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
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • 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
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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. Aquarium Turtle Filter Waterfall Flow Water Clean Pump Bio-Filtration for Reptiles Tank Low Level Wa...

User Ratings: 55 13

JackSuper First Impressions

"MINE IS VERY QUIET."

I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. In the afternoon the noises started again. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. I've think I've had had six of them. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit.

  • Aquarium Turtle Filter Waterfall Flow Water Clean Pump Bio-Filtration for Reptiles Tank Low Level Waterfall Filter for Small Fish Tank Turtle Tank Shrimp Tank Amphibian Frog Crab
  • We have the 90 days replacement and the refund service. All the emails will be replied within 24 hours. We have lifetime technique support, please feel free to contact us for any quality problem. We will do our best to help you.
  • Perfect Aquarium filter for aquatic turtle tanks, Reptiles, Amphibians, Frog, Cichlids, Newt or Fish tank in any aquarium up to 40 gallons
  • Easy to install,Water filter pump can be hung on the aquarium or fixed with sucker. Low water level capability(Lowest water level 1.6inch/4cm)
  • Water circulation and cleaning:this turtle filter helps water cycling,the Activated carbon cartridges and bio ball help clean water,absorbs odors and discoloration,provide a healthy water for your aquarium
  • High performance, the motor set under the water,more quiet than external filter,you can creat a waterfall with rock inside the fish tank
  • Filter waste and stop the waste go into power head
  • Protect your filter power head and prevent small fish or animal suck in the filter.
  • absorbs odors and discoloration
  • Manufacture: JackSupermall
  • Product Dimensions: 8.27 x 3.66 x 2.76 inches; 14.39 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JackSuper
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

JackSuper Final Thoughts

"This is the one."

I had a lot of particles in the water. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! It's easy to clean and we all know about easy.

Overall Score
3.9


(763 Points)

5. Premier Replacement Filters for 5 or 6 Stage Aquarium Reef Reverse Osmosis RO/DI Water Systems (Sedi...

User Ratings: 78

Premier First Impressions

"I love this filter."

You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. I took it apart reassemble it and it's not pumping in the water. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing.

  • Premier Replacement Filters for 5 or 6 Stage Aquarium Reef Reverse Osmosis RO/DI Water Systems (Sediment, GAC, Carbon, 2 DI Filters)
  • This replacement kit is great for aquariums, laboratory testing, and other applications where ultra-pure water is necessary
  • 0 PPM Water guaranteed. Quick & easy filter change. Long lasting premium quality filters
  • Filter Life: Pre Filters (Stage - 1,2,3) - 1 Year , DI Cartridge -1 Year. The life depends on the water quality, temperature, usage, and water pressure. (Membranes Sold Separately- Replace every-2 Years)
  • Set Includes: Sediment Block, GAC, Carbon Block, 1 or 2 Deionization Cartridges
  • 2.75 x 9.75" Filters. Fits Standard 10" RO Housing. Reference: B072FLZQR2 or B01MTK8KAM Systems
  • Manufacture: Premier
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Premier
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Premier Final Thoughts

"Peace out Amazonians."

I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself.

Overall Score
4.5


(18 Points)

6. Aqueon 100534682 QuietFlow Internal Shrimp Filter for Freshwater Aquariums up to 20 Gallons, Size 20...

User Ratings: 65 9

Aqueon 100534682 First Impressions

"Not ideal but it works."

Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. Following morning it was running quietly. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out.

  • Aqueon 100534682 QuietFlow Internal Shrimp Filter for Freshwater Aquariums up to 20 Gallons, Size 20, Black
  • Internal filter for freshwater tanks up to 20 gallons
  • Intake grid and pre-filter sponge protect shrimp and small fish
  • Preloaded with a replaceable carbon cartridge for chemical filtration
  • Comes with hooks and suction cups for use with either traditional or frameless aquariums
  • Aqueon QuietFlow Internal Shrimp Filter is recommended for small freshwater tanks containing ghost, amaro, cherry, crystal and bee, or bamboo shrimp
  • Included Components: All Items As Per Description, Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: AQUEON
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.5 x 8 inches; 1.25 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100534682
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100534682 Final Thoughts

"Very pleased!"

That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart.

Overall Score
4.1


(10 Points)

7. 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
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

8. Polar Aurora 265GPH / 266GPH / 370GPH / 525GPH External Aquarium Filter with Builtin Pump Kit Canist...

User Ratings: 69 7

Polar Aurora First Impressions

"Works great."

I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. This lives up to the praise that people give it. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions.

  • Polar Aurora 265GPH / 266GPH / 370GPH / 525GPH External Aquarium Filter with Builtin Pump Kit Canister (266/370 / 525 GPH with Light)
  • Good for up to 75 gallon fish tanks SunSun parts can be applied Flow rate: 264 GPH (1000L/hr) Pump Power: 18W Hose size: 3/4" Max-H: 4.6 feet
  • 3 media trays capable of handling your choice of filtration media; Comes with an adjustable spray bar. This is a helpful feature if you want to adjust the output flow from the filter. No Light!!!
  • Convenient self-priming pump that eliminates the need for manual siphoning; Single valve disconnect & priming pump ease routine maintenance
  • Canister filters for aquariums use high water pressure, from a properly powered pump, to force water through the dense filter media. A pump can draw water from an under-gravel filter, and run it into a canister for double filtration
  • The three flexible media trays allow you to add other filtration media such as SunSun's activated carbons, ceramic rings or bio-balls to achieve excellent mechanical, chemical, and biological filtration.
  • 3 stages of filtration
  • 110-120V 50-60Hz
  • Max height: 4.6 feet
  • Manufacture: Polar Aurora
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 16 inches; 11.75 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Polar Aurora
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Polar Aurora Final Thoughts

"This thing is super loud!"

They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. I have had no issues with it being to loud. The instructions are a bit to much for me. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon.

Overall Score
4.4


(679 Points)

9. Marineland Emperor 400 Pro Series Bio-wheel Power Filter - Up to 80 gallon, Rite Size "E"

User Ratings: 71 6

MarineLand PF0400BD First Impressions

"IMPORTANT!"

I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. Just rinse them out once a month, don't throw that beneficial bacteria away. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself.

  • Marineland Emperor 400 Pro Series Bio-wheel Power Filter - Up to 80 gallon, Rite Size "E"
  • 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.
  • POWERFUL: Certified flow rate of 400 GPH in aquariums up to 80 gallons.
  • MARINELAND FILTRATION PRODUCTS: Count on Marineland brand for the most reliable, technically advanced aquariums and accessories on the market.
  • REPLACEMENT CARTRIDGES: Use with two Marineland Rite-Size E Filter Cartridges (purple label).
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Item Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 7 x 10.5 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand PF0400BD
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MarineLand PF0400BD Final Thoughts

"I hope this helped."

I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. Never ever ever use it past a year. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad.

Overall Score
4.4


(856 Points)

10. Tetra ReptoFilter Filter Cartridges, Medium, 3-Pack, fit the ReptoFilter 90GPH

User Ratings: 84 2

Tetra First Impressions

"Since then no problems."

MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests.

  • Tetra ReptoFilter Filter Cartridges, Medium, 3-Pack, fit the ReptoFilter 90GPH
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra Final Thoughts

"5 minutes."

They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! Works like a dream and can't even hear it! I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. Worst case is that the motor could burn out. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out.

Overall Score
4.7


(198 Points)

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