Editor's Choice - Our Favorite 55 Gallon Aquarium Filters

1. hygger Aquarium Double Sponge Filter, Comes with 2 Spare Sponges, 1 Bag of Bio Ceramic Media Balls, ...

User Ratings: 74 3

hygger First Impressions

"Great product."

Overall I would recommend this item. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart.

  • hygger Aquarium Double Sponge Filter, Comes with 2 Spare Sponges, 1 Bag of Bio Ceramic Media Balls, Quiet Submersible Foam Filter for Fresh Water and Salt-Water Fish Tank
  • 【Multi-filtration functions】this sponge aquarium filter combines bio-filtration, oxygenation and physical filtration in one and also makes small water flow, which can ensure the excellence of the water quality. Helps your small fish or shrimp to live a happy, healthy life
  • 【Filter Demension】plus the sponge filter with media balls takes up no more room. Small filter is 6" in width and 9" to 13." in height, the sponge inside circle diameter is 0.39 inch, suggest for 10 to 40 gallon fish tank. Medium filter is 6.3" in width and 9' to 13 in height, the sponge inside circle diameter is 0.59 inch, suggest for 15 to 55 gallon fish tank. For larger tank you may need 2 of this filter
  • 【Package Includes】1 double sponge filter with 2 containers +1 bag of ceramic media balls + 2 pare sponges (packed in the 2 containers). This aquarium filter must be used with an air pupm and a standard size 4mm air hose, please note pump and air hose are not included. Please choose a powerful enough air pump according to your fish tank size for this filter
  • 【Removable Fine Sponges 】you can easy to take down the 2 sponges from the filter to clean or replace it, the 2 sponges are fine 60ppi not coarse, which means more surface area for beneficial bacteri to live on. Don't use tap water to clean it, just rinse or squeeze the sponges by using the aquarium water
  • 【Easy to use】all the parts of this filter are detachable, you can easily to assemble them together, with 2 strong suction cups you can stick the filter firmly to any tank position under water, withouting floating. The water oulet tube can be extended and rotated, you can adjust the outlet to above or below the waterline
  • With 2 strong suction cups to keep the filter stay in place.
  • Filter parts are detachable, easy to install (image 5 show the steps).
  • Comes with a bag of ceramic media balls.
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.1 x 9 inches; 13.62 Ounces
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hygger Final Thoughts

"Its AMAZING."

I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. Really happy with the money I was able to save. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud.

Overall Score
4.5


(1272 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated 55 Gallon Aquarium Filters

2. AQUANEAT 4 Pack Double Bio Sponge Filter, for Fry, Betta, Shrimp, Nano, Aquarium Fish Tank

User Ratings: 78 3

AQUANEAT SF-A010x4^^ First Impressions

"Great product."

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! Following morning it was running quietly.

  • AQUANEAT 4 Pack Double Bio Sponge Filter, for Fry, Betta, Shrimp, Nano, Aquarium Fish Tank
  • Biochemical Filtration:Sponge filter provide both mechanical and biological filtration, also, the air infusion chamber produces minute bubbles which increase the oxygen solubility
  • Easy to Set up & Clean: Simply install an airline into the unit and turn on the air pump; simply rinse and squeeze sponge in tank water
  • Recommend Tank Size: Up to 55 gallon, excellent for small size fish like dwarf cichlid, guppy, killifish etc ; or for hatcheries, maternity tanks, and fry tanks, as the filter produces minimal current and has almost no way to suck the fish through the filter
  • Dimension: 6.5”L x 2.4”W x 9.5”H
  • Includes: sponge filter 4 pcs
  • Manufacture: AQUANEAT
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AQUANEAT SF-A010x4^^ Final Thoughts

"Came on time."

They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar.

Overall Score
4.6


(761 Points)

3. hygger Sponge Filter, Aquarium Filter Double Sponge Replaceable Media with 4 Biochemical Sponges and...

User Ratings: 65 6

hygger First Impressions

"- Plug it into power."

I've looked at so many filters and reviews. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together.

  • hygger Sponge Filter, Aquarium Filter Double Sponge Replaceable Media with 4 Biochemical Sponges and 1 Bag of Filtered Ceramic Balls Ultra Quiet Filter Fish Tank (S/M)
  • 【Biochemical Filtration】 With air pump as the power source, combined with mechanical filtration, the principle of biological filtration utilizes multi-level filtration to culture beneficial nitrifying bacteria, and the sponge can absorb fine particles to achieve the effect of purifying water. The water flow is controlled by the airflow, which is small and slow and does not impact the fish.
  • 【Changeable filter material】Two kinds of replaceable filter materials: sponge + filter box. You can easily remove 2 sponges from the filter for cleaning or replacement, with a total of 4 sponges. It also has a media container with a ceramic filter inside to help eliminate harmful substances and provide additional cleaning power. Other filters can be replaced.
  • 【Easy to use】 Use a 4mm air hose to connect one end to the air pump and the other end to this tank filter. The outlet pipe in the sponge filter can be adjusted so that you can change the direction and height of the water flow (not including the pump and air hose, please choose a powerful pump for this filter according to your tank size).
  • 【Upgrade filter】Aquarium filter can increase the amount of water dissolved, ultra-quiet, not easy to block, can be installed with filter material. Multi-layer design of filter cotton, with a large surface area, full filtration without dead ends. The suction cup is strong and secure. The bottom direction is 360 degrees rotatable.
  • 【Suitable Size】 The medium sponge filter is 6.3 inch width and 9 inch to 13 inch height, the sponge inside circle diameter is 0.59 inch, suggest for 15 to 55 gallon fish tank. For larger tank you may need 2 of this filter. Suitable for shrimp tanks, betta fish tanks, breeding ponds, goldfish, juvenile fish or other fish.
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"Seriously."

Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Once I found that, the world was right again. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter.

Overall Score
4.3


(483 Points)

4. Aquapapa Pack of 2 Bio Sponge Filter for Betta Fry Aquarium Fish Tank Up to 55 Gallon, Double Sponge...

User Ratings: 80 2

Aquapapa First Impressions

"It's heavy."

I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

  • Aquapapa Pack of 2 Bio Sponge Filter for Betta Fry Aquarium Fish Tank Up to 55 Gallon, Double Sponges
  • Provide both mechanical and biological filtration.
  • Simply install an airline into the unit and provide both aeration and filtration for your fish. Aerobic bacteria colonize the sponge providing a bacterial substance to facilitate the nitrogen cycle.
  • The sponge traps larger waste particles mechanically cleaning the water without trapping baby fish.
  • Product dimensions: 6.5"L x 2.4"W x 9.5"H; sponge dimensions: 2.4"D x 4.5"H. They are useful for as breeding filter or as secondary filter. Or they can be used as pre-filtration unit by fitting to an external or a top filter.
  • Package includes: 2 pcs of sponge filters
  • Manufacture: Aquapapa, Inc
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Aquapapa Final Thoughts

"Just a low hum."

They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. Once I found that, the world was right again. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. I took it apart reassemble it and it's not pumping in the water.

Overall Score
4.7


(476 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling 55 Gallon Aquarium Filters

5. SeaChem Large Aquarium Fish Tank Filter, Tidal 55 Gallon (200 Liters) by Sicce

User Ratings: 78 5

Seachem 67106500 First Impressions

"And SILENCE."

, that's what makes this so funny. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. I had a lot of particles in the water.

  • SeaChem Large Aquarium Fish Tank Filter, Tidal 55 Gallon (200 Liters) by Sicce
  • Hang on Filter for Aquariums up to 55 Gallons
  • For Freshwater or Saltwater tanks.
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 6 x 15 inches; 2.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 67106500
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Seachem 67106500 Final Thoughts

"Not ideal but it works."

MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design.

Overall Score
4.6


(373 Points)

6. HITOP Submersible Aquarium Internal Filter, Adjustable Underwater Filter, Corner Filter with Water P...

User Ratings: 44 18

HITOP HP-118 First Impressions

"Not ideal but it works."

This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Also the maker should review the pump design. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends.

  • HITOP Submersible Aquarium Internal Filter, Adjustable Underwater Filter, Corner Filter with Water Pump for Fish Tank up to 20 Gallon
  • 3W Internal Filter: This aquarium filter quietly delivers 55 gallons per hour of crystal-clear water for your lovely fish, suitable for fresh or marine aquarium, perfect for 5 to 20 gallons, ideal choice for aquarium or turtle/aquatic reptiles use.
  • Adjustable 55 GPH Water Pump, pump head with adjustable and directional water flow, spray bar option allows you to distribute water evenly helping aerate your tank.
  • Space saving corner filter design, 5.7 x 1.6 x 2.4 in / 14.5 x 4 x 6cm, fish tank filter can be placed horizontally and easily hidden.
  • Multiple filter media, the filter with multiple filter media for all filtration purposes. Your lovely fish or turtle will have a clean and fresh environment for living.
  • Warranty: Offer 12 months warranty, leaves no worries for your purchase.
  • Manufacture: Haisen
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HITOP HP-118 Final Thoughts

"Turtle tank."

I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! Overall I would recommend this item. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality.

Overall Score
3.6


(291 Points)

7. AQUANEAT Double Bio Sponge Filter, for Fry, Betta, Shrimp, Nano Aquarium Fish Tank with Airline Tubi...

User Ratings: 78 3

AQUANEAT First Impressions

"Since then no problems."

This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. Early on it seems to be working as advertised.

  • AQUANEAT Double Bio Sponge Filter, for Fry, Betta, Shrimp, Nano Aquarium Fish Tank with Airline Tubing, Air Pump Valves, Suction Cups
  • Biochemical Filtration:Sponge filter provide both mechanical and biological filtration, also, the air infusion chamber produces minute bubbles which increase the oxygen solubility
  • Easy to Set up & Clean: Simply install an airline into the unit and turn on the air pump; simply rinse and squeeze sponge in tank water
  • Recommend Tank Size: Up to 55 gallon, excellent for small size fish like dwarf cichlid, guppy, killifish etc ; or for hatcheries, maternity tanks, and fry tanks, as the filter produces minimal current and has almost no way to suck the fish through the filter
  • Dimension: 6.5”L x 2.4”W x 9.5”H
  • Includes: 1 sponge filter, 1 set of accessories: 4 suction cups, 4ft airline tubing,1 control valve, 1 tee, 1 non-return check valve
  • Manufacture: AQUANEAT
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AQUANEAT Final Thoughts

"It's heavy and awkward."

You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. I've think I've had had six of them. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium.

Overall Score
4.6


(239 Points)

8. DANNER MANUFACTURING Supreme EZ Clean External 55 Gallon Filter with Built-in Water Change Siphon, G...

User Ratings: 58 15

DANNER MANUFACTURING 01105 First Impressions

"So this is a big STEAL."

Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter.

  • DANNER MANUFACTURING Supreme EZ Clean External 55 Gallon Filter with Built-in Water Change Siphon, Gravel Cleaner, Dual Cartridges (for Fresh & Salt Water) #01105, Black
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Included Components: Ez Clean External Aquarium Filter
  • Manufacture: Danner Manufacturing
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 10.8 x 8.75 inches; 1 Pounds
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DANNER MANUFACTURING 01105 Final Thoughts

"Since then no problems."

I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue.

Overall Score
3.9


(112 Points)

9. Aqueon QuietFlow Canister Filter 55-100 Gallons

User Ratings: 68 6

Aqueon 100532120 First Impressions

"Best to you all!"

I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i.

  • Aqueon QuietFlow Canister Filter 55-100 Gallons
  • Experience a unique hang-on-the-back water polishing unit that makes maintenance quick and easy, simply replace the cartridge
  • Includes quick disconnect valves, pump locking heads, water intake/output connections, hoses, water polishing unit with cartridge and media: activated carbon, coarse foam, bio-balls, bio-ceramic rings
  • Multiple water return options for optimal versatility to best suite a variety of aquarium habitats; spray bar, water director and water polishing unit
  • Multi-stage filtration that includes biological, chemical and mechanical
  • Fits up to 75 gallon aquariums
  • Experience a unique hang-on-the-back water polishing unit that makes maintenance quick and easy, simply replace the cartridge
  • Chose between a more traditional water return in a spray bar or water director
  • Included: Quick Disconnect Valves Pump Locking Heads Water Intake/Output Connections Hoses Media: Activated Carbon, Coarse Foam, Bio-Balls, Bio-Ceramic Rings Water Polishing Unit with Cartridge
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Item Weight: 14.9 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 8.25 x 8.25 x 17.5 inches
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Aqueon 100532120 Final Thoughts

"It's heavy and awkward."

I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

Overall Score
4.4


(89 Points)

10. Aqueon Quietflow Canister Filter

User Ratings: 75 10

Aqueon 100107314 First Impressions

"Works great."

I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design.

  • Aqueon Quietflow Canister Filter
  • Fits aquariums up to 155 gallons
  • Aqueon QuietFlow Canister Filters are designed for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • Included is a unique hang on the back water polishing unit that makes maintenance quick and easy.
  • The canister is preloaded with biological, chemical and mechanical media to efficiently remove waste and harmful toxins from your fish tank's water
  • Aquarium filter unit includes: Quick disconnect valves, pump locking heads, water intake and output connections, hoses, water polishing unit with cartridge, and 4 types of filter media (activated carbon, coarse foam, bio balls, and bio ceramic rings)
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 14.5 x 16 inches; 19.45 Pounds
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Aqueon 100107314 Final Thoughts

"Thanks, AquaTech."

Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. Following morning it was running quietly. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

Overall Score
4.4


(80 Points)

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