Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Hagen Aquarium Filters

1. Hagen 15-Pack Marina Slim Aquarium Water Filter with Zeolite Plus Ceramic Cartridge

User Ratings: 77 2

Hagen 33194 First Impressions

"This is not."

The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering.

  • Hagen 15-Pack Marina Slim Aquarium Water Filter with Zeolite Plus Ceramic Cartridge
  • 15 Count Bio Clear Cartridges for Slim Filters
  • Best for goldfish and ideal for start-up fish tanks
  • Zeolite effectively adsorbs toxic ammonia and reduces stress on fish
  • Ceramitek, a highly porous ceramic biological filter medium, optimizes biological filtration
  • Genuine replacement filter cartridges for all 3 Marina Slim Aquarium Filter Models (S10, S15, S20)
  • Manufacture: Monster Pets
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 10 inches; 12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hagen 33194
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Hagen 33194 Final Thoughts

"SO THEREFORE."

I also don't like how short the intake tube is. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I had a lot of particles in the water.

Overall Score
4.7


(109 Points)

2. Powkoo Sponge Filter Aquarium Air Filter Shrimp Betta Fish Tank Filter Bio Filter Sponge

User Ratings: 71 8

Powkoo First Impressions

"If anyone knows turtles."

The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. Also the maker should review the pump design. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores.

  • Powkoo Sponge Filter Aquarium Air Filter Shrimp Betta Fish Tank Filter Bio Filter Sponge
  • Sponge filters provide excellent both mechanical and biological filtration, air powered, works great with noise, suitable for freshwater and saltwater
  • High density porous 40ppi sponge, traps floating debris and fine particles, increase oxygen, provides ideal location for bacterial colonization, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean
  • Easy to set up: simply connect the tube to the air pump and connect it to the filter, plug it in, it works great, provides aeration and filtration for your fish
  • Easy to clean: just take out the sponge, simply rinse and squeeze it in used aquarium water, never use tap water, recommend to rinse the sponge once a month
  • 【Fits fish tank size: 10 to 45 gallon】Easy to use: squeeze out the air in the sponge when you put it underwater, then it will suck into water and keep down at the bottom, excellent for shrimp tank, betta tank, breeding tank, planted aquarium, turtle tank, goldfish, fry, guppies, snails, crayfish, axolotls
  • Manufacture: Powkoo
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Powkoo
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Powkoo Final Thoughts

"This is not."

I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller.

Overall Score
4.4


(74 Points)

3. Biohome Plus Filter Media

User Ratings: 73 2

Biohome First Impressions

"If anyone knows turtles."

Fill it up with water before you plug it in. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

  • Biohome Plus Filter Media
  • Avoid Delay, choose ship buy Aqualexs Not Amazon Prime -1 Pound - (recommended 2-4 lb for 30 gallon or larger)
  • ONE OF THE BEST FILTER MEDIA ON THE MARKETS
  • Promotes odorless and clear water
  • Small sized media, great for canister, HOB and sump filters
  • Fast control ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate
  • Manufacture: Biohome
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Biohome
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Biohome Final Thoughts

"In one day crystal clear."

The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. This filter really does a good job. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag.

Overall Score
4.5


(69 Points)

4. Lee's Pet Products ALE13202 Undergravel Fishbowl Filter, 2-Gallon

User Ratings: 43 24

Lee's Pet Products 107075 First Impressions

"Huge capacity."

One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad.

  • Lee's Pet Products ALE13202 Undergravel Fishbowl Filter, 2-Gallon
  • Lees under gravel fishbowl filter 2galoon
  • Minimizes maintenance responsibility
  • Comes with plant and carbon cartridge included
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lee's Pet Products 107075
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Lee's Pet Products 107075 Final Thoughts

"AFTER 3 DAYS."

SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. Also the maker should review the pump design. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model.

Overall Score
3.5


(65 Points)

5. Hydor Professional External Canister Filter – Aquarium External Filter – Telescopic Intake Tubes...

User Ratings: 63 13

Hydor C02401 First Impressions

"All around great product."

I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. Really happy with the money I was able to save. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket.

  • Hydor Professional External Canister Filter – Aquarium External Filter – Telescopic Intake Tubes, Easy Priming – EcoSystem in a Box – Biological, Mechanical, Chemical Filtration – 450 to 320 gph
  • COMPLETE ECOSYSTEM IN A BOX: This external filter for generation aquariums offers maximum performance and high filtration standards, not to mention an entire eco-system in a box
  • PREMIUM VERSATILITY: This professional external canister filter for aquariums features a priming pump that offers the versatility you need. The unit is ideal for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • SIMPLE TO USE: The long-life ceramic shaft, large filter volume and safety locks make this professional external canister filter easy to use as a beginner or a long-term hobbyist. The space-saving unit is perfect for small and large aquariums
  • FILTER OPTIONS: Choose from professional external canister filters that operate with gallon ranges from 20 to 150. The filter circulation stems from 160 to 290 gallons, depending upon the model you choose
  • SPECIALIZED SERVICE: With more than 30 years of experience offering high-quality products for the passionate marine aquarist, Hydor is dedicated to manufacturing unique and innovative items in the field of aquarium technology
  • External filter for the modern aquarium.
  • An intelligent design conceived to make the most of the space beneath the aquarium, the filter offers maximum performance and extraordinary versatility.
  • Easy to use thanks to the priming pump, the Hydor Professional filter is useful for all aquariology enthusiasts.
  • Manufacture: Hydor
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 x 22 inches; 16 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hydor C02401
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Hydor C02401 Final Thoughts

"It's priced awesome!"

This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. I have had no issues with it being to loud. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media.

Overall Score
4.1


(520 Points)

6. Huijukon Double Sponge Filter Aquarium Fish Tank Filter Bio Media Filter with 2 Genuine Spare Sponge...

User Ratings: 50

Huijukon First Impressions

"Just a low hum."

I've looked at so many filters and reviews. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. Also the maker should review the pump design. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50.

  • Huijukon Double Sponge Filter Aquarium Fish Tank Filter Bio Media Filter with 2 Genuine Spare Sponges
  • Air powered sponge filter, comes with two media chambers where additional biological media can be added, both filtration and aeration in one solution, great flow, improve water quality and keeps water well oxygenated, works great without noise【Fits fish tank size: 15 to 60 gallon】
  • Sponge filters provide both mechanical and biological filtration - traps floating debris and fine particles, protect your baby fish from being sucked up into the filter, aerobic bacteria colonize the sponge providing a bacterial substance to facilitate the nitrogen cycle, suitable for both freshwater and saltwater filters
  • Double 9-layer ribbed sponges design, below comes with bio media, very porous ceramic rings that are great for housing bacteria, highly porous structure allows beneficial bacteria to develop quickly, you can replace this ceramic rings or mixed with other medias you like, 2 high density porous filter sponges(80ppi) mean more surface area for beneficial bacterial colonization and faster cycling, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean
  • Easy to setup: simply install an airline into the unit and turn on the air pump, great way to clean and oxygenate your tanks; Easy to clean: simply take out the sponges, rinse and squeeze them in tank water, remember to clean the sponges weekly and replace regularly
  • Easy to use: save room, comes with 2 suction cups, can be installed anywhere under water and easy to hide behind plants and decor, never floating, air-water outlet is adjustable so you can change direction and height of the water flow; great solution for shrimp tank, betta tank, breeder tank, nano tank, turtle tank, hospital tank, goldfish, axolotls, guppies, fry, baby fish.
  • Manufacture: Huijukon
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Huijukon
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Huijukon Final Thoughts

"Suuuuupppeeerrrr Quiet."

I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full.

Overall Score
3.5


(2 Points)

7. AQQA Aquarium Hang On Filter, Submersible Hanging Activated Carbon Biochemical Cotton 3 in 1 Filter ...

User Ratings: 85 15

AQQA First Impressions

"29 gallons."

I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. I put it together, reading instructions of course. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not.

  • AQQA Aquarium Hang On Filter, Submersible Hanging Activated Carbon Biochemical Cotton 3 in 1 Filter Media Adjustable Water Flow
  • 3 IN 1 MULTI-FUNCTION FILTER: Aquarium filter has the function for filtration, oxygen aeration and surface skimmer, can be used for water circulation, waterfall type, the water flow can be adjusted according to the needs of the fish tank
  • HANG-ON FILTER: Hanging on filter with filter plate design, can increase filter storage space. Lengthened water inlet pipe, the length adjustable range is between 3-15 inch, which is suitable for aquarium with different heights. Can be used in aquariums, fish tank and turtle tanks for 5-10 gallon filters
  • THREE-LAYER FILTER: First layer- biochemical cotton;Second layer-activated carbon;Third layer: high density cotton. Remove bad tastes and odors, effectively purify, clean water. Please soak the filter for 2 minutes and rinse it with water before using . Replace filter every 2 to 4 weeks to keep water in the tank is clear
  • SUPER QUIET: With the water outlet design, adjustable flow value to adjust flow, it is very quiet and won't affect the quality of sleep even if the fish tank is in the bedroom, can only hear the smoothing sound of bubble bursting on the water
  • PRODUCT PARAMETER: Voltage AC:110-120V / 60 Hz; Power: 2W; Rate Flow: 80GPH; Sound:<30 dB; Cord length:5.9FT; Dimension:13.98"×5.7"×6.1". AQQA provide 12 Month Warranty and 24 Hour Professional After-sales Service. Please don't hesitate to contact us to get help
  • Manufacture: AQQA
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AQQA Final Thoughts

"Works great."

Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. , that's what makes this so funny. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter.

Overall Score
4.4


(9 Points)

8. Odyssea EX 350 DX Internal Filter Powerhead Aquarium Water Pump Submersible

User Ratings: 75 4

Odyssea First Impressions

"It works great."

I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. 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! I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering.

  • Odyssea EX 350 DX Internal Filter Powerhead Aquarium Water Pump Submersible
  • Flow Rate: 350 GPH
  • For use with 40G - 60G
  • Include air line, filter cone, suction cups
  • Freshwater and Saltwater aquariums
  • 110V Only
  • Manufacture: Odyssea
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 3.5 inches; 1.7 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Odyssea
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Odyssea Final Thoughts

"I was to tire to fix it."

Also the maker should review the pump design. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Also the maker should review the pump design. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever.

Overall Score
4.5


(133 Points)

9. Powkoo Double Sponge Filter Aquarium Filter Sponge Shrimp Betta Breeding Fry Fish Tank Filter (Filte...

User Ratings: 76 4

Powkoo First Impressions

"No big deal."

I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

  • Powkoo Double Sponge Filter Aquarium Filter Sponge Shrimp Betta Breeding Fry Fish Tank Filter (Filter)
  • Air driven sponge filter, it provides both mechanical and biological filtration, works great without noise, suitable for freshwater and saltwater【Fit fish tank size: 10 to 40 gallon】
  • Double 9-layer ribbed shape sponges, traps floating debris fine particles, high density porous 80ppi sponges, means more surface area for beneficial bacterial to colonize and faster cycling, it quickly established a bio filter and provides extra oxygen, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean
  • Easy setup: using an air hose, connect one end to you air pump and the other end to this filter, and equipped with a check valve on air hose, to prevent water backflow and air pump damage due to power outage, provides aeration and filtration in one solution, great way to clean and oxygenate your tanks
  • Easy to clean: just take out the sponges, simply rinse and squeeze them in used tank water, recommend to clean the sponges once one month. NOTES: recommend to replace the sponges every 5 to 6 months maximum
  • It has two media chambers(media not included), you can add any filter media to enhance water quality, excellent for shrimp tank, betta tank, breeding tank, planted aquarium, turtle tank, goldfish, fry, guppies, snails, crayfish, axolotls
  • Manufacture: Powkoo
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 2 x 7.7 inches; 5.61 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Powkoo
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Powkoo Final Thoughts

"This thing is super loud!"

Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I had to cut the hood to make it work. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier.

Overall Score
4.6


(75 Points)

10. Think Crucial Aquarium Filter Replacement Parts - Compatible with Aqua-Tech EZ-Change 3 Aquarium Fil...

User Ratings: 70 5

Think Crucial 20-40 Power Filters, 30-60 Power Filters First Impressions

"Canisters don't."

I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering.

  • Think Crucial Aquarium Filter Replacement Parts - Compatible with Aqua-Tech EZ-Change 3 Aquarium Filter - Fits Aqua-Tech 20-40 and 30-60 Power Filters
  • 4 PACK OF AQUARIUM FILTER REPLACEMENTS COMPATIBLE WITH AQUA-TECH EZ-CHANGE 3 AQUARIUM FILTER. Filters are essential for premium aquarium air quality and cleaner air. They trap fine dust particles and allergens, preventing them from recirculating. Helps keep your tank free of dust, with frequent filter replacement.
  • CLEAN AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: Replacing Aqua-Tech filters should help clean with premium filtration for healthier fish. The aquarium filter screens out dirt and debris. The molded ribbed back has maximum water-to-carbon contact. The filter removes odors, discolorations, and impurities. Change the used filter monthly. Ensure elimination of toxic ammonia and nitrite while avoiding clogging.
  • SIMPLE AND EASY TO INSTALL: Switch out in less than five (5) minutes, providing time efficiency. Our aquarium filter measures 4.5" X 6" X 6.5" inches. Get back to daily activity quickly and make a big difference with filtration in the process. Simply remove the older and dirty filter and replace. It fits well with Aqua-Tech aquarium filter cartridge. Enjoy a clean, fresh, aquarium for healthier fish by using premium, heavy duty equipment, filters and clean water.
  • LONG LASTING REPLACEMENT AQUARIUM FILTER: The aquarium filter is washable and reusable ensuring long life. Replace the Aqua-Tech filter every 2 to 4 weeks for optimal performance or ten (10) to twelve (12) times per year depending upon usage. When a clogged or dirty, it can cause the aquarium to work harder and impact utility bills. We deliver high quality, durable and long lasting replacements. Aquarium filters are extremely important for your AquaTech filtration system.
  • THINK CRUCIAL manufactures premium quality air filters, purifier parts and stands behind the quality and workmanship of all our products. We maintain a thorough quality control process to ensure compatibility with the Aqua-Tech models listed above.
  • Manufacture: Think Crucial
  • Product Dimensions: 0.98 x 0.98 x 0.98 inches; 7.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Think Crucial 20-40 Power Filters, 30-60 Power Filters
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Think Crucial 20-40 Power Filters, 30-60 Power Filters Final Thoughts

"Its AMAZING."

This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I've think I've had had six of them. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier.

Overall Score
4.4


(671 Points)

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