Editor's Choice - Our Favorite 60 Gallon Aquarium Filters

1. Aqua-Tech Power Aquarium Filter, 30 to 60-Gallon Aquariums

User Ratings: 76 5

AQUA-TECH ML90740-00 First Impressions

"Not ideal but it works."

Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Overall I would recommend this item.

  • Aqua-Tech Power Aquarium Filter, 30 to 60-Gallon Aquariums
  • For 30 to 60 gallon aquariums
  • Two year warranty
  • Advanced 3 step filtration
  • Comes with one AQUA-Tech EZ-Change #3 Filter Cartridge
  • Traps dirt, removes impurities and offers maximum water to carbon contact
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 6.19 x 14.31 x 7.81 inches; 2.78 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH ML90740-00
  • Filter Effectiveness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AQUA-TECH ML90740-00 Final Thoughts

"One piece of advice."

If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. The instructions are a bit to much for me. I've think I've had had six of them. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck.

Overall Score
4.5


(1384 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated 60 Gallon Aquarium Filters

2. Penn-Plax 610 Cascade Corner Filter

User Ratings: 62 8

Penn-Plax 07194 First Impressions

"A THUMBS UP."

I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever.

  • Penn-Plax 610 Cascade Corner Filter
  • Space saving corner design
  • Fully submersible filter quietly delivers 160 gallons per hour of crystal clear water for your fresh or marine aquarium up to 50 gallons in size
  • Spray bar option allows you to distribute water evenly helping aerate your tank
  • Can be placed horizontally and is easily hidden
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 12 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax 07194
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Penn-Plax 07194 Final Thoughts

"Seriously."

The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time.

Overall Score
4.2


(233 Points)

3. Powkoo Aquarium Sponge Filter Corner Filter Sponge Bio Filter Shrimp Fry Fish Tank Filter

User Ratings: 66 6

Powkoo First Impressions

"If anyone knows turtles."

Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! Early on it seems to be working as advertised. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud.

  • Powkoo Aquarium Sponge Filter Corner Filter Sponge Bio Filter Shrimp Fry Fish Tank Filter
  • 9 Layers corner sponge filter -- provide excellent both mechanical and biological filtration, air powered, works great without noise, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean
  • High density porous 60ppi sponges, unique ribbing shape sponge design, more surface, traps floating debris and fine particles, provides ideal location for bacterial colonization, the wedge shape as it fits prefect in the corners of your tanks and doesn't take up much space
  • Easy to set up: operated by an air pump to create numerous minute bubbles to increase dissolved oxygen content, comes with an internal air stone so the bubbles are smaller & more efficient
  • Easy to clean: simply rinse and squeeze sponge in used tank water, recommend to clean the sponge once one month. Tips: squeeze out the air in the sponge when you put it underwater, then it will suck into water and keep down at the bottom
  • 【Fits fish tank size: 20 to 60 gallon】The exhaust pipe height and nozzle is adjustable. Great bio sponge filter for bettas, angelfish, fry, goldfish, baby fish, shrimp, small fish, breeding tank.
  • Manufacture: Powkoo
  • Product Dimensions: 5.91 x 4.43 x 14.76 inches; 15.52 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Powkoo
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Powkoo Final Thoughts

"Not ideal but it works."

LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

Overall Score
4.4


(59 Points)

4. Powkoo Aquarium Filter Sponge Filter Media Fish Tank Shrimp Betta Fry Bio Filter with 2 Media Chambe...

User Ratings: 60 7

Powkoo First Impressions

"Disappointing."

I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. I've think I've had had six of them. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

  • Powkoo Aquarium Filter Sponge Filter Media Fish Tank Shrimp Betta Fry Bio Filter with 2 Media Chambers
  • Sponge filters provide both mechanical and biological filtration - traps floating debris and protect your baby fish from being sucked up into the filter, aerobic bacteria colonize the sponge providing a bacterial substance to facilitate the nitrogen cycle
  • Double 7-layer ribbing shape sponges design, it quickly established a bio-filter and extra oxygen, high density porous 60ppi fine sponges means more surface area for beneficial bacterial to colonize and faster cycling, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean
  • It has two media chambers with ceramic bio filter media inside of each, will help to remove harmful substance and increase oxygen level in your tank, you can replace the filter media to enhance water quality.
  • Easy to set up: simply install an airline into the unit and turn on the air pump, great way to clean and oxygenate your tanks; Easy to clean: simply squeeze the sponges in tank water.
  • 【Fits fish tank size: 10 to 60 gallon】Easy to use: comes with 2 suction cups, can be installed anywhere and can be easily hidden on the back wall of the aquarium; suitable for shrimp tank, betta tank, breeder tanks, goldfish, discus, guppies, fry, baby fish or other fish.
  • Manufacture: Powkoo
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Powkoo
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Powkoo Final Thoughts

"It's priced awesome!"

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter.

Overall Score
4.2


(15 Points)

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5. AquaTop 211 GPH AF200 Auto-Priming Canister Filter with UV

User Ratings: 50 22

AquaTop AF-200 First Impressions

"Seriously."

Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem.

  • AquaTop 211 GPH AF200 Auto-Priming Canister Filter with UV
  • Advanced Multi-stage filtration system + UV
  • Suitable for tanks up to 60 Gallons
  • Includes Mechanical, Biological, and Chemical Filtration
  • Manufacture: Aquatop, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 8 x 8 inches; 10 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaTop AF-200
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  • Affordability

AquaTop AF-200 Final Thoughts

"Expensive."

Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. 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.

Overall Score
3.4


(9 Points)

6. Huijukon Double Sponge Filter Aquarium Fish Tank Filter Bio Media Filter with 2 Genuine Spare Sponge...

User Ratings: 50

Huijukon First Impressions

"Just a low hum."

I've looked at so many filters and reviews. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. Also the maker should review the pump design. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50.

  • Huijukon Double Sponge Filter Aquarium Fish Tank Filter Bio Media Filter with 2 Genuine Spare Sponges
  • Air powered sponge filter, comes with two media chambers where additional biological media can be added, both filtration and aeration in one solution, great flow, improve water quality and keeps water well oxygenated, works great without noise【Fits fish tank size: 15 to 60 gallon】
  • Sponge filters provide both mechanical and biological filtration - traps floating debris and fine particles, protect your baby fish from being sucked up into the filter, aerobic bacteria colonize the sponge providing a bacterial substance to facilitate the nitrogen cycle, suitable for both freshwater and saltwater filters
  • Double 9-layer ribbed sponges design, below comes with bio media, very porous ceramic rings that are great for housing bacteria, highly porous structure allows beneficial bacteria to develop quickly, you can replace this ceramic rings or mixed with other medias you like, 2 high density porous filter sponges(80ppi) mean more surface area for beneficial bacterial colonization and faster cycling, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean
  • Easy to setup: simply install an airline into the unit and turn on the air pump, great way to clean and oxygenate your tanks; Easy to clean: simply take out the sponges, rinse and squeeze them in tank water, remember to clean the sponges weekly and replace regularly
  • Easy to use: save room, comes with 2 suction cups, can be installed anywhere under water and easy to hide behind plants and decor, never floating, air-water outlet is adjustable so you can change direction and height of the water flow; great solution for shrimp tank, betta tank, breeder tank, nano tank, turtle tank, hospital tank, goldfish, axolotls, guppies, fry, baby fish.
  • Manufacture: Huijukon
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Huijukon
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Huijukon Final Thoughts

"Suuuuupppeeerrrr Quiet."

I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full.

Overall Score
3.5


(2 Points)

7. AQUA-TECH Ultra Quiet Power Filter, for Aquariums 30-60 Gallons

AQUA-TECH AQ-78266WM First Impressions

"Added 3 baby turtles."

In the afternoon the noises started again. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. It wasn't producing much surface agitation.

  • AQUA-TECH Ultra Quiet Power Filter, for Aquariums 30-60 Gallons
  • includes cartridge: the molded ribbed back maximizes contact with water – includes premium activated carbon.
  • biological filtration: bio-foam biological filtration removes toxic ammonia and nitrites on contact.
  • quiet: decoupled motor with dampeners reduces noise to below 40 db.
  • powerful: impeller and motor assembly designed for efficient power usage filters 30- to 60-gallon aquariums 6 times per hour.
  • sleek design: designed to fit standard aquarium hoods and canopies, the aqua-tech ultra quiet power filter makes aquatic filtration easy.
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Spectrum Brands Pet
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH AQ-78266WM
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AQUA-TECH AQ-78266WM Final Thoughts

"No issues."

This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

8. Biohome Plus Filter Media

User Ratings: 73 2

Biohome First Impressions

"If anyone knows turtles."

Fill it up with water before you plug it in. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

  • Biohome Plus Filter Media
  • Avoid Delay, choose ship buy Aqualexs Not Amazon Prime -1 Pound - (recommended 2-4 lb for 30 gallon or larger)
  • ONE OF THE BEST FILTER MEDIA ON THE MARKETS
  • Promotes odorless and clear water
  • Small sized media, great for canister, HOB and sump filters
  • Fast control ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate
  • Manufacture: Biohome
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Biohome
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Biohome Final Thoughts

"In one day crystal clear."

The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. This filter really does a good job. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag.

Overall Score
4.5


(69 Points)

9. Lee's 40/55 Original Undergravel Filter, 12-Inch by 48-Inch

User Ratings: 54 9

Lee's 13240 First Impressions

"That also didn't work."

I took it apart reassemble it and it's not pumping in the water. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. Worst case is that the motor could burn out. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters.

  • Lee's 40/55 Original Undergravel Filter, 12-Inch by 48-Inch
  • Made of special quality plastic which resists splitting and cracking
  • Also has optional flow-thru set-up for use with a power head
  • Size: 12-inch by 48-inch
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 11.63 x 3.38 x 12.5 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 13240
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Lee's 13240 Final Thoughts

"It just is."

All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! , that's what makes this so funny. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! I have had no issues with it being to loud. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously.

Overall Score
4.1


(53 Points)

10. Aqueon Quietflow Internal Power Filter

User Ratings: 56 12

Aqueon 100106970 First Impressions

"Best to you all!"

You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. Really happy with the money I was able to save. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. This lives up to the praise that people give it. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

  • Aqueon Quietflow Internal Power Filter
  • Fully submersible in vertical or horizontal position
  • Adjustable return flow rate
  • Direction and height of water return is also adjustable
  • Three stage filtration: dense foam for particles and debris, activated carbon for toxins, odors and discoloration and patented BioGrid for ammonia and nitrates
  • Uses Aqueon Replacement Internal Filter Cartridges
  • Adjustable direction and height of return
  • AT10 is recommended for 10 gallon tanks, flow rate is 57 GPH and uses 1 small replacement cartridge
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 2.75 x 1.5 x 5.38 inches; 9.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106970
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Aqueon 100106970 Final Thoughts

"So far so good!"

Following morning it was running quietly. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue.

Overall Score
4.0


(995 Points)

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