Editor's Choice - Our Favorite AQUATICLIFE Aquarium Filters

1. AQUATICLIFE 115 Mini Internal Protein Skimmer/Filter for Saltwater Aquariums, 30 Gallon, Perfect for...

User Ratings: 50 15

AQUATICLIFE 510114 First Impressions

"Great price."

As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. I've think I've had had six of them. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away.

  • AQUATICLIFE 115 Mini Internal Protein Skimmer/Filter for Saltwater Aquariums, 30 Gallon, Perfect for Small, Nano Tanks
  • Compact size makes this skimmer ideal for mini-reef aquariums up to 30 gallons
  • Allows for placement inside the aquarium or in the filtration compartment with ultra-quiet operation
  • Proven needle-wheel impeller design increases the air-to-water contact
  • Quick-lock design makes it easy to open housing for cleaning, and the built-in channel conceals the grounded power cord
  • Includes an adjustable bracket that fits standard aquarium frames and suction cups for optional mounting inside the aquarium
  • Compact size makes this skimmer ideal for mini-reef aquariums
  • Placement inside aquarium provides quiet operation
  • Proven needle-wheel impeller increases air-to-water contact
  • Manufacture: Aquatic Life LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 3.25 x 3.5 x 10.63 inches; 1.55 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUATICLIFE 510114
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AQUATICLIFE 510114 Final Thoughts

"I only used one."

This filter really does a good job. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud.

Overall Score
3.8


(675 Points)

2. SunSun Hw303B 370GPH Pro Canister Filter Kit with 9-watt UV Sterilizer

User Ratings: 70 8

SunSun HW-303BPro First Impressions

"Just a tip!"

Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. Just rinse them out once a month, don't throw that beneficial bacteria away. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever.

  • SunSun Hw303B 370GPH Pro Canister Filter Kit with 9-watt UV Sterilizer
  • HW-303B Pro Filtration Kit, Good for up to 100 gallon aquariums
  • Flow rate: 370 GPH (1400L/Hr)
  • Dimension: 10.5" L X 10.5" W X 16" H
  • Pro Kit Includes Canister Filter w/9 Watt UV, 3 White Filter Pads, 1 Blue Coarse Pad, 3 Media Baskets
  • Includes 1lb of Premium Filter Carbon, 1lb of Ceramic Rings and 1 Set of Bio Balls
  • Manufacture: SunSun
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 20 inches; 16 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunSun HW-303BPro
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SunSun HW-303BPro Final Thoughts

"This is the one."

I was worried about some of the negative reviews. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else.

Overall Score
4.4


(663 Points)

3. hygger Super Mini Aquarium Single Sponge Filter, Comes with 1 Spare Sponge, Quiet Submersible Foam F...

User Ratings: 55 9

hygger First Impressions

"I bought this filter."

I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! It wasn't producing much surface agitation. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design.

  • hygger Super Mini Aquarium Single Sponge Filter, Comes with 1 Spare Sponge, Quiet Submersible Foam Filter for Small Fish Tank 0.5-5 Gallon
  • 【Multi-filtration functions】this mini 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
  • 【Super Mini Filter Demension 】this single sponge filter is super mini size, takes up a little room, perfect for use in 0.5-5 gallon fish tank bowls. This mini sponge filter is 3.5" in width and 3" in height, the sponge inside circle diameter is 0.59 inch
  • 【Package Includes】1 single mini sponge filter + 1 spare sponge+ 1 suction cup are included in a pack. This aquarium filter must be used with an mini air pupm and a standard size 4mm air hose, please note pump and air hose, media balls are not included. Please choose an air pump according to your fish tank size for this filter
  • 【Removable Fine Sponges 】you can easy to take down the sponge from the filter to clean or replace it, the sponge is fine 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 1 strong suction cup you can stick the filter firmly to any tank position under water, withouting floating.
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"A THUMBS UP."

I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I put it together, reading instructions of course. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. Works like a dream and can't even hear it!

Overall Score
4.0


(486 Points)

4. Think Crucial Aquarium Filter Replacement Parts - Compatible with Aqua-Tech EZ-Change 3 Aquarium Fil...

User Ratings: 70 5

Think Crucial 20-40 Power Filters, 30-60 Power Filters First Impressions

"Canisters don't."

I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering.

  • Think Crucial Aquarium Filter Replacement Parts - Compatible with Aqua-Tech EZ-Change 3 Aquarium Filter - Fits Aqua-Tech 20-40 and 30-60 Power Filters
  • 4 PACK OF AQUARIUM FILTER REPLACEMENTS COMPATIBLE WITH AQUA-TECH EZ-CHANGE 3 AQUARIUM FILTER. Filters are essential for premium aquarium air quality and cleaner air. They trap fine dust particles and allergens, preventing them from recirculating. Helps keep your tank free of dust, with frequent filter replacement.
  • CLEAN AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: Replacing Aqua-Tech filters should help clean with premium filtration for healthier fish. The aquarium filter screens out dirt and debris. The molded ribbed back has maximum water-to-carbon contact. The filter removes odors, discolorations, and impurities. Change the used filter monthly. Ensure elimination of toxic ammonia and nitrite while avoiding clogging.
  • SIMPLE AND EASY TO INSTALL: Switch out in less than five (5) minutes, providing time efficiency. Our aquarium filter measures 4.5" X 6" X 6.5" inches. Get back to daily activity quickly and make a big difference with filtration in the process. Simply remove the older and dirty filter and replace. It fits well with Aqua-Tech aquarium filter cartridge. Enjoy a clean, fresh, aquarium for healthier fish by using premium, heavy duty equipment, filters and clean water.
  • LONG LASTING REPLACEMENT AQUARIUM FILTER: The aquarium filter is washable and reusable ensuring long life. Replace the Aqua-Tech filter every 2 to 4 weeks for optimal performance or ten (10) to twelve (12) times per year depending upon usage. When a clogged or dirty, it can cause the aquarium to work harder and impact utility bills. We deliver high quality, durable and long lasting replacements. Aquarium filters are extremely important for your AquaTech filtration system.
  • THINK CRUCIAL manufactures premium quality air filters, purifier parts and stands behind the quality and workmanship of all our products. We maintain a thorough quality control process to ensure compatibility with the Aqua-Tech models listed above.
  • Manufacture: Think Crucial
  • Product Dimensions: 0.98 x 0.98 x 0.98 inches; 7.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Think Crucial 20-40 Power Filters, 30-60 Power Filters
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Think Crucial 20-40 Power Filters, 30-60 Power Filters Final Thoughts

"Its AMAZING."

This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I've think I've had had six of them. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier.

Overall Score
4.4


(671 Points)

5. Marineland Emperor 400 Pro Series Bio-wheel Power Filter - Up to 80 gallon, Rite Size "E"

User Ratings: 71 6

MarineLand PF0400BD First Impressions

"IMPORTANT!"

I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. Just rinse them out once a month, don't throw that beneficial bacteria away. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself.

  • Marineland Emperor 400 Pro Series Bio-wheel Power Filter - Up to 80 gallon, Rite Size "E"
  • WITH ROTATING BIO-WHEEL: Patented Bio-Wheel technology provides excellent wet/dry biological filtration
  • MULTI-STAGE FILTRATION: Delivers mechanical, chemical and biological aquarium filtration to maintain a clean aquatic environment.
  • POWERFUL: Certified flow rate of 400 GPH in aquariums up to 80 gallons.
  • MARINELAND FILTRATION PRODUCTS: Count on Marineland brand for the most reliable, technically advanced aquariums and accessories on the market.
  • REPLACEMENT CARTRIDGES: Use with two Marineland Rite-Size E Filter Cartridges (purple label).
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Item Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 7 x 10.5 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand PF0400BD
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MarineLand PF0400BD Final Thoughts

"I hope this helped."

I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. Never ever ever use it past a year. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad.

Overall Score
4.4


(856 Points)

6. Aquapapa 4X Bio Sponge Filter for Betta Fry Aquarium Fish Tank Up to 15 Gal

User Ratings: 78

Aquapapa First Impressions

"Great product."

Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned.

  • Aquapapa 4X Bio Sponge Filter for Betta Fry Aquarium Fish Tank Up to 15 Gal
  • 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: 3.5” wide x 1.8” deep x 5.5” high; sponge dimensions: 1.8”D x 3.12”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.
  • Max tank size up to 15 gallon each.
  • Manufacture: Aquapapa
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.4 x 3.2 inches; 3.99 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquapapa
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Aquapapa Final Thoughts

"I love this canister."

If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. , that's what makes this so funny. The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out.

Overall Score
4.7


(86 Points)

7. Aquapapa Bio Sponge Filter for Betta Fry Aquarium Fish Tank Up to 60 Gal, 3-Pack (L)

User Ratings: 83 2

Aquapapa FBA_XY-380-3PC -#4 First Impressions

"All around great product."

I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Following morning it was running quietly. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever.

  • Aquapapa Bio Sponge Filter for Betta Fry Aquarium Fish Tank Up to 60 Gal, 3-Pack (L)
  • 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: 4.5”D x 8.0”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: 3 pcs of Sponge filters
  • Manufacture: Aquanemo Global
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquapapa FBA_XY-380-3PC -#4
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Aquapapa FBA_XY-380-3PC -#4 Final Thoughts

"A little goes a long way."

I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. Unlike my old HOB filter, it doesn't sound like a leaky toilet. 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. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck.

Overall Score
4.7


(478 Points)

8. SeaChem – Large Aquarium Fish Tank Filter, Tidal 110 Gallon (400 Liters) by Sicce

User Ratings: 69 8

Seachem 67106502 First Impressions

"That also didn't work."

As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. This lives up to the praise that people give it. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever.

  • SeaChem – Large Aquarium Fish Tank Filter, Tidal 110 Gallon (400 Liters) by Sicce
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 6 x 15 inches; 2.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 67106502
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Seachem 67106502 Final Thoughts

"This one does!"

Get it and take heed to what I wrote. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! Get it and take heed to what I wrote.

Overall Score
4.3


(389 Points)

9. API Filstar XP

User Ratings: 58 15

API 720 First Impressions

"I should loosen it up."

, that's what makes this so funny. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. I put it together, reading instructions of course. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out.

  • API Filstar XP
  • Contains one (1) API FILSTAR XP FILTER SIZE S Aquarium Canister Filter 1-Count Box
  • Provides powerful filtration for perfectly balanced and crystal clear aquarium water.
  • Very easy to use and maintain; allows for centralized control of all the functions of the filtration system.
  • Quick disconnect, leak free, fast cleaning, and self-priming.
  • Allows the use of various filtration media available in the API range, and meets your specific freshwater and saltwater requirements.
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 13.5 x 12.75 inches; 10.7 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 720
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API 720 Final Thoughts

"SO THEREFORE."

I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots.

Overall Score
3.9


(766 Points)

10. Ocean Clear Replacement Cartridge for 325 Filter by Ocean Clear

User Ratings: 86

Ocean Clear First Impressions

"These are heavy."

I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD!

  • Ocean Clear Replacement Cartridge for 325 Filter by Ocean Clear
  • Manufacture: Ocean Clear
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ocean Clear
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Ocean Clear Final Thoughts

"If anyone knows turtles."

Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. 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.

Overall Score
4.9


(12 Points)

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