Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Seachem Aquarium Filters

1. SeaChem – Large Aquarium Fish Tank Filter, Tidal 110 Gallon (400 Liters) by Sicce

User Ratings: 69 8

Seachem 67106502 First Impressions

"That also didn't work."

As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. This lives up to the praise that people give it. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever.

  • SeaChem – Large Aquarium Fish Tank Filter, Tidal 110 Gallon (400 Liters) by Sicce
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 6 x 15 inches; 2.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 67106502
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Seachem 67106502 Final Thoughts

"This one does!"

Get it and take heed to what I wrote. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! Get it and take heed to what I wrote.

Overall Score
4.3


(389 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Seachem Aquarium Filters

2. SeaChem Large Aquarium Fish Tank Filter, Tidal 55 Gallon (200 Liters) by Sicce

User Ratings: 78 5

Seachem 67106500 First Impressions

"And SILENCE."

, that's what makes this so funny. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. I had a lot of particles in the water.

  • SeaChem Large Aquarium Fish Tank Filter, Tidal 55 Gallon (200 Liters) by Sicce
  • Hang on Filter for Aquariums up to 55 Gallons
  • For Freshwater or Saltwater tanks.
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 6 x 15 inches; 2.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 67106500
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Seachem 67106500 Final Thoughts

"Not ideal but it works."

MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design.

Overall Score
4.6


(373 Points)

3. SeaChem – Large Aquarium Fish Tank Filter, Tidal 75 Gallon (300 Liters) by Sicce

User Ratings: 67 7

Seachem 67106501 First Impressions

"It works great."

Once I found that, the world was right again. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. I've think I've had had six of them. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. This filter really does a good job. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new.

  • SeaChem – Large Aquarium Fish Tank Filter, Tidal 75 Gallon (300 Liters) by Sicce
  • Manufacture: Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 6 x 15 inches; 2.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Seachem 67106501
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Seachem 67106501 Final Thoughts

"Kudos to Amazon prime!"

A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. Following morning it was running quietly. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy.

Overall Score
4.3


(307 Points)

4. LiquaGen - Dual 6 Stage Under Sink Reverse Osmosis Drinking & Aquarium Deionization (RO/DI) Water Fi...

User Ratings: 69 12

LiquaGen LG-DP-US First Impressions

"- Plug it into power."

The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. I've think I've had had six of them. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. The instructions are a bit to much for me.

  • LiquaGen - Dual 6 Stage Under Sink Reverse Osmosis Drinking & Aquarium Deionization (RO/DI) Water Filter System (Universal pH Alkaline 100 GPD)
  • LiquaGen's dual series includes all the key features necessary to start making ultra pure 0 TDS RO/DI water for your saltwater tank as well as supply crisp, bottled quality drinking water straight from your faucet!
  • Helps restore minerals lost in the RO process. Improves the qualities of clean water by adding necessary minerals for proper human development and health minerals, such as Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium and others readily found in many natural mineral waters.
  • 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
  • 3.2 gallon pressurized water tank with 2.8 gallon storage capacity + elegant designer faucet
  • Remove up to 99% of contaminants including arsenic, chlorine, lead, fluoride, heavy metals, bacteria, virus and 1000+ contaminants
  • Manufacture: LiquaGen Water Technology
  • Part Number: LG-DP-US
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 16 x 16 inches
  • Style: Universal pH Alkaline 100 GPD
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LiquaGen LG-DP-US
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LiquaGen LG-DP-US Final Thoughts

"Since then no problems."

A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. Following morning it was running quietly. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. Overall I would recommend this item. Once I found that, the world was right again.

Overall Score
4.3


(21 Points)

5. hygger Adjustable 158GPH 12W Aquarium Filter with 3 Stages Filtration, Hang On Power Filter for Fish...

User Ratings: 61 9

hygger First Impressions

"This thing is super loud!"

Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Worst case is that the motor could burn out. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water.

  • hygger Adjustable 158GPH 12W Aquarium Filter with 3 Stages Filtration, Hang On Power Filter for Fish Tank 5-30 Gallon, Cord 5.9ft
  • 【Efficient 3-Stage Filtration】12W external power filter, AC 110-120V/60HZ. With 3 stages of filtration system, combines mechanical, chemical, as well as biological filtration effects, high filtration effects to keep fish tank water crystal clean. A separate filter basket containing 3 layers of filter media: sponge insert, activated carbon pellets, black bio balls
  • 【Water Flow Adjustable】the max water flow rate of the bio aquarium filter is 158GPH, there is a knob at the top of the filter and will outside the cover, you can easy to rotate the knob to control the water flow according to your needs. A must have bio filter for 3 to 50 gallon small fish tank
  • 【Ultra Quiet Aquarium Filter】 the built-in water pump of the filter works quietly, and the filter comes with a cover, will cut off most sounds. The waterfall design enables filtered water back to the tank silently, you can only hear the water sounds when it's working, the sound is less than 40dB, will not disturb the fish in the aquarium tank and your sleep
  • 【Fits for Most Fish Tank Thickness】easy to install and use, the filter case is at the back of the filter, outside of the fish tank. Can hang it on to most square fish tanks, it comes with a separate fix knob to make the clip of the filter to fit different thickness of fish tank wall
  • 【With a Floating Skimmer】 there is a floating skimmer put on the telescopic water intake tube, it will be floating up when sinks into water, visible impurities floating on the water will go into the skimmer house when the filter pump is running
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"I bought this filter."

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. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I have had no issues with it being to loud. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality.

Overall Score
4.3


(16 Points)

6. 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)

7. Hagen 15-Pack Marina Slim Aquarium Water Filter with Zeolite Plus Ceramic Cartridge

User Ratings: 77 2

Hagen 33194 First Impressions

"This is not."

The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering.

  • Hagen 15-Pack Marina Slim Aquarium Water Filter with Zeolite Plus Ceramic Cartridge
  • 15 Count Bio Clear Cartridges for Slim Filters
  • Best for goldfish and ideal for start-up fish tanks
  • Zeolite effectively adsorbs toxic ammonia and reduces stress on fish
  • Ceramitek, a highly porous ceramic biological filter medium, optimizes biological filtration
  • Genuine replacement filter cartridges for all 3 Marina Slim Aquarium Filter Models (S10, S15, S20)
  • Manufacture: Monster Pets
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 10 inches; 12 Ounces
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Hagen 33194 Final Thoughts

"SO THEREFORE."

I also don't like how short the intake tube is. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I had a lot of particles in the water.

Overall Score
4.7


(109 Points)

8. SunSun HW-404B 525 GPH 5-Stage External Canister Filter with 9W UV Sterilizer, White

User Ratings: 67 15

SunSun HW-404B First Impressions

"29 gallons."

I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. I put it together, reading instructions of course. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. , that's what makes this so funny. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon.

  • SunSun HW-404B 525 GPH 5-Stage External Canister Filter with 9W UV Sterilizer, White
  • Good for up to 150 gallon fish tanks
  • Dimension: 11" L x 11" W x 19" H
  • Flow rate: 525 GPH (2000L/hr)
  • Pump power: 55W
  • Built in 9 watt UV sterilizer for controlling algae spores/bacteria and promoting clear water
  • Refer user manual provided in product details section for information regarding product assembly, usage and troubleshooting.
  • Manufacture: SUNSUN
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 16 x 14 inches; 17.15 Pounds
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SunSun HW-404B Final Thoughts

"This thing is super loud!"

It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. The instructions are a bit to much for me. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER!

Overall Score
4.1


(250 Points)

9. LiquaGen - Aquarium Reef Reverse Osmosis RO/DI Water Filter System + TDS Meter, Pressure Gauge and P...

User Ratings: 80

LiquaGen 617629986662 First Impressions

"A little goes a long way."

Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it.

  • LiquaGen - Aquarium Reef Reverse Osmosis RO/DI Water Filter System + TDS Meter, Pressure Gauge and Patented Waste Water Reducer - ERP 1000 | Flow Rate Increaser with Chloramine Removal
  • The ultimate filtration system for reef tanks, salt water/fresh water aquarium's & other applications where ultra-pure water is necessary. Install in minutes. No membrane flushing required.
  • The patent permeate pump reduces the waste water by 80% & increases the flow by 2 times. No electricity required. Even if you water pressure is low the system will make sure the flow stays at an optimal level.
  • The pressure gauge makes it easy to tell when the filters needs to be replaced and water pressure levels for supreme water filter performance at all times. 150 Gallons per day water filtration capacity. MADE IN THE USA.
  • HM Digital TDS meter helps monitor the water quality ensuring 0 TDS water at all times. Pre soaked activated filters don't need to be flushed saving you valuable time & increases the life of the RO membrane by at least 2 years!
  • Removes up to 99% contaminants for safe 0 TDS/PPM water. This is the ultimate RO/DI system.
  • Manufacture: LiquaGen Water Technology
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 7 x 16 inches; 14.5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LiquaGen 617629986662
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LiquaGen 617629986662 Final Thoughts

"No need to unplug."

This lives up to the praise that people give it. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

Overall Score
4.6


(37 Points)

10. Finnex PF-7 Nano Aquarium HOB Power Filter, 52 GPH,Clear Smoke

User Ratings: 76

Finnex PF-7 First Impressions

"Will UPDATE!"

Overall I would recommend this item. I have had no issues with it being to loud. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. I had to cut the hood to make it work. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself.

  • Finnex PF-7 Nano Aquarium HOB Power Filter, 52 GPH,Clear Smoke
  • 52 GPH! Excellent for aquariums upto 7. 5 gallons
  • BIO, Mechanical, and Chemical Filtration in 1
  • Filter cartridge and pre filter sponge included
  • Flow Control Knob for smaller fish
  • Included Components: Filter, Bio Sponge, Carbon Cartridge, Pre Filter
  • Manufacture: Finnex
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 5 x 5 inches; 15.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Finnex PF-7
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Finnex PF-7 Final Thoughts

"Huge capacity."

Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. The instructions are a bit to much for me. The instructions are a bit to much for me. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. 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 always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality.

Overall Score
4.7


(15 Points)

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