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
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

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

[star rating="3.8"]
(675 Points)

2. BiOrb Service Kit SIX PACK

User Ratings: 75 5

biOrb First Impressions

"Added 3 baby turtles."

Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. 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.

  • BiOrb Service Kit SIX PACK
  • 6 BiOrb Service Kits
  • Suitable for ALL BiOrb, BiUbe, BiOrb FLOW and BiOrb Life aquariums
  • The kit contains everything you will need to service your aquarium, including conditioners to remove harmful chlorine from your tap water
  • The BiOrb Service Kits also contain a cleaning pad
  • The biOrb filter cartridge works like a waste bin, trapping dirt, and once full it should be thrown away and replaced with a new one
  • Manufacture: BiOrb
  • Editor's Impressions Of The biOrb
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

biOrb Final Thoughts

"This filter is perfect!"

SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. Really happy with the money I was able to save. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(92 Points)

3. hygger Thin Aquarium Sponge Filter, in-Tank Filter with 2 Replaceable Spare Filter Cartridge,Quiet H...

User Ratings: 65 9

hygger First Impressions

"IMPORTANT!"

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 wasn't producing much surface agitation. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. This lives up to the praise that people give it. Really happy with the money I was able to save. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions.

  • hygger Thin Aquarium Sponge Filter, in-Tank Filter with 2 Replaceable Spare Filter Cartridge,Quiet Hang On Fish Tank Filter with Suction Cup for 2 to 10 Gallon (S/M
  • SLIM BODY: Fish Tank Filter does not take up space, the thickness is only 0.79in, and gives the fish a spacious and comfortable swimming space. Equipped with a fish tank wall hook, the hook can be adjusted according to the water level, and the hanging is more convenient. It is equipped with a powerful suction cup, which can be tightly attached to the fish tank wall.
  • MULTI-FUNCTION FILTER:①Filter impurities. Use replaceable filter cartridge to effectively purify water. ②Increase oxygen. Contain a small air stone, and bubble continuously. ③Water circulation system. The water outlet can be towards the left, right or front. ④Free to assemble. It can be used in a variety of combinations such as S+M , S+S, M+M, etc., then can use for larger fish tanks.
  • FILTRATION PRINCIPLE: The air flow drives the water flow to generate suction, which makes the water purified by the filter plate, and can increase the oxygen while filtering the water quality. The water flow is controlled by an air pump. Aquarium Filter is recommended to use an adjustable air pump, so that the water flow can be small or large.
  • EASY TO USE: Aquarium filter sponge intake is recommended to use a 0.16in inner diameter air hose (not included), connect one end to the air pump (not included), and the other end to this filter. S size suggest for 10 to 40 gallon fish tank. Hygger sponge filter is suitable for shrimp tanks, betta fish tanks, breeding ponds, turtle tanks, goldfish, juvenile fish or other fish.
  • REPLACEABLE FILTER CARTRIDGE: activated carbon + filter sponge, which can effectively filter harmful substances and small suspended impurities in water, remove odors in water, and keep water body clean. Submersible aquarium internal filter is suitable for freshwater and saltwater and even turtle tanks and other types of tanks. The S size is equipped with 2 spare filter cartridges.
  • S size contains 1 original filter cartridge + 2 spare filter cartridges.
  • The filter cartridge is composed of filter cotton + activated carbon + fixed plate + filter cotton.
  • We recommend to replace the filter cartridge every 2-4 weeks.
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

hygger Final Thoughts

"Just buy it!"

DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. In the afternoon the noises started again.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(68 Points)

4. 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
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

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

[star rating="4.2"]
(233 Points)

5. SunGrow Sponge Betta Filter, 3x4 Inches, Multi-Layer Filtration System, Ultra Quiet Underwater Corne...

User Ratings: 57 6

SunGrow First Impressions

"And SILENCE."

SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. , that's what makes this so funny. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away.

  • SunGrow Sponge Betta Filter, 3x4 Inches, Multi-Layer Filtration System, Ultra Quiet Underwater Corner Filter, Excellent Oxygen Resource, Works in Tropical Fish and Shrimp Tanks
  • ✔ GREAT RESOURCE FOR OXYGEN --- The highly effective Sponge Betta Filter from SunGrow helps keep your aquatic pets and plants healthy and thriving by creating oxygen bubbles in your aquarium water. Just like humans, plants and pets need oxygen to survive. Keeping the square corner filter in your tank ensures that they always have a sufficient supply.
  • ✔ DROP OFF THE FEAR OF FISH OR FRY GETTING STUCK --- One internal multi-layered sponge filter works in any aquarium or fish tank up to 10 gallons. Additional sponge pads can be added to larger tanks. Unlike the traditional filters, the gentle, slow current keeps fry or small fish calm making it perfect for the betta, dwarf cichlids, guppies, shrimp, and fish breeding tanks or hatcheries, maternity, and fry tanks.
  • ✔ MULTIPLE LAYERS OF REFINEMENT IN ONE --- With three distinct layers of refinement, the Square Sponge from SunGrow has triple the strength of a single layer filter. A white cotton pad is a top layer while a green sponge is the second and maifanite gravel makes up the third layer.
  • ✔ HIGH-QUALITY, DURABLE MATERIALS --- The multi-layer corner filter is made of high-quality, durable materials. The high hardness plastic exterior houses an effective sponge filter, cotton filter and maifanite stone filter media.
  • ✔ EASY TO INSTALL WITH LOW-MAINTENANCE --- The square 4.3” x 3” (11cm x 7.5cm) sponge betta filter is placed directly into your aquarium or fish tank and you need to simply connect it to your air pump via airline. It is recommended that you place this in one corner of the tank so as to maintain the aquarium aesthetics and fish and other creatures move unhindered. For its optimal performance, rinse the filter every 3-4 weeks and replace it in every 4-6 months (depending on your specific usage).
  • Manufacture: MARIMO PET
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"I bought an FX6 in 2013."

My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I put it together, reading instructions of course. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(77 Points)

6. Tetra Whisper Power Filter 10 Gallons, Quiet 3-Stage aquarium Filtration (26316)

User Ratings: 60 11

Tetra 26316 First Impressions

"One piece of advice."

I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. My tank was a mess when I got this pump.

  • Tetra Whisper Power Filter 10 Gallons, Quiet 3-Stage aquarium Filtration (26316)
  • QUIET & RELIABLE The Tetra Whisper Power Filter uses 3-stage filtration to create clear clean water – PF 10 treats aquariums up to 10 gallons
  • ABSORBS ODORS Ultra-Activated carbon removes both odor and water discoloration
  • CATCHES DEBRIS Dense dual-sided mesh filters debris and fish waste
  • INNOVATIVE CLEANING POWER Integrated Stay Clean technology reduces buildup on glass and binds small dirt particles to make them easier to filter
  • CARTRIDGE REFILLS Change cartridges monthly uses medium-sized Tetra Whisper Bio-Bag Cartridges (refills sold separately)
  • Age Range Description: all ranges
  • Included Components: Whisper PF10 Aquarium Filter (5-10 Gal)
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 4.25 x 6 x 7.06 inches; 1.06 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 26316
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

Tetra 26316 Final Thoughts

"Five years later."

This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(2563 Points)

7. 150gal Aquarium Biochemical Sponge Filter for Fish Tank bio Sponge Foam tubing

User Ratings: 52 9

Aquarium Equip First Impressions

"I bought an FX5 in 2011."

I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking.

  • 150gal Aquarium Biochemical Sponge Filter for Fish Tank bio Sponge Foam tubing
  • OPERATION / DURABLE EASY / ENERGY SAVING
  • Advise: Replace the bio-sponge three month, to ensure the filtrating effect as well as the growth of the nitrifying bacteria.
  • Manufacture: D703 UP
  • Product Dimensions: 8.11 x 6.3 x 5.2 inches; 8.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Equip
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Aquarium Equip Final Thoughts

"Yeah, no no no!"

I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. Also the maker should review the pump design. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. Overall I would recommend this item. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! Once I found that, the world was right again. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(12 Points)

8. 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
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

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

[star rating="4.4"]
(856 Points)

9. Lefunpets Aquarium Filter Media, Fish Tank Sponge Filter Fluidized Moving Bed Filter Bubble Bio Medi...

User Ratings: 51 12

Lefunpets First Impressions

"Oh my fishies its SILENT."

Overall I would recommend this item. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters.

  • Lefunpets Aquarium Filter Media, Fish Tank Sponge Filter Fluidized Moving Bed Filter Bubble Bio Media with Air Stone and Sponge Filter Inside for Aquarium Fish Tank
  • 【Special Design V-1 Filter Media】Built-in new V-1 biochemical filter material, come with 4 strong powerful suction cups, ensure stability, easy to hang membrane.
  • 【Self Cleaning Fish Tank Filter】Adding a filtering sponge at the bottom to intercept large particles of dirt, high efficiency oxygen supply and is delicate and quiet, it’s a great way to clean and oxygenate your tanks.
  • 【Easy To Operate】Simply install an air tubing and hook up to an air pump, which getting all the benefits of oxygen in the water and a super charged bio filter.
  • 【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.
  • 【Up To 20 Gal Fish Tank】This Fluidized Bed Filter fits for both fresh and saltwater tank, perfect to be used for all types of tanks with capacity of 5-20 Gal.
  • Manufacture: Lefunpets
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.8 x 7.9 inches; 7.04 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lefunpets
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Lefunpets Final Thoughts

"Best to you all!"

I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(30 Points)

10. Aqueon Quietflow Canister Filter

User Ratings: 75 10

Aqueon 100107314 First Impressions

"Works great."

I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design.

  • Aqueon Quietflow Canister Filter
  • Fits aquariums up to 155 gallons
  • Aqueon QuietFlow Canister Filters are designed for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • Included is a unique hang on the back water polishing unit that makes maintenance quick and easy.
  • The canister is preloaded with biological, chemical and mechanical media to efficiently remove waste and harmful toxins from your fish tank's water
  • Aquarium filter unit includes: Quick disconnect valves, pump locking heads, water intake and output connections, hoses, water polishing unit with cartridge, and 4 types of filter media (activated carbon, coarse foam, bio balls, and bio ceramic rings)
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 14.5 x 16 inches; 19.45 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100107314
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

Aqueon 100107314 Final Thoughts

"Thanks, AquaTech."

Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. Following morning it was running quietly. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(80 Points)

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