Editor's Choice - Our Favorite AQUANEAT Aquarium Filters

1. 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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated AQUANEAT Aquarium Filters

2. 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)

3. YCTECH 10-50 Gallon Aquarium Fish Tank Hang Filter with Surface Skimmer 3 Stage Water Skim Filter Pu...

User Ratings: 52 13

YCTECH First Impressions

"This thing is a beast."

I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not.

  • YCTECH 10-50 Gallon Aquarium Fish Tank Hang Filter with Surface Skimmer 3 Stage Water Skim Filter Pump 211 GPH Adjustable Flow Filter
  • ★ Practical: Advanced 3 step filtration Biological and mechanical filtration. Box includes active carbon and bio media Accumulator for oil slick, remove surface films effectively
  • ★ Adjustable: lengthened water inlet pipe, the length adjustable range is between 3-16 inch, which is suitable for aquarium with different heights.and the filter boxes can be taken out separately, which is easier to clean
  • ★ Quiet: You can adjust the amount of water flow at will. With the water outlet design, it is very quiet and won't affect the quality of sleep even if the fish tank is in the bedroom
  • ★Application: Can be used in aquariums, fish tank and turtle tanks for 20-50 gallon filters system
  • ★ Backed by 12 month warranty and 24 hrs professional after-sale service
  • Manufacture: YCTECH
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.9 x 4.4 inches; 3.15 Pounds
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YCTECH Final Thoughts

"And it is so quiet."

The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. I was also having oxygen issues because of this.

Overall Score
3.8


(156 Points)

4. RO/DI 150GPD Reverse Osmosis Dual DI Aquarium/Reef System. Clear. Manual Flush

User Ratings: 82 4

FOUNTAINHEAD WATER SYSTEM First Impressions

"I only used one."

Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. I've think I've had had six of them. I also don't like how short the intake tube is.

  • RO/DI 150GPD Reverse Osmosis Dual DI Aquarium/Reef System. Clear. Manual Flush
  • Type:RO/DI AQUARIUM/REEF WATER FILTER, Country/Region Of Manufacture:United States
  • Brand:FOUNTAINHEAD WATER SYSTEM
  • Mpn:FH32RODI150
  • Manufacture: FOUNTAINHEAD WATER SYSTEM
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FOUNTAINHEAD WATER SYSTEM Final Thoughts

"Came on time."

Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. I've think I've had had six of them. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i.

Overall Score
4.6


(42 Points)

5. 10-Gallon Betta Sponge Filter, Underwater Center Aquarium Filter, Works for Tropical Fish & Breeder ...

User Ratings: 53 17

SunGrow First Impressions

"Just a low hum."

I have had no issues with it being to loud. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. Never ever ever use it past a year. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud.

  • 10-Gallon Betta Sponge Filter, Underwater Center Aquarium Filter, Works for Tropical Fish & Breeder Aquarium, Slow current, Perfect for Fry & Small Fish, Must-have for Aquarium Hobbyist
  • REPLACE THE TRADITIONAL HOB, CANISTER FILTERS --- Gone are the days when you got to change the cartridges and filter media almost every week. The handy filter by SunGrow will do the same job economically and quickly.
  • SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR BETTA, FRY & OTHER SMALL AQUATIC PETS --- Betta, fry and other small fish will NEVER get stuck up into the filter. These fish, especially Betta, generally don’t like vigorous currents, they prefer calm and steady water. This filter is designed to have slow current to easily let betta, goldfish discus, dwarf cichlids, guppies, and krill fish, continue breeding and spawning comfortably.
  • PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD FOR FRY --- The minor bubbles that are created by this sponge filter creates a nominal current, adding in bubbling water. This will encourage them to continue breeding and spawning comfortably. Also, the sponge filter makes a home for fish food supplementing their daily dose of diet or food intake.
  • PERFECT FOR UP TO 10.5 GALLON TANK WHEN USED SINGLY --- It only requires an air pump and airline tubing (sold separately) to work. These create numerous minute bubbles for increased oxygen flow. Simply connect an air pump to the top-center of the filter, then place it in your tank. Please note, the base of this noiseless filter is not weighted, so you may need to weigh it down. It is suitable for tanks up to size 10.5 gallons. Use 2 or more filters in larger tanks.
  • EASY TO WASH & REUSE --- This low-cost sponge filter can be used multiple times. Instead of tap water, use water from the tank to clean it, during a water change. Simply rinse and squeeze a few times, until you see the water run clear from the sponge.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"So who knows."

My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. This filter really does a good job. Once I found that, the world was right again. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. The instructions are a bit to much for me. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with.

Overall Score
3.8


(285 Points)

6. Penn Plax (3 Pack) Cascade Power Aquarium Filters Bio-Sponge

User Ratings: 72 9

Penn-Plax First Impressions

"A THUMBS UP."

Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. Really happy with the money I was able to save. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter.

  • Penn Plax (3 Pack) Cascade Power Aquarium Filters Bio-Sponge
  • (3 Pack) Penn Plax Cascade Power Aquarium Filters Bio-Sponge
  • Replacement Bio Sponge
  • Cascade Hang On 150/200 power filters
  • Sponge is ideal for growing beneficial bacteria
  • Manufacture: Penn-Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 4 inches; 2.43 Ounces
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Penn-Plax Final Thoughts

"This is the one."

I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. Once I found that, the world was right again. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast.

Overall Score
4.3


(16 Points)

7. Jebo 838 External Canister Filter-(for Aquariums up to 150 Gallons)

User Ratings: 23

JEBO 838 First Impressions

"-Not self-priming."

What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out.

  • Jebo 838 External Canister Filter-(for Aquariums up to 150 Gallons)
  • 4 stage filtration
  • Pump Output 315 G/H (1,200 LPH)
  • For Aquariums up to 150 Gallons
  • Includes all hoses and everything necessary to get started
  • Adjustable-height inlet tube, fits even the deepest aquariums
  • Manufacture: Jebo
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JEBO 838 Final Thoughts

"It just starts right up."

The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank!

Overall Score
3.8


(8 Points)

8. Polar Aurora 4-Stage External Canister Filter with 9-watt Uv Sterilizer, 525 GPH with Builtin Pump K...

User Ratings: 69 6

Polar Aurora First Impressions

"This is not."

I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. I took it apart reassemble it and it's not pumping in the water. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously.

  • Polar Aurora 4-Stage External Canister Filter with 9-watt Uv Sterilizer, 525 GPH with Builtin Pump Kit Canister
  • good
  • high quality
  • With free media
  • DIMENSION: 11 X 11 X 18.5 inches, 110-120V 50-60Hz, 55 W
  • 4-stage
  • Manufacture: Polar Aurora
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Polar Aurora Final Thoughts

"Suuuuupppeeerrrr Quiet."

The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. The instructions are a bit to much for me. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. The instructions are a bit to much for me. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. This filter really does a good job. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with.

Overall Score
4.4


(104 Points)

9. LiquaGen - 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis and Deionization RO/DI | Aquarium Reef Water Filter System - 75 G...

User Ratings: 83 5

LiquaGen LG - 1OT First Impressions

"I love this canister."

LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast.

  • LiquaGen - 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis and Deionization RO/DI | Aquarium Reef Water Filter System - 75 GPD
  • This product is great for aquariums, laboratory testing, and other applications where ultra-pure water is necessary. Pre- Assembled system for easy installation. Guaranteed 0 ppm water. No more running to your local fish store!
  • Air-leak tested, leak-free fittings and long lasting filters ensure durability and mitigate chances for damage and breakage. BPA free to supplement a safe environment.
  • We have now updated the product with a high Rejection Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Capacity : 75 Gallons Per Day (GPD). Film by GE USA
  • 2 year manufacturer warranty; Lifetime customer support. Designed for city water use, incoming TDS should not exceed 350 TDS.
  • If you're using the unit with a storage tank, you will need to add an auto shut-off valve and check valve. Please reach out to us for those parts.
  • Manufacture: LiquaGen Water Technology
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 6 x 16 inches; 14.55 Pounds
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LiquaGen LG - 1OT Final Thoughts

"Coarse, medium, and fine."

I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years. This filter really does a good job. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new.

Overall Score
4.6


(316 Points)

10. 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
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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)

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