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. AquaClear Fish Tank Filter, Aquarium Filter for 60- to 110-Gallon Aquariums, 110v, A620A1

User Ratings: 76 8

AquaClear A620A1 First Impressions

"Yeah, no no no!"

There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! Never ever ever use it past a year. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself.

  • AquaClear Fish Tank Filter, Aquarium Filter for 60- to 110-Gallon Aquariums, 110v, A620A1
  • Aquarium filtration system that offers superior contact time with filter media and energy efficient pump lowers operating costs
  • Quick and easy installation, we recommend that you clean aquarium filter every two weeks for maximum operation and efficiency
  • Provides optimal mechanical, chemical, and biological filtrations
  • Comes equipped with AquaClear Foam, Activated Carbon Filter and BioMax and Cycle Guard for superior water quality
  • Filtration volume is up to 7 times larger than comparable fish tank filters
  • Lifetime warranty; ideal for aquariums up to 110 gallons
  • When the flow rate is reduced, up to 50% of the water within the filter chamber is processed multiple times. More impurities are filtered out, creating a healthier tank with sparkling clean and clear water.
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 12.5 x 11 inches; 4.52 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaClear A620A1
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AquaClear A620A1 Final Thoughts

"Definitely a good buy."

Never ever ever use it past a year. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them.

Overall Score
4.5


(1486 Points)

3. Zoo Med Turtle Clean External Canister Filter, 50-Gallon

User Ratings: 56 25

Zoo Med TC50 First Impressions

"Very pleased!"

The instructions are a bit to much for me. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

  • Zoo Med Turtle Clean External Canister Filter, 50-Gallon
  • External canister filter with slimline design for tight spaces
  • 200 gallon per hour rating, ideal for turtle habitats up to 50 gallons in size
  • The included spray bar increases oxygenation to help support your turtles' health
  • Double filtering system with both carbon and ceramic filters and internal biological recirculation
  • Combines mechanical, biological, and chemical filtration to give your pets the cleanest, healthiest habitat
  • Manufacture: Zoo Med
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.5 x 14.5 inches; 1.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med TC50
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Zoo Med TC50 Final Thoughts

"This is not."

Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. Never ever ever use it past a year. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned.

Overall Score
3.7


(86 Points)

4. AQQA Aquarium Electric Power Sponge Filter,3W/5W Silence Submersible Foam Filter,Sponges Bio Ceramic...

User Ratings: 61

AQQA First Impressions

"Definitely recommend!"

Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. I put it together, reading instructions of course. I had a lot of particles in the water.

  • AQQA Aquarium Electric Power Sponge Filter,3W/5W Silence Submersible Foam Filter,Sponges Bio Ceramic Media Balls Double Filter for Saltwater Freshwater Fish Tank
  • ⚡【Upgrade Electric Power Filter】Filter with powerful motor,no need air pump, Work more efficiently and energy saving.Internal Submersible is very quiet,Noise is less than 30db,Selected high-quality motors, longer service life.
  • ⚡【Double Filter:Physical Filtration+Biochemical Filtration】The high-quality biochemical cotton adopts a ribbing design to increase the surface area and filter out automatically absorb feces, debris and residues in water.Bio Ceramic Media Balls improve the filtering effect, can quickly purify the water quality.Ceramic balls can also be replaced by other filter materials.
  • ⚡【Water Outlet Can be Adjusted 360°and Stretch】The retractable water outlet can be adapted to fish tanks of various depths, and the water outlet can be submerged in the water or out of the water.Filtration can not only purify water quality and increase water circulation, but also increase the oxygen content in the water.
  • ⚡【4 Sponge 1 bag of Bio Ceramic Media Balls 2 Suction Cup】Comes with 2 spare sponges, put them in the filter box, please take out the spare sponges before use.The filter box can be filled with bio ceramic media balls, or nothing, or other filter media.It can be sucked tightly around the fish tank or the bottom without sand.
  • ⚡【Suitable For Saltwater or Freshwater】Bio ceramic media balls with a layer of protective powder,it was normal.Before use, please clean the sponge and ball with the water in the fish tank before putting it in the fish tank.
  • Manufacture: AQQA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQQA
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AQQA Final Thoughts

"These are heavy."

All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running.

Overall Score
4.5


(22 Points)

5. Powkoo Sponge Filter Aquarium Air Filter Shrimp Betta Fish Tank Filter Bio Filter Sponge

User Ratings: 71 8

Powkoo First Impressions

"If anyone knows turtles."

The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. Also the maker should review the pump design. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores.

  • Powkoo Sponge Filter Aquarium Air Filter Shrimp Betta Fish Tank Filter Bio Filter Sponge
  • Sponge filters provide excellent both mechanical and biological filtration, air powered, works great with noise, suitable for freshwater and saltwater
  • High density porous 40ppi sponge, traps floating debris and fine particles, increase oxygen, provides ideal location for bacterial colonization, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean
  • Easy to set up: simply connect the tube to the air pump and connect it to the filter, plug it in, it works great, provides aeration and filtration for your fish
  • Easy to clean: just take out the sponge, simply rinse and squeeze it in used aquarium water, never use tap water, recommend to rinse the sponge once a month
  • 【Fits fish tank size: 10 to 45 gallon】Easy to use: squeeze out the air in the sponge when you put it underwater, then it will suck into water and keep down at the bottom, excellent for shrimp tank, betta tank, breeding tank, planted aquarium, turtle tank, goldfish, fry, guppies, snails, crayfish, axolotls
  • Manufacture: Powkoo
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Powkoo
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Powkoo Final Thoughts

"This is not."

I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. 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.

Overall Score
4.4


(74 Points)

6. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(760 Points)

7. API FILSTAR XP Canister Filter Spare Parts Such as Canister Clips, Quick Disconnect, Gasket, impelle...

User Ratings: 74 7

API 720D First Impressions

"In one day crystal clear."

The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. Overall I would recommend this item. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud.

  • API FILSTAR XP Canister Filter Spare Parts Such as Canister Clips, Quick Disconnect, Gasket, impellers and More
  • Contains one (1) API FILSTAR XP QUICK DISCONNECT Aquarium Canister Filter Spare Part 1-Count
  • Replacement quick disconnect for API FILSTAR XP S, M, L, XL (or RENA FILSTAR xP1, xP2, xP3, and xP4) canister filters
  • Includes one quick disconnect with O rings.
  • Manufacture: Mars Fishcare Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 8.13 x 2.25 x 8 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 720D
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

API 720D Final Thoughts

"Like brand new."

The filter stopped working all of a sudden. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish.

Overall Score
4.4


(758 Points)

8. 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)

9. Ocean Clear Replacement Cartridge for 325 Filter by Ocean Clear

User Ratings: 86

Ocean Clear First Impressions

"These are heavy."

I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD!

  • Ocean Clear Replacement Cartridge for 325 Filter by Ocean Clear
  • Manufacture: Ocean Clear
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ocean Clear
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Ocean Clear Final Thoughts

"If anyone knows turtles."

Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I have had no issues with it being to loud. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up.

Overall Score
4.9


(12 Points)

10. AZOO Mignon Filter 60

User Ratings: 70 5

Azoo AZ13097 First Impressions

"Water crystal clear."

I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out.

  • AZOO Mignon Filter 60
  • Small compact design
  • Queit performance
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 3.25 x 3.75 x 6 inches; 1.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Azoo AZ13097
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Azoo AZ13097 Final Thoughts

"No need to unplug."

The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. It wasn't producing much surface agitation.

Overall Score
4.4


(920 Points)

Copyright © 2022 Rob Aquatics — Primer Child WordPress theme by GoDaddy