Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Hydor Aquarium Filters

1. 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
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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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Hydor Aquarium Filters

2. Hydor Prime External Canister Filter for Aquariums & Turtles

User Ratings: 54 28

Hydor C01122 First Impressions

"Canisters don't."

My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. This lives up to the praise that people give it. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. Once I found that, the world was right again. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear.

  • Hydor Prime External Canister Filter for Aquariums & Turtles
  • COMPLETE ECOSYSTEM IN A BOX: This external filter for aquariums offers maximum performance and high filtration standards, not to mention an entire eco-system in a box
  • SIMPLE TO USE: The long-life ceramic shaft, large filter volume and safety locks make the Prime External Canister Filter easy to use as a beginner or a long-term hobbyist. The space-saving unit is perfect for small to large aquariums
  • FILTER OPTIONS: Prime External Canister Filters always contain coarse sponge for mechanical filtration, fine white floss pad for water polishing and Sintered Quartz BIO-Rings for superior biological filtration
  • 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
  • PREMIUM VERSATILITY: This Prime External Canister is ideal for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums, turtles and amphibians. It is simple to prime and offers the versatility you need
  • Manufacture: Hydor
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Hydor C01122 Final Thoughts

"- Plug it into power."

I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters.

Overall Score
3.7


(7 Points)

3. Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power Filter 75

User Ratings: 60 11

Aqueon 100106079 First Impressions

"In one day crystal clear."

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. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. This filter really does a good job. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned.

  • Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power Filter 75
  • Certified flow rates that assure proper water circulation for improved fish health
  • High flow rates for optimal dissolved oxygen content to promote healthier, more active fish
  • Provides mechanical, chemical, biological and optional, additional specialty pad filtration
  • Self-priming filter pump will auto-start initially or restart if power is interrupted and restored
  • Internal pump design helps dampen noise and eliminate leaks with self-priming feature
  • LED indicator light flashes when water cannot pass through the cartridge, generally indicating it's time to change the cartridge
  • Uses Two Large Aqueon Replacement Cartridges and Size 20/75 Specialty Filter Pad
  • LED indicator light flashes when it's time to change the cartridge
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 8.4 x 6.6 inches; 3.8 Pounds
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Aqueon 100106079 Final Thoughts

"A very obvious waterfall."

This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. This filter really does a good job. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Overall I would recommend this item. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy.

Overall Score
4.1


(887 Points)

4. Polar Aurora 3 Stage 100 Gallon Aquarium Fish Tank Canister Filter + 9W UV Sterilizer 370 GPH

User Ratings: 72 10

Polar Aurora First Impressions

"This is the one."

I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! Early on it seems to be working as advertised. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding.

  • Polar Aurora 3 Stage 100 Gallon Aquarium Fish Tank Canister Filter + 9W UV Sterilizer 370 GPH
  • good
  • high quality
  • With free media
  • DIMENSION: 10 X 10 X 17 inches, Max Flow Rate: 370 GPH (1400L/h)
  • 3-stage
  • Manufacture: Polar Aurora
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Polar Aurora Final Thoughts

"Will UPDATE!"

I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

Overall Score
4.2


(64 Points)

5. AquaClear, Fish Tank Filter, 20 to 50 Gallons, 50v, A610

User Ratings: 74 6

AquaClear A610 First Impressions

"SAME THING!"

Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. Following morning it was running quietly. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. I had a lot of particles in the water.

  • AquaClear, Fish Tank Filter, 20 to 50 Gallons, 50v, A610
  • 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 50 gallons
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 9 x 8 inches; 1.69 Pounds
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AquaClear A610 Final Thoughts

"Thats whats☝ up!"

I've think I've had had six of them. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. Once I found that, the world was right again. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. Once I found that, the world was right again. Never ever ever use it past a year.

Overall Score
4.4


(2965 Points)

6. WEAVERBIRD Aquarium Turtle Filter Fish Tank Filter, Bio Filtration for Aquariums, 5W 400L/H (105 GPH...

User Ratings: 55 7

WEAVERBIRD First Impressions

"Great price."

They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away.

  • WEAVERBIRD Aquarium Turtle Filter Fish Tank Filter, Bio Filtration for Aquariums, 5W 400L/H (105 GPH)
  • Maintain water irculation: This turtle filter pump helps water cycling, help clean water, provide a healthy water for your aquarium.
  • Water flow: Submersible aquarium internal filter suitable for low water level fish tank, the maximum water flow is 400L/H (105 GPH).
  • Super easy to install: Water filter can be hung on the aquarium or fixed with sucker easily. Low water level capability(Lowest water level 2.4inch/6cm).
  • Scope of use: The perfect turtle filter, suitable for most reptiles, amphibians, frogs, small fish, etc. Suitable for any aquarium fish tank which not exceeding 20 L.
  • Package includes: 1X tortoise filter. (The product itself comes with a filter plate) If you need more filter replacement sponges, please click to order, thanks. If you have any questions, please contact us without hesitation.
  • Manufacture: WEAVERBIRD
  • Product Dimensions: 8.66 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches; 12.8 Ounces
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WEAVERBIRD Final Thoughts

"- Plug it into power."

I had a lot of particles in the water. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! This is not my first experience with a marineland filter.

Overall Score
4.0


(165 Points)

7. AQUANEAT 4 Pack Double Bio Sponge Filter, for Fry, Betta, Shrimp, Nano, Aquarium Fish Tank

User Ratings: 78 3

AQUANEAT SF-A010x4^^ First Impressions

"Great product."

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! Following morning it was running quietly.

  • AQUANEAT 4 Pack Double Bio Sponge Filter, for Fry, Betta, Shrimp, Nano, Aquarium Fish Tank
  • Biochemical Filtration:Sponge filter provide both mechanical and biological filtration, also, the air infusion chamber produces minute bubbles which increase the oxygen solubility
  • Easy to Set up & Clean: Simply install an airline into the unit and turn on the air pump; simply rinse and squeeze sponge in tank water
  • Recommend Tank Size: Up to 55 gallon, excellent for small size fish like dwarf cichlid, guppy, killifish etc ; or for hatcheries, maternity tanks, and fry tanks, as the filter produces minimal current and has almost no way to suck the fish through the filter
  • Dimension: 6.5”L x 2.4”W x 9.5”H
  • Includes: sponge filter 4 pcs
  • Manufacture: AQUANEAT
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AQUANEAT SF-A010x4^^ Final Thoughts

"Came on time."

They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar.

Overall Score
4.6


(761 Points)

8. BACTO-SURGE HIGH DENSITY FOAM FILTER (2-Pack)

User Ratings: 81 2

Pay It Forward Pet Supply First Impressions

"Seriously."

I had a lot of particles in the water. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. , that's what makes this so funny.

  • BACTO-SURGE HIGH DENSITY FOAM FILTER (2-Pack)
  • BACTO-SURGE HIGH DENSITY FOAM FILTER
  • Manufacture: Pay It Forward Pet Supply
  • Part Number: 4334824305
  • Item Weight: 1.39 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 6 inches
  • Size: 2 Pack
  • Color: Original version
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
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Pay It Forward Pet Supply Final Thoughts

"Please read!"

Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon.

Overall Score
4.7


(505 Points)

9. BiOrb Service Kit SIX PACK

User Ratings: 75 5

biOrb First Impressions

"Added 3 baby turtles."

Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new.

  • BiOrb Service Kit SIX PACK
  • 6 BiOrb Service Kits
  • Suitable for ALL BiOrb, BiUbe, BiOrb FLOW and BiOrb Life aquariums
  • The kit contains everything you will need to service your aquarium, including conditioners to remove harmful chlorine from your tap water
  • The BiOrb Service Kits also contain a cleaning pad
  • The biOrb filter cartridge works like a waste bin, trapping dirt, and once full it should be thrown away and replaced with a new one
  • Manufacture: BiOrb
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biOrb Final Thoughts

"This filter is perfect!"

SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. Really happy with the money I was able to save. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag.

Overall Score
4.5


(92 Points)

10. SunSun HW-404B 525 GPH 5-Stage External Canister Filter with 9W UV Sterilizer, White

User Ratings: 67 15

SunSun HW-404B First Impressions

"29 gallons."

I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. I put it together, reading instructions of course. 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. , that's what makes this so funny. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon.

  • SunSun HW-404B 525 GPH 5-Stage External Canister Filter with 9W UV Sterilizer, White
  • Good for up to 150 gallon fish tanks
  • Dimension: 11" L x 11" W x 19" H
  • Flow rate: 525 GPH (2000L/hr)
  • Pump power: 55W
  • Built in 9 watt UV sterilizer for controlling algae spores/bacteria and promoting clear water
  • Refer user manual provided in product details section for information regarding product assembly, usage and troubleshooting.
  • Manufacture: SUNSUN
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 16 x 14 inches; 17.15 Pounds
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SunSun HW-404B Final Thoughts

"This thing is super loud!"

It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. The instructions are a bit to much for me. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER!

Overall Score
4.1


(250 Points)

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