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
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

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

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

2. ViaAqua Extra Thick Japanese Filter Mat Aquarium Koi Pond Media Pad Custom Fit Sizes

User Ratings: 52

ViaAqua First Impressions

"Seriously."

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media.

  • ViaAqua Extra Thick Japanese Filter Mat Aquarium Koi Pond Media Pad Custom Fit Sizes
  • Improved thicker design: 1.5" thick
  • The best biological media available
  • Very firm and rigid
  • Never need to replace, Sinking
  • Dimensions: 20" x 20" x 1.5"; Package includes: 1 x Japanese filter pad
  • Manufacture: Commodity Axis
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ViaAqua
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

ViaAqua Final Thoughts

"A very obvious waterfall."

Fill it up with water before you plug it in. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. This lives up to the praise that people give it. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read.

Overall Score
4.0

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

3. Aqua-Tech Power Aquarium Filter, 30 to 60-Gallon Aquariums

User Ratings: 76 5

AQUA-TECH ML90740-00 First Impressions

"Not ideal but it works."

Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. 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. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Overall I would recommend this item.

  • Aqua-Tech Power Aquarium Filter, 30 to 60-Gallon Aquariums
  • For 30 to 60 gallon aquariums
  • Two year warranty
  • Advanced 3 step filtration
  • Comes with one AQUA-Tech EZ-Change #3 Filter Cartridge
  • Traps dirt, removes impurities and offers maximum water to carbon contact
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 6.19 x 14.31 x 7.81 inches; 2.78 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH ML90740-00
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

AQUA-TECH ML90740-00 Final Thoughts

"One piece of advice."

If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. The instructions are a bit to much for me. I've think I've had had six of them. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(1384 Points)

4. Zoo Med Turtle Clean External Canister Filter, 50-Gallon

User Ratings: 56 25

Zoo Med TC50 First Impressions

"Very pleased!"

The instructions are a bit to much for me. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. 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.

  • Zoo Med Turtle Clean External Canister Filter, 50-Gallon
  • External canister filter with slimline design for tight spaces
  • 200 gallon per hour rating, ideal for turtle habitats up to 50 gallons in size
  • The included spray bar increases oxygenation to help support your turtles' health
  • Double filtering system with both carbon and ceramic filters and internal biological recirculation
  • Combines mechanical, biological, and chemical filtration to give your pets the cleanest, healthiest habitat
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.5 x 14.5 inches; 1.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med TC50
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

Zoo Med TC50 Final Thoughts

"This is not."

Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. Never ever ever use it past a year. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned.

Overall Score
3.7

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

5. WUPYI Aquarium External Filter Fish Tank External Filter Box Aquarium Filter Fish Tank Upper Trickle...

User Ratings: 82

WUPYI First Impressions

"No worries there."

Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. I've think I've had had six of them.

  • WUPYI Aquarium External Filter Fish Tank External Filter Box Aquarium Filter Fish Tank Upper Trickle Box Filters System 6-Drawer,Transparent
  • ★360 degree loop rain design, the flow rate is not fast, not sparse, the filter material is fully water, the dissolved oxygen is more sufficient, and the culture is more effective.
  • ★The scientific design of the 360 degree loop tube can effectively use the water flow to achieve a uniform drip effect, which can achieve the perfect balance between energy saving and dripping effect.
  • ★One-piece molding, the box truly "anti-overflow".Easy to clean and Change material, just open the box and change the filter material when needed
  • ★Plastic steel strengthens the bottom plate, which can bear the weight of 160 kg of solid plastic material base. It is not easy to deform and not bend when subjected to large gravity.
  • ★Guarantee the quality is the basic rule.WUPYI is dedicated to providing quality services, quality products and fast delivery(US WAREHOUSE). Any question,please contact us.
  • Manufacture: WUPYI
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WUPYI
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

WUPYI Final Thoughts

"+Great price."

This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! I had a lot of particles in the water. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(9 Points)

6. Top Fin EF-S Element Filter Cartridges (6 Count) for Fish Tank

User Ratings: 87

Top Fin First Impressions

"Peace out Amazonians."

I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

  • Top Fin EF-S Element Filter Cartridges (6 Count) for Fish Tank
  • Manufacture: Top Fin
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Top Fin
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Top Fin Final Thoughts

"Will UPDATE!"

It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. In the afternoon the noises started again. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with.

Overall Score
4.9

[star rating="4.9"]
(51 Points)

7. 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)

8. hygger 2-10 Gallon Aquarium Bubbler Filter Air Driven Small Fish Tank Sponge Filter for Betta Fish S...

User Ratings: 72 4

hygger First Impressions

"I bought an FX6 in 2013."

I was also having oxygen issues because of this. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. Really happy with the money I was able to save.

  • hygger 2-10 Gallon Aquarium Bubbler Filter Air Driven Small Fish Tank Sponge Filter for Betta Fish Shrimp Tank
  • Ultra Quiet Betta Filter - this air-driven fish tank filter is a motor free filter, super quiet, can only hear the smoothing sound of bubble bursting in the water surface
  • Effective Filtration - Mechanical pre-filter sponge captures debris and activated carbon for clean, clear aquarium water. Mini white bubbler stone produces constant, soft bubbles to agitate water, slow flow is great for betta fish, fry and shrimp
  • Compact - Single small filter measures 4.1" x 0.8" x 7.6", recommend for 2-5 gallon fresh and salt water aquariums ; Dual filter measures 7" x 0.8" x 7.6", recommend for 6-10 gallon freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • Single sponge filter kit comes with 1 filter+ 3 packs filter cartridges + 1 white air stone+ 1 hanging clip. Dual sponge filter kit comes with 2 filters+ 6 packs filter cartridges + 1 white air stone + 2 hanging clips. Replace filter cartridge every 2-4 weeks depends on how many fish you house
  • Easy to install - Connect aquarium filter with air tubing to air pump and ready to go (please note that 3/16 inch air tubing and air pump are excluded). Two suction cups and one hanger helps filter stays in place, no floating. Must be install vertically
  • Super quiet, you can only hear the smoothing sound of bubble flowing
  • Easy to assemble and use
  • Comes with extra filter cartridge to replace
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

hygger Final Thoughts

"SO THEREFORE."

My tank was a mess when I got this pump. I've think I've had had six of them. I had to cut the hood to make it work. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. Early on it seems to be working as advertised.

Overall Score
4.4

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

9. Tetra Whisper Power Filter 10 Gallons, Quiet 3-Stage aquarium Filtration (26316)

User Ratings: 60 11

Tetra 26316 First Impressions

"One piece of advice."

I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. My tank was a mess when I got this pump.

  • Tetra Whisper Power Filter 10 Gallons, Quiet 3-Stage aquarium Filtration (26316)
  • QUIET & RELIABLE The Tetra Whisper Power Filter uses 3-stage filtration to create clear clean water – PF 10 treats aquariums up to 10 gallons
  • ABSORBS ODORS Ultra-Activated carbon removes both odor and water discoloration
  • CATCHES DEBRIS Dense dual-sided mesh filters debris and fish waste
  • INNOVATIVE CLEANING POWER Integrated Stay Clean technology reduces buildup on glass and binds small dirt particles to make them easier to filter
  • CARTRIDGE REFILLS Change cartridges monthly uses medium-sized Tetra Whisper Bio-Bag Cartridges (refills sold separately)
  • Age Range Description: all ranges
  • Included Components: Whisper PF10 Aquarium Filter (5-10 Gal)
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 4.25 x 6 x 7.06 inches; 1.06 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 26316
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

Tetra 26316 Final Thoughts

"Five years later."

This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(2563 Points)

10. AquaClear Fish Tank Filter, Aquarium Filter for 10- to 30-Gallon Aquariums, 110v, A600A1

User Ratings: 71 8

AquaClear A600 First Impressions

"+Great price."

LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I've think I've had had six of them. I also don't like how short the intake tube is.

  • AquaClear Fish Tank Filter, Aquarium Filter for 10- to 30-Gallon Aquariums, 110v, A600A1
  • Aquarium filtration system that offers superior contact time with filter media and energy efficient pump lowers operating costs
  • Quick and easy installation, we recommend that you clean aquarium filter every two weeks for maximum operation and efficiency
  • Provides optimal mechanical, chemical, and biological filtrations
  • Comes equipped with AquaClear Foam, Activated Carbon Filter and BioMax and Cycle Guard for superior water quality
  • Filtration volume is up to 7 times larger than comparable fish tank filters
  • Lifetime warranty; ideal for aquariums up to 30 gallons
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 8.2 x 6.7 inches; 1.5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaClear A600
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.3']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

AquaClear A600 Final Thoughts

"Water crystal clear."

I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. Overall I would recommend this item. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(1824 Points)

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