Editor's Choice - Our Favorite SUN Aquarium Filters

1. Sunsun HW-304B 525 GPH 5-Stage External Canister Filter with 9-watt UV Sterilizer

User Ratings: 67 11

SUN 07102 First Impressions

"Like brand new."

My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. I had to cut the hood to make it work. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

  • Sunsun HW-304B 525 GPH 5-Stage External Canister Filter with 9-watt UV Sterilizer
  • Good for up to 150 gallon fish tanks
  • Dimension: 11" L X 11" W X 17" H
  • Flow rate: 525 GPH (2000L/hr.)
  • Built in 9 Watt UV sterilizer for controlling algae spores/bacteria and promoting clear water
  • Manufacture: Monster Pets
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 17 inches; 14 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SUN 07102
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SUN 07102 Final Thoughts

"A THUMBS UP."

A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50.

Overall Score
4.2


(890 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated SUN Aquarium Filters

2. SunSun HW703B 370GPH Pro Canister Fish Tank Filter Kit with 9-watt UV Sterilizer

User Ratings: 38 13

SUN HW-703B PRO First Impressions

"SAME THING!"

Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. Never ever ever use it past a year. , that's what makes this so funny. The instructions are a bit to much for me.

  • SunSun HW703B 370GPH Pro Canister Fish Tank Filter Kit with 9-watt UV Sterilizer
  • 4-stage aquarium canister filters at a great hobby-friendly value, 370GPH
  • Integrated 9W UV sterilization to eradicate unwanted algae and harmful disease causing pathogens
  • Provides quiet, efficient filtration for fresh and saltwater aquariums
  • 3 Large Media Baskets for All Your Media Need, PRO Media kits included
  • Dimension: 11" L X 11" W X 16" H, US plug 110-120v
  • Manufacture: SUNSUN
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SUN HW-703B PRO
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SUN HW-703B PRO Final Thoughts

"Yeah, no no no!"

They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. This lives up to the praise that people give it. Early on it seems to be working as advertised.

Overall Score
3.7


(24 Points)

3. SunSun Sun HW-704B 525 GPH 5-Stage External Canister Filter with 9W Uv Sterilizer

User Ratings: 68 10

SunSun HW-704B First Impressions

"Suuuuupppeeerrrr Quiet."

I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. The instructions are a bit to much for me. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. I have had no issues with it being to loud. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail.

  • SunSun Sun HW-704B 525 GPH 5-Stage External Canister Filter with 9W Uv Sterilizer
  • 5 stages with 9W UV, 525GPH (2000Lph)
  • Good for up to 150 gallon fish tanks
  • Dimension: 12" L x 12" W x 18" H
  • Built in 9 watt UV sterilizer for controlling algae spores/bacteria and promoting clear water
  • 4 Large media baskets for all your media need
  • Manufacture: Ming Trading LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 19.3 x 12 inches; 18.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunSun HW-704B
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SunSun HW-704B Final Thoughts

"No worries there."

Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound.

Overall Score
4.3


(331 Points)

4. 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)

5. Sunsun HW-304B 525 GPH 5-Stage External Canister Filter with 9-watt UV Sterilizer

User Ratings: 67 11

SUN 07102 First Impressions

"Like brand new."

My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. I had to cut the hood to make it work. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

  • Sunsun HW-304B 525 GPH 5-Stage External Canister Filter with 9-watt UV Sterilizer
  • Good for up to 150 gallon fish tanks
  • Dimension: 11" L X 11" W X 17" H
  • Flow rate: 525 GPH (2000L/hr.)
  • Built in 9 Watt UV sterilizer for controlling algae spores/bacteria and promoting clear water
  • Manufacture: Monster Pets
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 17 inches; 14 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SUN 07102
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SUN 07102 Final Thoughts

"A THUMBS UP."

A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50.

Overall Score
4.2


(890 Points)

6. AQQA Aquarium Fluidized Moving Bed Filter, Fish Tank Bubble Bio Filter Media with Air Stone Dissolve...

User Ratings: 79 5

AQQA First Impressions

"I love this canister."

This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. Overall I would recommend this item. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. My tank was a mess when I got this pump.

  • AQQA Aquarium Fluidized Moving Bed Filter, Fish Tank Bubble Bio Filter Media with Air Stone Dissolved Oxygen, Submersible Sponge Filter and Suction Cup for Marine and Freshwater Aquariums Cleaning
  • HIGH QUAILITY: Built-in new V-1 biochemical filter material, Imitate the filtering method of natural riverbed sand and gravel through continuous tumbling, the filter media collide with each other to let the dead bacteria fall off, and the new bacteria adhere to it. Unique design fluidized moving bed filter media with strong bio-film growth capacity
  • IMPROVE WATER QUALITY: The sponge filter of the bottom, traps large floating particles, air inlet connected with a air stone, great way to clean and oxygenate your tanks, and easy to clean. Improve the water quality of the fish tank, provide the most suitable living environment for your fishes
  • POWERFUL FILTRATION: Sponge decompose toxic waste in the water tank, removes any impurities, odor or turbidity, absorbs dust, is easy to clean and replace. Air stone diffuse air into the tank and provide oxygen for fish to breathe, produce quiet smooth dense small bubbles
  • EASY INSTALLATION: With 4 suction cups to make sure stable installation, it is easy to install and dismantle. Hook up to an air pump and getting all the benefits of oxygen in the water. simply take out the sponges, rinse and squeeze them in tank water, remember to clean the sponges weekly and replace regularly
  • WHAT YOU GET: Small measures 7.48 x 2.36 inch(Height*Width). Large measures 8.82 x 2.76 inch. Package includes 1* Aquarium Filter Sponge Filter, 4* Powerful Suction Cups. AQQA provide 12 Month Warranty and 24 Hour Professional After-sales Service. Please don't hesitate to contact us to get help
  • Manufacture: AQQA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQQA
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AQQA Final Thoughts

"This thing is a beast."

The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. In the afternoon the noises started again. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. This filter really does a good job.

Overall Score
4.5


(33 Points)

7. AquaClear, Fish Tank Filter, 20 to 50 Gallons, 50v, A610

User Ratings: 74 6

AquaClear A610 First Impressions

"SAME THING!"

Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. Following morning it was running quietly. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. I had a lot of particles in the water.

  • AquaClear, Fish Tank Filter, 20 to 50 Gallons, 50v, A610
  • Aquarium filtration system that offers superior contact time with filter media and energy efficient pump lowers operating costs
  • Quick and easy installation, we recommend that you clean aquarium filter every two weeks for maximum operation and efficiency
  • Provides optimal mechanical, chemical, and biological filtrations
  • Comes equipped with AquaClear Foam, Activated Carbon Filter and BioMax and Cycle Guard for superior water quality
  • Filtration volume is up to 7 times larger than comparable fish tank filters
  • Lifetime warranty; ideal for aquariums up to 50 gallons
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 9 x 8 inches; 1.69 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaClear A610
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AquaClear A610 Final Thoughts

"Thats whats☝ up!"

I've think I've had had six of them. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. Once I found that, the world was right again. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. Once I found that, the world was right again. Never ever ever use it past a year.

Overall Score
4.4


(2965 Points)

8. Aqualexs Aquarium Filter Guard for Shrimp and Fish

User Ratings: 59 11

Aqualexs First Impressions

"This is not."

Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

  • Aqualexs Aquarium Filter Guard for Shrimp and Fish
  • Diameter 22mm ( Set of 2 ,Fits filter intake 16mm to 18mm)
  • High quality Stainless steel mesh
  • Preventing baby shrimps/fish from sucking in the filter inflow
  • Handcrafted with solid design
  • NOTE: You can dip the opening in hot water (2 sec), it will soften the opening for better fitting.
  • Manufacture: Aqualexs
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqualexs
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqualexs Final Thoughts

"Really like the filter."

I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up.

Overall Score
4.1


(31 Points)

9. Ultum Nature Systems Delta Aquarium Tank Canister Filter

User Ratings: 92

Ultum Nature Systems First Impressions

"29 gallons."

Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter.

  • Ultum Nature Systems Delta Aquarium Tank Canister Filter
  • Suitable for freshwater and marine aquariums
  • AC110V 60HZ, Max Flow Rate: 350G/HR
  • Includes filter media, tubing, and inflow outflow fittings
  • Dimensions: 9.65 x 8.7 x 14.4"
  • Usage: Up to 92 gallons
  • Manufacture: Ultum Nature Systems
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ultum Nature Systems
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Ultum Nature Systems Final Thoughts

"This one does!"

I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i.

Overall Score
4.9


(18 Points)

10. JBJ 4-Stage Reaction Canister Filter with UV Sterilizer for Aquarium

User Ratings: 49 11

JBJ EFU-45 First Impressions

"I bought an FX6 in 2013."

I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement.

  • JBJ 4-Stage Reaction Canister Filter with UV Sterilizer for Aquarium
  • Aquarium canister filter
  • UV sterilizer
  • Up to 175 gallon
  • Item Package Weight: 20.5
  • Included components: Aquarium Media
  • Manufacture: Transworld Aquatic
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 11.5 x 14 inches; 20.5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JBJ EFU-45
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

JBJ EFU-45 Final Thoughts

"Best to you all!"

I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! Also the maker should review the pump design. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's.

Overall Score
3.7


(21 Points)

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