Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Fluval Aquarium Filters

1. Fluval External Filter

User Ratings: 74 9

Fluval A217 First Impressions

"My fault not theirs."

There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! I put it together, reading instructions of course. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon.

  • Fluval External Filter
  • Multi stage filtration for healthy fresh & saltwater aquariums
  • Suitable for aquariums up to 100 gallons. Flow Rate: 1450 LPH (383 US GPH)
  • Sound dampening impeller design for a quieter operation. The Fluval 406 Canister Filter has a unique square shaped canister design that holds 35 to 50 percent more water than round canister filters of similar size allowing better water flow through a complex cleansing path that maximizes contact with the filtration media
  • Equipped with a clog proof intake strainer and a dual layer foam screen. To prevent water from dripping onto the receptacle or plug,a “drip loop” should be arranged by the user in the cord connecting appliance to a receptacle
  • Built with a patented Aqua stop Valve, multiple filtration baskets, and rim connector assemblies; 3 year warranty.Media Capacity: 8.5 L
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 14.5 x 17.8 inches; 10 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval A217
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  • Affordability

Fluval A217 Final Thoughts

"SAME THING!"

In the afternoon the noises started again. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail.

Overall Score
4.4


(2951 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Fluval Aquarium Filters

2. Fluval High Performance Aquarium Filter

User Ratings: 86 5

Fluval A219 First Impressions

"I was to tire to fix it."

This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW.

  • Fluval High Performance Aquarium Filter
  • Multi-Stage Filter that produces healthy aquarium water, freshwater or marine aquariums
  • Features Smart Pump Technology for optimal filter performance, efficiency and management
  • Self-starting filter-just add water and plug in. Head height (maximum): 3. 3 m (10. 8 feet)
  • For aquariums up to 400 gallons
  • Multi-stage filter pumps out an astounding 925 gallons (3500 L) of water per hour
  • Smart Pump – advanced microchip technology continuously monitors and optimizes pump performance
  • Self-starting – just add water, plug in and Smart Pump will take over. Trapped air auto-evacuated every 12 hours to ensure maximum efficiency
  • Easy water changes eliminate need to lift heavy buckets. Simply attach hosing to output (Kit sold separately) and Smart Pump does the rest
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 20 inches; 19.9 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval A219
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Fluval A219 Final Thoughts

"Came on time."

I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

Overall Score
4.7


(1919 Points)

3. Fluval 107 Perfomance Canister Filter

User Ratings: 72 8

Fluval A440 First Impressions

"Not ideal but it works."

It wasn't producing much surface agitation. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Unlike my old HOB filter, it doesn't sound like a leaky toilet. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Overall I would recommend this item. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else.

  • Fluval 107 Perfomance Canister Filter
  • Ergonomic design and raised lip for smoother operation
  • Single action dual locking clamps for quick release & attachment
  • New center handle allows Main media stack to be removed
  • Redesigned system – requires less pumps to engage
  • The all-new 07 series marks the 7th incarnation in nearly 4 decades of fluval’s top selling canister Filter family Worldwide. Not only does the latest generation incorporate the power and reliability you’ve come to expect from the leader in aquatic filtration, but it also features several new performance upgrades that make it up to 25% quieter and more robust, energy-efficient, flexible and easier to use than ever before
  • Manufacture: Hagen
  • Item Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval A440
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Fluval A440 Final Thoughts

"A few tips."

I had a lot of particles in the water. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation.

Overall Score
4.4


(279 Points)

4. Penn Plax Cascade 400 Internal Bio Filters for Aquariums (3 Pack)

User Ratings: 85

Penn-Plax First Impressions

"Not ideal but it works."

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. Fill it up with water before you plug it in.

  • Penn Plax Cascade 400 Internal Bio Filters for Aquariums (3 Pack)
  • Pack of 3 Penn Plax Cascade 400 Internal Bio Filters for Aquariums
  • Convenient, no-fuss replacement cartridges for your Cascade 400 internal power filter.
  • Optimizes the colonization of beneficial aerobic bacteria.
  • Easy-to-replace disposable filters.
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 4 inches; 2.65 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax
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Penn-Plax Final Thoughts

"No effect."

Get it and take heed to what I wrote. This lives up to the praise that people give it. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.8


(6 Points)

5. Penn Plax Cascade Marlin Canister Filter

User Ratings: 37 7

Penn-Plax First Impressions

"It just starts right up."

That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right.

  • Penn Plax Cascade Marlin Canister Filter
  • Clean, Crystal-Clear Water for Fresh and Marine Aquariums
  • Manufacture: Penn-Plax
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax
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Penn-Plax Final Thoughts

"Very pleased!"

Overall I would recommend this item. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. I was worried about some of the negative reviews.

Overall Score
3.8


(14 Points)

6. JOR Shrimp Filter, Underwater Center Aquarium Filter, Perfect for Shrimp & Crayfish, Works for Tropi...

User Ratings: 65 17

JOR First Impressions

"It was an Awesome filter!"

I have had no issues with it being to loud. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy.

  • JOR Shrimp Filter, Underwater Center Aquarium Filter, Perfect for Shrimp & Crayfish, Works for Tropical Fish & Breeder Aquarium, Must-Have for Aquarium Hobbyist, 10-Gallon
  • REPLACE THE TRADITIONAL H-O-B, CANISTER FILTERS --- Gone are the days when you got to change the cartridges and filter media almost every week. The handy filter by Jor will do the same job economically and quickly.
  • PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD FOR SHRIMP --- The minor bubbles that are created by our sponge filter creates a nominal current, adding in bubbling water. This will encourage them to continue breeding and spawning comfortably. Also, the sponge filter makes a home for Shrimp food supplementing their daily dose of diet or food intake.
  • GREAT DESIGN FOR CRYSTAL RED, AMANO, CRAYFISH, CHERRY RED, GHOST SHRIMP --- Shrimps, Crayfish and other small fish will NEVER get stuck up into the filter. These fish, especially Shrimp, generally don’t like vigorous currents, they prefer calm and steady water. This filter is designed to have slow current to easily let Crystal red, Amano, Crayfish, Cherry red, & Ghost Shrimp, continue breeding and spawning comfortably.
  • PERFECT FOR UP TO 10.5 GALLON TANK WHEN USED SINGLY --- It only requires an air pump and airline tubing (sold separately) to work. These create numerous minute bubbles for increased oxygen flow. Simply connect an air pump to the top-center of the filter, then place it in your tank. Please note, the base of this noiseless filter is not weighted, so you may need to weigh it down. It is suitable for tanks up to size 10.5 gallons. Use 2 or more filters in larger tanks.
  • EASY TO WASH & REUSE --- This low-cost sponge filter can be used multiple times. Instead of tap water, use water from the tank during a water change. Simply rinse and squeeze a few times, until you see the water run clear from the sponge.
  • Manufacture: JOR
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JOR
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JOR Final Thoughts

"No issues."

It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. Really happy with the money I was able to save. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50.

Overall Score
4.1


(7 Points)

7. AQUA-TECH Power Aquarium Filter, 5 to 15-Gallon Aquariums

User Ratings: 61 15

AQUA-TECH ML90737-00 First Impressions

"Definitely a good buy."

I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Really happy with the money I was able to save. In the afternoon the noises started again. I've think I've had had six of them. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with.

  • AQUA-TECH Power Aquarium Filter, 5 to 15-Gallon Aquariums
  • For 5 to 15 gallon aquariums
  • Two year warranty
  • Advanced 3 step filtration
  • Comes with one AQUA-Tech EZ-Change #1 Filter Cartridge
  • Traps dirt, removes impurities and offers maximum water to carbon contact
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 4.88 x 5.19 x 7.63 inches; 1.25 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH ML90737-00
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AQUA-TECH ML90737-00 Final Thoughts

"So who knows."

Works like a dream and can't even hear it! You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. Get it and take heed to what I wrote.

Overall Score
4.0


(520 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. JBJ 4-Stage Reaction Canister Filter with UV Sterilizer for Aquarium

User Ratings: 49 11

JBJ EFU-45 First Impressions

"I bought an FX6 in 2013."

I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement.

  • JBJ 4-Stage Reaction Canister Filter with UV Sterilizer for Aquarium
  • Aquarium canister filter
  • UV sterilizer
  • Up to 175 gallon
  • Item Package Weight: 20.5
  • Included components: Aquarium Media
  • Manufacture: Transworld Aquatic
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 11.5 x 14 inches; 20.5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JBJ EFU-45
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JBJ EFU-45 Final Thoughts

"Best to you all!"

I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! Also the maker should review the pump design. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's.

Overall Score
3.7


(21 Points)

10. Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power Filter 50

User Ratings: 66 10

Aqueon 100106117 First Impressions

"No worries there."

Just rinse them out once a month, don't throw that beneficial bacteria away. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking.

  • Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power Filter 50
  • Provides mechanical, chemical, biological filtration plus additional assistance with the Aqueon specialty filter pads
  • Self-priming – starts up automatically after cleaning or power interruptions.
  • Certified flow rates that assure proper water circulation for improved fish health
  • LED indicator light flashes when it’s time to replace clogged cartridges by monitoring actual water levels.
  • Internal pump design helps dampen noise and eliminate leaks
  • Lifetime warranty; Ideal for aquariums up to 50 gallons
  • Uses large Aqueon replacement cartridges
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.9 x 4.1 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106117
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Aqueon 100106117 Final Thoughts

"It's priced awesome!"

This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. I put it together, reading instructions of course. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly.

Overall Score
4.2


(690 Points)

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