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
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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
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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. HITOP Submersible Aquarium Internal Filter, Adjustable Underwater Filter, Corner Filter with Water P...

User Ratings: 44 18

HITOP HP-118 First Impressions

"Not ideal but it works."

This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. My tank was a mess when I got this pump. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Also the maker should review the pump design. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends.

  • HITOP Submersible Aquarium Internal Filter, Adjustable Underwater Filter, Corner Filter with Water Pump for Fish Tank up to 20 Gallon
  • 3W Internal Filter: This aquarium filter quietly delivers 55 gallons per hour of crystal-clear water for your lovely fish, suitable for fresh or marine aquarium, perfect for 5 to 20 gallons, ideal choice for aquarium or turtle/aquatic reptiles use.
  • Adjustable 55 GPH Water Pump, pump head with adjustable and directional water flow, spray bar option allows you to distribute water evenly helping aerate your tank.
  • Space saving corner filter design, 5.7 x 1.6 x 2.4 in / 14.5 x 4 x 6cm, fish tank filter can be placed horizontally and easily hidden.
  • 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: Offer 12 months warranty, leaves no worries for your purchase.
  • Manufacture: Haisen
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HITOP HP-118
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HITOP HP-118 Final Thoughts

"Turtle tank."

I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! Overall I would recommend this item. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality.

Overall Score
3.6


(291 Points)

4. MarineLand The Best Penguin Power Aquarium Filter, 10 to 20-Gallon, 100 GPH, Fish Tank

User Ratings: 46 16

MarineLand First Impressions

"I bought this filter."

The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. Unlike my old HOB filter, it doesn't sound like a leaky toilet. I've think I've had had six of them. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. I was worried about some of the negative reviews.

  • MarineLand The Best Penguin Power Aquarium Filter, 10 to 20-Gallon, 100 GPH, Fish Tank
  • Certified flow rate of 100GPH, perfect for all aquariums up to 20-gallon, uses the Rite-Size A" filter cartridge"
  • Delivers easy, three stage mechanical, chemical, and biological aquarium filtration
  • Convenient Penguin Rite Size Cartridges come ready to use with each filter
  • Manufacture: MarineLand
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand
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MarineLand Final Thoughts

"This one does!"

Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! I've looked at so many filters and reviews. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy.

Overall Score
3.9


(17 Points)

5. 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
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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)

6. Powkoo Sponge Filter, Aquarium Fish Tank Sponge Filter Bio Filter Sponge Shrimp Betta Shrimp Fry Tan...

User Ratings: 65

Powkoo HJK90001BLK First Impressions

"No issues."

Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Once I found that, the world was right again. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium.

  • Powkoo Sponge Filter, Aquarium Fish Tank Sponge Filter Bio Filter Sponge Shrimp Betta Shrimp Fry Tank Filter
  • Air driven sponge filter, work great without noise, it provides both mechanical and biological filtration, suitable for freshwater and saltwater
  • 7 layer ribbed sponge, means more surface area for beneficial bacterial to colonize and faster cycling, it quickly established a bio filter and increase extra oxygen, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean
  • Easy to use: connect the airline tubing to the air inlet of the sponge filter, the other end to the air pump, oxygenates your tank, provide both aeration and filtration for your fish
  • Easy to clean: just remove the sponge from the filter, simply rinse and squeeze it in used tank water, never use tap water, recommend to rinse the sponge once a month
  • 【Fits fish tank size: 1 to 5 gallon】Comes with suction cup, can be easily stick to any position in fish tank glass, excellent for shrimp tank, betta tank, breeding tank, planted aquarium, turtle tank, goldfish, fry, guppies, snails, crayfish, axolotls
  • Manufacture: Powkoo
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Powkoo HJK90001BLK Final Thoughts

"Added 3 baby turtles."

The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD!

Overall Score
4.6


(24 Points)

7. Aquapapa Bio Sponge Filter for Betta Fry Aquarium Fish Tank Up to 60 Gal, 3-Pack (L)

User Ratings: 83 2

Aquapapa FBA_XY-380-3PC -#4 First Impressions

"All around great product."

I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Following morning it was running quietly. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever.

  • Aquapapa Bio Sponge Filter for Betta Fry Aquarium Fish Tank Up to 60 Gal, 3-Pack (L)
  • Provide both mechanical and biological filtration.
  • Simply install an airline into the unit and provide both aeration and filtration for your fish. Aerobic bacteria colonize the sponge providing a bacterial substance to facilitate the nitrogen cycle.
  • The sponge traps larger waste particles mechanically cleaning the water without trapping baby fish.
  • Product dimensions: 4.5”D x 8.0”H. They are useful for as breeding filter or as secondary filter. Or they can be used as pre-filtration unit by fitting to an external or a top filter.
  • Package includes: 3 pcs of Sponge filters
  • Manufacture: Aquanemo Global
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquapapa FBA_XY-380-3PC -#4
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Aquapapa FBA_XY-380-3PC -#4 Final Thoughts

"A little goes a long way."

I also like the fact that it is relatively low profile and discreet looking. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. Unlike my old HOB filter, it doesn't sound like a leaky toilet. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck.

Overall Score
4.7


(478 Points)

8. Aqueon 06078 QuietFlow 55 Power Filter, 250GPH

User Ratings: 41 16

Aqueon 06078 First Impressions

"+Great price."

I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design.

  • Aqueon 06078 QuietFlow 55 Power Filter, 250GPH
  • Dense floss removes particles and debris
  • Activated carbon removes toxins, odors and discoloration
  • Patented bio-holster removes toxic ammonia and nitrites
  • Diffuser grid removes additional toxins while adding oxygen for more active fish
  • Reduces splashing makeing the return exceptionally quiet
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Item Weight: 2.87 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.62 x 5.6 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 06078
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Aqueon 06078 Final Thoughts

"That also didn't work."

My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. Never ever ever use it past a year. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it.

Overall Score
3.5


(13 Points)

9. Bicaquu Automatic Filter for Vacuum Cleaner, Filter for Aquarium, Universal for Aquarium

Bicaquu First Impressions

"Just buy it!"

I've think I've had had six of them. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores.

  • Bicaquu Automatic Filter for Vacuum Cleaner, Filter for Aquarium, Universal for Aquarium
  • Easy to use: You just need to connect to the discharging air pipe, put in water and open the air pump to clean the fish tank dirt. (Air pump is not included).
  • Made from premium plastic material, which is safe, solid and durable to use.
  • Built in replaceable filter tank and special strong bioactive beads, It can achieve better the physical filtration effect and provide space for the nitrifying bacteria to attach.
  • Multifunctional: oxygen aeration, enhanced the filtering effect of organism and improve the stability of water quality of aquarium
  • Humanized cover design, prevent from leakage meanwhile absorb the dirty objects.
  • Manufacture: Bicaquu
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Bicaquu Final Thoughts

"Like brand new."

The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. , that's what makes this so funny. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

10. Azoo Mignon Filter 150 Power Filter

User Ratings: 64 6

Azoo AZ13107 First Impressions

"I like the design."

I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model.

  • Azoo Mignon Filter 150 Power Filter
  • Quiet and efficient
  • Hang on back design
  • Easy to maintain
  • Manufacture: Sevenports, Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 3.5 x 4.5 inches; 11.1 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Azoo AZ13107
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Azoo AZ13107 Final Thoughts

"Suuuuupppeeerrrr Quiet."

I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail.

Overall Score
4.3


(302 Points)

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