Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Marina Aquarium Filters

1. Marina Power Filter

User Ratings: 72 6

Marina A285 First Impressions

"I like the design."

My tank was a mess when I got this pump. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. The instructions are a bit to much for me. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller.

  • Marina Power Filter
  • Power filter for aquariums up to 10 gallons
  • Self priming
  • Easy to maintain
  • Adjustable flow control
  • Manufacture: Marina
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 7.3 x 6.5 inches; 1.23 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Marina A285
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Marina A285 Final Thoughts

"I like the design."

First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. I have had no issues with it being to loud. , that's what makes this so funny. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(1588 Points)

2. MarineLand Penguin 100 Power Filter, 100 GPH (PF0100B),Black

User Ratings: 65 10

MarineLand PF0100B First Impressions

"Coarse, medium, and fine."

I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. Once I found that, the world was right again.

  • MarineLand Penguin 100 Power Filter, 100 GPH (PF0100B),Black
  • WITH ROTATING BIO-WHEEL: Patented Bio-Wheel technology provides excellent wet/dry biological filtration.
  • MULTI-STAGE FILTRATION: Delivers mechanical, chemical and biological aquarium filtration to maintain a clean aquatic environment.
  • COMPATIBILITY: Use with Marineland Rite-Size Filter Cartridges (see individual filter for sizing recommendations).
  • FIVE SIZES: Available in 75 GPH, 100 GPH, 150 GPH, 200 GPH and 350 GPH sizes.
  • Age Range Description: all ranges
  • Included Components: Marineland Penguin 100 Power Filter (upto 20 gal)
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Item Weight: 1.65 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand PF0100B
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

MarineLand PF0100B Final Thoughts

"You'll be happy with it."

It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(2320 Points)

3. Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power Filters

User Ratings: 68 9

Aqueon 100113236 First Impressions

"Seriously."

I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. Once I found that, the world was right again. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium.

  • Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power Filters
  • Provides mechanical, chemical, biological filtration plus additional assistance with the Aqueon specialty filter pads
  • Self-priming – starts up automatically after cleaning or power interruptions.
  • Certified flow rates that assure proper water circulation for improved fish health
  • LED indicator light flashes when it’s time to replace clogged cartridges by monitoring actual water levels.
  • Internal pump design helps dampen noise and eliminate leaks
  • LED indicator light flashes when it's time to change the cartridge
  • Filter pump is self-priming, just plug and play out of the box; filter will auto-restart if power is interrupted and restored
  • Provides mechanical, chemical, biological, and additional specialty pad filtration
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 14.25 x 9.25 x 7 inches; 3.8 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100113236
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Aqueon 100113236 Final Thoughts

"My fault not theirs."

One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. Overall I would recommend this item. I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(479 Points)

4. 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
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

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

[star rating="4.5"]
(92 Points)

5. 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
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

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

[star rating="4.4"]
(80 Points)

6. ViaAqua Extra Thick Japanese Filter Mat Aquarium Koi Pond Media Pad Custom Fit Sizes

User Ratings: 52

ViaAqua First Impressions

"Seriously."

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media.

  • ViaAqua Extra Thick Japanese Filter Mat Aquarium Koi Pond Media Pad Custom Fit Sizes
  • Improved thicker design: 1.5" thick
  • The best biological media available
  • Very firm and rigid
  • Never need to replace, Sinking
  • Dimensions: 20" x 20" x 1.5"; Package includes: 1 x Japanese filter pad
  • Manufacture: Commodity Axis
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ViaAqua
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

ViaAqua Final Thoughts

"A very obvious waterfall."

Fill it up with water before you plug it in. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. This lives up to the praise that people give it. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(2 Points)

7. Sunsun HW302, HW303, HW304 3 Stage Aquarium Canister Filters

User Ratings: 63 13

SunSun 07100 First Impressions

"The product itself."

Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. I put it together, reading instructions of course. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail.

  • Sunsun HW302, HW303, HW304 3 Stage Aquarium Canister Filters
  • Good for up to 75 gallon fish tanks
  • Dimension: 9" L X 9" W X 15.5" H
  • Flow rate: 265 GPH (1000L/hr.)
  • 3 Media trays capable of handling your choice of filtration media
  • Manufacture: Monster Pets
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 15 inches; 2.98 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunSun 07100
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

SunSun 07100 Final Thoughts

"Thats whats☝ up!"

I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(760 Points)

8. Odyssea CFS 500 Canister Filter with Media Aquarium External 100G 500 GPH

User Ratings: 46 21

Odyssea First Impressions

"Will UPDATE!"

I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. Overall I would recommend this item. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it.

  • Odyssea CFS 500 Canister Filter with Media Aquarium External 100G 500 GPH
  • Manufacture: Odyssea
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Odyssea
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

Odyssea Final Thoughts

"No big deal."

My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! I've looked at so many filters and reviews. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up.

Overall Score
3.6

[star rating="3.6"]
(26 Points)

9. Bicaquu Automatic Filter for Vacuum Cleaner, Filter for Aquarium, Universal for Aquarium

Bicaquu First Impressions

"Just buy it!"

I've think I've had had six of them. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores.

  • Bicaquu Automatic Filter for Vacuum Cleaner, Filter for Aquarium, Universal for Aquarium
  • Easy to use: You just need to connect to the discharging air pipe, put in water and open the air pump to clean the fish tank dirt. (Air pump is not included).
  • Made from premium plastic material, which is safe, solid and durable to use.
  • Built in replaceable filter tank and special strong bioactive beads, It can achieve better the physical filtration effect and provide space for the nitrifying bacteria to attach.
  • Multifunctional: oxygen aeration, enhanced the filtering effect of organism and improve the stability of water quality of aquarium
  • Humanized cover design, prevent from leakage meanwhile absorb the dirty objects.
  • Manufacture: Bicaquu
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Bicaquu
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4.7']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

Bicaquu Final Thoughts

"Like brand new."

The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. , that's what makes this so funny. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(1 Points)

10. Aqueon 06078 QuietFlow 55 Power Filter, 250GPH

User Ratings: 41 16

Aqueon 06078 First Impressions

"+Great price."

I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design.

  • Aqueon 06078 QuietFlow 55 Power Filter, 250GPH
  • Dense floss removes particles and debris
  • Activated carbon removes toxins, odors and discoloration
  • Patented bio-holster removes toxic ammonia and nitrites
  • Diffuser grid removes additional toxins while adding oxygen for more active fish
  • Reduces splashing makeing the return exceptionally quiet
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Item Weight: 2.87 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.62 x 5.6 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 06078
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='2.9']
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='2.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='2.7']

Aqueon 06078 Final Thoughts

"That also didn't work."

My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. Never ever ever use it past a year. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it.

Overall Score
3.5

[star rating="3.5"]
(13 Points)

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