Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Tetra Aquarium Filters

1. Tetra Whisper Internal Filter 3 to 10 Gallons, for Aquariums, in-Tank Filtration with Air Pump, Blac...

User Ratings: 70 6

Tetra AQ-78056 First Impressions

"And SILENCE."

If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. However, lately I've purchased the Aqua Clear 70 and 50. Overall I would recommend this item. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions.

  • Tetra Whisper Internal Filter 3 to 10 Gallons, for Aquariums, in-Tank Filtration with Air Pump, Blacks & Grays (25816)
  • FOR 4 GALLON aquariumS: This Whisper Internal Power Filter uses small filter cartridges and adjusts easily to high or low water levels.
  • 27 GPH PUMP: The internal 27 GPH pump cycles a 4 gallon aquarium more than 6 times per hour.
  • TWO FILTERS IN ONE: Cartridge floss catches debris and fish waste, while Ultra-Activated carbon removes odors and discoloration.
  • SPACE-SAVING DESIGN: Your aquarium can be flush to the wall with the internal filter designed to clip on your tank wall and be hidden by décor.
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED IS INCLUDED: This pack contains the hinged lid, tank clip, internal filter and filter cartridge.
  • Manufacture: Spectrum Brands Pet LLC
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 7.38 inches; 8.78 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra AQ-78056
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Tetra AQ-78056 Final Thoughts

"5 minutes."

My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go.

Overall Score
4.4


(7387 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Tetra Aquarium Filters

2. Tetra Whisper Power Filter for Aquariums, 3 Filters in 1

User Ratings: 69 6

Tetra 25774 First Impressions

"That also didn't work."

Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart.

  • Tetra Whisper Power Filter for Aquariums, 3 Filters in 1
  • Whisper 40 Power Filter
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 5.38 x 8 x 7.9 inches; 1.7 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 25774
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Tetra 25774 Final Thoughts

"Just buy it!"

SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions.

Overall Score
4.4


(2870 Points)

3. Tetra Whisper Power Filter 10 Gallons, Quiet 3-Stage aquarium Filtration (26316)

User Ratings: 60 11

Tetra 26316 First Impressions

"One piece of advice."

I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. My tank was a mess when I got this pump.

  • Tetra Whisper Power Filter 10 Gallons, Quiet 3-Stage aquarium Filtration (26316)
  • QUIET & RELIABLE The Tetra Whisper Power Filter uses 3-stage filtration to create clear clean water – PF 10 treats aquariums up to 10 gallons
  • ABSORBS ODORS Ultra-Activated carbon removes both odor and water discoloration
  • CATCHES DEBRIS Dense dual-sided mesh filters debris and fish waste
  • INNOVATIVE CLEANING POWER Integrated Stay Clean technology reduces buildup on glass and binds small dirt particles to make them easier to filter
  • CARTRIDGE REFILLS Change cartridges monthly uses medium-sized Tetra Whisper Bio-Bag Cartridges (refills sold separately)
  • Age Range Description: all ranges
  • Included Components: Whisper PF10 Aquarium Filter (5-10 Gal)
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 4.25 x 6 x 7.06 inches; 1.06 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 26316
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Tetra 26316 Final Thoughts

"Five years later."

This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! The filter arrived within 2 days and was the exact same as Petsmart's. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon.

Overall Score
4.1


(2563 Points)

4. Whisper IQ Power Filter for Aquariums, With Quiet Technology

User Ratings: 69 5

Tetra 78003 First Impressions

"Its AMAZING."

I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned.

  • Whisper IQ Power Filter for Aquariums, With Quiet Technology
  • QUIET aquarium FILTER: The Tetra Whisper IQ Power Filter with Stay Clean technology contains a sound shield for quiet filtration less than 40 dB.
  • SELF PRIMING: Submerged motor starts up with no priming required.
  • STAY CLEAN TECHNOLOGY: By maintaining healthy pH levels, creates easier maintenance for healthier fish.
  • CARTRIDGE REFILLS: Change cartridges monthly; uses large-sized Tetra Whisper Bio-Bag Filter Cartridges (refills sold separately).
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6.25 x 8.75 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 78003
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Tetra 78003 Final Thoughts

"Its AMAZING."

I was also having oxygen issues because of this. Following morning it was running quietly. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. It started out silent for about 30 mins and then it got super loud.

Overall Score
4.4


(1985 Points)

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5. Tetra ReptoFilter Filter Cartridges, Medium, 3-Pack, fit the ReptoFilter 90GPH

User Ratings: 84 2

Tetra First Impressions

"Since then no problems."

MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests.

  • Tetra ReptoFilter Filter Cartridges, Medium, 3-Pack, fit the ReptoFilter 90GPH
  • Manufacture: Tetra
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Tetra Final Thoughts

"5 minutes."

They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! Works like a dream and can't even hear it! I recently upgraded from a 10 gallon aquarium to a 29 gallon. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. Worst case is that the motor could burn out. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. The lever on the bottom helps even the filter out.

Overall Score
4.7


(198 Points)

6. Aqueon Quietflow Canister Filter

User Ratings: 75 10

Aqueon 100107314 First Impressions

"Works great."

I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design.

  • Aqueon Quietflow Canister Filter
  • Fits aquariums up to 155 gallons
  • Aqueon QuietFlow Canister Filters are designed for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • Included is a unique hang on the back water polishing unit that makes maintenance quick and easy.
  • The canister is preloaded with biological, chemical and mechanical media to efficiently remove waste and harmful toxins from your fish tank's water
  • Aquarium filter unit includes: Quick disconnect valves, pump locking heads, water intake and output connections, hoses, water polishing unit with cartridge, and 4 types of filter media (activated carbon, coarse foam, bio balls, and bio ceramic rings)
  • Manufacture: Aqueon
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 14.5 x 16 inches; 19.45 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100107314
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Aqueon 100107314 Final Thoughts

"Thanks, AquaTech."

Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. Following morning it was running quietly. There must be a huge batch of these units at Amazon right now that are bad. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

Overall Score
4.4


(80 Points)

7. AquaClear, Fish Tank Filter, 5 to 20 Gallons, 110v, A595

User Ratings: 75 6

AquaClear A595 First Impressions

"Its AMAZING."

DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. I've think I've had had six of them. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. I've looked at so many filters and reviews.

  • AquaClear, Fish Tank Filter, 5 to 20 Gallons, 110v, A595
  • 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 20 gallons
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 7 x 6.5 inches; 1.4 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaClear A595
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AquaClear A595 Final Thoughts

"One piece of advice."

My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. With the 350's inexpensive price point, you can’t go wrong with this powerful filter. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design.

Overall Score
4.5


(3199 Points)

8. Aqueon Aquarium Filter Kit w/Media (4 Month Supply)

User Ratings: 80 3

Aqueon 100540436 First Impressions

"Great product."

I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. 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. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! Once I found that, the world was right again.

  • Aqueon Aquarium Filter Kit w/Media (4 Month Supply)
  • Five stage filtration: mechanical, chemical, biological and an additional specialty pad for the cleanest, clearest, healthiest water
  • Value pack includes: Aqueon QuietFlow 30 filter, 4 filter cartridges, 5 ammonia pads and water Conditioner sampler
  • For aquariums up to 45 gallons
  • High flow rates ensure a highly dissolved oxygen content for healthier, more active fish
  • Filter pump is self-priming, just plug and play out of the box; filter will auto-restart if power is interrupted and restored
  • age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 10.75 x 10.75 x 6.5 inches; 3.06 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100540436
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Aqueon 100540436 Final Thoughts

"MINE IS VERY QUIET."

They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new.

Overall Score
4.6


(115 Points)

9. BiOrb Service Kit SIX PACK

User Ratings: 75 5

biOrb First Impressions

"Added 3 baby turtles."

Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new.

  • BiOrb Service Kit SIX PACK
  • 6 BiOrb Service Kits
  • Suitable for ALL BiOrb, BiUbe, BiOrb FLOW and BiOrb Life aquariums
  • The kit contains everything you will need to service your aquarium, including conditioners to remove harmful chlorine from your tap water
  • The BiOrb Service Kits also contain a cleaning pad
  • The biOrb filter cartridge works like a waste bin, trapping dirt, and once full it should be thrown away and replaced with a new one
  • Manufacture: BiOrb
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biOrb Final Thoughts

"This filter is perfect!"

SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. Really happy with the money I was able to save. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag.

Overall Score
4.5


(92 Points)

10. Sicce Whale Canister Filter, for Freshwater and Saltwater Applications, Designed for External use.

User Ratings: 41 30

Sicce First Impressions

"Really like the filter."

I have had no issues with it being to loud. Really happy with the money I was able to save. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter.

  • Sicce Whale Canister Filter, for Freshwater and Saltwater Applications, Designed for External use.
  • 3 Year Manufacture Warranty
  • Dimensions (LxWxH) - 7.9" x 7.9" x 16"
  • Unique Self priming system which can be hung directly on the tank. This priming system can be used to prime also other external filters.
  • Quick Disconnect System: the filter body can be disconnected simply by closing the valves on the IN and OUT hoses.
  • Floating filter baskets with for easy removal and replacement of the filter media.
  • Manufacture: Sicce
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Sicce Final Thoughts

"Try it you wont be sorry."

DO NOT CLEAN OR WASH the paper wheel itself. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. Unlike my old HOB filter, it doesn't sound like a leaky toilet. Of course the sound all depends on how much water is in the aquarium. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean.

Overall Score
3.5


(4 Points)

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