Editor's Choice - Our Favorite AA Aquarium Aquarium Filters

1. AA Aquarium Green Killing Machine 9 Watt | Internal UV Sterilizer System with Power Head | Kills Alg...

User Ratings: 76 7

AA Aquarium AAUV9W First Impressions

"All around great product."

I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day.

  • AA Aquarium Green Killing Machine 9 Watt | Internal UV Sterilizer System with Power Head | Kills Algae, Bacteria, and Waterborne Pathogens | Easy, Submersible Installation
  • Say GOODBYE to GREEN and HELLO to CLEAN. AA Aquarium’s Green Killing Machine eliminates cloudiness, algae & bacteria to give your fish the crystal clear water they need for perfect health!
  • The #1 UV in the US – over ½ Million sold. Patented technology that no one else has and the ONLY UL Safety Tested internal UV kit – Be safe with your tank and fish!
  • Patented Sealed UV BULB - you never touch glass! Chambered bulb assembly for high water dwell time and outstanding efficacy! No gloves-No mess-EZ bulb changes!
  • NO TOOLS REQUIRED! 10 minute installation - Follow simple steps to get clear water in days. No Guessing – Control Box LED tells you when to change bulbs!
  • 3 Year Warranty on Pump; 4 pcs sponge pre-filter; Pump rated 220L/Hour. Perfect for aquariums up to 50 Gallons (210 L). UL/cUL Listed
  • Manufacture: AA AQUARIUM
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 3.7 x 11 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AA Aquarium AAUV9W
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AA Aquarium AAUV9W Final Thoughts

"Huge capacity."

With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. The instructions are a bit to much for me. This filter really does a good job. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter.

Overall Score
4.4


(2330 Points)

2. UPETTOOLS Aquarium Biochemical Sponge Filter, Ultra Quite Aquarium Air Pump Single Head Bio Sponge F...

User Ratings: 70 5

UPETTOOLS First Impressions

"It just starts right up."

LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! Early on it seems to be working as advertised. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy.

  • UPETTOOLS Aquarium Biochemical Sponge Filter, Ultra Quite Aquarium Air Pump Single Head Bio Sponge Fish Tank Foam Filter
  • 【Multi-filtration Functions】Upettools sponge filter combines single scientific 7-layer ribbing shape sponge design, which can quickly established a bio-filter, improve purifying water quality, and the oxygen port can rotate 360 degrees without dead ends, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean.
  • 【Special Ceramic Bio Filter Media】Upettools aquarium sponge filters compatible with one container with ceramic bio filter media inside, which help to remove harmful substance and increase oxygen level in your tank, you can replace the filter media to enhance water quality.
  • 【Removable Sponges 】 You can take down the sponge from the filter easily to clean or replace it. Sponge filters provide both mechanical and biological filtration, traps floating debris and protect your baby fish from being sucked up into the filter.
  • 【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. Don't use tap water to clean it, simply squeeze the sponges in tank water.
  • 【Max Suit for 55GAL Fish Tank】Compatible with 2 suction cups, can be installed anywhere and can be easily hidden on the back wall of the aquarium. Suitable for freshwater & saltwater and all kinds of ornamental fish breeding, breeding and fish formation, especially for colorful fairy, small fish,shrimp tank, betta tank etc.
  • Manufacture: UPETTOOLS
  • Product Dimensions: 2.36 x 6.3 x 9.06 inches; 1.1 Pounds
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UPETTOOLS Final Thoughts

"No issues."

I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets.

Overall Score
4.4


(1003 Points)

3. WEAVERBIRD Aquarium Turtle Filter Fish Tank Filter, Super Quiet Bio Filtration for Aquariums, 3W 240...

User Ratings: 40 21

WEAVERBIRD First Impressions

"It was an Awesome filter!"

Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. Worst case is that the motor could burn out.

  • WEAVERBIRD Aquarium Turtle Filter Fish Tank Filter, Super Quiet Bio Filtration for Aquariums, 3W 240L/H (63 GPH)
  • Maintain water irculation: This turtle filter pump helps water cycling, help clean water, provide a healthy water for your aquarium.
  • Adjustable water flow: Submersible aquarium internal filter, fish tank filter have adjustable flow knob for different needs and scenarios,maximum water flow is 240L/H (63 GPH).
  • Super easy to install: Water filter can be hung on the aquarium or fixed with sucker easily. Low water level capability(Lowest water level 2inch/5cm).
  • Scope of use: The perfect turtle filter, suitable for most reptiles, amphibians, frogs, small fish, etc. Suitable for any aquarium fish tank which not exceeding 20 L.
  • The package includes: 1X white turtle filter. If you have any questions, please contact us without hesitation.
  • Manufacture: WEAVERBIRD
  • Product Dimensions: 7.09 x 3.94 x 2.36 inches; 0.63 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WEAVERBIRD
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WEAVERBIRD Final Thoughts

"Its AMAZING."

You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

Overall Score
3.3


(43 Points)

4. DaToo Aquarium Power Filter in-Tank Ultra Silent Fish Tank Filter 3W for Aquarium, 1 Yr Warranty

User Ratings: 56 15

DaToo First Impressions

"It's heavy."

I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water.

  • DaToo Aquarium Power Filter in-Tank Ultra Silent Fish Tank Filter 3W for Aquarium, 1 Yr Warranty
  • DaToo AQUARIUM FILTER: How to create a clean and healthy environment for our beloved fish? This is a concern for everyone who likes fish farming. But DaToo filter help you easily implement it. Strong horse-power, Waterfall type water flow, perfect work in 24 hours ensures a clean and healthy water environment. Now follow me to get to know DaToo Aquarium Filter. Let's Go!!
  • POWERFUL FILTERING: In the process of raising fish, due to feeding and fish excretion, our fish tank will inevitably produce some harmful impurities and odor. DaToo Filter uses enhanced filter Cartridge with activated carbon, can effectively absorb harmful impurities in the water and remove odors from the tank. Large filter space, extra filter materials can be added as needed, such as biochemical ball, carbon bag, etc. Filtration capacity than similar products increased by 2 to 3 times.
  • ULTRA-QUIET: Humans need a good night's sleep, and so are fish. Noise can make fish irritable and even sick. But if you choose DaToo you don't have to worry about this.Ultra-quiet motor, multiple noise reduction designs ensure that DaToo offers you and your fish a quiet and comfortable night. Select DaToo Filter, Let us say goodbye to noise。
  • BPA-Free AND ENERGY SAVING: A safe and healthy material is crucial to the health of fish. Every component of the DaToo Aquarium Filter is made with High-quality, Sturdy, BPA-free plastic. Long-term use does not produce toxins, safe for you and your lovely fish. Super energy efficient design, only consume 2KWH of electricity per month.Select DaToo Aquarium Filter, not only cares for your fish health, but also saves your electricity bill.
  • FIT: Suitable aquarium tank is 1 Gallon~10 Gallon and will function in as little as 1.5 inches of water -- making DaToo Aquarium Filter not only suitable for fish tank but also for turtle tank and can creat a waterfall inside the tank.(Note: Please ensure that the water level exceeds the inlet)
  • Manufacture: DaToo
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DaToo Final Thoughts

"Not my case!"

The filter stopped working all of a sudden. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement.

Overall Score
3.9


(530 Points)

5. Powkoo Double Sponge Filter Aquarium Filter Sponge Shrimp Betta Breeding Fry Fish Tank Filter (Filte...

User Ratings: 76 4

Powkoo First Impressions

"No big deal."

I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

  • Powkoo Double Sponge Filter Aquarium Filter Sponge Shrimp Betta Breeding Fry Fish Tank Filter (Filter)
  • Air driven sponge filter, it provides both mechanical and biological filtration, works great without noise, suitable for freshwater and saltwater【Fit fish tank size: 10 to 40 gallon】
  • Double 9-layer ribbed shape sponges, traps floating debris fine particles, high density porous 80ppi sponges, means more surface area for beneficial bacterial to colonize and faster cycling, it quickly established a bio filter and provides extra oxygen, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean
  • Easy setup: using an air hose, connect one end to you air pump and the other end to this filter, and equipped with a check valve on air hose, to prevent water backflow and air pump damage due to power outage, provides aeration and filtration in one solution, great way to clean and oxygenate your tanks
  • Easy to clean: just take out the sponges, simply rinse and squeeze them in used tank water, recommend to clean the sponges once one month. NOTES: recommend to replace the sponges every 5 to 6 months maximum
  • It has two media chambers(media not included), you can add any filter media to enhance water quality, excellent for shrimp tank, betta tank, breeding tank, planted aquarium, turtle tank, goldfish, fry, guppies, snails, crayfish, axolotls
  • Manufacture: Powkoo
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 2 x 7.7 inches; 5.61 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Powkoo
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Powkoo Final Thoughts

"This thing is super loud!"

Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I had to cut the hood to make it work. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier.

Overall Score
4.6


(75 Points)

6. Lee's Pet Products ALE13202 Undergravel Fishbowl Filter, 2-Gallon

User Ratings: 43 24

Lee's Pet Products 107075 First Impressions

"Huge capacity."

One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad.

  • Lee's Pet Products ALE13202 Undergravel Fishbowl Filter, 2-Gallon
  • Lees under gravel fishbowl filter 2galoon
  • Minimizes maintenance responsibility
  • Comes with plant and carbon cartridge included
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's Pet Products 107075
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Lee's Pet Products 107075 Final Thoughts

"AFTER 3 DAYS."

SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. Also the maker should review the pump design. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model.

Overall Score
3.5


(65 Points)

7. GMsound Bio Sponge Filter 20 or 40 Gal Breeding Fry Betta Shrimp Fish Tank Aquarium

User Ratings: 61 2

GMsound First Impressions

"SO THEREFORE."

The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

  • GMsound Bio Sponge Filter 20 or 40 Gal Breeding Fry Betta Shrimp Fish Tank Aquarium
  • 1) The sponge ftters are made of excellent and perfect material; it can be reused for long time.
  • 2) The sponges of flter are designed by multilayer principle, it has large surface, which will not cause blockage and could be wash easily.
  • 3) When using in fiter system, the sponge fiter will not cause any noise pollution.
  • 4) When using air stone which will produce air supply tor the aquarium tank, it will increase oxygen level in the tank.
  • 5) The sponge flter is suitable for all Freshwater fishes, like Discus, Tetras, Guppy, Arowana,Betta and Ete...
  • Manufacture: GMsound
  • Product Dimensions: 8.27 x 4.92 x 4.72 inches; 4.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GMsound
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GMsound Final Thoughts

"It's heavy and awkward."

In the afternoon the noises started again. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! I was also having oxygen issues because of this.

Overall Score
4.4


(70 Points)

8. Ultum Nature Systems Delta Aquarium Tank Canister Filter

User Ratings: 92

Ultum Nature Systems First Impressions

"29 gallons."

Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter.

  • Ultum Nature Systems Delta Aquarium Tank Canister Filter
  • Suitable for freshwater and marine aquariums
  • AC110V 60HZ, Max Flow Rate: 350G/HR
  • Includes filter media, tubing, and inflow outflow fittings
  • Dimensions: 9.65 x 8.7 x 14.4"
  • Usage: Up to 92 gallons
  • Manufacture: Ultum Nature Systems
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Ultum Nature Systems Final Thoughts

"This one does!"

I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i.

Overall Score
4.9


(18 Points)

9. Aqueon Quietflow E Internal Power Filter

User Ratings: 60 10

Aqueon 100106991 First Impressions

"Huge capacity."

I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. Once I found that, the world was right again. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter.

  • Aqueon Quietflow E Internal Power Filter
  • Economical vertical-oriented internal filter that efficiently cleans and filters aquarium water
  • Provides chemical, biological and mechanical filtration
  • Auto-start pump requires no priming, automatically restarts if power is interrupted and restored
  • Easy to install using suction cups and/or hanging clips
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 2.25 x 4.5 x 6.5 inches; 12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106991
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Aqueon 100106991 Final Thoughts

"It just starts right up."

Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy.

Overall Score
4.1


(3252 Points)

10. Thanger Submersible Water Pump with Filters 15 Watt, Fountain Pump 400 Gallons per Hour Aquarium Air...

User Ratings: 56 7

Thanger First Impressions

"Hopefully it lasts."

BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. Once I found that, the world was right again. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

  • Thanger Submersible Water Pump with Filters 15 Watt, Fountain Pump 400 Gallons per Hour Aquarium Air Pump, Underwater Cleaner Oxygen Charging Wave Maker for Fish Turtle Tanks, Ponds, Pool, Waterfall
  • ULTRA QUIET DESIGN & PERFECT MOTOR - The reliable and duarable copper wire motor does not produce much noise, giving you quiet environment. It can elevate column of water up to 5.25ft ( 1.6 meters)
  • TWO FILTER NETS & EASY TO CLEAN - The pump has two filter nets, which can effectively filter large blocks during pumping to prevent blockage, and effectively improve the circulation system to maintain a clean water environment. No need any tools to detach it, easy to seperate, easy to clean.
  • MULTIPLE WATER NOZZLES & ADJUSTABLE FLOW RATE - Equipped with two water nozzles (1.3cm/1.6cm) and one boost oxygen nozzle along with boost hose. The adjustable knob allows to adjust the water flow rate, and the maximal flow rate can be up to 400GPH(1500L/H).
  • STRONG SUCTION CUP & 1.6M POWER CORD - There are four strong suction cup at the bottom of the small pump that fits well on a horizontal or vertical glass surface to keep the pump running smoothly. The power cord is 1.6 meters, which is long enough for installation depending on your needs.
  • WIDE APPLICATIONS - The filter water pump has a wide range of applications that it can be used in aquariums, ecological tanks, breeding ponds, landscape tubes, gardens, rockery fountains, etc.
  • 0.51 inches / 1.3cm water nozzle
  • 0.63 inches / 1.6cm water nozzle
  • Boost oxygen water nozzle
  • Manufacture: Thanger
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Thanger
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Thanger Final Thoughts

"Disappointing."

I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out.

Overall Score
4.1


(111 Points)

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