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
  • 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)

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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hydor C01122
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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. Aqua-Tech Power Aquarium Filter, 30 to 60-Gallon Aquariums

User Ratings: 76 5

AQUA-TECH ML90740-00 First Impressions

"Not ideal but it works."

Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. 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. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Overall I would recommend this item.

  • Aqua-Tech Power Aquarium Filter, 30 to 60-Gallon Aquariums
  • For 30 to 60 gallon aquariums
  • Two year warranty
  • Advanced 3 step filtration
  • Comes with one AQUA-Tech EZ-Change #3 Filter Cartridge
  • Traps dirt, removes impurities and offers maximum water to carbon contact
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 6.19 x 14.31 x 7.81 inches; 2.78 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH ML90740-00
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AQUA-TECH ML90740-00 Final Thoughts

"One piece of advice."

If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. The instructions are a bit to much for me. I've think I've had had six of them. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck.

Overall Score
4.5


(1384 Points)

4. Zoo Med Turtle Clean External Canister Filter, 50-Gallon

User Ratings: 56 25

Zoo Med TC50 First Impressions

"Very pleased!"

The instructions are a bit to much for me. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

  • Zoo Med Turtle Clean External Canister Filter, 50-Gallon
  • External canister filter with slimline design for tight spaces
  • 200 gallon per hour rating, ideal for turtle habitats up to 50 gallons in size
  • The included spray bar increases oxygenation to help support your turtles' health
  • Double filtering system with both carbon and ceramic filters and internal biological recirculation
  • Combines mechanical, biological, and chemical filtration to give your pets the cleanest, healthiest habitat
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.5 x 14.5 inches; 1.2 Pounds
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Zoo Med TC50 Final Thoughts

"This is not."

Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. Never ever ever use it past a year. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned.

Overall Score
3.7


(86 Points)

5. Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power 55/75 Filter (Fits up to 95 Gallon Tanks)

User Ratings: 51 49

Aqueon First Impressions

"Very pleased!"

It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new.

  • Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power 55/75 Filter (Fits up to 95 Gallon Tanks)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon
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Aqueon Final Thoughts

"It's priced awesome!"

Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean.

Overall Score
3.0


(2 Points)

6. 5W 400L/H Turtle Fish Tank Filter, Quiet Flow Bio Filtration Low Level Waterfall Filter for Aquarium...

User Ratings: 57 6

Guinio First Impressions

"I only used one."

I had a lot of particles in the water. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! Never ever ever use it past a year. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. I was also having oxygen issues because of this.

  • 5W 400L/H Turtle Fish Tank Filter, Quiet Flow Bio Filtration Low Level Waterfall Filter for Aquariums Fish Tank Turtle, 105 GPH
  • Turtle filter function: efficiently clean and filter water, help water circulation, help clean water, provide healthy water for your aquarium.
  • Scope of application: suitable for most reptiles, amphibians, frogs, small fish, etc. Suitable for any aquarium fish tank no more than 20 L(5 gallons).
  • Easy installation: The water filter can be hung on the aquarium or easily fixed with a suction cup. Waterfall-type water circulation, smooth water flow increases the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water tank.
  • Scope of application: The 5w turtle filter suitable for most reptiles, amphibians, frogs, small fish, etc. Suitable for any aquarium fish tank no more than 20 L(5 gallons).
  • Silent design: safe, energy-saving and environmentally friendly, reliable and durable filters will not produce too much noise, providing you with a quiet environment.
  • Manufacture: Guinio
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Guinio Final Thoughts

"I bought an FX5 in 2011."

What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. Also the maker should review the pump design.

Overall Score
4.1


(23 Points)

7. Aqueon Quietflow Canister Filter

User Ratings: 75 10

Aqueon 100107312 First Impressions

"It just starts right up."

However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. , that's what makes this so funny. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! I was worried about some of the negative reviews.

  • Aqueon Quietflow Canister Filter
  • Designed for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums up to 55 gallons
  • Included is a unique hang on the back water polishing unit that makes maintaining your aquarium filter quick and easy
  • If a traditional naquarium water return method is preferred, i.e. spray bar or water director, the connections and outputs are included
  • The canister is preloaded with biological, chemical and mechanical media to efficiently remove waste and harmful toxins from your fishes' water
  • Package Includes: Aquarium Canister Filter, Quick Disconnect Valves, Pump Locking Heads, Water Intake/Output Connections, Hoses, Water Polishing Unit with Cartridge, and Filter Media (Activated Carbon, Coarse Foam, Bio-Balls, Bio-Ceramic Rings)
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 7 x 9 inches; 12.48 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100107312
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Aqueon 100107312 Final Thoughts

"This thing is a beast."

I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new.

Overall Score
4.4


(80 Points)

8. 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
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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)

9. SunSun HW703B 370GPH Pro Canister Fish Tank Filter Kit with 9-watt UV Sterilizer

User Ratings: 38 13

SUN HW-703B PRO First Impressions

"SAME THING!"

Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. Never ever ever use it past a year. , that's what makes this so funny. The instructions are a bit to much for me.

  • SunSun HW703B 370GPH Pro Canister Fish Tank Filter Kit with 9-watt UV Sterilizer
  • 4-stage aquarium canister filters at a great hobby-friendly value, 370GPH
  • Integrated 9W UV sterilization to eradicate unwanted algae and harmful disease causing pathogens
  • Provides quiet, efficient filtration for fresh and saltwater aquariums
  • 3 Large Media Baskets for All Your Media Need, PRO Media kits included
  • Dimension: 11" L X 11" W X 16" H, US plug 110-120v
  • Manufacture: SUNSUN
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SUN HW-703B PRO
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SUN HW-703B PRO Final Thoughts

"Yeah, no no no!"

They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. This lives up to the praise that people give it. Early on it seems to be working as advertised.

Overall Score
3.7


(24 Points)

10. XEOGUIYA 3.5W 280 L/H Turtle Fish Tank Filter, Low Level Waterfall Filter for Aquariums Fish Tank Tu...

User Ratings: 69 16

XEOGUIYA First Impressions

"Yeah, no no no!"

DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier.

  • XEOGUIYA 3.5W 280 L/H Turtle Fish Tank Filter, Low Level Waterfall Filter for Aquariums Fish Tank Turtle, 74 GPH
  • Turtle filter function: efficiently clean and filter water, help water circulation, help clean water, provide healthy water for your aquarium.
  • Scope of application: suitable for most reptiles, amphibians, frogs, small fish, etc. Suitable for any aquarium fish tank no more than 20 L(5 gallons).
  • Easy installation: The water filter can be hung on the aquarium or easily fixed with a suction cup. Waterfall-type water circulation, smooth water flow increases the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water tank.
  • Scope of application: The turtle filter suitable for most reptiles, amphibians, frogs, small fish, etc. Suitable for any aquarium fish tank no more than 20 L(5 gallons).
  • Manufacture: XEOGUIYA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The XEOGUIYA
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XEOGUIYA Final Thoughts

"Best to you all!"

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. Never ever ever use it past a year. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. 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
4.1


(8 Points)

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