Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Azoo Aquarium Filters

1. AZOO Mignon Filter 60

User Ratings: 70 5

Azoo AZ13097 First Impressions

"Water crystal clear."

I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out.

  • AZOO Mignon Filter 60
  • Small compact design
  • Queit performance
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 3.25 x 3.75 x 6 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Azoo AZ13097
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Azoo AZ13097 Final Thoughts

"No need to unplug."

The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. It wasn't producing much surface agitation.

Overall Score
4.4

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

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Azoo Aquarium Filters

2. 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
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

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

[star rating="4.3"]
(302 Points)

3. QuietFlow Aqueon 10 LED Pro Power Filter (Item #06080)

User Ratings: 62 7

QuietFlow 11264186 First Impressions

"Huge capacity."

This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. This filter really does a good job. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away.

  • QuietFlow Aqueon 10 LED Pro Power Filter (Item #06080)
  • The Aqueon QuietFlow 10 LED Pro Power Filter feature four stages of filtration–mechanical, chemical, biological and wet/dry–for the cleanest, clearest, healthiest water. Higher flow rates ensure higher dissolved oxygen content for healthier, more active fish
  • The internal pump design helps dampen noise, eliminates leaks and starts up automatically after cleaning or power interruptions
  • For fresh & saltwater aquariums up to 20 gallons
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Editor's Impressions Of The QuietFlow 11264186
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

QuietFlow 11264186 Final Thoughts

"In one day crystal clear."

I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(149 Points)

4. Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power Filter 20

User Ratings: 72 6

Aqueon 100106081 First Impressions

"Definitely a good buy."

I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. Once I found that, the world was right again. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency.

  • Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power Filter 20
  • Dense floss removes particles and debris
  • Activated carbon removes toxins, odors and discoloration
  • Patented bio-holster removes toxic ammonia and nitrites.Do not rinse holster in tap water and do not use cleansers to clean
  • Diffuser grid removes additional toxins while adding oxygen for more active fish
  • Reduces splashing making the return exceptionally quiet
  • Each filter now equipped with an LED cartridge change indicator
  • Uses large Aqueon replacement cartridges
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Item Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 7.9 x 4.4 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106081
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Aqueon 100106081 Final Thoughts

"It's heavy."

Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. Never ever ever use it past a year. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue.

Overall Score
4.5

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

5. Hydor Prime External Canister Filter for Aquariums & Turtles

User Ratings: 54 28

Hydor C01122 First Impressions

"Canisters don't."

My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. This lives up to the praise that people give it. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. Once I found that, the world was right again. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear.

  • Hydor Prime External Canister Filter for Aquariums & Turtles
  • COMPLETE ECOSYSTEM IN A BOX: This external filter for aquariums offers maximum performance and high filtration standards, not to mention an entire eco-system in a box
  • SIMPLE TO USE: The long-life ceramic shaft, large filter volume and safety locks make the Prime External Canister Filter easy to use as a beginner or a long-term hobbyist. The space-saving unit is perfect for small to large aquariums
  • FILTER OPTIONS: Prime External Canister Filters always contain coarse sponge for mechanical filtration, fine white floss pad for water polishing and Sintered Quartz BIO-Rings for superior biological filtration
  • SPECIALIZED SERVICE: With more than 30 years of experience offering high-quality products for the passionate marine aquarist, Hydor is dedicated to manufacturing unique and innovative items in the field of aquarium technology
  • PREMIUM VERSATILITY: This Prime External Canister is ideal for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums, turtles and amphibians. It is simple to prime and offers the versatility you need
  • Manufacture: Hydor
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hydor C01122
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.7']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Hydor C01122 Final Thoughts

"- Plug it into power."

I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters.

Overall Score
3.7

[star rating="3.7"]
(7 Points)

6. GMsound Bio Sponge Filter 20 or 40 Gal Breeding Fry Betta Shrimp Fish Tank Aquarium

User Ratings: 61 2

GMsound First Impressions

"SO THEREFORE."

The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit. 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. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

  • GMsound Bio Sponge Filter 20 or 40 Gal Breeding Fry Betta Shrimp Fish Tank Aquarium
  • 1) The sponge ftters are made of excellent and perfect material; it can be reused for long time.
  • 2) The sponges of flter are designed by multilayer principle, it has large surface, which will not cause blockage and could be wash easily.
  • 3) When using in fiter system, the sponge fiter will not cause any noise pollution.
  • 4) When using air stone which will produce air supply tor the aquarium tank, it will increase oxygen level in the tank.
  • 5) The sponge flter is suitable for all Freshwater fishes, like Discus, Tetras, Guppy, Arowana,Betta and Ete...
  • Manufacture: GMsound
  • Product Dimensions: 8.27 x 4.92 x 4.72 inches; 4.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GMsound
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

GMsound Final Thoughts

"It's heavy and awkward."

In the afternoon the noises started again. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! I was also having oxygen issues because of this.

Overall Score
4.4

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

7. Odyssea Clean 100 Surface Skimmer Aquarium Filter 450L Plant Internal

User Ratings: 51 12

Odyssea Clean 100 First Impressions

"I should loosen it up."

I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. Unlike my old HOB filter, it doesn't sound like a leaky toilet. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever.

  • Odyssea Clean 100 Surface Skimmer Aquarium Filter 450L Plant Internal
  • Flow rate: 110 GPH
  • Energy efficient 5W pump
  • Skims surface build-up to improve water quality
  • Great for freshwater planted aquariums
  • Works with both freshwater and marine
  • Manufacture: Odyssea
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.5 x 2 inches; 12.7 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Odyssea Clean 100
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3']

Odyssea Clean 100 Final Thoughts

"This filter is perfect!"

SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! Fill it up with water before you plug it in.

Overall Score
3.8

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

8. Lee's 40/55 Original Undergravel Filter, 12-Inch by 48-Inch

User Ratings: 54 9

Lee's 13240 First Impressions

"That also didn't work."

I took it apart reassemble it and it's not pumping in the water. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. Worst case is that the motor could burn out. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters.

  • Lee's 40/55 Original Undergravel Filter, 12-Inch by 48-Inch
  • Made of special quality plastic which resists splitting and cracking
  • Also has optional flow-thru set-up for use with a power head
  • Size: 12-inch by 48-inch
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 11.63 x 3.38 x 12.5 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 13240
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

Lee's 13240 Final Thoughts

"It just is."

All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! , that's what makes this so funny. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! 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. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously.

Overall Score
4.1

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

9. SunSun HW-302 3-Stage External Canister Aquarium Filter 264GPH

User Ratings: 66 10

Flexzion HW-302 First Impressions

"This thing is super loud!"

They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

  • SunSun HW-302 3-Stage External Canister Aquarium Filter 264GPH
  • 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
  • 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
  • Convenient self-priming pump that eliminates the need for manual siphoning; Single valve disconnect & priming pump ease routine maintenance
  • Provides quiet, efficient filtration for fresh and saltwater aquariums is great for living rooms, offices or bedrooms
  • Manufacture: Ming Trading LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 13 x 15 inches; 9.8 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Flexzion HW-302
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Flexzion HW-302 Final Thoughts

"A THUMBS UP."

Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! I've looked at so many filters and reviews. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag.

Overall Score
4.2

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

10. Polar Aurora 3-Stage External Canister Filter with 9-watt UV Sterilizer for Aquarium 265 GPH Builtin...

User Ratings: 66 11

Polar Aurora First Impressions

"- Plug it into power."

I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself.

  • Polar Aurora 3-Stage External Canister Filter with 9-watt UV Sterilizer for Aquarium 265 GPH 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
  • Convenient self-priming pump that eliminates the need for manual siphoning; Single valve disconnect & priming pump ease routine maintenance
  • Provides quiet, efficient filtration for fresh and saltwater aquariums is great for living rooms, offices or bedrooms
  • 1x Input and Output Discreteness
  • 1x Barrel Head
  • 1x Main Canister Body
  • 2x 5 feet lengths of flexible tubing
  • 1x Draining Tray Cover
  • Manufacture: rrx
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Polar Aurora
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Polar Aurora Final Thoughts

"Seriously."

It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years.

Overall Score
4.2

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

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