Editor's Choice - Our Favorite SunSun Aquarium Filter Accessories

1. Sunsun HW302, HW303, HW304 3 Stage Aquarium Canister Filters

User Ratings: 63 13

SunSun HW-304B First Impressions

"They do the job well!"

It made no sense why one was ten and the other was twenty. It was a struggle to keep the water clear before i got the goldfish. It eventually begins to decompose into ammonia which is harmful to your fish. Right now I am letting the filter work it's magic. The Tetra Medium bio-bag slip easily on an original Top Fin plastic holder. Also work great as filler for canisters and other filters. It eventually begins to decompose into ammonia which is harmful to your fish.

  • Sunsun HW302, HW303, HW304 3 Stage Aquarium Canister Filters
  • Good for up to 150 gallon fish tanks
  • Dimension: 11" L x 11" W x 17" H
  • Flow rate: 525 GPH (2000L/hr)
  • 3 Media Trays capable of handling your choice of filtration media
  • Manufacture: SUNSUN
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunSun HW-304B
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SunSun HW-304B Final Thoughts

"I would buy it again."

I have a Top Fin 10 power filter and these cartridges fit perfectly. It was nicely packaged and is a high quality filter material. Also work great as filler for canisters and other filters. Just be super careful with the tubes! Don't shut it off for more than a few minutes at a time. I use two layers of floss before the water goes to and through my chemical media. The injection molding for the plastics leave a lot to be desired.

Overall Score
4.1


(760 Points)

2. The Filter Pro Black Coarse Filter Media, 1.25" Thick, 12" x 56" Roll, Perfect for Aquariums, Ponds ...

User Ratings: 66

The Filter Pro First Impressions

"Hand down the best."

Better than branded media filters cartridges. It comes with carbon filters, and air stones. I replace my filter material in my IM Nuvo 20 reef tank every week. The filter material itself is good quality material too that doesn't break open. You will also need to replace their rechargeable batteries about every 2 years or so. This is great for transporting aquarium life from location to location too. This is great for transporting aquarium life from location to location too.

  • The Filter Pro Black Coarse Filter Media, 1.25" Thick, 12" x 56" Roll, Perfect for Aquariums, Ponds or Water Gardens, Made in USA
  • 1.25" Thick, 12" x 56" Roll, Perfect for Aquariums, Ponds or Water Gardens, Made in USA
  • Coarse density captures larger debris. Traps and removes free floating debris, uneaten food, waste, and other ammonia producing contaminants for crystal clear water.
  • Durable, long lasting and reusable. This filter media can be rinsed and reused multiple times saving you money.
  • Cut to fit to any size for use in multiple filtration applications.
  • Provides mechanical and biological filtration with an immense surface area ideal for beneficial nitrifying bacteria.
  • Manufacture: The Filter Pro
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The Filter Pro Final Thoughts

"No issues."

In 20 gallon and under sized tanks these start becoming feasible primary filters. You can run everything on battery backup sockets. The Tetra Medium bio-bag slip easily on an original Top Fin plastic holder. It comes with the filter bag, bag frame, and charcoal media all separate. So stock your tanks a few fish at a time. I bought these because I was afraid my shrimp were getting sucked up in the filter. Works well for my low flow Aquaclear 20.

Overall Score
4.6


(24 Points)

3. AquaTop SSK-65 Aquarium Surface Skimmer

User Ratings: 59 7

AquaTop AquaTop SSK-65 Aquarium Surface Skimmer First Impressions

"Looks great!"

Because they are the smart thing to do when you keep aquariums. I have a Top Fin 10 power filter and these cartridges fit perfectly. I end up cutting a small 2x3 inch square for each of my media baskets. I bought these because I was afraid my shrimp were getting sucked up in the filter. I've definitely noticed a difference in my water quality. I also suppose my measuring tape may be off, but I would not think so. I purchase the 8 pack size Large and fits great on my TopFin 40 Gallon Filter.

  • AquaTop SSK-65 Aquarium Surface Skimmer
  • This surface skimmer is easy to install and its compact size and suction cup mounts make for flexible placement anywhere along the surface of the Aquarium.
  • Along with the SSK-65’s surface skimming ability, The unit also includes a small Sponge block for mechanical filtration and a quiet, energy efficient submersible pump with adjustable flow.
  • Flow rate: 65 GPH
  • Power: 2. 5 watts
  • Tank capacity: up to 100 gallons
  • Manufacture: AquaTop
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 6 x 4 inches; 8.82 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaTop AquaTop SSK-65 Aquarium Surface Skimmer
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AquaTop AquaTop SSK-65 Aquarium Surface Skimmer Final Thoughts

"They seem to be legit."

The filters fit fine and I was happy to see that some carbon packs were included. And provide a few low current areas in the tank for fish who are stressed to rest. If you have a nano tank with filter these would be perfect for that setup. You get what you pay for but i had to work on it a lot. But by two weeks, the output did drop. The material is a soft and not abrasive at all. Plenty strong to support the rocks and gravel in my tank without sagging.

Overall Score
4.2


(246 Points)

4. Algone Aquarium Water Clarifier and Nitrate Remover, 6 Filter Pouches

Algone 1001 First Impressions

"Overall a good product!"

But by two weeks, the output did drop. My tank is 12x36 so I utilized 3 of the panels. I end up cutting a small 2x3 inch square for each of my media baskets. The first piece does get a bit dirty and usually only lasts a week. The box comes with super easy and clear instructions. Better than branded media filters cartridges. The material is a soft and not abrasive at all.

  • Algone Aquarium Water Clarifier and Nitrate Remover, 6 Filter Pouches
  • Creates crystal-clear water
  • Safe for aquatic plants
  • Clears cloudy water
  • Clears green water
  • Treats 330 gallons
  • Manufacture: Algone
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.7 x 3.6 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Algone 1001
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Algone 1001 Final Thoughts

"I have 2 tanks."

It was a struggle to keep the water clear before i got the goldfish. Work perfect on my shrimp tank to keep them out of the filter. So here is the product size on the boxes that isn't included in the description! It was nicely packaged and is a high quality filter material. Works well for my low flow Aquaclear 20. Just be super careful with the tubes! Works well for my low flow Aquaclear 20.

Overall Score
4.2


(676 Points)

5. 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
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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


(4558 Points)

6. NEZO Aquarium Filter Media Porous 100pcs Bio Ceramic for Fresh Water, Sea Water Aquarium Fish Tank a...

User Ratings: 85

NEZO First Impressions

"The hole is smaller."

The material is a soft and not abrasive at all. Any floating debri will get caught in a sponge intake on the reverse power head kit. Just be super careful with the tubes! Lets start with the amount of filter material you get. I have a Top Fin 10 power filter and these cartridges fit perfectly. I had to take a blade and run it through all the slats because the factory doesnt q. Never use live rooting plants with UG filters.

  • NEZO Aquarium Filter Media Porous 100pcs Bio Ceramic for Fresh Water, Sea Water Aquarium Fish Tank and Koi Pond
  • Each Box: 100pcs, Media size: 6.3x1.4x1.4 Inch
  • Remove ammonia, nitrite, vast surface area / porous internal structure results in superior efficiency
  • Effectively increase the amount of oxygen dissolved in water. 100% aquarium safe non-metallic ceramic
  • Long lasting, highly porous ceramic material produces both mechanical and filtration
  • For Sea Water, Aquarium Fish Tank and Koi Pond
  • Manufacture: NEZO
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NEZO Final Thoughts

"Next day delivery only 3."

I'm using this pad to HOB filters AC70 bottom and top of it’s sponge. It was nicely packaged and is a high quality filter material. Don't restrict air-flow around them as they do get quite warm. Lets start with the amount of filter material you get. Why not save some money to put towards more fish or supplies. It was exactly what I needed and fit beautifully. The other tank is an old AIO retro tank I have with a media rack in it.

Overall Score
4.7


(30 Points)

7. JOR Aquarium Media Filter Bags with 1mm Holes, Choose Your Best Filter Media, Sturdy, Easy, and Reus...

User Ratings: 81

JOR First Impressions

"Fit great into my filter."

I missed it in my opinion these filters are a must have. Within a matter of hours I now have a crystal clear tank with pristine water. Much better than the cartridges you get when you buy the filters. I change my filters once a month, so the 12 pack lasts me a year! The first piece does get a bit dirty and usually only lasts a week. Luckily I'm using powerheads and the weight of it helps hold it in place. Does the job and price was less or at least same as big retailers.

  • JOR Aquarium Media Filter Bags with 1mm Holes, Choose Your Best Filter Media, Sturdy, Easy, and Reusable, 10 pcs
  • ✔ IDEAL FOR PELLET FILTER MEDIA--- JOR’s 1mm holes allow optimal water flow and secure your chosen filter media. Great for active carbon, volcanic rocks, ceramic rings, coral tubes, bio balls, and more.
  • ✔ SAVES YOU BENJAMINS --- Our reusable, washable nylon bags let you buy your preferred media filter in bulk saving you time and money. Our bags are easy to fill, easy to wash, and sturdy enough to use again and again.
  • ✔ MARINE, FRESH WATER, AND MORE --- JOR’s plastic zipper secures your media and it won’t rust so our bags are fish-friendly and perfect for saltwater tanks, fresh water tanks, pools, ponds, hydroponic tanks, and more.
  • ✔ MANY HOUSEHOLD USES --- Our bags are made for aquariums but they also make amazing sachets for dried lavender, cedar chips, and charcoal. Use them to keep all your pocket odds and ends together and sand-free at the beach or pool side. Make prep easier by rinsing berries, cherries, and seeds in our white colored storage bags.
  • ✔ MORE SECURE THAN DRAWSTRINGS --- JOR’s plastic zipper will keep filter media in the bag - media won’t leak out like it would in a drawstring mesh bag. Because it’s plastic it won’t rust and will easily open and close after multiple uses. It won’t affect your aquarium’s homeostasis.
  • Manufacture: JOR
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JOR Final Thoughts

"Next day delivery only 3."

The other tank is an old AIO retro tank I have with a media rack in it. You get what you pay for but i had to work on it a lot. For obvious reasons, don't put them directly above or below a tank. It was nicely packaged and is a high quality filter material. I had a 90 gallon aquarium that I did not use an undergravel filter in. I can now afford to change all my filters at a fraction of the cost. The injection molding for the plastics leave a lot to be desired.

Overall Score
4.8


(7 Points)

8. Sera Siporax Pond 25 mm 50 L, 24.2 lb. Aquarium Filter Accessories, White (8480)

User Ratings: 50

Sera 8480 First Impressions

"Easy to use repeatedly."

Replace prefilter on pump inlet while filter is running. I don't advise using a UG filter as the only filtration source in large tanks. Customizable in terms of media used. I also suppose my measuring tape may be off, but I would not think so. You can cap off the ones you don't want to use. It works okay for now but I hope it does not mess up my filter in the long run. Plenty strong to support the rocks and gravel in my tank without sagging.

  • Sera Siporax Pond 25 mm 50 L, 24.2 lb. Aquarium Filter Accessories, White (8480)
  • 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: 11.81 x 15.75 x 22.83 inches; 24.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sera 8480
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Sera 8480 Final Thoughts

"5 gallon tank."

Replace prefilter on pump inlet while filter is running. I had a 90 gallon aquarium that I did not use an undergravel filter in. It made no sense why one was ten and the other was twenty. I have a Top Fin 10 power filter and these cartridges fit perfectly. Better than branded media filters cartridges. The air stones, plastic tubing, and charcoal were provided which one would expect. It was nicely packaged and is a high quality filter material.

Overall Score
4.0


(2 Points)

9. Tetra Decorative ReptoFilter, Terrarium Filtration, Keeps Water Clear

User Ratings: 72 5

Tetra 25905 First Impressions

"Nice sponge filter."

Particles fall off into the aquarium when you take them off to clean them. You can also buy solutions that have the bacteria in them to also get started faster. Every tank should have intake sponges. I rinsed and reuse same pad again 3 times and trashed later. I have been using an Aquaclear 50 on a 20g long planted tank. I purchase the 8 pack size Large and fits great on my TopFin 40 Gallon Filter. Of course you will need to let the silicone cure before installing in water.

  • Tetra Decorative ReptoFilter, Terrarium Filtration, Keeps Water Clear
  • COMBINATION FILTER AND WATERFALL: Uses 3-stage Tetra filtration technology to keep water clear and remove odors in turtle, newt and frog terrariums, and creates an instant waterfall.
  • DRAMATIC FOCAL POINT: Realistic natural stone appearance – blends in beautifully with other rocks and vegetation.
  • DUAL-FUNCTION LID: Keeps reptiles out and doubles as a basking platform for your small aquatic animals.
  • CONVENIENT: Easy to set up and simple to clean.
  • LIMITED : This UL Listed product comes with a 2-year limited (see product label for details).
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 8.75 x 12.75 x 10.65 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 25905
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Tetra 25905 Final Thoughts

"Love this sponge filter."

I just changed it today and the water is crystal clear-- no problems. Tank is clean and all my new shrimp are still alive! The Tetra Medium bio-bag slip easily on an original Top Fin plastic holder. It eventually begins to decompose into ammonia which is harmful to your fish. I have been buying these bags for years. Much better than the cartridges you get when you buy the filters. I will be using Koral Filter material from now on.

Overall Score
4.4


(4108 Points)

10. BrightWater Bio Ceramic Filter Sphere, 99% Dust Free, Aquarium Filter Media, Ceramic Sphere Fish Fil...

User Ratings: 76 3

BrightWater First Impressions

"Unbeatable at this price."

I missed it in my opinion these filters are a must have. The first piece does get a bit dirty and usually only lasts a week. Tank is clean and all my new shrimp are still alive! So stock your tanks a few fish at a time. Don't believe people who tell you they are dangerous for your tank. Outside tank on deck with just a few fish. Make sure to select the Medium size from Tetra.

  • BrightWater Bio Ceramic Filter Sphere, 99% Dust Free, Aquarium Filter Media, Ceramic Sphere Fish Filter for Aquarium, Bio Media, Bio Media Ceramic Sphere, S-Series
  • Years of painstaking research for the perfect kiln temperature to achieve 99% dust free, thoroughly open pores, and lasting durability
  • Improve ammonia and nitrite removal and nitrate reduction
  • The innovated circular design has an optimum pore structure which allows water to flow easily over and beneficial bacteria to flourish
  • This product is meticulously crafted and machined. Due to this process, there may be a slight variation from one product cycle to the next. Such variations are inherent because we use natural materials, so you may expect minor size and color distinctions.
  • Dia. 1.18” x 0.75” / Dia. 3 cm x 2 cm/ Contain: approx 38 pcs
  • Manufacture: SDBC LLC
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BrightWater
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BrightWater Final Thoughts

"Fit great into my filter."

Don't get anything smaller than 750VA as you don't want to overload them. I will keep using these and recommend them to anyone. I purchase the 8 pack size Large and fits great on my TopFin 40 Gallon Filter. I keep tubes of clear silicone sealer around. If your looking for a great media pad, stop here and order this! For my smaller fish tank I find that it is just enough. Just be careful punching out the plastic.

Overall Score
4.6


(110 Points)

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