Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Imagitarium Aquarium Filters

1. Imagitarium Undergravel Filter, 10 Gallon

User Ratings: 65 7

Imagitarium First Impressions

"Its AMAZING."

SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. I had to cut the hood to make it work. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! Once I found that, the world was right again. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day.

  • Imagitarium Undergravel Filter, 10 Gallon
  • Works freshwater and saltwater tanks
  • Compatible with 10-gallon size tanks
  • Two filter cartridges included
  • Compatible with Penn Plax Filt-a-Carb replacements filters
  • Compatible with Penn Plax Ammonia-X replacement filter
  • Manufacture: Imagitarium
  • Item Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Imagitarium
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Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"And it is so quiet."

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Once I found that, the world was right again. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter.

Overall Score
4.3


(40 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Imagitarium Aquarium Filters

2. Imagitarium Replacement F Filter Rectagular Sponges, Pack of 2

User Ratings: 79

Imagitarium First Impressions

"Expensive."

I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. Just rinse them out once a month, don't throw that beneficial bacteria away. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue.

  • Imagitarium Replacement F Filter Rectagular Sponges, Pack of 2
  • Replacement Filter Sponges from Imagitarium
  • Use with Imagitarium aquariums and filters compatible with Replacement F Filter Rectangular Sponges
  • Helps remove impurities from water
  • Simple to use and install
  • Manufacture: Imagitarium
  • Item Weight: 0.915 ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Imagitarium
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
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Imagitarium Final Thoughts

"5 minutes."

The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! Once I found that, the world was right again.

Overall Score
4.7


(22 Points)

3. Penn-Plax 325 Cascade Corner Filter

User Ratings: 61 10

Penn-Plax 07192 First Impressions

"Not my case!"

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! They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. I took it apart reassemble it and it's not pumping in the water. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up.

  • Penn-Plax 325 Cascade Corner Filter
  • Space saving corner design
  • Fully submersible filter quietly delivers 85 gallons per hour of crystal clear water for your fresh or marine aquarium up to 10 gallons in size
  • Spray bar option allows you to distribute water evenly helping aerate your tank
  • Can be placed horizontally and is easily hidden
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2 x 7 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax 07192
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Penn-Plax 07192 Final Thoughts

"AFTER 3 DAYS."

Works like a dream and can't even hear it! However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. I had a lot of particles in the water. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. Unlike my old HOB filter, it doesn't sound like a leaky toilet. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever.

Overall Score
4.2


(90 Points)

4. LiquaGen - Yearly Replacement RO/DI Water Filter Kit for 4 Stage Portable Space Saver Series (Inline...

User Ratings: 84

LiquaGen LG-SPC-YR First Impressions

"I love this filter."

I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. I had to cut the hood to make it work. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. Really happy with the money I was able to save. The instructions are a bit to much for me. Worst case is that the motor could burn out. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter.

  • LiquaGen - Yearly Replacement RO/DI Water Filter Kit for 4 Stage Portable Space Saver Series (Inline Sediment, Inline Delotus Carbon, Inline DI)
  • Excellent replacement set for all portable-counter top reverse osmosis water filter systems.
  • Includes: 1) One Inline 5 Micron Sediment Filter. 2) Inline 5 Micron Carbon Filter 3) Inline Deionization
  • Filter Size: 2" x 10" with 1/4" inlets compatible to post portable RO/DI brands.
  • PHYSICAL PROPERTIES: Functional Structure Cation (Hydrogen form) RSO3-H+ Anion (Hydroxyl Form) R4N+OH- (Strong Base) Physical Form Tough, Spherical Beads Ionic Form H/OH Screen Size Distribution 90 percent -16 +45 (U.S. St.) Moisture Content (as shipped): 65 percent max. Maximum Operating Temperature Non-regenerable 80oC* (175oF) Regenerable 50oC (140oF) Operating Flow Rate 2 to 10 gpm/cu.ft. (typical) pH Range 0 - 14.
  • Manufacture: LiquaGen Water Technology
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LiquaGen LG-SPC-YR
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

LiquaGen LG-SPC-YR Final Thoughts

"Canisters don't."

Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I have had no issues with it being to loud. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale.

Overall Score
4.8


(27 Points)

5. Aquapapa Bio Ceramic Rings Aquarium Filter Media in Zipper Bag

User Ratings: 92

Aquapapa First Impressions

"Just a low hum."

I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else.

  • Aquapapa Bio Ceramic Rings Aquarium Filter Media in Zipper Bag
  • Biological filtration media that helps remove harmful ammonia and nitrite in the water
  • The ceramic material that the ceramic rings is made of is porous. The tiny pores make it an ideal home for beneficial bacteria to grow. Good to use in both fresh and saltwater tank.
  • Package includes: 6 lbs premier bio ceramic rings in a reclosable zip mesh bag
  • Size of the rings: 11/16"x 5/8"; mesh bag size: 12"x 10.5"
  • Manufacture: Aquapapa, Inc
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquapapa
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Aquapapa Final Thoughts

"I hope this helped."

This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. 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. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full.

Overall Score
4.8


(43 Points)

6. 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)

7. 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)

8. 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)

9. AKKEE Aquarium Filter, Hang On Fish Tank Filter with Surface Skimmer for 5-30 Gallon, Waterfall Desi...

User Ratings: 50

AKKEE First Impressions

"-Not self-priming."

You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges.

  • AKKEE Aquarium Filter, Hang On Fish Tank Filter with Surface Skimmer for 5-30 Gallon, Waterfall Design, Adjustable Water Flow, Oxygenation, Quiet Working
  • 【What Is Aquarium Filter:】 This is a new type filter for fish tank. It can be used for fish tank filtration, oxygenation, and removes surface oil stains; without changing the water, it helps you to keep fish tank water clean.
  • 【High-efficiency filtration:】The fish tank water filter has two double layers filtering sponge, contains activated carbon to remove impurities, clear up discolorations, and reduce foul odors from your aquarium water.
  • 【Add Oxygen to Aquarium:】The waterfall design increases the contact between water and air, achieves the effect of increasing oxygen. At the same time, it also increases the ornamental of the fish tank. The betta fish tank filter also comes with a regulating switch, you can easily turn the knob to control the water flow as needed.
  • 【Degrease Film Design:】The aquarium water filter comes with surface skimmer filter, which automatically adjusts the height or rotation according to the water level to remove oil stains on the surface and clean the water, providing a comfortable and clean living environment for your beloved fish.
  • 【Ultra Quiet:】Voltage AC:110-120V, power:3.5W, energy saving; with a thickened sealed motor room, it will not disturb the fish in the aquarium and your sleep; suitable for fish tanks with a height of 30-50cm; Application:5-30 Gal
  • Hang on filter comes with 2 pieces filter plate.
  • The filter plate is three-layered, with two layers of filter cotton and the middle is activated carbon, which can effectively block and filter impurities, feces, and residues, and remove the peculiar smell of the fish tank.
  • The surface skimmer will automatically float or sink and rotate according to the changes of the water level. The oil stains on the water surface are sucked into the whirlpool, making the water surface cleaner.
  • Manufacture: AKKEE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AKKEE
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AKKEE Final Thoughts

"Five years later."

I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years. Overall I would recommend this item. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom.

Overall Score
4.0


(2 Points)

10. RO/DI 150GPD Reverse Osmosis Dual DI Aquarium/Reef System. Clear. Manual Flush

User Ratings: 82 4

FOUNTAINHEAD WATER SYSTEM First Impressions

"I only used one."

Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. I've think I've had had six of them. I also don't like how short the intake tube is.

  • RO/DI 150GPD Reverse Osmosis Dual DI Aquarium/Reef System. Clear. Manual Flush
  • Type:RO/DI AQUARIUM/REEF WATER FILTER, Country/Region Of Manufacture:United States
  • Brand:FOUNTAINHEAD WATER SYSTEM
  • Mpn:FH32RODI150
  • Manufacture: FOUNTAINHEAD WATER SYSTEM
  • Editor's Impressions Of The FOUNTAINHEAD WATER SYSTEM
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FOUNTAINHEAD WATER SYSTEM Final Thoughts

"Came on time."

Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. I've think I've had had six of them. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i.

Overall Score
4.6


(42 Points)

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