. Of course you will need to let the silicone cure before installing in water. Once you do have everything it's a good running system.

  • INGVIEE Compatible Coarse Foam Filter Pads for Eheim Classic 600 2217
  • Custom-made to fit the Eheim Classic 2217
  • Diameter: 18cm (180mm); Thickness:3cm(30mm)
  • 6 x filter sponge in each packing bag
  • Better biological filtering
  • These pads are not genuine Eheim product. This is a INGVIEE filter replacement, serves the same function
  • Manufacture: Ka Mu Trading Co., Ltd.
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INGVIEE Final Thoughts

"Nice sponge filter."

I use two layers of floss before the water goes to and through my chemical media. It comes with the filter bag, bag frame, and charcoal media all separate. If you have several aquariums, use separate UPS backups. Once you do have everything it's a good running system. If you have several aquariums, use separate UPS backups. Right now I am letting the filter work it's magic. 7in, which is only about half the length of the unit.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

9. Fluval Biomax Bio Rings

User Ratings: 82 1

Fluval A1456 First Impressions

"I use the APC brand."

I will be using Koral Filter material from now on. Don't restrict air-flow around them as they do get quite warm. The first 3 pics are of my RR tank with sump. You can cap off the ones you don't want to use. I've definitely noticed a difference in my water quality. Of course you will need to let the silicone cure before installing in water. I end up cutting a small 2x3 inch square for each of my media baskets.

  • Fluval Biomax Bio Rings
  • Biological filter media that provides superior filtration and beneficial bacteria growth
  • Complex porous design ensures optimal contact time as water passes through
  • Helps reduce and control ammonia and nitrate
  • Replenish only half the filter media at one time to allow proper seeding
  • Will not affect water characteristics
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 4.5 x 6.2 inches; 1.26 Pounds
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Fluval A1456 Final Thoughts

"They work very well."

I have used UG filters for many years. You will also need to replace their rechargeable batteries about every 2 years or so. It comes with the filter bag, bag frame, and charcoal media all separate. I will always buy these here on Amazon for the price savings. It was a struggle to keep the water clear before i got the goldfish. I have been using an Aquaclear 50 on a 20g long planted tank. Every tank should have intake sponges.

Overall Score
4.7


(2695 Points)

10. 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
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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


(398 Points)

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