Editor's Choice - Our Favorite UPETTOOLS Aquarium Filters

1. 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)

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
  • Filter Effectiveness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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. Aquapapa Pack of 2 Bio Sponge Filter for Betta Fry Aquarium Fish Tank Up to 55 Gallon, Double Sponge...

User Ratings: 80 2

Aquapapa First Impressions

"It's heavy."

I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design.

  • Aquapapa Pack of 2 Bio Sponge Filter for Betta Fry Aquarium Fish Tank Up to 55 Gallon, Double Sponges
  • 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: 6.5"L x 2.4"W x 9.5"H; sponge dimensions: 2.4"D x 4.5"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: 2 pcs of sponge filters
  • Manufacture: Aquapapa, Inc
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Aquapapa Final Thoughts

"Just a low hum."

They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. Once I found that, the world was right again. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. I took it apart reassemble it and it's not pumping in the water.

Overall Score
4.7


(476 Points)

4. EA 3 Pack Performance Replacement Cartridges: Fits Aquarium Masters Model 10/30 & Deep Blue Professi...

User Ratings: 63 10

EA First Impressions

"My fault not theirs."

I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. Following morning it was running quietly. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish.

  • EA 3 Pack Performance Replacement Cartridges: Fits Aquarium Masters Model 10/30 & Deep Blue Professional BioMaxX 10 Power Filter
  • DISPOSABLE MULTI-STAGE CARTRIDGE! Easy to use, disposable. Each box contains 3 cartridges. Media-grid ensures even distribution of carbon granules throughout the cartridge for maximum filtration & flow. High-strength plastic frame for increased cartridge rigidity. No-mess cartridge handle & single-piece construction keeps hands dry & clean during cartridge changes.
  • Stage one - mechanical: Advanced multi-layered polyfiber floss traps micro & macro organic particles and foreign debris. Stage two - chemical: Super-activated carbon granules absorb many dissolved contaminants, odor, toxins, and discoloration. Stage three - biological (sold separately): High-flow bio-sponge promotes colonization of beneficial bacteria essential to a healthy aquatic environment.
  • Fits Aquarium Masters Model 10 & 30 and Deep Blue Professional BioMaxx 10 Power Filters.
  • Manufacture: EA
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 0.2 inches; 4.8 Ounces
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EA Final Thoughts

"Very pleased!"

BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside.

Overall Score
4.1


(25 Points)

5. AQQA Aquarium Electric Power Sponge Filter,3W/5W Silence Submersible Foam Filter,Sponges Bio Ceramic...

User Ratings: 61

AQQA First Impressions

"Definitely recommend!"

Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. I'm a mechanical engineer and understand design. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. I put it together, reading instructions of course. I had a lot of particles in the water.

  • AQQA Aquarium Electric Power Sponge Filter,3W/5W Silence Submersible Foam Filter,Sponges Bio Ceramic Media Balls Double Filter for Saltwater Freshwater Fish Tank
  • ⚡【Upgrade Electric Power Filter】Filter with powerful motor,no need air pump, Work more efficiently and energy saving.Internal Submersible is very quiet,Noise is less than 30db,Selected high-quality motors, longer service life.
  • ⚡【Double Filter:Physical Filtration+Biochemical Filtration】The high-quality biochemical cotton adopts a ribbing design to increase the surface area and filter out automatically absorb feces, debris and residues in water.Bio Ceramic Media Balls improve the filtering effect, can quickly purify the water quality.Ceramic balls can also be replaced by other filter materials.
  • ⚡【Water Outlet Can be Adjusted 360°and Stretch】The retractable water outlet can be adapted to fish tanks of various depths, and the water outlet can be submerged in the water or out of the water.Filtration can not only purify water quality and increase water circulation, but also increase the oxygen content in the water.
  • ⚡【4 Sponge 1 bag of Bio Ceramic Media Balls 2 Suction Cup】Comes with 2 spare sponges, put them in the filter box, please take out the spare sponges before use.The filter box can be filled with bio ceramic media balls, or nothing, or other filter media.It can be sucked tightly around the fish tank or the bottom without sand.
  • ⚡【Suitable For Saltwater or Freshwater】Bio ceramic media balls with a layer of protective powder,it was normal.Before use, please clean the sponge and ball with the water in the fish tank before putting it in the fish tank.
  • Manufacture: AQQA
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AQQA Final Thoughts

"These are heavy."

All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running.

Overall Score
4.5


(22 Points)

6. Penn Plax Cascade 400 Internal Bio Filters for Aquariums (3 Pack)

User Ratings: 85

Penn-Plax First Impressions

"Not ideal but it works."

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit. I used to have a 37 gallon eclipse aquarium. Fill it up with water before you plug it in.

  • Penn Plax Cascade 400 Internal Bio Filters for Aquariums (3 Pack)
  • Pack of 3 Penn Plax Cascade 400 Internal Bio Filters for Aquariums
  • Convenient, no-fuss replacement cartridges for your Cascade 400 internal power filter.
  • Optimizes the colonization of beneficial aerobic bacteria.
  • Easy-to-replace disposable filters.
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 4 inches; 2.65 Ounces
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Penn-Plax Final Thoughts

"No effect."

Get it and take heed to what I wrote. This lives up to the praise that people give it. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.8


(6 Points)

7. MarineLand Penguin 100 Power Filter, 100 GPH (PF0100B),Black

User Ratings: 65 10

MarineLand PF0100B First Impressions

"Coarse, medium, and fine."

I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. You CAN rinse the old ones in an emergency. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. Also price was very reasonable and shipping was fast. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. Once I found that, the world was right again.

  • MarineLand Penguin 100 Power Filter, 100 GPH (PF0100B),Black
  • WITH ROTATING BIO-WHEEL: Patented Bio-Wheel technology provides excellent wet/dry biological filtration.
  • MULTI-STAGE FILTRATION: Delivers mechanical, chemical and biological aquarium filtration to maintain a clean aquatic environment.
  • COMPATIBILITY: Use with Marineland Rite-Size Filter Cartridges (see individual filter for sizing recommendations).
  • FIVE SIZES: Available in 75 GPH, 100 GPH, 150 GPH, 200 GPH and 350 GPH sizes.
  • Age Range Description: all ranges
  • Included Components: Marineland Penguin 100 Power Filter (upto 20 gal)
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Item Weight: 1.65 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
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MarineLand PF0100B Final Thoughts

"You'll be happy with it."

It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.2


(2320 Points)

8. Powkoo Fish Tank Filter Pad, Bio Sponge Filter Media Pad, Cut-to-Size Foam for Aquarium Fish Tank Po...

User Ratings: 82

Powkoo First Impressions

"Canisters don't."

Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. I had to cut the hood to make it work. Just rinse them out once a month, don't throw that beneficial bacteria away. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets.

  • Powkoo Fish Tank Filter Pad, Bio Sponge Filter Media Pad, Cut-to-Size Foam for Aquarium Fish Tank Pond
  • Powkoo sponge filter pad provide both mechanical and biological filtration, perfect for freshwater or saltwater aquariums
  • Size: 17.7" L x 17.7" W x 1.97" H(30PPI); Cut-To-Size filter media bio sponge, aquarium filter pads can easily be cut to fit most filters
  • Offers more surface area for water filter and improve water quality, trap floating debris to help keep your aquarium water crystal clear, and will not get clogged easily
  • Place our aquarium filter pad in flowing water to trap uneaten food, waste, decaying plants, detritus, and other coarse to small floating particulates from the water
  • Powkoo aquarium filter floss pad, durable and reusable, cut to fit, very good flow, easy to clean, perfect for filtering your aquarium fish tank pond
  • Manufacture: Powkoo
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Powkoo Final Thoughts

"No big deal."

In the afternoon the noises started again. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. This filter really does a good job. I will pick 3-4 of these at one time over a single system any day. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank.

Overall Score
4.8


(40 Points)

9. CNZ 7" Holder for Aquarium Reef Tank Sock Filter Bag

User Ratings: 56 10

CNZ CNZSFH7 First Impressions

"And it is so quiet."

What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. Worst case is that the motor could burn out. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs.

  • CNZ 7" Holder for Aquarium Reef Tank Sock Filter Bag
  • Easy-to-install filter bag holder for any sump filtration system
  • enhances mechanical filtration
  • Can be use on acrylic or glass tank
  • Fit up to 3/4 inch of the thickness of tank glass
  • Package includes: 1x 7" holder, 2 durable plastic screws
  • Manufacture: CNZ
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 6 x 2 inches; 11.64 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CNZ CNZSFH7
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CNZ CNZSFH7 Final Thoughts

"- Plug it into power."

LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. In the afternoon the noises started again. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever.

Overall Score
4.1


(18 Points)

10. Aqua-Tech Power Aquarium Filter, 30 to 60-Gallon Aquariums

User Ratings: 76 5

AQUA-TECH ML90740-00 First Impressions

"Not ideal but it works."

Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. 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. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Overall I would recommend this item.

  • Aqua-Tech Power Aquarium Filter, 30 to 60-Gallon Aquariums
  • For 30 to 60 gallon aquariums
  • Two year warranty
  • Advanced 3 step filtration
  • Comes with one AQUA-Tech EZ-Change #3 Filter Cartridge
  • Traps dirt, removes impurities and offers maximum water to carbon contact
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 6.19 x 14.31 x 7.81 inches; 2.78 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH ML90740-00
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AQUA-TECH ML90740-00 Final Thoughts

"One piece of advice."

If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. The instructions are a bit to much for me. I've think I've had had six of them. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck.

Overall Score
4.5


(1384 Points)

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