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
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

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

[star rating="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
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.9']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

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

[star rating="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
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

[star rating="4.3"]
(307 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 [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

[star rating="4.5"]
(22 Points)

5. Polar Aurora 3 Stage 100 Gallon Aquarium Fish Tank Canister Filter + 9W UV Sterilizer 370 GPH

User Ratings: 72 10

Polar Aurora First Impressions

"This is the one."

I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! Early on it seems to be working as advertised. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding.

  • Polar Aurora 3 Stage 100 Gallon Aquarium Fish Tank Canister Filter + 9W UV Sterilizer 370 GPH
  • good
  • high quality
  • With free media
  • DIMENSION: 10 X 10 X 17 inches, Max Flow Rate: 370 GPH (1400L/h)
  • 3-stage
  • Manufacture: Polar Aurora
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Polar Aurora
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Polar Aurora Final Thoughts

"Will UPDATE!"

I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(64 Points)

6. Yosoo Mini Aquarium Filter, 2Pcs Triple Filtation System Super Pneumatic Biochemical Activated Carbo...

Yosoo First Impressions

"I bought this filter."

My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality.

  • Yosoo Mini Aquarium Filter, 2Pcs Triple Filtation System Super Pneumatic Biochemical Activated Carbon Air Driven Filter Air Pump for Fish Tank Goldfish Bowl
  • MULTIPLE FILTATION SYSTEM: Made from environmental high density sponge filter and high-performance activated carbon and sand as filter material for effective cleaning, can quickly absorb dirt, resolve fish feces and eliminate smell in water
  • IMPROVE THE WATER QUALITY:The air pump driven carbon filter also can increase the solubility of oxygen in water.The fresh air created by bubble stone will bring clean water to your fish to create a healthy environment for growth
  • EASY TO APPLY: No need to use electricity, can be driven by the air pump with a single hole.Easy to remove and easy to clean, convenient to replace the filter cotton
  • AQUARIUM USE RANGE: This mini aquarium fish tank filter has mini size and practical design which is suitable for small size fish tanks,do not take much space
  • YOSOO GUARANTEE: 100% brand new. We provide a 6 months warranty for this Aquarium Filter.If you have any quality problem. We aim at "the best can be better" as operation tenet. Your satisfaction is our happiness
  • Manufacture: Yosoo
  • Batteries: 1 AA batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Yosoo
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Yosoo Final Thoughts

"Try it you wont be sorry."

Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. This filter really does a good job. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(1 Points)

7. Eshylala 8 Pieces Biochemical Filter Sponge Foam Aquarium Fish Tank Pre-Filter Sponge Cartridge Repl...

User Ratings: 55 11

Eshylala First Impressions

"Just a low hum."

As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. I had to cut the hood to make it work. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years.

  • Eshylala 8 Pieces Biochemical Filter Sponge Foam Aquarium Fish Tank Pre-Filter Sponge Cartridge Replacement Filters Sponges
  • Material: Sponge.
  • Size: 8 x 4cm/ 3.14 x 1.57inch(HxD); Inner Hole Dia: 2.2cm/0.86inch.
  • Color: Black
  • Easily connects to filter intake stem,Fit for every size fish tank or pond.
  • Quantity: 8 Pieces.
  • Manufacture: Eshylala Store
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Eshylala
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

Eshylala Final Thoughts

"SIMPLE INSTALLATION."

LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(38 Points)

8. AQUA-TECH Power Aquarium Filter, 10 to 20-Gallon Aquariums

User Ratings: 62 10

AQUA-TECH ML90738-00 First Impressions

"It's priced awesome!"

I was worried about some of the negative reviews. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. Following morning it was running quietly. This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time.

  • AQUA-TECH Power Aquarium Filter, 10 to 20-Gallon Aquariums
  • For 10 to 20 gallon aquariums
  • Two year warranty
  • Advanced 3 step filtration
  • Comes with one AQUA-Tech EZ-Change #2 Filter Cartridge
  • Traps dirt, removes impurities and offers maximum water to carbon contact
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 4.31 x 9.25 x 8.5 inches; 1.55 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH ML90738-00
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.4']

AQUA-TECH ML90738-00 Final Thoughts

"Just a low hum."

I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(68 Points)

9. QuietFlow Aqueon 10 LED Pro Power Filter (Item #06080)

User Ratings: 62 7

QuietFlow 11264186 First Impressions

"Huge capacity."

This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. 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. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. This filter really does a good job. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away.

  • QuietFlow Aqueon 10 LED Pro Power Filter (Item #06080)
  • The Aqueon QuietFlow 10 LED Pro Power Filter feature four stages of filtration–mechanical, chemical, biological and wet/dry–for the cleanest, clearest, healthiest water. Higher flow rates ensure higher dissolved oxygen content for healthier, more active fish
  • The internal pump design helps dampen noise, eliminates leaks and starts up automatically after cleaning or power interruptions
  • For fresh & saltwater aquariums up to 20 gallons
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Editor's Impressions Of The QuietFlow 11264186
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

QuietFlow 11264186 Final Thoughts

"In one day crystal clear."

I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(149 Points)

10. 150gal Aquarium Biochemical Sponge Filter for Fish Tank bio Sponge Foam tubing

User Ratings: 52 9

Aquarium Equip First Impressions

"I bought an FX5 in 2011."

I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking.

  • 150gal Aquarium Biochemical Sponge Filter for Fish Tank bio Sponge Foam tubing
  • OPERATION / DURABLE EASY / ENERGY SAVING
  • Advise: Replace the bio-sponge three month, to ensure the filtrating effect as well as the growth of the nitrifying bacteria.
  • Manufacture: D703 UP
  • Product Dimensions: 8.11 x 6.3 x 5.2 inches; 8.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquarium Equip
  • Filter Effectiveness [star rating='3.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Aquarium Equip Final Thoughts

"Yeah, no no no!"

I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. Also the maker should review the pump design. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. Overall I would recommend this item. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! Once I found that, the world was right again. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(12 Points)

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