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)

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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. 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
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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)

5. BACTO-SURGE HIGH DENSITY FOAM FILTER (2-Pack)

User Ratings: 81 2

Pay It Forward Pet Supply First Impressions

"Seriously."

I had a lot of particles in the water. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. , that's what makes this so funny.

  • BACTO-SURGE HIGH DENSITY FOAM FILTER (2-Pack)
  • BACTO-SURGE HIGH DENSITY FOAM FILTER
  • Manufacture: Pay It Forward Pet Supply
  • Part Number: 4334824305
  • Item Weight: 1.39 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 6 inches
  • Size: 2 Pack
  • Color: Original version
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
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Pay It Forward Pet Supply Final Thoughts

"Please read!"

Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon.

Overall Score
4.7


(505 Points)

6. Penn-Plax Cascade Hang-on Aquarium Filter with Quad Filtration System

User Ratings: 73 7

Penn-Plax CPF5 First Impressions

"SAME THING!"

Also the maker should review the pump design. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's.

  • Penn-Plax Cascade Hang-on Aquarium Filter with Quad Filtration System
  • Hang on aquarium filter quietly delivers 300 gallons per hour of crystal clear water for your fresh or marine aquariums from 55 to 100 gallons in size.
  • Revolutionary Bio-Falls Quad-Filtration system provides efficient filtration with anaerobic bacteria for additional ammonia and nitrite removal providing maximum oxygenation.
  • Activated carbon cartridge removes harmful chemicals, toxins, odors, discoloration, and other contaminants for your aquarium.
  • Internal sponge optimizes colonization of beneficial anaerobic bacteria and polyfiber floss cartridge traps floating particulate matter.
  • Adjustable flow knob allows you to reduce filtration during feeding times or as needed. Aquarium filter is recommended for both freshwater and saltwater applications.
  • Manufacture: Monster Pets
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 11 inches; 4 Pounds
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Penn-Plax CPF5 Final Thoughts

"I was to tire to fix it."

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters.

Overall Score
4.4


(870 Points)

7. 5W 400L/H Turtle Fish Tank Filter, Quiet Flow Bio Filtration Low Level Waterfall Filter for Aquarium...

User Ratings: 57 6

Guinio First Impressions

"I only used one."

I had a lot of particles in the water. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! Never ever ever use it past a year. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. I was also having oxygen issues because of this.

  • 5W 400L/H Turtle Fish Tank Filter, Quiet Flow Bio Filtration Low Level Waterfall Filter for Aquariums Fish Tank Turtle, 105 GPH
  • Turtle filter function: efficiently clean and filter water, help water circulation, help clean water, provide healthy water for your aquarium.
  • Scope of application: suitable for most reptiles, amphibians, frogs, small fish, etc. Suitable for any aquarium fish tank no more than 20 L(5 gallons).
  • Easy installation: The water filter can be hung on the aquarium or easily fixed with a suction cup. Waterfall-type water circulation, smooth water flow increases the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water tank.
  • Scope of application: The 5w turtle filter suitable for most reptiles, amphibians, frogs, small fish, etc. Suitable for any aquarium fish tank no more than 20 L(5 gallons).
  • Silent design: safe, energy-saving and environmentally friendly, reliable and durable filters will not produce too much noise, providing you with a quiet environment.
  • Manufacture: Guinio
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Guinio Final Thoughts

"I bought an FX5 in 2011."

What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. Also the maker should review the pump design.

Overall Score
4.1


(23 Points)

8. WUPYI Aquarium External Filter Fish Tank External Filter Box Aquarium Filter Fish Tank Upper Trickle...

User Ratings: 82

WUPYI First Impressions

"No worries there."

Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. I've think I've had had six of them.

  • WUPYI Aquarium External Filter Fish Tank External Filter Box Aquarium Filter Fish Tank Upper Trickle Box Filters System 6-Drawer,Transparent
  • ★360 degree loop rain design, the flow rate is not fast, not sparse, the filter material is fully water, the dissolved oxygen is more sufficient, and the culture is more effective.
  • ★The scientific design of the 360 degree loop tube can effectively use the water flow to achieve a uniform drip effect, which can achieve the perfect balance between energy saving and dripping effect.
  • ★One-piece molding, the box truly "anti-overflow".Easy to clean and Change material, just open the box and change the filter material when needed
  • ★Plastic steel strengthens the bottom plate, which can bear the weight of 160 kg of solid plastic material base. It is not easy to deform and not bend when subjected to large gravity.
  • ★Guarantee the quality is the basic rule.WUPYI is dedicated to providing quality services, quality products and fast delivery(US WAREHOUSE). Any question,please contact us.
  • Manufacture: WUPYI
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WUPYI Final Thoughts

"+Great price."

This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! I had a lot of particles in the water. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together.

Overall Score
4.8


(9 Points)

9. Polar Aurora 4-Stage External Canister Filter with 9-watt Uv Sterilizer, 525 GPH with Builtin Pump K...

User Ratings: 69 6

Polar Aurora First Impressions

"This is not."

I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. I took it apart reassemble it and it's not pumping in the water. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously.

  • Polar Aurora 4-Stage External Canister Filter with 9-watt Uv Sterilizer, 525 GPH with Builtin Pump Kit Canister
  • good
  • high quality
  • With free media
  • DIMENSION: 11 X 11 X 18.5 inches, 110-120V 50-60Hz, 55 W
  • 4-stage
  • Manufacture: Polar Aurora
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Polar Aurora Final Thoughts

"Suuuuupppeeerrrr Quiet."

The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. The instructions are a bit to much for me. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. The instructions are a bit to much for me. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. This filter really does a good job. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with.

Overall Score
4.4


(104 Points)

10. MyfatBOSS 10 Fish Tank Filter Aqua-Tech EZ-Change #3 Aquarium Filter Cartridge, Fits Aqua - Tech 20-...

User Ratings: 69 7

MyfatBOSS First Impressions

"I was to tire to fix it."

I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. Also the maker should review the pump design. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model.

  • MyfatBOSS 10 Fish Tank Filter Aqua-Tech EZ-Change #3 Aquarium Filter Cartridge, Fits Aqua - Tech 20-40, 30-60 Power Filters
  • ☞Size : 5.3*5.7*6 inches, Style : 10 pack
  • ☞Aqua-Tech EZ-Change #3 Aquarium Filter Cartridge fits AQUA - Tech 20-40, 30-60 Power Filter
  • ☞Contains AQUA-Tech Premium Activated Carbon that can remove odor, water discoloration, impurities, and any toxins that may hurt your aquarium!
  • ☞For best results, change every 2-4 weeks, no messy assembly required, changes in seconds just shake and rinse
  • ☞Buy it with confidence, we can provide 100% refund if you are not unsatisfied with our product. So if you have any questions to our products, please feel free to contact us.
  • Manufacture: MyfatBOSS
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MyfatBOSS Final Thoughts

"And it is so quiet."

Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. Overall I would recommend this item. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. Just rinse them out once a month, don't throw that beneficial bacteria away. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank!

Overall Score
4.4


(350 Points)

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