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. SunSun HW-3000 UV 9W 5-Stage External Canister Filter 793gph, White

User Ratings: 66 10

SunSun HW-3000 First Impressions

"5 minutes."

They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions.

  • SunSun HW-3000 UV 9W 5-Stage External Canister Filter 793gph, White
  • LCD Display that allows users to adjust the flow rate of the pump and the duration of the UV light
  • Flow rate: up to 793 Gallons per hour (adjustable)
  • 9W UV sterilizer, perfect for maintaining a clean and clear Aquarium
  • Can be used for any freshwater and Saltwater aquariums.Voltage: 220-240V/50Hz
  • Comes with White Filter pads (Filter media sold separately)
  • Manufacture: SunSun
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 13 x 16 inches; 18.95 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunSun HW-3000
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SunSun HW-3000 Final Thoughts

"I was to tire to fix it."

I also don't like how short the intake tube is. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. I put it together, reading instructions of course. I have had no issues with it being to loud. Unlike my old HOB filter, it doesn't sound like a leaky toilet.

Overall Score
4.2


(418 Points)

3. Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power 55/75 Filter (Fits up to 95 Gallon Tanks)

User Ratings: 51 49

Aqueon First Impressions

"Very pleased!"

It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new.

  • Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power 55/75 Filter (Fits up to 95 Gallon Tanks)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon
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Aqueon Final Thoughts

"It's priced awesome!"

Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean.

Overall Score
3.0


(2 Points)

4. XpertMatic DB-368F Quiet 3 Stages 475 GPH Aquarium Filter for Up to 180 Gallon Fish Tank, Submersibl...

User Ratings: 55 10

XpertMatic DB-366 First Impressions

"I love this canister."

I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. The filter stopped working all of a sudden.

  • XpertMatic DB-368F Quiet 3 Stages 475 GPH Aquarium Filter for Up to 180 Gallon Fish Tank, Submersible Internal Fish Tank Filter with Water Pump, Power Filter for Fish Tank, Aquarium, Pond
  • Ultra Quiet: XpertMatic aquarium internal filter could supply oxygen and create an aquarium water cycle. It provides a healthy living environment for your lovely pets. eg, fish and turtle. Less than 35dB, you can use it in your bedroom aquariums.
  • Leave The Water Crystal Clear: Adopts 3 stages filtration to ensure water clarity. Suitable for marine and freshwater aquariums.
  • Wide Application: Max Flow Rate: 475GPH(1800L/H). Max Lift Height: 4.92ft. Fits for aquariums, fish tanks, and fountains up to 264 gallons no more than 4.92ft height.
  • Easy to Set Up and Clean: The fully submersible filter with suction cups is easy to place inside your fish tank. The transparent filter box is visible that you will know when to clean or replace the filter cartridge.
  • Submersible Water Pump: You can lay down the filter at the bottom of the aquarium and use it as a water pump.
  • Manufacture: XpertMatic
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2.4 x 13.8 inches; 1.59 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The XpertMatic DB-366
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XpertMatic DB-366 Final Thoughts

"This is not."

, that's what makes this so funny. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. Overall I would recommend this item. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium.

Overall Score
4.0


(412 Points)

5. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HITOP HP-118
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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)

6. 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)

7. Aquapapa Aquarium Biological Bacteria House Ceramic Rings Filter Media 6 lbs Bagged for Pond Fish Ta...

User Ratings: 72 3

Aquapapa First Impressions

"The product itself."

My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. 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.

  • Aquapapa Aquarium Biological Bacteria House Ceramic Rings Filter Media 6 lbs Bagged for Pond Fish Tank Canister Filter
  • Porous ceramic media for efficient biological filtration.Their surface area and pores are sized to accommodate bacteria necessary for biological balance and to remove toxic ammonia and nitrite.
  • Hollow design effectively distributes water flow and allows massive colonies of beneficial bacteria to grow on and inside each ring, creating an ideal “bio chemical filter”.
  • Great for both fresh and saltwater aquariums
  • Size of ceramic ring: 11/16" x 5/8". Size of filter media bag: 8 " x 5.5 ".
  • Manufacture: Aquapapa Inc
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Aquapapa Final Thoughts

"Suuuuupppeeerrrr Quiet."

You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. This filter really does a good job. In the afternoon the noises started again. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside.

Overall Score
4.6


(92 Points)

8. 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)

9. Polar Aurora 3-Stage External Aquarium Filter 265gph with Builtin Pump Kit Canister

User Ratings: 63 9

Polar Aurora First Impressions

"A very obvious waterfall."

The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

  • Polar Aurora 3-Stage External Aquarium Filter 265gph with Builtin Pump Kit Canister
  • 3 media trays capable of handling your choice of filtration media; Comes with an adjustable spray bar. This is a helpful feature if you want to adjust the output flow from the filter. No Light in the package!
  • This Aquarium Filter is good for up to 75 gallon fish tanks, can be applied Flow rate: 264 GPH (1000L/hr) Pump Power: 18W Hose size: 3/4" Max-H: 4.6 feet.
  • Canister filters for aquariums use high water pressure, from a properly powered pump, to force water through the dense filter media. A pump can draw water from an under-gravel filter, and run it into a canister for double filtration.
  • Convenient self-priming pump that eliminates the need for manual siphoning; Single valve disconnect & priming pump ease routine maintenance.
  • The 3 flexible media trays allow you to add other filtration media to achieve excellent mechanical, chemical, and biological filtration.
  • (1) Input and Output Discreteness
  • (1) Barrel Head
  • (1) Main Canister Body
  • Manufacture: Polar Aurora
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Polar Aurora
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Polar Aurora Final Thoughts

"So far so good!"

Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing.

Overall Score
4.3


(86 Points)

10. Hagen 15-Pack Marina Slim Aquarium Water Filter with Zeolite Plus Ceramic Cartridge

User Ratings: 77 2

Hagen 33194 First Impressions

"This is not."

The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. 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. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering.

  • Hagen 15-Pack Marina Slim Aquarium Water Filter with Zeolite Plus Ceramic Cartridge
  • 15 Count Bio Clear Cartridges for Slim Filters
  • Best for goldfish and ideal for start-up fish tanks
  • Zeolite effectively adsorbs toxic ammonia and reduces stress on fish
  • Ceramitek, a highly porous ceramic biological filter medium, optimizes biological filtration
  • Genuine replacement filter cartridges for all 3 Marina Slim Aquarium Filter Models (S10, S15, S20)
  • Manufacture: Monster Pets
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 10 inches; 12 Ounces
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Hagen 33194 Final Thoughts

"SO THEREFORE."

I also don't like how short the intake tube is. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I had a lot of particles in the water.

Overall Score
4.7


(109 Points)

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