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. 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
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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


(92 Points)

3. Tetra Whisper Power Filter for Aquariums, 3 Filters in 1

User Ratings: 69 6

Tetra 25774 First Impressions

"That also didn't work."

Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart.

  • Tetra Whisper Power Filter for Aquariums, 3 Filters in 1
  • Whisper 40 Power Filter
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 5.38 x 8 x 7.9 inches; 1.7 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 25774
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Tetra 25774 Final Thoughts

"Just buy it!"

SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions.

Overall Score
4.4


(2870 Points)

4. of OCEAN FREE Hydra 50 Internal Filter for 500-800 L (125-200 Gallon) Aquarium

User Ratings: 57 21

Ocean Free IF104 First Impressions

"I like the design."

You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running.

  • of OCEAN FREE Hydra 50 Internal Filter for 500-800 L (125-200 Gallon) Aquarium
  • Manufacture: Qian Hu
  • Product Dimensions: 4.84 x 3.27 x 11.57 inches; 2.43 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ocean Free IF104
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Ocean Free IF104 Final Thoughts

"Great price."

I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. I put it together, reading instructions of course. Really happy with the money I was able to save. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium.

Overall Score
3.9


(7 Points)

5. Pondmaster PMK1250 Pond Filter with 250gph Pump and Bonus Fountain Head (DNR02212)

User Ratings: 74 4

PONDMASTER DNR02212 First Impressions

"Turtle tank."

I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. I've think I've had had six of them.

  • Pondmaster PMK1250 Pond Filter with 250gph Pump and Bonus Fountain Head (DNR02212)
  • This Pondmaster Filtration System with Pump Fountain includes filter, bell style and adjustable fountain heads
  • Filtering media acts as effective biological and mechanical filters
  • The system can be used as the sole source of bio-mechanical filtration
  • The pump uses just 24 watts of electricity and is equipped with an 10 foot power cord
  • Provides an attractive fountain display in the pond
  • Includes a magnetic drive 250 gallon per hour (gph) pump and a length of tubing to connect pump and filter
  • Ponds up to 500 gallons with light fish population
  • In conjunction with an additonal external biological filter system in ponds with koi or heavier fish population
  • Manufacture: Pondmaster
  • Item Weight: 6 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 3 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PONDMASTER DNR02212
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PONDMASTER DNR02212 Final Thoughts

"This filter is perfect!"

I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. Overall I would recommend this item. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! Unlike my old HOB filter, it doesn't sound like a leaky toilet. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up.

Overall Score
4.5


(136 Points)

6. Coralife Marine Filter Cart Lg 3pk

User Ratings: 96

Coralife 100528633 First Impressions

"Yeah, no no no!"

It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. I had to cut the hood to make it work. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together.

  • Coralife Marine Filter Cart Lg 3pk
  • The large cora life marine Filter replacement cartridge pack contains three dual sided, dense floss carbon cartridges designed to remove unwanted debris and odor from the Cora life marine Filter with protein skimmer. These cartridges need to be changed every 4-6 weeks or whenever you observe water beginning to enter the filter bypass or when the cartridge itself becomes clogged with various organic waste and debris. Unlike other filter cartridges, replacing this unit is speedy and hassle free.
  • 3-pack replacement filters—each cartridge provides 4 to 6 weeks of clean marine water.
  • High-quality, activated carbon works to remove harmful waste from your saltwater aquarium and improve water clarity.
  • Installs in seconds with a bottom key slot for optimal alignment.
  • Manufacture: CORALIFE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Coralife 100528633
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Coralife 100528633 Final Thoughts

"Kudos to Amazon prime!"

The filter stopped working all of a sudden. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. Really happy with the money I was able to save. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. I had a lot of particles in the water. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom.

Overall Score
5.0


(40 Points)

7. Azoo Mignon Filter 150 Power Filter

User Ratings: 64 6

Azoo AZ13107 First Impressions

"I like the design."

I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model.

  • Azoo Mignon Filter 150 Power Filter
  • Quiet and efficient
  • Hang on back design
  • Easy to maintain
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 3.5 x 4.5 inches; 11.1 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Azoo AZ13107
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Azoo AZ13107 Final Thoughts

"Suuuuupppeeerrrr Quiet."

I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail.

Overall Score
4.3


(302 Points)

8. Aqueon Betta Filters Volcano One Size

User Ratings: 49

Aqueon 100542356 First Impressions

"Five years later."

A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. I have had no issues with it being to loud. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over.

  • Aqueon Betta Filters Volcano One Size
  • For small betta habitats like bowls and aquariums up to 3 gallons
  • Carbon and sponge cartridge should be replaced monthly for optimal performance
  • Air bubbles provided added environmental enrichment and oxygen in betta habitat
  • Requires air pump for operation (sold separately)
  • 90 Day Limited Warranty
  • Air operated betta filter with volcano decoration helps improve water quality and clarity for a healthier habitat
  • Included: Betta filter with volcano, suction cup base, air tubing and suction cups, air adjustment valve, check valve, instructions
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 2 x 8 inches; 4.96 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100542356
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Aqueon 100542356 Final Thoughts

"I bought this filter."

That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. In the afternoon the noises started again.

Overall Score
4.0


(2 Points)

9. Imagitarium Undergravel Filter, 10 Gallon

User Ratings: 65 7

Imagitarium First Impressions

"Its AMAZING."

SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. I had to cut the hood to make it work. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! Once I found that, the world was right again. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day.

  • Imagitarium Undergravel Filter, 10 Gallon
  • Works freshwater and saltwater tanks
  • Compatible with 10-gallon size tanks
  • Two filter cartridges included
  • Compatible with Penn Plax Filt-a-Carb replacements filters
  • Compatible with Penn Plax Ammonia-X replacement filter
  • Manufacture: Imagitarium
  • Item Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Imagitarium
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Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"And it is so quiet."

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Once I found that, the world was right again. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter.

Overall Score
4.3


(40 Points)

10. Sunsun HW-304B 525 GPH 5-Stage External Canister Filter with 9-watt UV Sterilizer

User Ratings: 67 11

SUN 07102 First Impressions

"Like brand new."

My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. I had to cut the hood to make it work. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

  • Sunsun HW-304B 525 GPH 5-Stage External Canister Filter with 9-watt UV Sterilizer
  • Good for up to 150 gallon fish tanks
  • Dimension: 11" L X 11" W X 17" H
  • Flow rate: 525 GPH (2000L/hr.)
  • Built in 9 Watt UV sterilizer for controlling algae spores/bacteria and promoting clear water
  • Manufacture: Monster Pets
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 17 inches; 14 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SUN 07102
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SUN 07102 Final Thoughts

"A THUMBS UP."

A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50.

Overall Score
4.2


(890 Points)

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