Editor's Choice - Our Favorite DEPEPE Aquarium Filter Accessories

1. DEPEPE 10pcs Aquarium Filter Media Bags with Zipper for Activated Carbon, Biospheres, Ceramic Rings,...

User Ratings: 75 1

DEPEPE First Impressions

"Easy to use repeatedly."

I bought these because I was afraid my shrimp were getting sucked up in the filter. Stop buying those expensive filters, buy this and make your own. We rinse the filters 2x a day and they remain in continuous 24 hour operation. I have been using an Aquaclear 50 on a 20g long planted tank. Works well for my low flow Aquaclear 20. Even its quite costly, but it last long. Nitrates in small doses are not as harmful to the fish as Ammonia.

  • DEPEPE 10pcs Aquarium Filter Media Bags with Zipper for Activated Carbon, Biospheres, Ceramic Rings, etc.
  • Material: Polyester; Zipper Material: Plastic, Corrosion Resistant
  • Package contains: 5 white filter bags + 5 black filter bags
  • Filter bag size: 15cm*20cm/5.9"*7.8"
  • Mesh hole diameter: approx. 1mm, suitable for respiratory biological rings, activated carbon, volcanic rocks, coral sands, ceramic rings, etc. Not applicable for finer particles.
  • Filter bags are good for various filters, including fresh water tanks, tank filters, power filters, etc.
  • Manufacture: DEPEPE
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DEPEPE Final Thoughts

"Love this stuff."

You will also need to replace their rechargeable batteries about every 2 years or so. We use this product to the extreme. Fish that are constantly swimming hard will tire and die from stress. This filter system doesn't come with everything to you need. We rinse the filters 2x a day and they remain in continuous 24 hour operation. Tank is clean and all my new shrimp are still alive! Don't restrict air-flow around them as they do get quite warm.

Overall Score
4.6


(1127 Points)

2. AQUPON Aquarium Filter Media Pad - Cut to Fit Roll (Dye-Free/Blue Bonded) 0.75 Inch Thickness

User Ratings: 75 2

AQUPON First Impressions

"They seem to be legit."

Don't get anything smaller than 750VA as you don't want to overload them. We use this product to the extreme. It comes with carbon filters, and air stones. Right now I am letting the filter work it's magic. 7in, which is only about half the length of the unit. I purchased this bulk filter media for a Fluval 207 canister filter. The main part is cleaning, that I need to find out.

  • AQUPON Aquarium Filter Media Pad - Cut to Fit Roll (Dye-Free/Blue Bonded) 0.75 Inch Thickness
  • Superior filtration and water flow
  • Long lasting dye free non-toxic filtration
  • Washable, cut to fit, 3/4"-1" thick filter
  • Duplicates or surpasses original equipment specifications
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Made in USA
  • Manufacture: Aqupon
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AQUPON Final Thoughts

"5 gallon enchant tank."

Replace prefilter on pump inlet while filter is running. Fill with the supplied carbon and voila. We use this product to the extreme. It was nicely packaged and is a high quality filter material. I was having a problem with tiny fish getting sucked into the inlets. I had to take a blade and run it through all the slats because the factory doesnt q. I keep tubes of clear silicone sealer around.

Overall Score
4.6


(231 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
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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)

4. 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)

5. Marineland Penguin PRO Power Filter

User Ratings: 65 8

MarineLand AQ-78182 First Impressions

"Love this sponge filter."

7in, which is only about half the length of the unit. I even used some in my Fluval 206 canister filter on my freshwater tank. Plenty strong to support the rocks and gravel in my tank without sagging. Outside tank on deck with just a few fish. It made no sense why one was ten and the other was twenty. I end up cutting a small 2x3 inch square for each of my media baskets. Why not save some money to put towards more fish or supplies.

  • Marineland Penguin PRO Power Filter
  • With bio-wheel technology: bio-wheel technology provides wet/dry biological filtration.
  • Multi-stage filtration: delivers mechanical, chemical and biological Aquarium filtration to maintain a clean aquatic environment.
  • Compatibility: use with MarineLand rite-size E filter cartridge.
  • Six sizes: 100 (for up to 10 gallons), 125 (for up to 20 gallons), 175 (for up to 30 gallons), 275 (for up to 50 gallons), 375 (for up to 75 gallons), 450 (for up to 90 gallons).
  • Flow control: flow Control up to 450 GPH.
  • Manufacture: Spectrum Brands
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MarineLand AQ-78182 Final Thoughts

"You get what you pay for."

I end up cutting a small 2x3 inch square for each of my media baskets. These work great as pre filter sponge on my quiet flow 10. Lets start with the amount of filter material you get. I have always had an undergravel filter and my aquariums. It's a pain in the butt to put together the directions don’t do it that well. For obvious reasons, don't put them directly above or below a tank. For my smaller fish tank I find that it is just enough.

Overall Score
4.2


(321 Points)

6. Fluval Poly Foam Pad - 3-Pack

User Ratings: 88

Fluval First Impressions

"Great product."

The box comes with super easy and clear instructions. Did all of mine The same, never ripped a one and they all fit like a glove. The other tank is an old AIO retro tank I have with a media rack in it. Small amounts of these bubbles can also help oxygenate the water over time. Outside tank on deck with just a few fish. I can now afford to change all my filters at a fraction of the cost. I use this in my filter for aquarium 55 gal.

  • Fluval Poly Foam Pad - 3-Pack
  • Bio-Screen pad provides an ideal biological surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize upon
  • Poly/Foam Pad effectively performs two stages of mechanical filtration; porous side captures large particles (stage 1), while dense polyester side traps finer debris (stage 2)
  • Replacement filter media designed for use with the Fluval C4 Power Filter
  • Suitable for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums up to 70 gallons
  • Includes one 3-pack of Fluval Bio-Screen and one 3-pack Fluval Poly/Foam Pad
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Fluval Final Thoughts

"Otherwise, very pleased."

The air stones, plastic tubing, and charcoal were provided which one would expect. If your looking for a great media pad, stop here and order this! It's also a pretty substantial roll. Nitrates in small doses are not as harmful to the fish as Ammonia. Keep your stocking of creatures low. But a small simple rubber band fixed the issue quickly. I was having a problem with tiny fish getting sucked into the inlets.

Overall Score
4.9


(13 Points)

7. EA Performance Hang-On The Back Power Filter - Up to 4 Gallons - for Desktop and Betta Aquariums - N...

User Ratings: 70 4

EA First Impressions

"I would recommend these."

This filter system doesn't come with everything to you need. This is great for transporting aquarium life from location to location too. I even used some in my Fluval 206 canister filter on my freshwater tank. Don't believe people who tell you they are dangerous for your tank. Why not save some money to put towards more fish or supplies. This is a lot of filter pad for your money. You can put power heads on the riser tubes to increase the flow through the filter.

  • EA Performance Hang-On The Back Power Filter - Up to 4 Gallons - for Desktop and Betta Aquariums - NOT Made in China
  • Our performance power filter are designed for nanos, betta aquariums, and small desktop aquariums up to 4 gallons.
  • The dual stage filtration design provides biological and mechanical filtration for an optimal aquatic environment.
  • Plug and play design for easy installation and simple maintenance.
  • Promote a healthy aquatic experience with our ultra efficient filtration system.
  • We are committed to bringing consumers the highest quality products for the most competitive prices. We value your support and want to provide 100% satisfaction, so please feel free to contact us if you're not 100% satisfied. Replacement cartridges are available on Amazon, search ASIN B00TA87EUW. LOW COST OF OWNERSHIP WITH EA PERFORMANCE CARTRIDGES! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084Z74BDF?ref=myi_title_dp
  • Manufacture: EA
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 3.8 x 6 inches; 11.36 Ounces
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EA Final Thoughts

"Love this stuff."

The other tank is an old AIO retro tank I have with a media rack in it. The concentration of flow will mean faster clogging, lower flow and motor strain. You may notice this brand is lower cost than some others. Every tank should have intake sponges. Of course you will need to let the silicone cure before installing in water. The other tank is an old AIO retro tank I have with a media rack in it. These have prevented my original problem.

Overall Score
4.4


(264 Points)

8. K1-Store Internal Filter Aquarium Turtle Filter Low Water Level Clean Pump for Reptiles Turtle Tank ...

User Ratings: 42 17

K1-Store First Impressions

"STICK WITH THE ORIGINAL."

You can also buy solutions that have the bacteria in them to also get started faster. I use two layers of floss before the water goes to and through my chemical media. Make sure to select the Medium size from Tetra. Replace prefilter on pump inlet while filter is running. A great addition to the filtration system. Don't believe people who tell you they are dangerous for your tank. I will be using Koral Filter material from now on.

  • K1-Store Internal Filter Aquarium Turtle Filter Low Water Level Clean Pump for Reptiles Turtle Tank Fish Tank Amphibian Tank
  • Waterfall running makes oxygen circulation. multi-layer biochemical filtration with activated carbon makes water clean, physical removal of harmful substances odors
  • 2 ways to set up the filter, hang on the aquarium or fixed with sucker based on water level , flexible setting around the aquarium tank , room saving
  • Quiet running provided your pets comfortable habitats, waterfall running the higher the water level, the quieter it gets
  • Black and White for choice . (3W 200L/H) designed for use in small fish and turtle tank or other Amphibian tanks (water level low to 2.5cm ),really NOT for big tank
  • Suitable for breeding boxes with low water level such as aquatic type and swamp type, feeding fish, turtle, frog, salamander and aquatic plants, coral etc.
  • Manufacture: K1-Store
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 2.8 inches; 9.31 Ounces
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K1-Store Final Thoughts

"Overall a good product!"

You can put power heads on the riser tubes to increase the flow through the filter. I bought these to put over the inlet to the filters in my aquariums. The filters fit fine and I was happy to see that some carbon packs were included. I have used UG filters for many years. I even used some in my Fluval 206 canister filter on my freshwater tank. They do feel a little thin but we'll see how they hold up over time. Customizable in terms of media used.

Overall Score
3.6


(121 Points)

9. GOLDEAL Bio Balls Ceramic Rings Set, Aquarium Biological Filter Media with Mesh Bag for Fish Tank an...

User Ratings: 67 4

GOLDEAL First Impressions

"This was a great deal."

We operate a saltwater bait store, dealing in live shrimp and bull minnows. I was having a problem with tiny fish getting sucked into the inlets. This filter system doesn't come with everything to you need. We use this product to the extreme. Because they are the smart thing to do when you keep aquariums. We use this product to the extreme. Don't get anything smaller than 750VA as you don't want to overload them.

  • GOLDEAL Bio Balls Ceramic Rings Set, Aquarium Biological Filter Media with Mesh Bag for Fish Tank and Pond, Fish Tank Filter, Decorations, Accessories (500g, 1.1lb)
  • 【12 Filter Media】These include volcanic rocks, medical stone, zeolite, coral sand, nanometer bacterial rings, infrared bacterial rings, biological beads, bio ball, activated carbon, infrared microspheres, ceramic rings and red breathing rings.
  • 【Easily Improve Water Quality】Placing filter material in fish tank and pond.The product can filter and purify water sources in an all-round way, improve the quality of aquarium water, resolve impurities, stabilize PH, clarify your water naturally and cultivate beneficial bacteria with these bio-balls.and create a good living environment for fish.
  • 【Work as a biological filter media】:Aquarium bio filter is excellent interaction between air and water and gas exchange. The Bio-balls can give a nice home for beneficial bacteria where they can settle and be fed by water and oxygen. They will also promote gas exchange and increase dissolved oxygen levels. So as to form a good ecological cycle.
  • 【Scientific configuration,Rational combination】The mixing ratio of various filtering materials in the product has been calculated.It can also be used in a variety of ways, which can not only solve the problem of fish tank water quality but also save you time.
  • 【Suggestion & Refund Guarantee】The product contains natural ingredients. Please clean it before use.It's best to use water from a fish tank or chlorine-free water for cleaning. If you are not satisfied with the product, we will provide you with 100% refund service.
  • Manufacture: GOLDEAL
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GOLDEAL Final Thoughts

"5 gallon enchant tank."

I was having a problem with tiny fish getting sucked into the inlets. I also suppose my measuring tape may be off, but I would not think so. Also work great as filler for canisters and other filters. I changed water 4 days in a row and still cloudy. Fill with the supplied carbon and voila. Especially if you have a take with shrimp or baby fish. Most plants won't like the highly oxygenated gravel and will die.

Overall Score
4.4


(58 Points)

10. Penn Plax Cascade Canister Aquarium Filter (Cascade Black 1200 Elite)

User Ratings: 68 8

Penn-Plax CCF4BMK First Impressions

"I would recommend these."

It was easy to assemble and very effective! Fish that are constantly swimming hard will tire and die from stress. Much better than the cartridges you get when you buy the filters. I rinsed and reuse same pad again 3 times and trashed later. Don't restrict air-flow around them as they do get quite warm. Keep your stocking of creatures low. So stock your tanks a few fish at a time.

  • Penn Plax Cascade Canister Aquarium Filter (Cascade Black 1200 Elite)
  • $197 Value. Cascade Black Elite filter kit for aquariums up to 150 gallons.
  • Pumps 315 gallons per hour. Quick easy push button self-primer. Flow rate cut-off valves adjust water flow.
  • Includes filter, (1) Bio-Sponge, (1) Bio-Floss 6pk, (1) Pro-Carb 2pk, (1) Bio Rings 10oz and (1) Large Magna Sweep algae magnet.
  • Be up and running in minutes. Nothing else to purchase. It is all included.
  • Quick and easy monthly maintenance saves you time and aggravation.
  • Manufacture: Penn-Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 11.81 x 11.81 x 19.69 inches; 14 Pounds
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Penn-Plax CCF4BMK Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

I'm using this pad to HOB filters AC70 bottom and top of it’s sponge. I double the size and fold them and put the bagged carbon between the layers. My tank is 12x36 so I utilized 3 of the panels. These work great as pre filter sponge on my quiet flow 10. You can put power heads on the riser tubes to increase the flow through the filter. I use two layers of floss before the water goes to and through my chemical media. Make sure to select the Medium size from Tetra.

Overall Score
4.3


(93 Points)

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