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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(1588 Points)

2. AQUA-TECH Power Aquarium Filter, 5 to 15-Gallon Aquariums

User Ratings: 61 15

AQUA-TECH ML90737-00 First Impressions

"Definitely a good buy."

I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Really happy with the money I was able to save. In the afternoon the noises started again. I've think I've had had six of them. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with.

  • AQUA-TECH Power Aquarium Filter, 5 to 15-Gallon Aquariums
  • For 5 to 15 gallon aquariums
  • Two year warranty
  • Advanced 3 step filtration
  • Comes with one AQUA-Tech EZ-Change #1 Filter Cartridge
  • Traps dirt, removes impurities and offers maximum water to carbon contact
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 4.88 x 5.19 x 7.63 inches; 1.25 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH ML90737-00
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AQUA-TECH ML90737-00 Final Thoughts

"So who knows."

Works like a dream and can't even hear it! You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. Get it and take heed to what I wrote.

Overall Score
4.0


(520 Points)

3. AquaTop 550 GPH Forza FZ13 UV Canister Filter with 13W Sterilizer

User Ratings: 68 11

AquaTop FZ13 First Impressions

"Kudos to Amazon prime!"

Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. , that's what makes this so funny.

  • AquaTop 550 GPH Forza FZ13 UV Canister Filter with 13W Sterilizer
  • Suitable for tanks ranging from 125-175 gal
  • 550 gals/hr
  • Multi-stage Filtration System w/ UV
  • Prevents algae growth and controls free Floating parasites and disease causing pathogens
  • Manufacture: Aquatop, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 12.5 x 12.5 inches; 18 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaTop FZ13
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AquaTop FZ13 Final Thoughts

"Peace out Amazonians."

I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. Really happy with the money I was able to save.

Overall Score
4.1


(53 Points)

4. RO/DI Dual Outlet Drinking water/Aquarium Reef System CLEAR Manual Flush 100GPD

User Ratings: 61 39

Fountainhead Water Systems First Impressions

"I was to tire to fix it."

My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. 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. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days.

  • RO/DI Dual Outlet Drinking water/Aquarium Reef System CLEAR Manual Flush 100GPD
  • Type:Reverse Osmosis Unit, Mpn:FHDRODIC100
  • Water Type:All Water Types
  • Brand:FOUNTAINHEAD WATER SYSTEMS
  • Manufacture: FOUNTAINHEAD WATER SYSTEMS
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fountainhead Water Systems
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fountainhead Water Systems Final Thoughts

"-Not self-priming."

It wasn't producing much surface agitation. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i.

Overall Score
3.4


(2 Points)

5. Powkoo Double Sponge Filter Aquarium Filter Sponge Shrimp Betta Breeding Fry Fish Tank Filter (Filte...

User Ratings: 76 4

Powkoo First Impressions

"No big deal."

I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

  • Powkoo Double Sponge Filter Aquarium Filter Sponge Shrimp Betta Breeding Fry Fish Tank Filter (Filter)
  • Air driven sponge filter, it provides both mechanical and biological filtration, works great without noise, suitable for freshwater and saltwater【Fit fish tank size: 10 to 40 gallon】
  • Double 9-layer ribbed shape sponges, traps floating debris fine particles, high density porous 80ppi sponges, means more surface area for beneficial bacterial to colonize and faster cycling, it quickly established a bio filter and provides extra oxygen, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean
  • Easy setup: using an air hose, connect one end to you air pump and the other end to this filter, and equipped with a check valve on air hose, to prevent water backflow and air pump damage due to power outage, provides aeration and filtration in one solution, great way to clean and oxygenate your tanks
  • Easy to clean: just take out the sponges, simply rinse and squeeze them in used tank water, recommend to clean the sponges once one month. NOTES: recommend to replace the sponges every 5 to 6 months maximum
  • It has two media chambers(media not included), you can add any filter media to enhance water quality, excellent for shrimp tank, betta tank, breeding tank, planted aquarium, turtle tank, goldfish, fry, guppies, snails, crayfish, axolotls
  • Manufacture: Powkoo
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 2 x 7.7 inches; 5.61 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Powkoo
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Powkoo Final Thoughts

"This thing is super loud!"

Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I had to cut the hood to make it work. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier.

Overall Score
4.6


(75 Points)

6. 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
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

7. Premier Reverse Osmosis RO/DI Aquarium Reef Water Filter System | 75GPD - 5 Stage

Premier Water Systems First Impressions

"I bought an FX5 in 2011."

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! I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned.

  • Premier Reverse Osmosis RO/DI Aquarium Reef Water Filter System | 75GPD - 5 Stage
  • The ultimate filtration system for reef tanks, salt water/fresh water aquarium's & other applications where ultra-pure water is necessary.
  • Removes up to 99% contaminants for safe 0 TDS/PPM water. This is the ultimate RO/DI system.
  • Pre- Assembled system for easy installation. Guaranteed 0 ppm water.
  • Long lasting filters (standard 10 inch filters) w/ high quality connect fittings | Super easy & convenient installation.
  • 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.
  • Manufacture: Oceanic Water Systems
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Premier Water Systems
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Premier Water Systems Final Thoughts

"A little goes a long way."

You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. 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
4.0


(2 Points)

8. Polar Aurora Free Media 265GPH / 370GPH / 525GPH External Aquarium Filter with Builtin Pump Kit Cani...

User Ratings: 69 5

Polar Aurora First Impressions

"A very obvious waterfall."

The filter stopped working all of a sudden. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. Following morning it was running quietly. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad.

  • Polar Aurora Free Media 265GPH / 370GPH / 525GPH External Aquarium Filter with Builtin Pump Kit Canister
  • Good for up to 200 gallon fish tanks.Maximum flow rate of 525GPH from built in pump
  • 4 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
  • Built in 9 Watt Light for controlling algae spores/bacteria and promoting clear water
  • The four 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.
  • 4 stages of filtration
  • 9w powered
  • 110-120V 50-60Hz
  • Manufacture: Polar Aurora
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Polar Aurora
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Polar Aurora Final Thoughts

"This is not."

Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy.

Overall Score
4.4


(671 Points)

9. Aqueon QuietFlow Canister Filter 55-100 Gallons

User Ratings: 68 6

Aqueon 100532120 First Impressions

"Best to you all!"

I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i.

  • Aqueon QuietFlow Canister Filter 55-100 Gallons
  • Experience a unique hang-on-the-back water polishing unit that makes maintenance quick and easy, simply replace the cartridge
  • Includes quick disconnect valves, pump locking heads, water intake/output connections, hoses, water polishing unit with cartridge and media: activated carbon, coarse foam, bio-balls, bio-ceramic rings
  • Multiple water return options for optimal versatility to best suite a variety of aquarium habitats; spray bar, water director and water polishing unit
  • Multi-stage filtration that includes biological, chemical and mechanical
  • Fits up to 75 gallon aquariums
  • Experience a unique hang-on-the-back water polishing unit that makes maintenance quick and easy, simply replace the cartridge
  • Chose between a more traditional water return in a spray bar or water director
  • Included: Quick Disconnect Valves Pump Locking Heads Water Intake/Output Connections Hoses Media: Activated Carbon, Coarse Foam, Bio-Balls, Bio-Ceramic Rings Water Polishing Unit with Cartridge
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Item Weight: 14.9 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 8.25 x 8.25 x 17.5 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100532120
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100532120 Final Thoughts

"It's heavy and awkward."

I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

Overall Score
4.4


(89 Points)

10. Penn Plax (3 Pack) Cascade Power Aquarium Filters Bio-Sponge

User Ratings: 72 9

Penn-Plax First Impressions

"A THUMBS UP."

Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. Really happy with the money I was able to save. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter.

  • Penn Plax (3 Pack) Cascade Power Aquarium Filters Bio-Sponge
  • (3 Pack) Penn Plax Cascade Power Aquarium Filters Bio-Sponge
  • Replacement Bio Sponge
  • Cascade Hang On 150/200 power filters
  • Sponge is ideal for growing beneficial bacteria
  • Manufacture: Penn-Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 4 inches; 2.43 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Penn-Plax Final Thoughts

"This is the one."

I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. Once I found that, the world was right again. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast.

Overall Score
4.3


(16 Points)

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