Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Marina Aquarium Filter Accessories

1. Marina Top Filter Cartridge, 13315

User Ratings: 78 2

Marina 13315 First Impressions

"Bigger than expected."

It's a pain in the butt to put together the directions don’t do it that well. But a small simple rubber band fixed the issue quickly. I will keep using these and recommend them to anyone. Just be careful punching out the plastic. I will update more pictures later, once the water isnt cloudy. But if you don't weekly vacuum it up, it will eventually clog the filter. Particles fall off into the aquarium when you take them off to clean them.

  • Marina Top Filter Cartridge, 13315
  • For use with all Marina 3.7 L (1 US gal) Aquarium, including Marina pirate Aquarium kit (13310) and Marina mermaid Aquarium kit (13311).
  • Improves water clarity and Color.
  • Removes pollutants and odors.
  • Country of Origin: CHINA
  • For use with all Marina 3.7 L (1 US Gal) Aquarium, including Marina Pirate Aquarium Kit (13310) and Marina Mermaid Aquarium Kit (13311).
  • Improves water clarity and color.
  • Removes pollutants and odors.
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 3 x 7 inches; 0.81 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina 13315
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Marina 13315 Final Thoughts

"Easy install."

Luckily I'm using powerheads and the weight of it helps hold it in place. I have been using an Aquaclear 50 on a 20g long planted tank. The first piece does get a bit dirty and usually only lasts a week. But by two weeks, the output did drop. These have prevented my original problem. I've definitely noticed a difference in my water quality. It's also a pretty substantial roll.

Overall Score
4.6


(1280 Points)

2. KINMINGZHU 12 Pieces Black Pre-Filter Sponge Foam Roll Accessories for Aquarium Fish Tank

User Ratings: 67 6

KINMINGZHU First Impressions

"Good quantity for value."

We rinse the filters 2x a day and they remain in continuous 24 hour operation. Keep your stocking of creatures low. I will keep using these and recommend them to anyone. This is great for transporting aquarium life from location to location too. The concentration of flow will mean faster clogging, lower flow and motor strain. This is a lot of filter pad for your money. It works okay for now but I hope it does not mess up my filter in the long run.

  • KINMINGZHU 12 Pieces Black Pre-Filter Sponge Foam Roll Accessories for Aquarium Fish Tank
  • Size (L x W): 8*4cm/ 3.15*1.57 inch
  • Inside Diameter: 1.5cm/ 0.56inch
  • Easily connects to filter intake stem ,Single Hole
  • Prevents small and baby inhabitants from being drawn into filter,Enhances biological filtration
  • Package included: 12 Pieces Filter Sponge Foam Roll
  • Manufacture: KINMINGZHU
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.1 x 0.1 inches; 0.63 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The KINMINGZHU
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KINMINGZHU Final Thoughts

"Works great!"

Because they are the smart thing to do when you keep aquariums. Better than branded media filters cartridges. But if you don't weekly vacuum it up, it will eventually clog the filter. Still, the price is of course fine at 4 for 6. But a small simple rubber band fixed the issue quickly. So here is the product size on the boxes that isn't included in the description! Because they are the smart thing to do when you keep aquariums.

Overall Score
4.4


(21 Points)

3. OASE Indoor Aquatics Biomaster Thermo

User Ratings: 68 8

OASE Indoor Aquatics 55150 First Impressions

"Unbeatable at this price."

For my smaller fish tank I find that it is just enough. The main part is cleaning, that I need to find out. Did all of mine The same, never ripped a one and they all fit like a glove. I don't advise using a UG filter as the only filtration source in large tanks. Why not save some money to put towards more fish or supplies. I end up cutting a small 2x3 inch square for each of my media baskets. It was a struggle to keep the water clear before i got the goldfish.

  • OASE Indoor Aquatics Biomaster Thermo
  • The Bio master thermos 600 has an integrated heater in compact filter design
  • The built-in heater provides your aquarium with Precise and uniform temperature levels while the product integration delivers unobstructed views of your Aquarium
  • External filter operates quietly to circulate and filter your aquarium water
  • Includes 4-stage filtration: biological, mechanical, chemical, and prefiltration
  • Hel-x, suspended filter media, creates the optimal surface area for beneficial bacteria growth
  • Integrated heater – Provides precise and uniform temperature levels and reduces the amount of equipment seen inside the aquarium by housing the heater in the unit
  • EasyClean pre-filter module – Module can be removed separately from the rest of the filter. This reduces maintenance, increases filter efficiency, and extends the life of main filter foams. Customize the pre-filter with coarse 30 ppi, fine 45 ppi, ultra-fine 60 ppi, and activated carbon 45 ppi filter foams
  • No mess maintenance – Integrated safety locking features on the handle, pre-filter, and check valve in the inlet/outlet connection unit, ensure no accidental spillage or messy maintenance
  • Manufacture: OASE
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.4 x 19 inches; 18 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The OASE Indoor Aquatics 55150
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OASE Indoor Aquatics 55150 Final Thoughts

"This was a great deal."

I also suppose my measuring tape may be off, but I would not think so. I have been using an Aquaclear 50 on a 20g long planted tank. I purchased this bulk filter media for a Fluval 207 canister filter. I double the size and fold them and put the bagged carbon between the layers. Still, the price is of course fine at 4 for 6. It was easy to assemble and very effective! I rinsed and reuse same pad again 3 times and trashed later.

Overall Score
4.3


(191 Points)

4. Aqua-Tech Tube Set for AquaTech Power Filter, 30 to 60 Gallons

User Ratings: 78 5

AQUA-TECH AQ11735 First Impressions

"I love it."

Why not save some money to put towards more fish or supplies. The material is a soft and not abrasive at all. My pad collected yellow cloudy color also all waste. Right now I am letting the filter work it's magic. The UG is certainly no exception to that. Don't restrict air-flow around them as they do get quite warm. You get what you pay for but i had to work on it a lot.

  • Aqua-Tech Tube Set for AquaTech Power Filter, 30 to 60 Gallons
  • Tube Set for AquaTech Power Filter
  • For AquaTech Power Filter 30-60 gallons
  • AquaTech Spare Part
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.63 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH AQ11735
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AQUA-TECH AQ11735 Final Thoughts

"Huge mess."

I have found you really have to scrub the outside to get everything cleaned out. These work great as pre filter sponge on my quiet flow 10. I will update more pictures later, once the water isnt cloudy. Most plants won't like the highly oxygenated gravel and will die. If you have a nano tank with filter these would be perfect for that setup. You may notice this brand is lower cost than some others. I purchased these for an aquarium at school.

Overall Score
4.5


(361 Points)

5. Aquatic Experts Aquarium Filter Sponge, Biological and Mechanical Aquarium Sponge Filter Pad for Cle...

User Ratings: 90

Aquatic Experts First Impressions

"Overall fairly easy."

Especially if you have a take with shrimp or baby fish. We rinse the filters 2x a day and they remain in continuous 24 hour operation. I had to take a blade and run it through all the slats because the factory doesnt q. Just be super careful with the tubes! You will also need to replace their rechargeable batteries about every 2 years or so. I was having a problem with tiny fish getting sucked into the inlets. Don't get anything smaller than 750VA as you don't want to overload them.

  • Aquatic Experts Aquarium Filter Sponge, Biological and Mechanical Aquarium Sponge Filter Pad for Clear Water
  • IMPROVE WATER CLARITY: SpongeFirst foam pads complex structure easily traps particles and floating debris from aquarium and/or terrarium water producing clear water. SpongeFirst is a foam filter sponge constructed to promote water flow at the same time prevents premature clogging.
  • FOR BIOLOGICAL FILTRATION: Our SpongeFirst aquarium foam filter sponge has plenty of surface area to create superior biological filtration. Beneficial nitrifying bacteria grows on the aquarium filter sponge to reduce ammonia and nitrite, improving water quality. The fish tank filter sponge pad is 1 inch thick and approximately 20 pores per square inch (ppi)
  • CUT TO FIT - SpongeFirst foam filter pads can easily be CUT-TO-FIT MOST FILTERS including hang on the back, canister filters, wet/dry filters, sumps, pond filters, and much more. Buying in bulk WILL SAVE YOU EVEN MORE MONEY over purchasing ready-made pre-cut filter material.
  • DURABLE AND EASY TO CLEAN: Our sponge filters are made to last a long time. The dense structure of our SpongeFirst foam pad media prevents tearing, making them easy to clean and reuse. We make our foam tight enough to hold beneficial bacteria yet open enough for waste to be easily rinsed away.
  • ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: Our sponge pad is completely non-toxic and 100% safe for saltwater and freshwater fish aquariums and terrarium tanks. Made in the USA!
  • Manufacture: Aquatic Experts
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Aquatic Experts Final Thoughts

"48 the decision is easy."

I'm using this pad to HOB filters AC70 bottom and top of it’s sponge. Works well for my low flow Aquaclear 20. Outside tank on deck with just a few fish. I took off two points because the pictures are misleading. Does the job and price was less or at least same as big retailers. We use this product to the extreme. The other tank is an old AIO retro tank I have with a media rack in it.

Overall Score
4.9


(14 Points)

6. Acurel Infused Media Pads for Aquariums and Ponds, 10-Inch by 18-Inch

User Ratings: 71 4

Acurel LLC 2500 First Impressions

"I would buy it again."

The Tetra Medium bio-bag slip easily on an original Top Fin plastic holder. Once you do have everything it's a good running system. This improves flow and prolongs time between cleaning. Luckily I'm using powerheads and the weight of it helps hold it in place. I purchased these for an aquarium at school. Even its quite costly, but it last long. I've saved so much money since switching, plus my tank stays cleaner.

  • Acurel Infused Media Pads for Aquariums and Ponds, 10-Inch by 18-Inch
  • Quickly removes harmful, free-floating waste and debris
  • Thick, rigid design
  • creates tighter fit, holds shape longer, decrease water pass-through and extends life of pad
  • Effectively removes all organic particles, foreign debris and excess food and water
  • Cut to fit
  • Measures 18-inch by 10-inch
  • for use with all filters
  • Manufacture: Acurel (Loving Pets)
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 9 x 1 inches; 2.27 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Acurel LLC 2500
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Acurel LLC 2500 Final Thoughts

"Happy Happy Joy Joy!"

We use this product to the extreme. Fill with the supplied carbon and voila. I use two layers of floss before the water goes to and through my chemical media. Cut slightly oversized, it seems very effective as a particulate filter. Right now I am letting the filter work it's magic. Of course you will need to let the silicone cure before installing in water. I will update more pictures later, once the water isnt cloudy.

Overall Score
4.4


(615 Points)

7. EmmaWu Turtle Filter Low Water Level Aquarium Filter Waterfall Flow Submersible Turtle Tank Filter (...

User Ratings: 67 14

EmmaWu First Impressions

"Just cut it to size."

We operate a saltwater bait store, dealing in live shrimp and bull minnows. Because they are the smart thing to do when you keep aquariums. I'm using this pad to HOB filters AC70 bottom and top of it’s sponge. For my smaller fish tank I find that it is just enough. Most plants won't like the highly oxygenated gravel and will die. I end up cutting a small 2x3 inch square for each of my media baskets. I just changed it today and the water is crystal clear-- no problems.

  • EmmaWu Turtle Filter Low Water Level Aquarium Filter Waterfall Flow Submersible Turtle Tank Filter (White)
  • Manufacture: EmmaWu
  • Editor's Impressions Of The EmmaWu
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EmmaWu Final Thoughts

"Good quality."

The air stones, plastic tubing, and charcoal were provided which one would expect. Have been using this product for few month for my planted tank. Just be careful punching out the plastic. It was a struggle to keep the water clear before i got the goldfish. Customizable in terms of media used. Works well for my low flow Aquaclear 20. The material is a soft and not abrasive at all.

Overall Score
4.2


(24 Points)

8. Marineland Eclipse Replacement Filter Cartridges, for Aquarium Filtration

User Ratings: 81 2

MarineLand PA0139-03 First Impressions

"They do the job well!"

The foam is not coarse as illustrated; it's finer and denser. Outside tank on deck with just a few fish. I just changed it today and the water is crystal clear-- no problems. I bought these because I was afraid my shrimp were getting sucked up in the filter. The box comes with super easy and clear instructions. Lets start with the amount of filter material you get. Tank is clean and all my new shrimp are still alive!

  • Marineland Eclipse Replacement Filter Cartridges, for Aquarium Filtration
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 4.75 x 13.51 inches; 6.38 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand PA0139-03
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MarineLand PA0139-03 Final Thoughts

"The hole is smaller."

You can put power heads on the riser tubes to increase the flow through the filter. The first 3 pics are of my RR tank with sump. Better than branded media filters cartridges. The concentration of flow will mean faster clogging, lower flow and motor strain. Never use live rooting plants with UG filters. Fill with the supplied carbon and voila. You can run everything on battery backup sockets.

Overall Score
4.7


(2661 Points)

9. 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
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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


(3564 Points)

10. MarineLand Polishing Filter Pads, Mechanical Filtration for Canister Filters

User Ratings: 85 1

MarineLand PA11480 First Impressions

"This will last me awhile."

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. They do feel a little thin but we'll see how they hold up over time. Customizable in terms of media used. That's a long time if you knew how nasty that many shrimp and minnows can be! Keep your stocking of creatures low. Work perfect on my shrimp tank to keep them out of the filter.

  • MarineLand Polishing Filter Pads, Mechanical Filtration for Canister Filters
  • POLISHING FILTER PADS: Helps to ensure a clean and healthy aquatic environment.
  • MECHANICAL FILTRATION: Screens out fine particulates to promote increased water clarity.
  • FOR USE WITH: Fits Marineland C-Series and Magniflow Canister Filters (see packaging for sizing details).
  • FOR BEST RESULTS: Change polishing filter pad once a month.
  • MARINELAND FILTRATION PRODUCTS: Count on Marineland brand for the most reliable, technically advanced aquariums and accessories on the market.
  • Screens Out Particulate Dirt and Debris
  • For PC 160 and 220
  • aquarium filter accessories
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.77 x 6.5 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand PA11480
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MarineLand PA11480 Final Thoughts

"I've bought 3 of these."

Don't shut it off for more than a few minutes at a time. I purchased these for an aquarium at school. My pad collected yellow cloudy color also all waste. Just be super careful with the tubes! I can now afford to change all my filters at a fraction of the cost. Better than branded media filters cartridges. For obvious reasons, don't put them directly above or below a tank.

Overall Score
4.8


(1590 Points)

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