Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Small Fish Aquarium Filters

1. 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
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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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Small Fish Aquarium Filters

2. UPETTOOLS Aquarium Biochemical Sponge Filter, Ultra Quite Aquarium Air Pump Single Head Bio Sponge F...

User Ratings: 70 5

UPETTOOLS First Impressions

"It just starts right up."

LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! Early on it seems to be working as advertised. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy.

  • UPETTOOLS Aquarium Biochemical Sponge Filter, Ultra Quite Aquarium Air Pump Single Head Bio Sponge Fish Tank Foam Filter
  • 【Multi-filtration Functions】Upettools sponge filter combines single scientific 7-layer ribbing shape sponge design, which can quickly established a bio-filter, improve purifying water quality, and the oxygen port can rotate 360 degrees without dead ends, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean.
  • 【Special Ceramic Bio Filter Media】Upettools aquarium sponge filters compatible with one container with ceramic bio filter media inside, which help to remove harmful substance and increase oxygen level in your tank, you can replace the filter media to enhance water quality.
  • 【Removable Sponges 】 You can take down the sponge from the filter easily to clean or replace it. Sponge filters provide both mechanical and biological filtration, traps floating debris and protect your baby fish from being sucked up into the filter.
  • 【Easy to Set Up】Simply install an airline into the unit and turn on the air pump, great way to clean and oxygenate your tanks. Don't use tap water to clean it, simply squeeze the sponges in tank water.
  • 【Max Suit for 55GAL Fish Tank】Compatible with 2 suction cups, can be installed anywhere and can be easily hidden on the back wall of the aquarium. Suitable for freshwater & saltwater and all kinds of ornamental fish breeding, breeding and fish formation, especially for colorful fairy, small fish,shrimp tank, betta tank etc.
  • Manufacture: UPETTOOLS
  • Product Dimensions: 2.36 x 6.3 x 9.06 inches; 1.1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The UPETTOOLS
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UPETTOOLS Final Thoughts

"No issues."

I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets.

Overall Score
4.4


(1003 Points)

3. boxtech Aquarium Hang On Filter - Power Waterfall Suspension Oxygen Pump - Submersible Hanging Activ...

User Ratings: 52 14

boxtech 4346783286 First Impressions

"It's priced awesome!"

I had to cut the hood to make it work. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. Overall I would recommend this item. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them.

  • boxtech Aquarium Hang On Filter - Power Waterfall Suspension Oxygen Pump - Submersible Hanging Activated Carbon Biochemical Wall Mounted Fish Tank Filtration Water
  • 3 in 1 Multi-function filter: Aquarium filter has the function for filtration,oxygen aeration and clearing oil-film, a variety functions provide by ultra-thin design filter, perfect for your fish tank.
  • Low noise: Filter motor running will not bring noise, will not affect the life and mood.
  • Adjustable flow valve: The water flow is adjustable, dissolved oxygen for creature growing.Suitable water flow, fit for fish bowl and grass cylinder,so it satisfy your various demand.
  • Hanging on filter with filter plate design:can increased filter strage space,also clean up aquarium fish feces, create a clean environment for your lovely fish.
  • Safe material: The fish tank filter made of ABS plastic,strong, quiet and durable
  • Prevent clogging of the pumping port
  • Removable cleaning
  • Prevent small fish from being sucked away
  • Manufacture: Boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 4.72 x 3.54 inches; 9.59 Ounces
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boxtech 4346783286 Final Thoughts

"I bought an FX6 in 2013."

You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. This lives up to the praise that people give it. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great!

Overall Score
3.8


(836 Points)

4. Aquarium Turtle Filter Waterfall Flow Water Clean Pump Bio-Filtration for Reptiles Tank Low Level Wa...

User Ratings: 55 13

JackSuper First Impressions

"MINE IS VERY QUIET."

I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. In the afternoon the noises started again. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. I've think I've had had six of them. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit.

  • Aquarium Turtle Filter Waterfall Flow Water Clean Pump Bio-Filtration for Reptiles Tank Low Level Waterfall Filter for Small Fish Tank Turtle Tank Shrimp Tank Amphibian Frog Crab
  • We have the 90 days replacement and the refund service. All the emails will be replied within 24 hours. We have lifetime technique support, please feel free to contact us for any quality problem. We will do our best to help you.
  • Perfect Aquarium filter for aquatic turtle tanks, Reptiles, Amphibians, Frog, Cichlids, Newt or Fish tank in any aquarium up to 40 gallons
  • Easy to install,Water filter pump can be hung on the aquarium or fixed with sucker. Low water level capability(Lowest water level 1.6inch/4cm)
  • Water circulation and cleaning:this turtle filter helps water cycling,the Activated carbon cartridges and bio ball help clean water,absorbs odors and discoloration,provide a healthy water for your aquarium
  • High performance, the motor set under the water,more quiet than external filter,you can creat a waterfall with rock inside the fish tank
  • Filter waste and stop the waste go into power head
  • Protect your filter power head and prevent small fish or animal suck in the filter.
  • absorbs odors and discoloration
  • Manufacture: JackSupermall
  • Product Dimensions: 8.27 x 3.66 x 2.76 inches; 14.39 Ounces
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JackSuper Final Thoughts

"This is the one."

I had a lot of particles in the water. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! It's easy to clean and we all know about easy.

Overall Score
3.9


(763 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Small Fish Aquarium Filters

5. 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)

6. 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)

7. 10-Gallon Betta Sponge Filter, Underwater Center Aquarium Filter, Works for Tropical Fish & Breeder ...

User Ratings: 53 17

SunGrow First Impressions

"Just a low hum."

I have had no issues with it being to loud. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. Never ever ever use it past a year. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud.

  • 10-Gallon Betta Sponge Filter, Underwater Center Aquarium Filter, Works for Tropical Fish & Breeder Aquarium, Slow current, Perfect for Fry & Small Fish, Must-have for Aquarium Hobbyist
  • REPLACE THE TRADITIONAL HOB, CANISTER FILTERS --- Gone are the days when you got to change the cartridges and filter media almost every week. The handy filter by SunGrow will do the same job economically and quickly.
  • SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR BETTA, FRY & OTHER SMALL AQUATIC PETS --- Betta, fry and other small fish will NEVER get stuck up into the filter. These fish, especially Betta, generally don’t like vigorous currents, they prefer calm and steady water. This filter is designed to have slow current to easily let betta, goldfish discus, dwarf cichlids, guppies, and krill fish, continue breeding and spawning comfortably.
  • PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD FOR FRY --- The minor bubbles that are created by this sponge filter creates a nominal current, adding in bubbling water. This will encourage them to continue breeding and spawning comfortably. Also, the sponge filter makes a home for fish food supplementing their daily dose of diet or food intake.
  • PERFECT FOR UP TO 10.5 GALLON TANK WHEN USED SINGLY --- It only requires an air pump and airline tubing (sold separately) to work. These create numerous minute bubbles for increased oxygen flow. Simply connect an air pump to the top-center of the filter, then place it in your tank. Please note, the base of this noiseless filter is not weighted, so you may need to weigh it down. It is suitable for tanks up to size 10.5 gallons. Use 2 or more filters in larger tanks.
  • EASY TO WASH & REUSE --- This low-cost sponge filter can be used multiple times. Instead of tap water, use water from the tank to clean it, during a water change. Simply rinse and squeeze a few times, until you see the water run clear from the sponge.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"So who knows."

My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. This filter really does a good job. Once I found that, the world was right again. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. The instructions are a bit to much for me. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with.

Overall Score
3.8


(285 Points)

8. Aquapapa Corner Filter Air Driven Bio Sponge Ceramic for Fry Shrimp Nano Fish Tank Aquarium XY-2008 ...

User Ratings: 71 2

Aquapapa AQ_XY-2008 First Impressions

"Yeah, no no no!"

Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. Following morning it was running quietly. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium.

  • Aquapapa Corner Filter Air Driven Bio Sponge Ceramic for Fry Shrimp Nano Fish Tank Aquarium XY-2008 (Ship from CA USA)
  • With multi-layer sponge filters, this corner filter combines physical and biochemical filtration for your fish and increases the oxygen solubility. The top layer of white filter pad serves a mechanical filtration, and the black bio-sponge and ceramic rings work as a biochemical filtration and support colonization of beneficial bacteria.
  • Quiet filtering system. Especially good for breeding small fish. Efficiently remove toxic waste and maintain clean water for your fish.
  • Easy to maintain. Just take out the sponge and rinse well when it becomes dirty. It's complete set and includes all the filter components - gravel, ceramic, sponge, etc.
  • Each unit requires an air pump and airline tubing to operate together (sold separately, not included).
  • Dimensions: 2-7/8”R x 3-3/4”H. Max tank size: up to 20 gal.
  • Manufacture: Aquapapa
  • Product Dimensions: 4.33 x 2.95 x 4.33 inches; 9.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquapapa AQ_XY-2008
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Aquapapa AQ_XY-2008 Final Thoughts

"This is the one."

I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter.

Overall Score
4.5


(204 Points)

9. WEAVERBIRD Aquarium Turtle Filter Fish Tank Filter, Bio Filtration for Aquariums, 5W 400L/H (105 GPH...

User Ratings: 55 7

WEAVERBIRD First Impressions

"Great price."

They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away.

  • WEAVERBIRD Aquarium Turtle Filter Fish Tank Filter, Bio Filtration for Aquariums, 5W 400L/H (105 GPH)
  • Maintain water irculation: This turtle filter pump helps water cycling, help clean water, provide a healthy water for your aquarium.
  • Water flow: Submersible aquarium internal filter suitable for low water level fish tank, the maximum water flow is 400L/H (105 GPH).
  • Super easy to install: Water filter can be hung on the aquarium or fixed with sucker easily. Low water level capability(Lowest water level 2.4inch/6cm).
  • Scope of use: The perfect turtle filter, suitable for most reptiles, amphibians, frogs, small fish, etc. Suitable for any aquarium fish tank which not exceeding 20 L.
  • Package includes: 1X tortoise filter. (The product itself comes with a filter plate) If you need more filter replacement sponges, please click to order, thanks. If you have any questions, please contact us without hesitation.
  • Manufacture: WEAVERBIRD
  • Product Dimensions: 8.66 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches; 12.8 Ounces
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WEAVERBIRD Final Thoughts

"- Plug it into power."

I had a lot of particles in the water. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. 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. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! This is not my first experience with a marineland filter.

Overall Score
4.0


(165 Points)

10. hygger Aquarium Single Sponge Filter, Comes with 1 Spare Sponges, Quiet Submersible Foam Corner Filt...

User Ratings: 70 2

hygger First Impressions

"This is the one."

I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale.

  • hygger Aquarium Single Sponge Filter, Comes with 1 Spare Sponges, Quiet Submersible Foam Corner Filter for Small Fish Tank 5-15 Gallon
  • 【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
  • 【Single Filter Demension 】this single sponge filter takes up no more room, perfect for use in 5-15 gallon fish tank. This small filter is 3.7" in width and 7.5" to 10.6" in height, the sponge inside circle diameter is 0.39 inch
  • 【Package Includes】1 single sponge filter + 1 spare sponge+ 2 suction cups are included in a pack. This aquarium filter must be used with an air pupm and a standard size 4mm air hose, please note pump, media balls and air hose 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 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
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

hygger Final Thoughts

"Its AMAZING."

It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. Unlike my old HOB filter, it doesn't sound like a leaky toilet.

Overall Score
4.5


(92 Points)

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