Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Mini Aquarium Filters

1. AQUANEAT 4 Pack Double Bio Sponge Filter, for Fry, Betta, Shrimp, Nano, Aquarium Fish Tank

User Ratings: 78 3

AQUANEAT SF-A010x4^^ First Impressions

"Great product."

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! Following morning it was running quietly.

  • AQUANEAT 4 Pack Double Bio Sponge Filter, for Fry, Betta, Shrimp, Nano, Aquarium Fish Tank
  • Biochemical Filtration:Sponge filter provide both mechanical and biological filtration, also, the air infusion chamber produces minute bubbles which increase the oxygen solubility
  • Easy to Set up & Clean: Simply install an airline into the unit and turn on the air pump; simply rinse and squeeze sponge in tank water
  • Recommend Tank Size: Up to 55 gallon, excellent for small size fish like dwarf cichlid, guppy, killifish etc ; or for hatcheries, maternity tanks, and fry tanks, as the filter produces minimal current and has almost no way to suck the fish through the filter
  • Dimension: 6.5”L x 2.4”W x 9.5”H
  • Includes: sponge filter 4 pcs
  • Manufacture: AQUANEAT
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AQUANEAT SF-A010x4^^ Final Thoughts

"Came on time."

They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar.

Overall Score
4.6


(761 Points)

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2. AQUATICLIFE 115 Mini Internal Protein Skimmer/Filter for Saltwater Aquariums, 30 Gallon, Perfect for...

User Ratings: 50 15

AQUATICLIFE 510114 First Impressions

"Great price."

As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. I've think I've had had six of them. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away.

  • AQUATICLIFE 115 Mini Internal Protein Skimmer/Filter for Saltwater Aquariums, 30 Gallon, Perfect for Small, Nano Tanks
  • Compact size makes this skimmer ideal for mini-reef aquariums up to 30 gallons
  • Allows for placement inside the aquarium or in the filtration compartment with ultra-quiet operation
  • Proven needle-wheel impeller design increases the air-to-water contact
  • Quick-lock design makes it easy to open housing for cleaning, and the built-in channel conceals the grounded power cord
  • Includes an adjustable bracket that fits standard aquarium frames and suction cups for optional mounting inside the aquarium
  • Compact size makes this skimmer ideal for mini-reef aquariums
  • Placement inside aquarium provides quiet operation
  • Proven needle-wheel impeller increases air-to-water contact
  • Manufacture: Aquatic Life LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 3.25 x 3.5 x 10.63 inches; 1.55 Pounds
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AQUATICLIFE 510114 Final Thoughts

"I only used one."

This filter really does a good job. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud.

Overall Score
3.8


(675 Points)

3. hygger Super Mini Aquarium Single Sponge Filter, Comes with 1 Spare Sponge, Quiet Submersible Foam F...

User Ratings: 55 9

hygger First Impressions

"I bought this filter."

I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! It wasn't producing much surface agitation. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design.

  • hygger Super Mini Aquarium Single Sponge Filter, Comes with 1 Spare Sponge, Quiet Submersible Foam Filter for Small Fish Tank 0.5-5 Gallon
  • 【Multi-filtration functions】this mini sponge aquarium filter combines bio-filtration, oxygenation and physical filtration in one and also makes small water flow, which can ensure the excellence of the water quality. Helps your small fish or shrimp to live a happy, healthy life
  • 【Super Mini Filter Demension 】this single sponge filter is super mini size, takes up a little room, perfect for use in 0.5-5 gallon fish tank bowls. This mini sponge filter is 3.5" in width and 3" in height, the sponge inside circle diameter is 0.59 inch
  • 【Package Includes】1 single mini sponge filter + 1 spare sponge+ 1 suction cup are included in a pack. This aquarium filter must be used with an mini air pupm and a standard size 4mm air hose, please note pump and air hose, media balls are not included. Please choose an air pump according to your fish tank size for this filter
  • 【Removable Fine Sponges 】you can easy to take down the sponge from the filter to clean or replace it, the sponge is fine not coarse, which means more surface area for beneficial bacteri to live on. Don't use tap water to clean it, just rinse or squeeze the sponges by using the aquarium water
  • 【Easy to use】all the parts of this filter are detachable, you can easily to assemble them together, with 1 strong suction cup you can stick the filter firmly to any tank position under water, withouting floating.
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"A THUMBS UP."

I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I put it together, reading instructions of course. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. Works like a dream and can't even hear it!

Overall Score
4.0


(486 Points)

4. Powkoo Aquairum Fish Tank Corner Sponge Filter Mini Sponge Filter,Tank Size: 10 Gallon

User Ratings: 74 4

Powkoo First Impressions

"One piece of advice."

I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. Once I found that, the world was right again. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's.

  • Powkoo Aquairum Fish Tank Corner Sponge Filter Mini Sponge Filter,Tank Size: 10 Gallon
  • 4-layer corner sponge filter -- provide excellent both mechanical and biological filtration, air powered, works great without noise, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean【Fit fish tank size: 1 to 10 gallon】
  • High density porous 60ppi fine sponge, unique fan-shaped ribbing sponges, traps floating debris and fine particles, increase oxygen, provides ideal location for beneficial nitrifying bacteria to colonize
  • Easy to setup: connect the tube to the air pump and connect it to the filter, plug it in, it works, provide both aeration and filtration for your fish. 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
  • Easy to clean: simply rinse and squeeze sponge in used tank water, recommend to replace bio sponge every 6 months to ensure filtration effect and growth of nitrifying bacteria
  • Corner shape fits well in any corner, little sponge filter doesn't take up too much room, great bio sponge filter for betta tank, angelfish, fry, goldfish, baby fish, shrimp, small fish, breeding tank. can be used as pre-filtration unit by fitting to an external or a top filter
  • Manufacture: HJK
  • Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 2.17 x 4.72 inches; 2.88 Ounces
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Powkoo Final Thoughts

"No effect."

You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. , that's what makes this so funny. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. I have had no issues with it being to loud. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running.

Overall Score
4.5


(389 Points)

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5. AQUANEAT Double Bio Sponge Filter, for Fry, Betta, Shrimp, Nano Aquarium Fish Tank with Airline Tubi...

User Ratings: 78 3

AQUANEAT First Impressions

"Since then no problems."

This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. Early on it seems to be working as advertised.

  • AQUANEAT Double Bio Sponge Filter, for Fry, Betta, Shrimp, Nano Aquarium Fish Tank with Airline Tubing, Air Pump Valves, Suction Cups
  • Biochemical Filtration:Sponge filter provide both mechanical and biological filtration, also, the air infusion chamber produces minute bubbles which increase the oxygen solubility
  • Easy to Set up & Clean: Simply install an airline into the unit and turn on the air pump; simply rinse and squeeze sponge in tank water
  • Recommend Tank Size: Up to 55 gallon, excellent for small size fish like dwarf cichlid, guppy, killifish etc ; or for hatcheries, maternity tanks, and fry tanks, as the filter produces minimal current and has almost no way to suck the fish through the filter
  • Dimension: 6.5”L x 2.4”W x 9.5”H
  • Includes: 1 sponge filter, 1 set of accessories: 4 suction cups, 4ft airline tubing,1 control valve, 1 tee, 1 non-return check valve
  • Manufacture: AQUANEAT
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AQUANEAT Final Thoughts

"It's heavy and awkward."

You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. I've think I've had had six of them. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium.

Overall Score
4.6


(239 Points)

6. Flexzion Aquarium Internal Filter Submersible 3-in-1 Multi-Function Mini Pump for Fish Tank with Adj...

User Ratings: 48 14

Flexzion First Impressions

"I should loosen it up."

I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! In the afternoon the noises started again. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model.

  • Flexzion Aquarium Internal Filter Submersible 3-in-1 Multi-Function Mini Pump for Fish Tank with Adjustable Flow Rate + Spray Bar + Pipe
  • Fits tank size up to 20 gallon
  • Compact power filter with adjustable flow rate
  • Integrated spray bar creates an even flow of water
  • Direct flow diffuser for greater surface agitation
  • Suitable for both freshwater, saltwater and pond use
  • Manufacture: Flexzion
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 3 inches; 9.17 Ounces
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Flexzion Final Thoughts

"It was an Awesome filter!"

I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing.

Overall Score
3.8


(168 Points)

7. Lee's Pet Products ALE13200 Undergravel Fishbowl Filter, 1-Gallon

User Ratings: 43 19

Lee's Pet Products 107074 First Impressions

"SIMPLE INSTALLATION."

The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement.

  • Lee's Pet Products ALE13200 Undergravel Fishbowl Filter, 1-Gallon
  • Lees under gravel fishbowl filter 1galoon
  • Minimizes maintenance responsibility
  • Comes with plant and carbon cartridge included
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Lee's Pet Products 107074 Final Thoughts

"So far so good!"

Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! I was worried about some of the negative reviews. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. This lives up to the praise that people give it.

Overall Score
3.6


(156 Points)

8. hygger 2-10 Gallon Aquarium Bubbler Filter Air Driven Small Fish Tank Sponge Filter for Betta Fish S...

User Ratings: 72 4

hygger First Impressions

"I bought an FX6 in 2013."

I was also having oxygen issues because of this. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. Really happy with the money I was able to save.

  • hygger 2-10 Gallon Aquarium Bubbler Filter Air Driven Small Fish Tank Sponge Filter for Betta Fish Shrimp Tank
  • Ultra Quiet Betta Filter - this air-driven fish tank filter is a motor free filter, super quiet, can only hear the smoothing sound of bubble bursting in the water surface
  • Effective Filtration - Mechanical pre-filter sponge captures debris and activated carbon for clean, clear aquarium water. Mini white bubbler stone produces constant, soft bubbles to agitate water, slow flow is great for betta fish, fry and shrimp
  • Compact - Single small filter measures 4.1" x 0.8" x 7.6", recommend for 2-5 gallon fresh and salt water aquariums ; Dual filter measures 7" x 0.8" x 7.6", recommend for 6-10 gallon freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • Single sponge filter kit comes with 1 filter+ 3 packs filter cartridges + 1 white air stone+ 1 hanging clip. Dual sponge filter kit comes with 2 filters+ 6 packs filter cartridges + 1 white air stone + 2 hanging clips. Replace filter cartridge every 2-4 weeks depends on how many fish you house
  • Easy to install - Connect aquarium filter with air tubing to air pump and ready to go (please note that 3/16 inch air tubing and air pump are excluded). Two suction cups and one hanger helps filter stays in place, no floating. Must be install vertically
  • Super quiet, you can only hear the smoothing sound of bubble flowing
  • Easy to assemble and use
  • Comes with extra filter cartridge to replace
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"SO THEREFORE."

My tank was a mess when I got this pump. I've think I've had had six of them. I had to cut the hood to make it work. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. Early on it seems to be working as advertised.

Overall Score
4.4


(68 Points)

9. Lee's Pet Products ALE13202 Undergravel Fishbowl Filter, 2-Gallon

User Ratings: 43 24

Lee's Pet Products 107075 First Impressions

"Huge capacity."

One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad.

  • Lee's Pet Products ALE13202 Undergravel Fishbowl Filter, 2-Gallon
  • Lees under gravel fishbowl filter 2galoon
  • Minimizes maintenance responsibility
  • Comes with plant and carbon cartridge included
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Lee's Pet Products 107075 Final Thoughts

"AFTER 3 DAYS."

SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. Also the maker should review the pump design. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model.

Overall Score
3.5


(65 Points)

10. Koller Products Filter Cartridge Pre-Assembled fits Tom Mini Power Filter (TM1250), 3-Pack

User Ratings: 71 5

TOM Aquarium Products TM1413 First Impressions

"Just a tip!"

This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear.

  • Koller Products Filter Cartridge Pre-Assembled fits Tom Mini Power Filter (TM1250), 3-Pack
  • Dense foam insert with premium activated carbon, all-the-while keeping aquarium water crystal clear.
  • Maintains optimal water parameters, keeping water crystal-clear and fish healthy
  • Quickly removes fish waste and water discoloration.
  • Manufacture: Koller Products
  • Product Dimensions: 4.25 x 1.25 x 5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
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TOM Aquarium Products TM1413 Final Thoughts

"No big deal."

This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. Just rinse them out once a month, don't throw that beneficial bacteria away. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. I have had no issues with it being to loud.

Overall Score
4.4


(58 Points)

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