Editor's Choice - Our Favorite boxtech Aquarium Filters

1. boxtech Aquarium Hang On Filter - Power Waterfall Suspension Oxygen Pump - Submersible Hanging Activ...

User Ratings: 52 14

boxtech 4346783286 First Impressions

"It's priced awesome!"

I had to cut the hood to make it work. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. Overall I would recommend this item. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them.

  • boxtech Aquarium Hang On Filter - Power Waterfall Suspension Oxygen Pump - Submersible Hanging Activated Carbon Biochemical Wall Mounted Fish Tank Filtration Water
  • 3 in 1 Multi-function filter: Aquarium filter has the function for filtration,oxygen aeration and clearing oil-film, a variety functions provide by ultra-thin design filter, perfect for your fish tank.
  • Low noise: Filter motor running will not bring noise, will not affect the life and mood.
  • Adjustable flow valve: The water flow is adjustable, dissolved oxygen for creature growing.Suitable water flow, fit for fish bowl and grass cylinder,so it satisfy your various demand.
  • Hanging on filter with filter plate design:can increased filter strage space,also clean up aquarium fish feces, create a clean environment for your lovely fish.
  • Safe material: The fish tank filter made of ABS plastic,strong, quiet and durable
  • Prevent clogging of the pumping port
  • Removable cleaning
  • Prevent small fish from being sucked away
  • Manufacture: Boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 4.72 x 3.54 inches; 9.59 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech 4346783286
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boxtech 4346783286 Final Thoughts

"I bought an FX6 in 2013."

You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. This lives up to the praise that people give it. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great!

Overall Score
3.8


(836 Points)

2. 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
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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


(2320 Points)

3. NO.17 Submersible Aquarium Internal Filter, Adjustable Fish Tank Filter with Water Pump for Fish Tan...

User Ratings: 61 8

NO.17 First Impressions

"That also didn't work."

This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water.

  • NO.17 Submersible Aquarium Internal Filter, Adjustable Fish Tank Filter with Water Pump for Fish Tank
  • [8W AQUARIUM FILTER]: This Fish Tank Internal Filter is a system that create a clean and fresh living environment for your lovely fish. 8 watt is perfect for 10-50 gallon large aquariums.
  • [ADJUSTABLE 200 GPH WATER PUMP]: Max Flow Rate: 200 GPH(800L/H), Max Lift height: up to 3.28 Feet.(Length of power cord:1.6M=5.25ft). This water pump is designed for reliability and ultra-quiet operation, and you have a key to adjust the flow rate.
  • [2NOZZLE, 2 MODEL]: In this package, there have 2 nozzle, you could choose 2 nozzle to clean and fresh your aquarium.
  • [MULTIPLE FILTER MEDIA]: The filter with multiple filter media for all filtration purposes. Your lovely fish or turtle will have a clean and fresh environment for living.
  • [WARRANTY]: All products purchased from our company are guaranteed to keep in good repair for 180 days.If quality problems happen in guaranteed period, our company will maintain for free.
  • Manufacture: NO.17
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NO.17
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NO.17 Final Thoughts

"Try it you wont be sorry."

The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. Never ever ever use it past a year. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon.

Overall Score
4.1


(1222 Points)

4. LiquaGen - Aquarium Reef Reverse Osmosis RO/DI Water Filter System + TDS Meter, Pressure Gauge and P...

User Ratings: 80

LiquaGen 617629986662 First Impressions

"A little goes a long way."

Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it.

  • LiquaGen - Aquarium Reef Reverse Osmosis RO/DI Water Filter System + TDS Meter, Pressure Gauge and Patented Waste Water Reducer - ERP 1000 | Flow Rate Increaser with Chloramine Removal
  • The ultimate filtration system for reef tanks, salt water/fresh water aquarium's & other applications where ultra-pure water is necessary. Install in minutes. No membrane flushing required.
  • The patent permeate pump reduces the waste water by 80% & increases the flow by 2 times. No electricity required. Even if you water pressure is low the system will make sure the flow stays at an optimal level.
  • The pressure gauge makes it easy to tell when the filters needs to be replaced and water pressure levels for supreme water filter performance at all times. 150 Gallons per day water filtration capacity. MADE IN THE USA.
  • HM Digital TDS meter helps monitor the water quality ensuring 0 TDS water at all times. Pre soaked activated filters don't need to be flushed saving you valuable time & increases the life of the RO membrane by at least 2 years!
  • Removes up to 99% contaminants for safe 0 TDS/PPM water. This is the ultimate RO/DI system.
  • Manufacture: LiquaGen Water Technology
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 7 x 16 inches; 14.5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LiquaGen 617629986662
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LiquaGen 617629986662 Final Thoughts

"No need to unplug."

This lives up to the praise that people give it. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

Overall Score
4.6


(37 Points)

5. Imagitarium Replacement F Filter Rectagular Sponges, Pack of 2

User Ratings: 79

Imagitarium First Impressions

"Expensive."

I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. Just rinse them out once a month, don't throw that beneficial bacteria away. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue.

  • Imagitarium Replacement F Filter Rectagular Sponges, Pack of 2
  • Replacement Filter Sponges from Imagitarium
  • Use with Imagitarium aquariums and filters compatible with Replacement F Filter Rectangular Sponges
  • Helps remove impurities from water
  • Simple to use and install
  • Manufacture: Imagitarium
  • Item Weight: 0.915 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Imagitarium
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Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"5 minutes."

The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! Once I found that, the world was right again.

Overall Score
4.7


(22 Points)

6. SeaChem Large Aquarium Fish Tank Filter, Tidal 55 Gallon (200 Liters) by Sicce

User Ratings: 78 5

Seachem 67106500 First Impressions

"And SILENCE."

, that's what makes this so funny. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. I had a lot of particles in the water.

  • SeaChem Large Aquarium Fish Tank Filter, Tidal 55 Gallon (200 Liters) by Sicce
  • Hang on Filter for Aquariums up to 55 Gallons
  • For Freshwater or Saltwater tanks.
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 6 x 15 inches; 2.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 67106500
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Seachem 67106500 Final Thoughts

"Not ideal but it works."

MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design.

Overall Score
4.6


(373 Points)

7. 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)

8. 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
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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)

9. API FILSTAR XP Canister Filter Spare Parts Such as Canister Clips, Quick Disconnect, Gasket, impelle...

User Ratings: 74 7

API 720D First Impressions

"In one day crystal clear."

The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. Overall I would recommend this item. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud.

  • API FILSTAR XP Canister Filter Spare Parts Such as Canister Clips, Quick Disconnect, Gasket, impellers and More
  • Contains one (1) API FILSTAR XP QUICK DISCONNECT Aquarium Canister Filter Spare Part 1-Count
  • Replacement quick disconnect for API FILSTAR XP S, M, L, XL (or RENA FILSTAR xP1, xP2, xP3, and xP4) canister filters
  • Includes one quick disconnect with O rings.
  • Manufacture: Mars Fishcare Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 8.13 x 2.25 x 8 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 720D
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API 720D Final Thoughts

"Like brand new."

The filter stopped working all of a sudden. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish.

Overall Score
4.4


(758 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
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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


(59 Points)

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