Editor's Choice - Our Favorite biOrb Aquarium Filters

1. 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)

2. Aqueon Quietflow Internal Power Filter

User Ratings: 56 12

Aqueon 100106970 First Impressions

"Best to you all!"

You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. Really happy with the money I was able to save. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. This lives up to the praise that people give it. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

  • Aqueon Quietflow Internal Power Filter
  • Fully submersible in vertical or horizontal position
  • Adjustable return flow rate
  • Direction and height of water return is also adjustable
  • Three stage filtration: dense foam for particles and debris, activated carbon for toxins, odors and discoloration and patented BioGrid for ammonia and nitrates
  • Uses Aqueon Replacement Internal Filter Cartridges
  • Adjustable direction and height of return
  • AT10 is recommended for 10 gallon tanks, flow rate is 57 GPH and uses 1 small replacement cartridge
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 2.75 x 1.5 x 5.38 inches; 9.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106970
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3']

Aqueon 100106970 Final Thoughts

"So far so good!"

Following morning it was running quietly. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue.

Overall Score
4.0

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

3. Aquarium Reef and Deionization Reverse Osmosis RODI Water Filtration System - 4 Stage | 150 GPD

User Ratings: 68

Oceanic Water Systems First Impressions

"Expensive."

Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. This lives up to the praise that people give it. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud.

  • Aquarium Reef and Deionization Reverse Osmosis RODI Water Filtration System - 4 Stage | 150 GPD
  • This product is great for aquariums, laboratory testing, and other applications for pure water. Pre- Assembled system for easy installation. Installation takes approximately 5 minutes!
  • Ideal for Reef Tanks, Salt-Water and Fresh-Water Aquariums by the process of deionization ensuring zero ppm water, optimal for fish, coral, and other Marine life & plants
  • Pre-Assembled and Very Easy to Install. Usable with chlorinated and well-water sources. Great for freshwater or saltwater aquariums
  • Perfect for city water that is treated with low amounts of chlorine, or well water with very minimal contaminants.
  • Air-leak tested, leak-free fittings and long lasting filters ensure durability and mitigate chances for damage and breakage. BPA free to supplement a safe environment.
  • Manufacture: Oceanic Water Systems
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Oceanic Water Systems
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.9']
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Oceanic Water Systems Final Thoughts

"IMPORTANT!"

Just rinse them out once a month, don't throw that beneficial bacteria away. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. This filter really does a good job.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(7 Points)

4. REEF Red Sea SPEC Carbon - Aquarium Filter Media

User Ratings: 83 4

Reef 37420 First Impressions

"Best to you all!"

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. 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! One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. The instructions are a bit to much for me. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing.

  • REEF Red Sea SPEC Carbon - Aquarium Filter Media
  • Rapid removal of organic pollutants
  • High total adsorption capacity
  • Ultra-low phosphate output, ultra-low ash content
  • Suitable for marine & freshwater
  • Filter bag included.
  • Age range description: All Stages
  • Manufacture: Red Sea
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3 inches; 1.5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Reef 37420
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Reef 37420 Final Thoughts

"Piece of cake!"

I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(155 Points)

5. Aquapapa Pack of 2 Bio Sponge Filter for Betta Fry Aquarium Fish Tank Up to 55 Gallon, Double Sponge...

User Ratings: 80 2

Aquapapa First Impressions

"It's heavy."

I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

  • Aquapapa Pack of 2 Bio Sponge Filter for Betta Fry Aquarium Fish Tank Up to 55 Gallon, Double Sponges
  • 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: 6.5"L x 2.4"W x 9.5"H; sponge dimensions: 2.4"D x 4.5"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: 2 pcs of sponge filters
  • Manufacture: Aquapapa, Inc
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquapapa
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Aquapapa Final Thoughts

"Just a low hum."

They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. Once I found that, the world was right again. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. I took it apart reassemble it and it's not pumping in the water.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(476 Points)

6. Eheim 6666 Pro 4+ Canister Filter

User Ratings: 47 24

Eheim 6666 First Impressions

"Really like the filter."

I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. The instructions are a bit to much for me. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. Overall I would recommend this item. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation.

  • Eheim 6666 Pro 4+ Canister Filter
  • This product is easy to use. This product adds a great value. This product is manufactured in Germany. This product is designed for pets and there use.
  • This new Filter doesn't just boast a new sleek Black color but it also has a range extender function
  • As with most Eheim filters, the Pro4+ comes complete with Filter Pads and media and all installation Equipment
  • Country Of Origin: Germany
  • Manufacture: Prime Pet Deals - Code 2
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 6 inches; 8 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Eheim 6666
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

Eheim 6666 Final Thoughts

"I love this filter."

Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Following morning it was running quietly. , that's what makes this so funny.

Overall Score
3.5

[star rating="3.5"]
(40 Points)

7. Brother123shop 9W Sterilizer UV Aquarium Gallon Filter with Pump Submersible 75 Gallon

User Ratings: 67 11

Brother123shop First Impressions

"Huge capacity."

It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters.

  • Brother123shop 9W Sterilizer UV Aquarium Gallon Filter with Pump Submersible 75 Gallon
  • UV Power: 9 Watts (G23 Base)
  • Pump Power: 8 Watt
  • Max Flow: 211gph
  • Max Tank Size: 75 Gallon
  • 9W UVC Light Bulb Included
  • Manufacture: United State
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Brother123shop
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Brother123shop Final Thoughts

"My fault not theirs."

This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! , that's what makes this so funny. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish.

Overall Score
4.2

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

8. API NITRA-ZORB SIZE 6 Aquarium Canister Filter Filtration Pouch 1-Count Bag, Model:110A

User Ratings: 70 5

API 110A First Impressions

"Just buy it!"

There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. , that's what makes this so funny. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together.

  • API NITRA-ZORB SIZE 6 Aquarium Canister Filter Filtration Pouch 1-Count Bag, Model:110A
  • Contains one (1) API NITRA-ZORB SIZE 6 Aquarium Canister Filter Filtration Pouch 1-Count Bag
  • Removes toxins that can be harmful to fish and lead to algae growth.
  • Removes ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate from aquarium water.
  • Easy-to-use pre-dosed pouch fits most canister filters on the market, for use in freshwater aquariums
  • Use when starting a new aquarium and when ammonia or nitrite is detected, replace every 2 months.
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 9.5 inches; 8.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 110A
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

API 110A Final Thoughts

"Just a tip!"

It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(1052 Points)

9. MarineLand Penguin 100 Power Filter, 100 GPH (PF0100B),Black

User Ratings: 65 10

MarineLand PF0100B First Impressions

"Coarse, medium, and fine."

I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. Once I found that, the world was right again.

  • MarineLand Penguin 100 Power Filter, 100 GPH (PF0100B),Black
  • 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.
  • COMPATIBILITY: Use with Marineland Rite-Size Filter Cartridges (see individual filter for sizing recommendations).
  • FIVE SIZES: Available in 75 GPH, 100 GPH, 150 GPH, 200 GPH and 350 GPH sizes.
  • Age Range Description: all ranges
  • Included Components: Marineland Penguin 100 Power Filter (upto 20 gal)
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Item Weight: 1.65 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand PF0100B
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

MarineLand PF0100B Final Thoughts

"You'll be happy with it."

It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(2320 Points)

10. Dymax Slim Flo Hang On Tank Aquarium Filter

User Ratings: 67 10

Dymax First Impressions

"A THUMBS UP."

Early on it seems to be working as advertised. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. It wasn't producing much surface agitation.

  • Dymax Slim Flo Hang On Tank Aquarium Filter
  • Manufacture: Dymax
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Dymax
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Dymax Final Thoughts

"Suuuuupppeeerrrr Quiet."

My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years. I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up.

Overall Score
4.2

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

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