Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Quiet Aquarium Filters

1. Aqueon Quietflow E Internal Power Filter

User Ratings: 60 10

Aqueon 100106991 First Impressions

"Huge capacity."

I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. Once I found that, the world was right again. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter.

  • Aqueon Quietflow E Internal Power Filter
  • Economical vertical-oriented internal filter that efficiently cleans and filters aquarium water
  • Provides chemical, biological and mechanical filtration
  • Auto-start pump requires no priming, automatically restarts if power is interrupted and restored
  • Easy to install using suction cups and/or hanging clips
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 2.25 x 4.5 x 6.5 inches; 12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106991
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100106991 Final Thoughts

"It just starts right up."

Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy.

Overall Score
4.1


(3252 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Quiet Aquarium Filters

2. Fluval External Filter

User Ratings: 74 9

Fluval A217 First Impressions

"My fault not theirs."

There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! I put it together, reading instructions of course. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon.

  • Fluval External Filter
  • Multi stage filtration for healthy fresh & saltwater aquariums
  • Suitable for aquariums up to 100 gallons. Flow Rate: 1450 LPH (383 US GPH)
  • Sound dampening impeller design for a quieter operation. The Fluval 406 Canister Filter has a unique square shaped canister design that holds 35 to 50 percent more water than round canister filters of similar size allowing better water flow through a complex cleansing path that maximizes contact with the filtration media
  • Equipped with a clog proof intake strainer and a dual layer foam screen. To prevent water from dripping onto the receptacle or plug,a “drip loop” should be arranged by the user in the cord connecting appliance to a receptacle
  • Built with a patented Aqua stop Valve, multiple filtration baskets, and rim connector assemblies; 3 year warranty.Media Capacity: 8.5 L
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 14.5 x 17.8 inches; 10 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval A217
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval A217 Final Thoughts

"SAME THING!"

In the afternoon the noises started again. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail.

Overall Score
4.4


(2951 Points)

3. Tetra Whisper Power Filter 10 Gallons, Quiet 3-Stage aquarium Filtration (26316)

User Ratings: 60 11

Tetra 26316 First Impressions

"One piece of advice."

I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. My tank was a mess when I got this pump.

  • Tetra Whisper Power Filter 10 Gallons, Quiet 3-Stage aquarium Filtration (26316)
  • QUIET & RELIABLE The Tetra Whisper Power Filter uses 3-stage filtration to create clear clean water – PF 10 treats aquariums up to 10 gallons
  • ABSORBS ODORS Ultra-Activated carbon removes both odor and water discoloration
  • CATCHES DEBRIS Dense dual-sided mesh filters debris and fish waste
  • INNOVATIVE CLEANING POWER Integrated Stay Clean technology reduces buildup on glass and binds small dirt particles to make them easier to filter
  • CARTRIDGE REFILLS Change cartridges monthly uses medium-sized Tetra Whisper Bio-Bag Cartridges (refills sold separately)
  • Age Range Description: all ranges
  • Included Components: Whisper PF10 Aquarium Filter (5-10 Gal)
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 4.25 x 6 x 7.06 inches; 1.06 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 26316
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra 26316 Final Thoughts

"Five years later."

This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon.

Overall Score
4.1


(2563 Points)

4. Whisper IQ Power Filter for Aquariums, With Quiet Technology

User Ratings: 69 5

Tetra 78003 First Impressions

"Its AMAZING."

I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned.

  • Whisper IQ Power Filter for Aquariums, With Quiet Technology
  • QUIET aquarium FILTER: The Tetra Whisper IQ Power Filter with Stay Clean technology contains a sound shield for quiet filtration less than 40 dB.
  • SELF PRIMING: Submerged motor starts up with no priming required.
  • STAY CLEAN TECHNOLOGY: By maintaining healthy pH levels, creates easier maintenance for healthier fish.
  • CARTRIDGE REFILLS: Change cartridges monthly; uses large-sized Tetra Whisper Bio-Bag Filter Cartridges (refills sold separately).
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6.25 x 8.75 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 78003
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra 78003 Final Thoughts

"Its AMAZING."

I was also having oxygen issues because of this. Following morning it was running quietly. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud.

Overall Score
4.4


(1985 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Quiet Aquarium Filters

5. Fluval High Performance Aquarium Filter

User Ratings: 86 5

Fluval A219 First Impressions

"I was to tire to fix it."

This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW.

  • Fluval High Performance Aquarium Filter
  • Multi-Stage Filter that produces healthy aquarium water, freshwater or marine aquariums
  • Features Smart Pump Technology for optimal filter performance, efficiency and management
  • Self-starting filter-just add water and plug in. Head height (maximum): 3. 3 m (10. 8 feet)
  • For aquariums up to 400 gallons
  • Multi-stage filter pumps out an astounding 925 gallons (3500 L) of water per hour
  • Smart Pump – advanced microchip technology continuously monitors and optimizes pump performance
  • Self-starting – just add water, plug in and Smart Pump will take over. Trapped air auto-evacuated every 12 hours to ensure maximum efficiency
  • Easy water changes eliminate need to lift heavy buckets. Simply attach hosing to output (Kit sold separately) and Smart Pump does the rest
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 20 inches; 19.9 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval A219
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval A219 Final Thoughts

"Came on time."

I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

Overall Score
4.7


(1919 Points)

6. Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power Filter 10

User Ratings: 68 7

Aqueon 100106080 First Impressions

"Thats whats☝ up!"

Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. This filter really does a good job. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over.

  • Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power Filter 10
  • 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
  • Lifetime warranty; Ideal for aquariums up to 20 gallons
  • Uses medium Aqueon replacement cartridges
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Item Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 6.3 x 3.8 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106080
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100106080 Final Thoughts

"29 gallons."

LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER.

Overall Score
4.3


(1345 Points)

7. hygger Aquarium Double Sponge Filter, Comes with 2 Spare Sponges, 1 Bag of Bio Ceramic Media Balls, ...

User Ratings: 74 3

hygger First Impressions

"Great product."

Overall I would recommend this item. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart.

  • hygger Aquarium Double Sponge Filter, Comes with 2 Spare Sponges, 1 Bag of Bio Ceramic Media Balls, Quiet Submersible Foam Filter for Fresh Water and Salt-Water Fish Tank
  • 【Multi-filtration functions】this 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
  • 【Filter Demension】plus the sponge filter with media balls takes up no more room. Small filter is 6" in width and 9" to 13." in height, the sponge inside circle diameter is 0.39 inch, suggest for 10 to 40 gallon fish tank. Medium filter is 6.3" in width and 9' to 13 in height, the sponge inside circle diameter is 0.59 inch, suggest for 15 to 55 gallon fish tank. For larger tank you may need 2 of this filter
  • 【Package Includes】1 double sponge filter with 2 containers +1 bag of ceramic media balls + 2 pare sponges (packed in the 2 containers). This aquarium filter must be used with an air pupm and a standard size 4mm air hose, please note pump and air hose are not included. Please choose a powerful enough air pump according to your fish tank size for this filter
  • 【Removable Fine Sponges 】you can easy to take down the 2 sponges from the filter to clean or replace it, the 2 sponges are fine 60ppi 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 2 strong suction cups you can stick the filter firmly to any tank position under water, withouting floating. The water oulet tube can be extended and rotated, you can adjust the outlet to above or below the waterline
  • With 2 strong suction cups to keep the filter stay in place.
  • Filter parts are detachable, easy to install (image 5 show the steps).
  • Comes with a bag of ceramic media balls.
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.1 x 9 inches; 13.62 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

hygger Final Thoughts

"Its AMAZING."

I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. Really happy with the money I was able to save. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud.

Overall Score
4.5


(1272 Points)

8. NO.17 Submersible Aquarium Internal Filter, Adjustable Fish Tank Filter with Water Pump for Fish Tan...

User Ratings: 61 8

NO.17 First Impressions

"That also didn't work."

This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water.

  • NO.17 Submersible Aquarium Internal Filter, Adjustable Fish Tank Filter with Water Pump for Fish Tank
  • [8W AQUARIUM FILTER]: This Fish Tank Internal Filter is a system that create a clean and fresh living environment for your lovely fish. 8 watt is perfect for 10-50 gallon large aquariums.
  • [ADJUSTABLE 200 GPH WATER PUMP]: Max Flow Rate: 200 GPH(800L/H), Max Lift height: up to 3.28 Feet.(Length of power cord:1.6M=5.25ft). This water pump is designed for reliability and ultra-quiet operation, and you have a key to adjust the flow rate.
  • [2NOZZLE, 2 MODEL]: In this package, there have 2 nozzle, you could choose 2 nozzle to clean and fresh your aquarium.
  • [MULTIPLE FILTER MEDIA]: The filter with multiple filter media for all filtration purposes. Your lovely fish or turtle will have a clean and fresh environment for living.
  • [WARRANTY]: All products purchased from our company are guaranteed to keep in good repair for 180 days.If quality problems happen in guaranteed period, our company will maintain for free.
  • Manufacture: NO.17
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NO.17
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NO.17 Final Thoughts

"Try it you wont be sorry."

The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. Never ever ever use it past a year. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon.

Overall Score
4.1


(1222 Points)

9. Aqueon Quietflow Internal Power Filter

User Ratings: 56 12

Aqueon 100106970 First Impressions

"Best to you all!"

You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. Really happy with the money I was able to save. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. This lives up to the praise that people give it. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

  • Aqueon Quietflow Internal Power Filter
  • Fully submersible in vertical or horizontal position
  • Adjustable return flow rate
  • Direction and height of water return is also adjustable
  • Three stage filtration: dense foam for particles and debris, activated carbon for toxins, odors and discoloration and patented BioGrid for ammonia and nitrates
  • Uses Aqueon Replacement Internal Filter Cartridges
  • Adjustable direction and height of return
  • AT10 is recommended for 10 gallon tanks, flow rate is 57 GPH and uses 1 small replacement cartridge
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 2.75 x 1.5 x 5.38 inches; 9.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106970
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100106970 Final Thoughts

"So far so good!"

Following morning it was running quietly. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue.

Overall Score
4.0


(995 Points)

10. Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power Filter 75

User Ratings: 60 11

Aqueon 100106079 First Impressions

"In one day crystal clear."

My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. This filter really does a good job. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned.

  • Aqueon QuietFlow LED PRO Aquarium Power Filter 75
  • Certified flow rates that assure proper water circulation for improved fish health
  • High flow rates for optimal dissolved oxygen content to promote healthier, more active fish
  • Provides mechanical, chemical, biological and optional, additional specialty pad filtration
  • Self-priming filter pump will auto-start initially or restart if power is interrupted and restored
  • Internal pump design helps dampen noise and eliminate leaks with self-priming feature
  • LED indicator light flashes when water cannot pass through the cartridge, generally indicating it's time to change the cartridge
  • Uses Two Large Aqueon Replacement Cartridges and Size 20/75 Specialty Filter Pad
  • LED indicator light flashes when it's time to change the cartridge
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 8.4 x 6.6 inches; 3.8 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106079
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100106079 Final Thoughts

"A very obvious waterfall."

This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. This filter really does a good job. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Overall I would recommend this item. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy.

Overall Score
4.1


(887 Points)

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