Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Koller Products Aquarium Filters

1. Koller Products TOM Aquarium Internal Power Filter (45 GPH Flow Rate)

User Ratings: 54 9

Koller Products TM1250 First Impressions

"I only used one."

Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. This lives up to the praise that people give it. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. I took it apart reassemble it and it's not pumping in the water. Also the maker should review the pump design.

  • Koller Products TOM Aquarium Internal Power Filter (45 GPH Flow Rate)
  • Internal power filter with adjustable flow rate (10 to 45 gallons per hour)
  • Compact size fits easily in small aquariums, ideal for tanks 1-Gallon to 10-Gallons
  • Silent, powerful filtration keeps tank crystal Clear and fish healthy
  • Mounts securely onto Aquarium with strong suction cups
  • age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Tom (Tominaga/Oscar)
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 8 inches; 11.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koller Products TM1250
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Koller Products TM1250 Final Thoughts

"No worries there."

The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. Never ever ever use it past a year. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets.

Overall Score
4.0


(570 Points)

2. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The 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)

3. Eheim 6666 Pro 4+ Canister Filter

User Ratings: 47 24

Eheim 6666 First Impressions

"Really like the filter."

I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. The instructions are a bit to much for me. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. Overall I would recommend this item. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation.

  • Eheim 6666 Pro 4+ Canister Filter
  • This product is easy to use. This product adds a great value. This product is manufactured in Germany. This product is designed for pets and there use.
  • This new Filter doesn't just boast a new sleek Black color but it also has a range extender function
  • As with most Eheim filters, the Pro4+ comes complete with Filter Pads and media and all installation Equipment
  • Country Of Origin: Germany
  • Manufacture: Prime Pet Deals - Code 2
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 6 inches; 8 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Eheim 6666
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  • Value For Money
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Eheim 6666 Final Thoughts

"I love this filter."

Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Following morning it was running quietly. , that's what makes this so funny.

Overall Score
3.5


(40 Points)

4. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The 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)

5. Polar Aurora 3-Stage External Canister Filter with 9-watt UV Sterilizer for Aquarium 265 GPH Builtin...

User Ratings: 66 11

Polar Aurora First Impressions

"- Plug it into power."

I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself.

  • Polar Aurora 3-Stage External Canister Filter with 9-watt UV Sterilizer for Aquarium 265 GPH Builtin Pump Kit Canister
  • 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
  • Convenient self-priming pump that eliminates the need for manual siphoning; Single valve disconnect & priming pump ease routine maintenance
  • Provides quiet, efficient filtration for fresh and saltwater aquariums is great for living rooms, offices or bedrooms
  • 1x Input and Output Discreteness
  • 1x Barrel Head
  • 1x Main Canister Body
  • 2x 5 feet lengths of flexible tubing
  • 1x Draining Tray Cover
  • Manufacture: rrx
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Polar Aurora
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Polar Aurora Final Thoughts

"Seriously."

It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years.

Overall Score
4.2


(116 Points)

6. Penn-Plax Small World Aquarium Filter, Filter Kit, and Replacement Media Cartridges (Bio Sponge, Car...

User Ratings: 61 8

Penn-Plax SWF1 First Impressions

"The product itself."

I have had no issues with it being to loud. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. Never ever ever use it past a year. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank!

  • Penn-Plax Small World Aquarium Filter, Filter Kit, and Replacement Media Cartridges (Bio Sponge, Carbon, and Zeolite Crystals) – Safe for Freshwater and Saltwater Setups
  • age range description: All Life Stages
  • Helps keep your small aquarium healthy and looking beautiful
  • Specifically designed for small aquariums up to 5 gallons
  • Fits almost any small aquarium shape or size and is compatible with any air pump
  • Helps keep your small aquarium healthy and looking beautiful
  • Specifically designed for small aquariums up to 5 gallons
  • Supercharged with scientifically formulated Carbon and Zeolite Crystals, the media cartridge absorbs ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, and phosphates in a fast and timely manner, along with removing harmful chemicals and toxins, clearing up discolorations, and reducing foul odors from your aquarium, tank, or habitat.
  • In addition to the Carbon and Zeolite Crystals, the included media cartridge also contains a Bio Sponge for physical filtration of larger particulate matter, and biological filtration that optimizes the colonization of anaerobic bacteria.
  • Manufacture: Monster Pets
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 6 inches; 2.88 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax SWF1
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Penn-Plax SWF1 Final Thoughts

"The product itself."

First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously.

Overall Score
4.1


(1365 Points)

7. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The 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)

8. Aquarium Masters Replacement Aquarium Carbon Filter Cartridge for Whisper Power Filter 10, E, J, Mic...

User Ratings: 63 8

Aquarium Masters Model 10 First Impressions

"Just a tip!"

Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. Following morning it was running quietly. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters.

  • Aquarium Masters Replacement Aquarium Carbon Filter Cartridge for Whisper Power Filter 10, E, J, MicroFilter & 10i, The Old Top Fin Power Filter 10 and Old 15 Model 10 & 30!
  • Each box contains 3 cartridges!! Replacement Aquarium Carbon Filter Cartridge for Whisper Power Filter 10, E, J, MicroFilter & 10i, & Old Top Fin Power Filter 10 and Old 15 & Aquarium Masters Model 10 & 30!
  • This replacement filter cartridge is a Multi-Stage disposable cartridge: Stage One is mechanical - Advanced multi-layered polyfiber floss traps micro & macro organic particles and foreign debris. Stage Two -Chemical -Super-Activated carbon granules absorb many disolved containinants, odor, toxins, and discoloration. Stage Three Biological ( Sold separately) - High-flow bio-sponge promotes colonization of beneficial bacteria essential to a healthy aquatic environment.
  • Easy to use & disposable. No mess cartridge handle & single-piece construction keeps hands dry & clean during cartridge changes
  • High-Strength plastice frame for increased cartridge rigidity. Media-Grid ensures distribution of carbon granules throughout the cartridge for maximum filtration & flow
  • Other Aquarium Masters & Blue Spotted items to consider, air line tubing, fish net, submersible heaters, refugiums, nirate pad, ammonia pad, polyfiber pads, power filters, air stones, bio-rings, UV sterilizer, heat pads, & heat lamps
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Masters
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 1.3 inches; 3.3 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Masters Model 10
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Aquarium Masters Model 10 Final Thoughts

"This one does!"

It wasn't producing much surface agitation. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. Following morning it was running quietly. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter.

Overall Score
4.2


(133 Points)

9. SunSun HW-3000 UV 9W 5-Stage External Canister Filter 793gph, White

User Ratings: 66 10

SunSun HW-3000 First Impressions

"5 minutes."

They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions.

  • SunSun HW-3000 UV 9W 5-Stage External Canister Filter 793gph, White
  • LCD Display that allows users to adjust the flow rate of the pump and the duration of the UV light
  • Flow rate: up to 793 Gallons per hour (adjustable)
  • 9W UV sterilizer, perfect for maintaining a clean and clear Aquarium
  • Can be used for any freshwater and Saltwater aquariums.Voltage: 220-240V/50Hz
  • Comes with White Filter pads (Filter media sold separately)
  • Manufacture: SunSun
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 13 x 16 inches; 18.95 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunSun HW-3000
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SunSun HW-3000 Final Thoughts

"I was to tire to fix it."

I also don't like how short the intake tube is. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. I put it together, reading instructions of course. I have had no issues with it being to loud. Unlike my old HOB filter, it doesn't sound like a leaky toilet.

Overall Score
4.2


(418 Points)

10. Powkoo Aquarium Sponge Filter Corner Filter Sponge Bio Filter Shrimp Fry Fish Tank Filter

User Ratings: 66 6

Powkoo First Impressions

"If anyone knows turtles."

Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! Early on it seems to be working as advertised. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud.

  • Powkoo Aquarium Sponge Filter Corner Filter Sponge Bio Filter Shrimp Fry Fish Tank Filter
  • 9 Layers corner sponge filter -- provide excellent both mechanical and biological filtration, air powered, works great without noise, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean
  • High density porous 60ppi sponges, unique ribbing shape sponge design, more surface, traps floating debris and fine particles, provides ideal location for bacterial colonization, the wedge shape as it fits prefect in the corners of your tanks and doesn't take up much space
  • Easy to set up: operated by an air pump to create numerous minute bubbles to increase dissolved oxygen content, comes with an internal air stone so the bubbles are smaller & more efficient
  • Easy to clean: simply rinse and squeeze sponge in used tank water, recommend to clean the sponge once one month. Tips: squeeze out the air in the sponge when you put it underwater, then it will suck into water and keep down at the bottom
  • 【Fits fish tank size: 20 to 60 gallon】The exhaust pipe height and nozzle is adjustable. Great bio sponge filter for bettas, angelfish, fry, goldfish, baby fish, shrimp, small fish, breeding tank.
  • Manufacture: Powkoo
  • Product Dimensions: 5.91 x 4.43 x 14.76 inches; 15.52 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Powkoo
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Powkoo Final Thoughts

"Not ideal but it works."

LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

Overall Score
4.4


(59 Points)

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