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
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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. 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)

3. LiquaGen - Heavy Duty & High Capacity 7-Stage Aquarium Reef and Deionization Reverse Osmosis Water F...

User Ratings: 81 10

LiquaGen LG 3 OTOP First Impressions

"Really like the filter."

I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. This filter really does a good job.

  • LiquaGen - Heavy Duty & High Capacity 7-Stage Aquarium Reef and Deionization Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Systems RO/DI | 0 PPM - 150 GPD
  • This product is great for aquariums, laboratory testing, and other applications for pure water. Pre- Assembled system for easy installation. Installation takes approximately 5 minutes!
  • Manual Flush Valve makes this system superior to any other RO/DI system in the market by increasing the life of the unit, reducing possible leaks, and saves you valuable time when flushing the system every few months.
  • High Rejection Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane. Film by GE USA. 2 year manufacturer warranty; Lifetime customer support.
  • Ideal for Reef Tanks, Salt-Water and Fresh-Water Aquariums by the process of deionization ensuring zero ppm water, optimal for fish, coral, and other Marine life & plants.
  • Air-leak tested, leak-free fittings and long lasting filters ensure durability and mitigate chances for damage and breakage. BPA free to supplement a safe environment.
  • Manufacture: LiquaGen Water Technology
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LiquaGen LG 3 OTOP
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LiquaGen LG 3 OTOP Final Thoughts

"Just a tip!"

The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. This filter really does a good job. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

Overall Score
4.5


(30 Points)

4. Penn Plax Cascade 400 Internal Bio Filters for Aquariums (3 Pack)

User Ratings: 85

Penn-Plax First Impressions

"Not ideal but it works."

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. Fill it up with water before you plug it in.

  • Penn Plax Cascade 400 Internal Bio Filters for Aquariums (3 Pack)
  • Pack of 3 Penn Plax Cascade 400 Internal Bio Filters for Aquariums
  • Convenient, no-fuss replacement cartridges for your Cascade 400 internal power filter.
  • Optimizes the colonization of beneficial aerobic bacteria.
  • Easy-to-replace disposable filters.
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 4 inches; 2.65 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax
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  • Value For Money
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Penn-Plax Final Thoughts

"No effect."

Get it and take heed to what I wrote. This lives up to the praise that people give it. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.8


(6 Points)

5. Polar Aurora 265GPH / 266GPH / 370GPH / 525GPH External Aquarium Filter with Builtin Pump Kit Canist...

User Ratings: 69 7

Polar Aurora First Impressions

"Works great."

I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. This lives up to the praise that people give it. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions.

  • Polar Aurora 265GPH / 266GPH / 370GPH / 525GPH External Aquarium Filter with Builtin Pump Kit Canister (266/370 / 525 GPH with Light)
  • Good for up to 75 gallon fish tanks SunSun parts can be applied Flow rate: 264 GPH (1000L/hr) Pump Power: 18W Hose size: 3/4" Max-H: 4.6 feet
  • 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. No Light!!!
  • Convenient self-priming pump that eliminates the need for manual siphoning; Single valve disconnect & priming pump ease routine maintenance
  • Canister filters for aquariums use high water pressure, from a properly powered pump, to force water through the dense filter media. A pump can draw water from an under-gravel filter, and run it into a canister for double filtration
  • The three flexible media trays allow you to add other filtration media such as SunSun's activated carbons, ceramic rings or bio-balls to achieve excellent mechanical, chemical, and biological filtration.
  • 3 stages of filtration
  • 110-120V 50-60Hz
  • Max height: 4.6 feet
  • Manufacture: Polar Aurora
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 16 inches; 11.75 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Polar Aurora
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  • Value For Money
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Polar Aurora Final Thoughts

"This thing is super loud!"

They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. I have had no issues with it being to loud. The instructions are a bit to much for me. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon.

Overall Score
4.4


(679 Points)

6. SunSun Hw303B 370GPH Pro Canister Filter Kit with 9-watt UV Sterilizer

User Ratings: 70 8

SunSun HW-303BPro First Impressions

"Just a tip!"

Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. Just rinse them out once a month, don't throw that beneficial bacteria away. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever.

  • SunSun Hw303B 370GPH Pro Canister Filter Kit with 9-watt UV Sterilizer
  • HW-303B Pro Filtration Kit, Good for up to 100 gallon aquariums
  • Flow rate: 370 GPH (1400L/Hr)
  • Dimension: 10.5" L X 10.5" W X 16" H
  • Pro Kit Includes Canister Filter w/9 Watt UV, 3 White Filter Pads, 1 Blue Coarse Pad, 3 Media Baskets
  • Includes 1lb of Premium Filter Carbon, 1lb of Ceramic Rings and 1 Set of Bio Balls
  • Manufacture: SunSun
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 20 inches; 16 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunSun HW-303BPro
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  • Value For Money
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SunSun HW-303BPro Final Thoughts

"This is the one."

I was worried about some of the negative reviews. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else.

Overall Score
4.4


(663 Points)

7. Aqualexs Aquarium Filter Guard for Shrimp and Fish

User Ratings: 59 11

Aqualexs First Impressions

"This is not."

Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

  • Aqualexs Aquarium Filter Guard for Shrimp and Fish
  • Diameter 22mm ( Set of 2 ,Fits filter intake 16mm to 18mm)
  • High quality Stainless steel mesh
  • Preventing baby shrimps/fish from sucking in the filter inflow
  • Handcrafted with solid design
  • NOTE: You can dip the opening in hot water (2 sec), it will soften the opening for better fitting.
  • Manufacture: Aqualexs
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqualexs
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Aqualexs Final Thoughts

"Really like the filter."

I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up.

Overall Score
4.1


(31 Points)

8. YCTECH 10-50 Gallon Aquarium Fish Tank Hang Filter with Surface Skimmer 3 Stage Water Skim Filter Pu...

User Ratings: 52 13

YCTECH First Impressions

"This thing is a beast."

I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not.

  • YCTECH 10-50 Gallon Aquarium Fish Tank Hang Filter with Surface Skimmer 3 Stage Water Skim Filter Pump 211 GPH Adjustable Flow Filter
  • ★ Practical: Advanced 3 step filtration Biological and mechanical filtration. Box includes active carbon and bio media Accumulator for oil slick, remove surface films effectively
  • ★ Adjustable: lengthened water inlet pipe, the length adjustable range is between 3-16 inch, which is suitable for aquarium with different heights.and the filter boxes can be taken out separately, which is easier to clean
  • ★ Quiet: You can adjust the amount of water flow at will. With the water outlet design, it is very quiet and won't affect the quality of sleep even if the fish tank is in the bedroom
  • ★Application: Can be used in aquariums, fish tank and turtle tanks for 20-50 gallon filters system
  • ★ Backed by 12 month warranty and 24 hrs professional after-sale service
  • Manufacture: YCTECH
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.9 x 4.4 inches; 3.15 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The YCTECH
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YCTECH Final Thoughts

"And it is so quiet."

The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. I was also having oxygen issues because of this.

Overall Score
3.8


(156 Points)

9. UPETTOOLS Aquarium Biochemical Sponge Filter, Ultra Quite Aquarium Air Pump Single Head Bio Sponge F...

User Ratings: 70 5

UPETTOOLS First Impressions

"It just starts right up."

LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! Early on it seems to be working as advertised. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy.

  • UPETTOOLS Aquarium Biochemical Sponge Filter, Ultra Quite Aquarium Air Pump Single Head Bio Sponge Fish Tank Foam Filter
  • 【Multi-filtration Functions】Upettools sponge filter combines single scientific 7-layer ribbing shape sponge design, which can quickly established a bio-filter, improve purifying water quality, and the oxygen port can rotate 360 degrees without dead ends, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean.
  • 【Special Ceramic Bio Filter Media】Upettools aquarium sponge filters compatible with one container with ceramic bio filter media inside, which help to remove harmful substance and increase oxygen level in your tank, you can replace the filter media to enhance water quality.
  • 【Removable Sponges 】 You can take down the sponge from the filter easily to clean or replace it. Sponge filters provide both mechanical and biological filtration, traps floating debris and protect your baby fish from being sucked up into the filter.
  • 【Easy to Set Up】Simply install an airline into the unit and turn on the air pump, great way to clean and oxygenate your tanks. Don't use tap water to clean it, simply squeeze the sponges in tank water.
  • 【Max Suit for 55GAL Fish Tank】Compatible with 2 suction cups, can be installed anywhere and can be easily hidden on the back wall of the aquarium. Suitable for freshwater & saltwater and all kinds of ornamental fish breeding, breeding and fish formation, especially for colorful fairy, small fish,shrimp tank, betta tank etc.
  • Manufacture: UPETTOOLS
  • Product Dimensions: 2.36 x 6.3 x 9.06 inches; 1.1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The UPETTOOLS
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UPETTOOLS Final Thoughts

"No issues."

I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets.

Overall Score
4.4


(1003 Points)

10. 10-Gallon Betta Sponge Filter, Underwater Center Aquarium Filter, Works for Tropical Fish & Breeder ...

User Ratings: 53 17

SunGrow First Impressions

"Just a low hum."

I have had no issues with it being to loud. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. Never ever ever use it past a year. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud.

  • 10-Gallon Betta Sponge Filter, Underwater Center Aquarium Filter, Works for Tropical Fish & Breeder Aquarium, Slow current, Perfect for Fry & Small Fish, Must-have for Aquarium Hobbyist
  • REPLACE THE TRADITIONAL HOB, CANISTER FILTERS --- Gone are the days when you got to change the cartridges and filter media almost every week. The handy filter by SunGrow will do the same job economically and quickly.
  • SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR BETTA, FRY & OTHER SMALL AQUATIC PETS --- Betta, fry and other small fish will NEVER get stuck up into the filter. These fish, especially Betta, generally don’t like vigorous currents, they prefer calm and steady water. This filter is designed to have slow current to easily let betta, goldfish discus, dwarf cichlids, guppies, and krill fish, continue breeding and spawning comfortably.
  • PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD FOR FRY --- The minor bubbles that are created by this sponge filter creates a nominal current, adding in bubbling water. This will encourage them to continue breeding and spawning comfortably. Also, the sponge filter makes a home for fish food supplementing their daily dose of diet or food intake.
  • PERFECT FOR UP TO 10.5 GALLON TANK WHEN USED SINGLY --- It only requires an air pump and airline tubing (sold separately) to work. These create numerous minute bubbles for increased oxygen flow. Simply connect an air pump to the top-center of the filter, then place it in your tank. Please note, the base of this noiseless filter is not weighted, so you may need to weigh it down. It is suitable for tanks up to size 10.5 gallons. Use 2 or more filters in larger tanks.
  • EASY TO WASH & REUSE --- This low-cost sponge filter can be used multiple times. Instead of tap water, use water from the tank to clean it, during a water change. Simply rinse and squeeze a few times, until you see the water run clear from the sponge.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"So who knows."

My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. This filter really does a good job. Once I found that, the world was right again. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. The instructions are a bit to much for me. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with.

Overall Score
3.8


(285 Points)

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