Editor's Choice - Our Favorite SunGrow Aquarium Filters

1. 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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated SunGrow Aquarium Filters

2. SunGrow Sponge Betta Filter, 3x4 Inches, Multi-Layer Filtration System, Ultra Quiet Underwater Corne...

User Ratings: 57 6

SunGrow First Impressions

"And SILENCE."

SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. , that's what makes this so funny. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away.

  • SunGrow Sponge Betta Filter, 3x4 Inches, Multi-Layer Filtration System, Ultra Quiet Underwater Corner Filter, Excellent Oxygen Resource, Works in Tropical Fish and Shrimp Tanks
  • ✔ GREAT RESOURCE FOR OXYGEN --- The highly effective Sponge Betta Filter from SunGrow helps keep your aquatic pets and plants healthy and thriving by creating oxygen bubbles in your aquarium water. Just like humans, plants and pets need oxygen to survive. Keeping the square corner filter in your tank ensures that they always have a sufficient supply.
  • ✔ DROP OFF THE FEAR OF FISH OR FRY GETTING STUCK --- One internal multi-layered sponge filter works in any aquarium or fish tank up to 10 gallons. Additional sponge pads can be added to larger tanks. Unlike the traditional filters, the gentle, slow current keeps fry or small fish calm making it perfect for the betta, dwarf cichlids, guppies, shrimp, and fish breeding tanks or hatcheries, maternity, and fry tanks.
  • ✔ MULTIPLE LAYERS OF REFINEMENT IN ONE --- With three distinct layers of refinement, the Square Sponge from SunGrow has triple the strength of a single layer filter. A white cotton pad is a top layer while a green sponge is the second and maifanite gravel makes up the third layer.
  • ✔ HIGH-QUALITY, DURABLE MATERIALS --- The multi-layer corner filter is made of high-quality, durable materials. The high hardness plastic exterior houses an effective sponge filter, cotton filter and maifanite stone filter media.
  • ✔ EASY TO INSTALL WITH LOW-MAINTENANCE --- The square 4.3” x 3” (11cm x 7.5cm) sponge betta filter is placed directly into your aquarium or fish tank and you need to simply connect it to your air pump via airline. It is recommended that you place this in one corner of the tank so as to maintain the aquarium aesthetics and fish and other creatures move unhindered. For its optimal performance, rinse the filter every 3-4 weeks and replace it in every 4-6 months (depending on your specific usage).
  • Manufacture: MARIMO PET
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"I bought an FX6 in 2013."

My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I put it together, reading instructions of course. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter.

Overall Score
4.0


(77 Points)

3. SunGrow Small Power Filter for Rimless Tanks, 100-240 V, 3-in-1 Filtration System, Hang On The Back,...

User Ratings: 42 19

SunGrow First Impressions

"This thing is a beast."

It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing.

  • SunGrow Small Power Filter for Rimless Tanks, 100-240 V, 3-in-1 Filtration System, Hang On The Back, High-Performance Cotton Filter, Adjustable Flow Rate Up to 66 GPH, Energy-efficient, 1 Pack
  • ✔IMPROVES WATER QUALITY BY REMOVING WATER IMPURITIES --- Small Power Filter by SunGrow provides excellent chemical, mechanical & biological filtration using multimedia mechanism. It removes decaying organic matter, excess food, unsafe chemicals, free-floating particulate, and fish’s waste products from the water.
  • ✔WITH BIOCHEMICAL COTTON FILTER --- This hang on the back filter has sponge where water passes through its pores and can efficiently trap debris. Aerobic bacteria can also propagate in its pore’s large surface area. As the nitrifying bacteria cultivate, it naturally gives biological filtration in your tank.
  • ✔PROMOTES BETTER WATER CIRCULATION --- This premium quality aquarium accessory prevents the build-up of ammonia and nitrates. It increases oxygen and helps ventilate the water, so your fish can breathe.
  • ✔WITH ADJUSTABLE FLOW RATE --- Can be used for both fresh and sea water, this filter is engineered with flow adjustment function. The maximum flow rate is up to 250 L /H or 66 GPH.
  • ✔ EASY SETUP --- First attach the intake tube and add the filter cartridge. Hang on the back of your rimless aquarium. Open the top lid of the filter to add water so the tubes below can suck in water. Plug it in to enjoy all the convenience and health benefits to your fish.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"Just a low hum."

I've think I've had had six of them. I had a lot of particles in the water. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots.

Overall Score
3.4


(43 Points)

4. SunGrow 6-Layer Betta Corner Sponge Filter, Underwater Corner Aquarium Filter, Works for Tropical Fi...

User Ratings: 63 9

SunGrow First Impressions

"Just a tip!"

Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear.

  • SunGrow 6-Layer Betta Corner Sponge Filter, Underwater Corner Aquarium Filter, Works for Tropical Fish & Breeder Aquarium, Slow Current, Perfect for Fry & Small Fish, Must-Have for Aquarists
  • ✔ 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. This is the easiest filtration method you’ll ever use.
  • ✔ 6-LAYER CORNER SPONGE FILTER --- This sponge is triangular in shape to allow you to insert it neatly and discreetly into the corner of your aquarium. Your aquarium’s physical condition and aesthetics should be equally important. Slow water current protects the fish from getting sucked up through the filter. Therefore, it creates a perfect atmosphere for hatchery, ornamental fish breeding, maternity, and nursery tank.
  • ✔ COTTON SPONGE FOR HAPPIER PETS ---- This sponge features fine filtration that will leave your aquarium water crystal clear, an excellent choice for an aquarium with small fish like dwarf cichlid, guppy, killifish, colorful gods. This sponge filter is also suitable for discus breeding tanks, small tropical fish tanks and fry stock tanks.
  • ✔ EASY TO WASH & REUSE--- You can use the corner sponges for a good few months before needing to use replacement sponges. Use drained out aquarium water to rinse off the sponges. No tap water or hot water should be used
  • ✔ REPLACEMENT SPONGE FILTER--- This corner sponge filter can be used with an existing betta filter or sponge filter in your aquarium. You can replace your old sponges with this brand new pack of 1 sponge filter.
  • Manufacture: Luffy Pets Collection
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"Like brand new."

The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. Overall I would recommend this item. Unlike my old HOB filter, it doesn't sound like a leaky toilet. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever.

Overall Score
4.1


(25 Points)

5. Koller Products TOM Aquarium Internal Power Filter (45 GPH Flow Rate)

User Ratings: 54 9

Koller Products TM1250 First Impressions

"I only used one."

Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. This lives up to the praise that people give it. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. I took it apart reassemble it and it's not pumping in the water. Also the maker should review the pump design.

  • Koller Products TOM Aquarium Internal Power Filter (45 GPH Flow Rate)
  • Internal power filter with adjustable flow rate (10 to 45 gallons per hour)
  • Compact size fits easily in small aquariums, ideal for tanks 1-Gallon to 10-Gallons
  • Silent, powerful filtration keeps tank crystal Clear and fish healthy
  • Mounts securely onto Aquarium with strong suction cups
  • age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Tom (Tominaga/Oscar)
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 8 inches; 11.2 Ounces
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Koller Products TM1250 Final Thoughts

"No worries there."

The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. Never ever ever use it past a year. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets.

Overall Score
4.0


(570 Points)

6. NEWKOSEA Aquarium Air Filter Double Sponge Filter Bio Filter Sponge Betta Breeder Shrimp Fish Fry Ta...

User Ratings: 73 4

NEWKOSEA First Impressions

"Works great."

I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. This filter really does a good job.

  • NEWKOSEA Aquarium Air Filter Double Sponge Filter Bio Filter Sponge Betta Breeder Shrimp Fish Fry Tank
  • Sponge filters provide both mechanical and biological filtration - traps floating debris and fine particles, keep baby fish from be sucked into the filter, provides the ideal location for bacterial colonization, suitable for freshwater and saltwater, the sponges are fine 60ppi very porous
  • Double 10-layer ribbing shape sponges design, two sponges means more surface area for beneficial bacterial to colonize and faster cycling, it quickly established a bio-filter and provides extra oxygen, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean
  • Air driven sponge filter, works quietly without noise, air-water outlet is adjustable so you can change direction and height of the water flow, you can also put it at the top of aquarium or in the bottom, additionally you can add small-size bio-media to the inside for extra cleaning power
  • Easy to setup: using an air hose, connect one end to you air pump and the other end to this filter,and equipped with a check valve on air hose, to prevent water backflow and air pump damage due to power outage, great way to clean and oxygenate your tanks; Easy to clean: just slide off the filters, simply rinse and squeeze the sponges in used aquarium water, recommend to clean the sponges once a month
  • 【Fits fish tank size: 20 to 40 gallon】Comes with 2 suction cups to stick to glass, can be installed anywhere,it can also be used as a prefilter or secondary filter; perfect for shrimp tank, betta tank, breeder tanks, turtle tank, goldfish, discus, crayfish, fry, baby fish or other fish.
  • Manufacture: NEWKOSEA
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NEWKOSEA Final Thoughts

"So far so good!"

They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions.

Overall Score
4.5


(192 Points)

7. Zilla Internal Filter for Aquactic Reptiles, 40 Gals

User Ratings: 70 6

Zilla 100528849 First Impressions

"This thing is a beast."

It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away.

  • Zilla Internal Filter for Aquactic Reptiles, 40 Gals
  • For aquatic turtle terrariums up to 40 gallons
  • It works hard to keep terrariums clean
  • Includes suction cups and hanging clips that make installation quick and easy
  • A protective grate is in place to prevent the your Turtle from accidentally entering the filter
  • Each filter comes with a replaceable carbon cartridge that removes odor, waste, and debris from water
  • Medium carbon cartridge included
  • Protective grate prevents animal from entering the filter
  • Patented power filtration
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Item Weight: 2.79 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 6 x 11.25 inches
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Zilla 100528849 Final Thoughts

"Just a tip!"

I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. I took it apart reassemble it and it's not pumping in the water. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy.

Overall Score
4.4


(835 Points)

8. MarineLand Magnum Polishing Internal Canister Filter, For aquariums Up To 97 Gallons, 10.5 IN (ML907...

User Ratings: 66 8

MarineLand ML90770-00 First Impressions

"It's priced awesome!"

I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound.

  • MarineLand Magnum Polishing Internal Canister Filter, For aquariums Up To 97 Gallons, 10.5 IN (ML90770-00)
  • INTERNAL CANISTER FILTER: Submerged motor for quick and easy startup.
  • VERSATILE FILTRATION: Two refillable chambers house carbon or customizable filter media.
  • MICRON WATER POLISHING: High-efficiency polishing with the micron cartridge (included).
  • FOR aquariumS UP TO 97 GALLONS: Capable of filtering 290 gallons of water per hour.
  • Included Components: Marineland Magnum Polishing Internal Canister Filer (Ml90770)
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Item Weight: 3 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.81 x 11 inches
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MarineLand ML90770-00 Final Thoughts

"So far so good!"

Fill it up with water before you plug it in. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots.

Overall Score
4.3


(1817 Points)

9. Lee's Pet Products ALE13200 Undergravel Fishbowl Filter, 1-Gallon

User Ratings: 43 19

Lee's Pet Products 107074 First Impressions

"SIMPLE INSTALLATION."

The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement.

  • Lee's Pet Products ALE13200 Undergravel Fishbowl Filter, 1-Gallon
  • Lees under gravel fishbowl filter 1galoon
  • Minimizes maintenance responsibility
  • Comes with plant and carbon cartridge included
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
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Lee's Pet Products 107074 Final Thoughts

"So far so good!"

Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! I was worried about some of the negative reviews. My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. This lives up to the praise that people give it.

Overall Score
3.6


(156 Points)

10. XpertMatic DB-368F Quiet 3 Stages 475 GPH Aquarium Filter for Up to 180 Gallon Fish Tank, Submersibl...

User Ratings: 55 10

XpertMatic DB-366 First Impressions

"I love this canister."

I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. The filter stopped working all of a sudden.

  • XpertMatic DB-368F Quiet 3 Stages 475 GPH Aquarium Filter for Up to 180 Gallon Fish Tank, Submersible Internal Fish Tank Filter with Water Pump, Power Filter for Fish Tank, Aquarium, Pond
  • Ultra Quiet: XpertMatic aquarium internal filter could supply oxygen and create an aquarium water cycle. It provides a healthy living environment for your lovely pets. eg, fish and turtle. Less than 35dB, you can use it in your bedroom aquariums.
  • Leave The Water Crystal Clear: Adopts 3 stages filtration to ensure water clarity. Suitable for marine and freshwater aquariums.
  • Wide Application: Max Flow Rate: 475GPH(1800L/H). Max Lift Height: 4.92ft. Fits for aquariums, fish tanks, and fountains up to 264 gallons no more than 4.92ft height.
  • Easy to Set Up and Clean: The fully submersible filter with suction cups is easy to place inside your fish tank. The transparent filter box is visible that you will know when to clean or replace the filter cartridge.
  • Submersible Water Pump: You can lay down the filter at the bottom of the aquarium and use it as a water pump.
  • Manufacture: XpertMatic
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2.4 x 13.8 inches; 1.59 Pounds
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XpertMatic DB-366 Final Thoughts

"This is not."

, that's what makes this so funny. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. Overall I would recommend this item. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium.

Overall Score
4.0


(412 Points)

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