Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Corner Aquarium Filters

1. Powkoo Aquairum Fish Tank Corner Sponge Filter Mini Sponge Filter,Tank Size: 10 Gallon

User Ratings: 74 4

Powkoo First Impressions

"One piece of advice."

I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. Once I found that, the world was right again. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's.

  • Powkoo Aquairum Fish Tank Corner Sponge Filter Mini Sponge Filter,Tank Size: 10 Gallon
  • 4-layer corner sponge filter -- provide excellent both mechanical and biological filtration, air powered, works great without noise, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean【Fit fish tank size: 1 to 10 gallon】
  • High density porous 60ppi fine sponge, unique fan-shaped ribbing sponges, traps floating debris and fine particles, increase oxygen, provides ideal location for beneficial nitrifying bacteria to colonize
  • Easy to setup: connect the tube to the air pump and connect it to the filter, plug it in, it works, provide both aeration and filtration for your fish. Tips: squeeze out the air in the sponge when you put it underwater, then it will suck into water and keep down at the bottom
  • Easy to clean: simply rinse and squeeze sponge in used tank water, recommend to replace bio sponge every 6 months to ensure filtration effect and growth of nitrifying bacteria
  • Corner shape fits well in any corner, little sponge filter doesn't take up too much room, great bio sponge filter for betta tank, angelfish, fry, goldfish, baby fish, shrimp, small fish, breeding tank. can be used as pre-filtration unit by fitting to an external or a top filter
  • Manufacture: HJK
  • Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 2.17 x 4.72 inches; 2.88 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Powkoo
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Powkoo Final Thoughts

"No effect."

You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. , that's what makes this so funny. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. I have had no issues with it being to loud. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running.

Overall Score
4.5

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

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Corner Aquarium Filters

2. HITOP Submersible Aquarium Internal Filter, Adjustable Underwater Filter, Corner Filter with Water P...

User Ratings: 44 18

HITOP HP-118 First Impressions

"Not ideal but it works."

This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Also the maker should review the pump design. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends.

  • HITOP Submersible Aquarium Internal Filter, Adjustable Underwater Filter, Corner Filter with Water Pump for Fish Tank up to 20 Gallon
  • 3W Internal Filter: This aquarium filter quietly delivers 55 gallons per hour of crystal-clear water for your lovely fish, suitable for fresh or marine aquarium, perfect for 5 to 20 gallons, ideal choice for aquarium or turtle/aquatic reptiles use.
  • Adjustable 55 GPH Water Pump, pump head with adjustable and directional water flow, spray bar option allows you to distribute water evenly helping aerate your tank.
  • Space saving corner filter design, 5.7 x 1.6 x 2.4 in / 14.5 x 4 x 6cm, fish tank filter can be placed horizontally and easily hidden.
  • 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: Offer 12 months warranty, leaves no worries for your purchase.
  • Manufacture: Haisen
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HITOP HP-118
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.9']

HITOP HP-118 Final Thoughts

"Turtle tank."

I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! Overall I would recommend this item. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(291 Points)

3. Penn-Plax 610 Cascade Corner Filter

User Ratings: 62 8

Penn-Plax 07194 First Impressions

"A THUMBS UP."

I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever.

  • Penn-Plax 610 Cascade Corner Filter
  • Space saving corner design
  • Fully submersible filter quietly delivers 160 gallons per hour of crystal clear water for your fresh or marine aquarium up to 50 gallons in size
  • Spray bar option allows you to distribute water evenly helping aerate your tank
  • Can be placed horizontally and is easily hidden
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 12 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax 07194
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Penn-Plax 07194 Final Thoughts

"Seriously."

The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time.

Overall Score
4.2

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

4. Aquapapa Corner Filter Air Driven Bio Sponge Ceramic for Fry Shrimp Nano Fish Tank Aquarium XY-2008 ...

User Ratings: 71 2

Aquapapa AQ_XY-2008 First Impressions

"Yeah, no no no!"

Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. Following morning it was running quietly. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium.

  • Aquapapa Corner Filter Air Driven Bio Sponge Ceramic for Fry Shrimp Nano Fish Tank Aquarium XY-2008 (Ship from CA USA)
  • With multi-layer sponge filters, this corner filter combines physical and biochemical filtration for your fish and increases the oxygen solubility. The top layer of white filter pad serves a mechanical filtration, and the black bio-sponge and ceramic rings work as a biochemical filtration and support colonization of beneficial bacteria.
  • Quiet filtering system. Especially good for breeding small fish. Efficiently remove toxic waste and maintain clean water for your fish.
  • Easy to maintain. Just take out the sponge and rinse well when it becomes dirty. It's complete set and includes all the filter components - gravel, ceramic, sponge, etc.
  • Each unit requires an air pump and airline tubing to operate together (sold separately, not included).
  • Dimensions: 2-7/8”R x 3-3/4”H. Max tank size: up to 20 gal.
  • Manufacture: Aquapapa
  • Product Dimensions: 4.33 x 2.95 x 4.33 inches; 9.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquapapa AQ_XY-2008
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Aquapapa AQ_XY-2008 Final Thoughts

"This is the one."

I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter.

Overall Score
4.5

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

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Corner Aquarium Filters

5. Penn-Plax 455 Cascade Corner Filter

User Ratings: 50 10

Penn-Plax 07193 First Impressions

"Will UPDATE!"

Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions.

  • Penn-Plax 455 Cascade Corner Filter
  • Space saving corner design
  • Fully submersible filter quietly delivers 120 gallons per hour of crystal clear water for your fresh or marine aquarium up to 20 gallons in size
  • Spray bar option allows you to distribute water evenly helping aerate your tank
  • Can be placed horizontally and is easily hidden
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 11 inches; 1.1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax 07193
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.4']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.3']

Penn-Plax 07193 Final Thoughts

"Disappointing."

It wasn't producing much surface agitation. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. I put it together, reading instructions of course.

Overall Score
4.0

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

6. hygger Aquarium Single Sponge Filter, Comes with 1 Spare Sponges, Quiet Submersible Foam Corner Filt...

User Ratings: 70 2

hygger First Impressions

"This is the one."

I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale.

  • hygger Aquarium Single Sponge Filter, Comes with 1 Spare Sponges, Quiet Submersible Foam Corner Filter for Small Fish Tank 5-15 Gallon
  • 【Multi-filtration functions】this sponge aquarium filter combines bio-filtration, oxygenation and physical filtration in one and also makes small water flow, which can ensure the excellence of the water quality. Helps your small fish or shrimp to live a happy, healthy life
  • 【Single Filter Demension 】this single sponge filter takes up no more room, perfect for use in 5-15 gallon fish tank. This small filter is 3.7" in width and 7.5" to 10.6" in height, the sponge inside circle diameter is 0.39 inch
  • 【Package Includes】1 single sponge filter + 1 spare sponge+ 2 suction cups are included in a pack. This aquarium filter must be used with an air pupm and a standard size 4mm air hose, please note pump, media balls and air hose are not included. Please choose an air pump according to your fish tank size for this filter
  • 【Removable Fine Sponges 】you can easy to take down the sponge from the filter to clean or replace it, the sponge is fine not coarse, which means more surface area for beneficial bacteri to live on. Don't use tap water to clean it, just rinse or squeeze the sponges by using the aquarium water
  • 【Easy to use】all the parts of this filter are detachable, you can easily to assemble them together, with 2 strong suction cups you can stick the filter firmly to any tank position under water, withouting floating. The water oulet tube can be extended and rotated, you can adjust the outlet to above or below the waterline
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

hygger Final Thoughts

"Its AMAZING."

It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. Unlike my old HOB filter, it doesn't sound like a leaky toilet.

Overall Score
4.5

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

7. Penn-Plax 325 Cascade Corner Filter

User Ratings: 61 10

Penn-Plax 07192 First Impressions

"Not my case!"

I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. I took it apart reassemble it and it's not pumping in the water. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up.

  • Penn-Plax 325 Cascade Corner Filter
  • Space saving corner design
  • Fully submersible filter quietly delivers 85 gallons per hour of crystal clear water for your fresh or marine aquarium up to 10 gallons in size
  • Spray bar option allows you to distribute water evenly helping aerate your tank
  • Can be placed horizontally and is easily hidden
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2 x 7 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax 07192
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Penn-Plax 07192 Final Thoughts

"AFTER 3 DAYS."

Works like a dream and can't even hear it! However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. I had a lot of particles in the water. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. Unlike my old HOB filter, it doesn't sound like a leaky toilet. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever.

Overall Score
4.2

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

8. EmmaWu Turtle Filter Low Water Level Aquarium Filter Waterfall Flow Submersible Turtle Tank Filter (...

User Ratings: 61 3

EmmaWu First Impressions

"Coarse, medium, and fine."

BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. Once I found that, the world was right again. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read.

  • EmmaWu Turtle Filter Low Water Level Aquarium Filter Waterfall Flow Submersible Turtle Tank Filter (Black)
  • The bio-filtration system could physically remove the large particles and substance and biologically degrade discharge by turtles, crabs, fish and other animals.
  • The waterfall system could add enough oxygen in water, which help beneficial microbes grow;
  • Very room saving, only need a corner in the tank;
  • Lowest water level height is 2.4 inch, which let turtles breath easily;
  • Extra long cord, 4 feet, make it easy to put the filter in any place in the tank.
  • Manufacture: EmmaWu
  • Editor's Impressions Of The EmmaWu
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

EmmaWu Final Thoughts

"All around great product."

Get it and take heed to what I wrote. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. Worst case is that the motor could burn out. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon.

Overall Score
4.3

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

9. SunGrow Sponge Betta Filter, 3x4 Inches, Multi-Layer Filtration System, Ultra Quiet Underwater Corne...

User Ratings: 57 6

SunGrow First Impressions

"And SILENCE."

SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. , that's what makes this so funny. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away.

  • SunGrow Sponge Betta Filter, 3x4 Inches, Multi-Layer Filtration System, Ultra Quiet Underwater Corner Filter, Excellent Oxygen Resource, Works in Tropical Fish and Shrimp Tanks
  • ✔ GREAT RESOURCE FOR OXYGEN --- The highly effective Sponge Betta Filter from SunGrow helps keep your aquatic pets and plants healthy and thriving by creating oxygen bubbles in your aquarium water. Just like humans, plants and pets need oxygen to survive. Keeping the square corner filter in your tank ensures that they always have a sufficient supply.
  • ✔ DROP OFF THE FEAR OF FISH OR FRY GETTING STUCK --- One internal multi-layered sponge filter works in any aquarium or fish tank up to 10 gallons. Additional sponge pads can be added to larger tanks. Unlike the traditional filters, the gentle, slow current keeps fry or small fish calm making it perfect for the betta, dwarf cichlids, guppies, shrimp, and fish breeding tanks or hatcheries, maternity, and fry tanks.
  • ✔ MULTIPLE LAYERS OF REFINEMENT IN ONE --- With three distinct layers of refinement, the Square Sponge from SunGrow has triple the strength of a single layer filter. A white cotton pad is a top layer while a green sponge is the second and maifanite gravel makes up the third layer.
  • ✔ HIGH-QUALITY, DURABLE MATERIALS --- The multi-layer corner filter is made of high-quality, durable materials. The high hardness plastic exterior houses an effective sponge filter, cotton filter and maifanite stone filter media.
  • ✔ EASY TO INSTALL WITH LOW-MAINTENANCE --- The square 4.3” x 3” (11cm x 7.5cm) sponge betta filter is placed directly into your aquarium or fish tank and you need to simply connect it to your air pump via airline. It is recommended that you place this in one corner of the tank so as to maintain the aquarium aesthetics and fish and other creatures move unhindered. For its optimal performance, rinse the filter every 3-4 weeks and replace it in every 4-6 months (depending on your specific usage).
  • Manufacture: MARIMO PET
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

SunGrow Final Thoughts

"I bought an FX6 in 2013."

My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I put it together, reading instructions of course. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter.

Overall Score
4.0

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

10. Powkoo Aquarium Sponge Filter Corner Filter Sponge Bio Filter Shrimp Fry Fish Tank Filter

User Ratings: 66 6

Powkoo First Impressions

"If anyone knows turtles."

Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! Early on it seems to be working as advertised. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud.

  • Powkoo Aquarium Sponge Filter Corner Filter Sponge Bio Filter Shrimp Fry Fish Tank Filter
  • 9 Layers corner sponge filter -- provide excellent both mechanical and biological filtration, air powered, works great without noise, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean
  • High density porous 60ppi sponges, unique ribbing shape sponge design, more surface, traps floating debris and fine particles, provides ideal location for bacterial colonization, the wedge shape as it fits prefect in the corners of your tanks and doesn't take up much space
  • Easy to set up: operated by an air pump to create numerous minute bubbles to increase dissolved oxygen content, comes with an internal air stone so the bubbles are smaller & more efficient
  • Easy to clean: simply rinse and squeeze sponge in used tank water, recommend to clean the sponge once one month. Tips: squeeze out the air in the sponge when you put it underwater, then it will suck into water and keep down at the bottom
  • 【Fits fish tank size: 20 to 60 gallon】The exhaust pipe height and nozzle is adjustable. Great bio sponge filter for bettas, angelfish, fry, goldfish, baby fish, shrimp, small fish, breeding tank.
  • Manufacture: Powkoo
  • Product Dimensions: 5.91 x 4.43 x 14.76 inches; 15.52 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Powkoo
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.9']

Powkoo Final Thoughts

"Not ideal but it works."

LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

Overall Score
4.4

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

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