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
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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


(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
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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)

3. Lee's 30L Original Undergravel Filter, 12-Inch by 36-Inch

User Ratings: 51 12

Lee's 13230 First Impressions

"Works great."

I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Following morning it was running quietly. I've think I've had had six of them. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER.

  • Lee's 30L Original Undergravel Filter, 12-Inch by 36-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 36-inch
  • Manufacture: Lee's Pet Products
  • Product Dimensions: 11.75 x 2.5 x 12.5 inches; 2.14 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's 13230
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Lee's 13230 Final Thoughts

"Like brand new."

There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. I had a lot of particles in the water. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation.

Overall Score
4.1


(18 Points)

4. Marineland Magniflow Canister Filter for Aquariums, Fast Maintenance

User Ratings: 70 9

MarineLand ML90750 First Impressions

"Try it you wont be sorry."

They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together.

  • Marineland Magniflow Canister Filter for Aquariums, Fast Maintenance
  • 3-STAGE FILTRATION: Water flows through media layers to filter water and ensure a clean aquatic environment.
  • FAST SETUP: Water-tight canister lid lifts up for easy removal.
  • THREE SIZES AVAILABLE: Comes in 220 GPH, 360 GPH and 360 GPH sizes.
  • MARINELAND FILTRATION PRODUCTS: Count on Marineland brand for the most reliable, technically advanced aquariums and accessories on the market.
  • Manufacture: United Pet Group
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.17 x 15.5 inches; 11.7 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand ML90750
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MarineLand ML90750 Final Thoughts

"SO THEREFORE."

I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! Overall, I'm very happy with this filter.

Overall Score
4.3


(2010 Points)

5. Bicaquu Automatic Filter for Vacuum Cleaner, Filter for Aquarium, Universal for Aquarium

Bicaquu First Impressions

"Just buy it!"

I've think I've had had six of them. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores.

  • Bicaquu Automatic Filter for Vacuum Cleaner, Filter for Aquarium, Universal for Aquarium
  • Easy to use: You just need to connect to the discharging air pipe, put in water and open the air pump to clean the fish tank dirt. (Air pump is not included).
  • Made from premium plastic material, which is safe, solid and durable to use.
  • Built in replaceable filter tank and special strong bioactive beads, It can achieve better the physical filtration effect and provide space for the nitrifying bacteria to attach.
  • Multifunctional: oxygen aeration, enhanced the filtering effect of organism and improve the stability of water quality of aquarium
  • Humanized cover design, prevent from leakage meanwhile absorb the dirty objects.
  • Manufacture: Bicaquu
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Bicaquu Final Thoughts

"Like brand new."

The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. , that's what makes this so funny. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

6. OXYFUL 55W Non-Submersible UV 27" Light Clarifier Lamp Filter for Aquarium Koi Pond Fish Tank

User Ratings: 64 5

OXYFUL First Impressions

"This is not."

I had a lot of particles in the water. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together.

  • OXYFUL 55W Non-Submersible UV 27" Light Clarifier Lamp Filter for Aquarium Koi Pond Fish Tank
  • STABILIZE YOUR ECOSYSTEM - Removes the toughest grime in your Saltwater Reef Tank, Freshwater Aquarium, or Pond. Simple to achieve crystal clear water by keeping Nitrate levels down
  • PROTECT YOUR FISH - The High-performance UV bulb ensures professional power to keep your ecosystem clean without additional use of chemicals. Perfect for saltwater corals and invertebrates
  • MAX FLOW RATE - 2,113 GPH 55W UV bulb. Perfect for tank or pond sizes up to 17,171 gallons (65,000 liters) of water
  • LONG LASTING UV BULB - Life of UV bulb effective up to 1 year. UV bulb encased in a hard plastic housing where Water is not exposed to any copper
  • SPECIFICATIONS - 55w power consumption 55w UV bulb 27"L x 6.5"W x 4"H. 17 ft power cable. Inlet/Outlet diameters: 1" to 1-1/4" and 1-1/2" to 2" tube
  • Manufacture: Oxyful
  • Item Weight: 8.28 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The OXYFUL
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OXYFUL Final Thoughts

"Water crystal clear."

The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. I put it together, reading instructions of course. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great!

Overall Score
4.4


(40 Points)

7. Aquapapa Aquarium Biological Bacteria House Ceramic Rings Filter Media 6 lbs Bagged for Pond Fish Ta...

User Ratings: 72 3

Aquapapa First Impressions

"The product itself."

My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. 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.

  • Aquapapa Aquarium Biological Bacteria House Ceramic Rings Filter Media 6 lbs Bagged for Pond Fish Tank Canister Filter
  • Porous ceramic media for efficient biological filtration.Their surface area and pores are sized to accommodate bacteria necessary for biological balance and to remove toxic ammonia and nitrite.
  • Hollow design effectively distributes water flow and allows massive colonies of beneficial bacteria to grow on and inside each ring, creating an ideal “bio chemical filter”.
  • Great for both fresh and saltwater aquariums
  • Size of ceramic ring: 11/16" x 5/8". Size of filter media bag: 8 " x 5.5 ".
  • Manufacture: Aquapapa Inc
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquapapa
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Aquapapa Final Thoughts

"Suuuuupppeeerrrr Quiet."

You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. This filter really does a good job. In the afternoon the noises started again. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside.

Overall Score
4.6


(92 Points)

8. 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)

9. 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
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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


(68 Points)

10. Penn-Plax Small World Aquarium Filter, Filter Kit, and Replacement Media Cartridges (Bio Sponge, Car...

User Ratings: 61 8

Penn-Plax SWF1 First Impressions

"The product itself."

I have had no issues with it being to loud. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. Never ever ever use it past a year. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank!

  • Penn-Plax Small World Aquarium Filter, Filter Kit, and Replacement Media Cartridges (Bio Sponge, Carbon, and Zeolite Crystals) – Safe for Freshwater and Saltwater Setups
  • age range description: All Life Stages
  • Helps keep your small aquarium healthy and looking beautiful
  • Specifically designed for small aquariums up to 5 gallons
  • Fits almost any small aquarium shape or size and is compatible with any air pump
  • Helps keep your small aquarium healthy and looking beautiful
  • Specifically designed for small aquariums up to 5 gallons
  • Supercharged with scientifically formulated Carbon and Zeolite Crystals, the media cartridge absorbs ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, and phosphates in a fast and timely manner, along with removing harmful chemicals and toxins, clearing up discolorations, and reducing foul odors from your aquarium, tank, or habitat.
  • In addition to the Carbon and Zeolite Crystals, the included media cartridge also contains a Bio Sponge for physical filtration of larger particulate matter, and biological filtration that optimizes the colonization of anaerobic bacteria.
  • Manufacture: Monster Pets
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 6 inches; 2.88 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax SWF1
  • Filter Effectiveness
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  • Value For Money
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Penn-Plax SWF1 Final Thoughts

"The product itself."

First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously.

Overall Score
4.1


(1365 Points)

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