Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Waterfall Aquarium Filters

1. boxtech Aquarium Hang On Filter - Power Waterfall Suspension Oxygen Pump - Submersible Hanging Activ...

User Ratings: 52 14

boxtech 4346783286 First Impressions

"It's priced awesome!"

I had to cut the hood to make it work. It wasn't producing much surface agitation. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. Overall I would recommend this item. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them.

  • boxtech Aquarium Hang On Filter - Power Waterfall Suspension Oxygen Pump - Submersible Hanging Activated Carbon Biochemical Wall Mounted Fish Tank Filtration Water
  • 3 in 1 Multi-function filter: Aquarium filter has the function for filtration,oxygen aeration and clearing oil-film, a variety functions provide by ultra-thin design filter, perfect for your fish tank.
  • Low noise: Filter motor running will not bring noise, will not affect the life and mood.
  • Adjustable flow valve: The water flow is adjustable, dissolved oxygen for creature growing.Suitable water flow, fit for fish bowl and grass cylinder,so it satisfy your various demand.
  • Hanging on filter with filter plate design:can increased filter strage space,also clean up aquarium fish feces, create a clean environment for your lovely fish.
  • Safe material: The fish tank filter made of ABS plastic,strong, quiet and durable
  • Prevent clogging of the pumping port
  • Removable cleaning
  • Prevent small fish from being sucked away
  • Manufacture: Boxtech
  • Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 4.72 x 3.54 inches; 9.59 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The boxtech 4346783286
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boxtech 4346783286 Final Thoughts

"I bought an FX6 in 2013."

You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. This lives up to the praise that people give it. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great!

Overall Score
3.8


(836 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Waterfall Aquarium Filters

2. Aquarium Turtle Filter Waterfall Flow Water Clean Pump Bio-Filtration for Reptiles Tank Low Level Wa...

User Ratings: 55 13

JackSuper First Impressions

"MINE IS VERY QUIET."

I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. In the afternoon the noises started again. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. I've think I've had had six of them. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. The Marineland penguin 350 is a great filter. I have contacted customer service to see if I can get a replacement unit.

  • Aquarium Turtle Filter Waterfall Flow Water Clean Pump Bio-Filtration for Reptiles Tank Low Level Waterfall Filter for Small Fish Tank Turtle Tank Shrimp Tank Amphibian Frog Crab
  • We have the 90 days replacement and the refund service. All the emails will be replied within 24 hours. We have lifetime technique support, please feel free to contact us for any quality problem. We will do our best to help you.
  • Perfect Aquarium filter for aquatic turtle tanks, Reptiles, Amphibians, Frog, Cichlids, Newt or Fish tank in any aquarium up to 40 gallons
  • Easy to install,Water filter pump can be hung on the aquarium or fixed with sucker. Low water level capability(Lowest water level 1.6inch/4cm)
  • Water circulation and cleaning:this turtle filter helps water cycling,the Activated carbon cartridges and bio ball help clean water,absorbs odors and discoloration,provide a healthy water for your aquarium
  • High performance, the motor set under the water,more quiet than external filter,you can creat a waterfall with rock inside the fish tank
  • Filter waste and stop the waste go into power head
  • Protect your filter power head and prevent small fish or animal suck in the filter.
  • absorbs odors and discoloration
  • Manufacture: JackSupermall
  • Product Dimensions: 8.27 x 3.66 x 2.76 inches; 14.39 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JackSuper
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JackSuper Final Thoughts

"This is the one."

I had a lot of particles in the water. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! It's easy to clean and we all know about easy.

Overall Score
3.9


(763 Points)

3. DaToo Aquarium Power Filter in-Tank Ultra Silent Fish Tank Filter 3W for Aquarium, 1 Yr Warranty

User Ratings: 56 15

DaToo First Impressions

"It's heavy."

I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. I was worried about some of the negative reviews. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water.

  • DaToo Aquarium Power Filter in-Tank Ultra Silent Fish Tank Filter 3W for Aquarium, 1 Yr Warranty
  • DaToo AQUARIUM FILTER: How to create a clean and healthy environment for our beloved fish? This is a concern for everyone who likes fish farming. But DaToo filter help you easily implement it. Strong horse-power, Waterfall type water flow, perfect work in 24 hours ensures a clean and healthy water environment. Now follow me to get to know DaToo Aquarium Filter. Let's Go!!
  • POWERFUL FILTERING: In the process of raising fish, due to feeding and fish excretion, our fish tank will inevitably produce some harmful impurities and odor. DaToo Filter uses enhanced filter Cartridge with activated carbon, can effectively absorb harmful impurities in the water and remove odors from the tank. Large filter space, extra filter materials can be added as needed, such as biochemical ball, carbon bag, etc. Filtration capacity than similar products increased by 2 to 3 times.
  • ULTRA-QUIET: Humans need a good night's sleep, and so are fish. Noise can make fish irritable and even sick. But if you choose DaToo you don't have to worry about this.Ultra-quiet motor, multiple noise reduction designs ensure that DaToo offers you and your fish a quiet and comfortable night. Select DaToo Filter, Let us say goodbye to noise。
  • BPA-Free AND ENERGY SAVING: A safe and healthy material is crucial to the health of fish. Every component of the DaToo Aquarium Filter is made with High-quality, Sturdy, BPA-free plastic. Long-term use does not produce toxins, safe for you and your lovely fish. Super energy efficient design, only consume 2KWH of electricity per month.Select DaToo Aquarium Filter, not only cares for your fish health, but also saves your electricity bill.
  • FIT: Suitable aquarium tank is 1 Gallon~10 Gallon and will function in as little as 1.5 inches of water -- making DaToo Aquarium Filter not only suitable for fish tank but also for turtle tank and can creat a waterfall inside the tank.(Note: Please ensure that the water level exceeds the inlet)
  • Manufacture: DaToo
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DaToo Final Thoughts

"Not my case!"

The filter stopped working all of a sudden. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. 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.

Overall Score
3.9


(530 Points)

4. Thanger Submersible Water Pump with Filters 15 Watt, Fountain Pump 400 Gallons per Hour Aquarium Air...

User Ratings: 56 7

Thanger First Impressions

"Hopefully it lasts."

BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. Once I found that, the world was right again. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

  • Thanger Submersible Water Pump with Filters 15 Watt, Fountain Pump 400 Gallons per Hour Aquarium Air Pump, Underwater Cleaner Oxygen Charging Wave Maker for Fish Turtle Tanks, Ponds, Pool, Waterfall
  • ULTRA QUIET DESIGN & PERFECT MOTOR - The reliable and duarable copper wire motor does not produce much noise, giving you quiet environment. It can elevate column of water up to 5.25ft ( 1.6 meters)
  • TWO FILTER NETS & EASY TO CLEAN - The pump has two filter nets, which can effectively filter large blocks during pumping to prevent blockage, and effectively improve the circulation system to maintain a clean water environment. No need any tools to detach it, easy to seperate, easy to clean.
  • MULTIPLE WATER NOZZLES & ADJUSTABLE FLOW RATE - Equipped with two water nozzles (1.3cm/1.6cm) and one boost oxygen nozzle along with boost hose. The adjustable knob allows to adjust the water flow rate, and the maximal flow rate can be up to 400GPH(1500L/H).
  • STRONG SUCTION CUP & 1.6M POWER CORD - There are four strong suction cup at the bottom of the small pump that fits well on a horizontal or vertical glass surface to keep the pump running smoothly. The power cord is 1.6 meters, which is long enough for installation depending on your needs.
  • WIDE APPLICATIONS - The filter water pump has a wide range of applications that it can be used in aquariums, ecological tanks, breeding ponds, landscape tubes, gardens, rockery fountains, etc.
  • 0.51 inches / 1.3cm water nozzle
  • 0.63 inches / 1.6cm water nozzle
  • Boost oxygen water nozzle
  • Manufacture: Thanger
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Thanger
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Thanger Final Thoughts

"Disappointing."

I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. I had to lower the surface by 3 inches to get sufficient agitation. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out.

Overall Score
4.1


(111 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Waterfall Aquarium Filters

5. EmmaWu Turtle Filter Low Water Level Aquarium Filter Waterfall Flow Submersible Turtle Tank Filter (...

User Ratings: 61 3

EmmaWu First Impressions

"Coarse, medium, and fine."

BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. Once I found that, the world was right again. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read.

  • EmmaWu Turtle Filter Low Water Level Aquarium Filter Waterfall Flow Submersible Turtle Tank Filter (Black)
  • The bio-filtration system could physically remove the large particles and substance and biologically degrade discharge by turtles, crabs, fish and other animals.
  • The waterfall system could add enough oxygen in water, which help beneficial microbes grow;
  • Very room saving, only need a corner in the tank;
  • Lowest water level height is 2.4 inch, which let turtles breath easily;
  • Extra long cord, 4 feet, make it easy to put the filter in any place in the tank.
  • Manufacture: EmmaWu
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EmmaWu Final Thoughts

"All around great product."

Get it and take heed to what I wrote. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. Worst case is that the motor could burn out. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. My baby turtle even loves it so much he won't let go. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon.

Overall Score
4.3


(78 Points)

6. 5W 400L/H Turtle Fish Tank Filter, Quiet Flow Bio Filtration Low Level Waterfall Filter for Aquarium...

User Ratings: 57 6

Guinio First Impressions

"I only used one."

I had a lot of particles in the water. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! Never ever ever use it past a year. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. I was also having oxygen issues because of this.

  • 5W 400L/H Turtle Fish Tank Filter, Quiet Flow Bio Filtration Low Level Waterfall Filter for Aquariums Fish Tank Turtle, 105 GPH
  • Turtle filter function: efficiently clean and filter water, help water circulation, help clean water, provide healthy water for your aquarium.
  • Scope of application: suitable for most reptiles, amphibians, frogs, small fish, etc. Suitable for any aquarium fish tank no more than 20 L(5 gallons).
  • Easy installation: The water filter can be hung on the aquarium or easily fixed with a suction cup. Waterfall-type water circulation, smooth water flow increases the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water tank.
  • Scope of application: The 5w turtle filter suitable for most reptiles, amphibians, frogs, small fish, etc. Suitable for any aquarium fish tank no more than 20 L(5 gallons).
  • Silent design: safe, energy-saving and environmentally friendly, reliable and durable filters will not produce too much noise, providing you with a quiet environment.
  • Manufacture: Guinio
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Guinio
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Guinio Final Thoughts

"I bought an FX5 in 2011."

What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. I stopped the pump and I pulled it apart. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. Also the maker should review the pump design.

Overall Score
4.1


(23 Points)

7. hygger Aquarium Filter, 3 in 1 Filter Media Container Box Adjustable Water Flow with Surface Skimmer...

User Ratings: 64 11

hygger First Impressions

"Best to you all!"

Once I found that, the world was right again. Really happy with the money I was able to save. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. Lightly clean the silver roller pins on the ends. Doing research I learned that if I add more filter media, the noise will subside. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag.

  • hygger Aquarium Filter, 3 in 1 Filter Media Container Box Adjustable Water Flow with Surface Skimmer Retractable Water Inlet Tube Turtle Betta Fish Tank Filter for 5-30 Gal
  • WHAT IS IT: ①Fish tank filtration. Has a filter box, which can put a variety of filter materials, and the filter effect is stronger. ②Water circulation.Waterfall type, the water flow can be adjusted according to the needs of the fish tank. ③Aquarium oxygenation.Widen the water outlet, the outlet water is slow, and the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water can be increased. ④Can remove oil stains.
  • PRINCIPLE OF FILTRATION: ①The turbid water at the bottom of the fish tank enters the long tube; ②Plus the surface scum removes surface oil stains; ③Dirty water passes through 3 in 1 filter media container; ④Filtered clean water flows out in a waterfall manner (water flow can be adjusted).
  • MORE EFFECTIVE: There has a surface skimmer on the long tube. It can automatically telescopically float or rotate with the water level to remove oil stains on the surface and make the water clean.
  • THREE-LAYER FILTER - REPLACEABLE: First floor: Bio-sponge.Cultivate nitrifying bacteria, filter out impurities and fish manure; Second floor: Activated carbon. Reduce aquarium odor;Third floor: Biological balls. Enhanced filtering.
  • PRODUCT PARAMETER:Voltage AC:110-120V / 60 Hz; Power:12W; Q.Max:158GPH; Sound:<40 dB; Cord length:5.9FT; Application:5-30 Gal; Dimension:5.9"×4.33"×6.3".
  • Voltage AC:110-120V / 60 Hz
  • Power:12W
  • Q.Max:158GPH
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"Not ideal but it works."

So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. The current is strong but you can adjust it with the midsection lever. MAKE SURE YOU PUT WATER IN THE BACK OF THE FILTER! I have 4 other AquaClear filters and like them. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. I can take apart a car engine and put it back together. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag.

Overall Score
4.0


(21 Points)

8. hygger Adjustable 158GPH 12W Aquarium Filter with 3 Stages Filtration, Hang On Power Filter for Fish...

User Ratings: 61 9

hygger First Impressions

"This thing is super loud!"

Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Worst case is that the motor could burn out. They were great to deal with and the new filter is working great! Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water.

  • hygger Adjustable 158GPH 12W Aquarium Filter with 3 Stages Filtration, Hang On Power Filter for Fish Tank 5-30 Gallon, Cord 5.9ft
  • 【Efficient 3-Stage Filtration】12W external power filter, AC 110-120V/60HZ. With 3 stages of filtration system, combines mechanical, chemical, as well as biological filtration effects, high filtration effects to keep fish tank water crystal clean. A separate filter basket containing 3 layers of filter media: sponge insert, activated carbon pellets, black bio balls
  • 【Water Flow Adjustable】the max water flow rate of the bio aquarium filter is 158GPH, there is a knob at the top of the filter and will outside the cover, you can easy to rotate the knob to control the water flow according to your needs. A must have bio filter for 3 to 50 gallon small fish tank
  • 【Ultra Quiet Aquarium Filter】 the built-in water pump of the filter works quietly, and the filter comes with a cover, will cut off most sounds. The waterfall design enables filtered water back to the tank silently, you can only hear the water sounds when it's working, the sound is less than 40dB, will not disturb the fish in the aquarium tank and your sleep
  • 【Fits for Most Fish Tank Thickness】easy to install and use, the filter case is at the back of the filter, outside of the fish tank. Can hang it on to most square fish tanks, it comes with a separate fix knob to make the clip of the filter to fit different thickness of fish tank wall
  • 【With a Floating Skimmer】 there is a floating skimmer put on the telescopic water intake tube, it will be floating up when sinks into water, visible impurities floating on the water will go into the skimmer house when the filter pump is running
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"I bought this filter."

This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. Once it loses its charge, you'll need to replace it. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. I have had no issues with it being to loud. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality.

Overall Score
4.3


(16 Points)

9. AQQA Aquarium Hang On Filter, Submersible Hanging Activated Carbon Biochemical Cotton 3 in 1 Filter ...

User Ratings: 85 15

AQQA First Impressions

"29 gallons."

I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. It was perfectly quiet without any extra effort on my part. It sounds like a Big Air pump buzzing. I put it together, reading instructions of course. Oscars are very messy fish, especially during feeding. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not.

  • AQQA Aquarium Hang On Filter, Submersible Hanging Activated Carbon Biochemical Cotton 3 in 1 Filter Media Adjustable Water Flow
  • 3 IN 1 MULTI-FUNCTION FILTER: Aquarium filter has the function for filtration, oxygen aeration and surface skimmer, can be used for water circulation, waterfall type, the water flow can be adjusted according to the needs of the fish tank
  • HANG-ON FILTER: Hanging on filter with filter plate design, can increase filter storage space. Lengthened water inlet pipe, the length adjustable range is between 3-15 inch, which is suitable for aquarium with different heights. Can be used in aquariums, fish tank and turtle tanks for 5-10 gallon filters
  • THREE-LAYER FILTER: First layer- biochemical cotton;Second layer-activated carbon;Third layer: high density cotton. Remove bad tastes and odors, effectively purify, clean water. Please soak the filter for 2 minutes and rinse it with water before using . Replace filter every 2 to 4 weeks to keep water in the tank is clear
  • SUPER QUIET: With the water outlet design, adjustable flow value to adjust flow, it is very quiet and won't affect the quality of sleep even if the fish tank is in the bedroom, can only hear the smoothing sound of bubble bursting on the water
  • PRODUCT PARAMETER: Voltage AC:110-120V / 60 Hz; Power: 2W; Rate Flow: 80GPH; Sound:<30 dB; Cord length:5.9FT; Dimension:13.98"×5.7"×6.1". AQQA provide 12 Month Warranty and 24 Hour Professional After-sales Service. Please don't hesitate to contact us to get help
  • Manufacture: AQQA
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AQQA Final Thoughts

"Works great."

Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. , that's what makes this so funny. The only thing you hear is the water and even that is a soothing sound. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter.

Overall Score
4.4


(9 Points)

10. Aquarium Technology, Inc. Hydro-Pond Premium Reticulated Foam Sponge Filter

User Ratings: 84 16

Aquarium Technology First Impressions

"So who knows."

I also don't like how short the intake tube is. Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD! I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. I eyedball everything and put it together with a look back at instructions. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years.

  • Aquarium Technology, Inc. Hydro-Pond Premium Reticulated Foam Sponge Filter
  • Backyard garden fountain or commercial pond - the submersible and convenient Hydro Pond series is our most versatile sponge filter and has even seen effective use in breeding aquariums.
  • Connects simply and directly to a pond or fountain pump to provide crystal clear, healthy water using a combination of biological and mechanical filtration.
  • Made of Aquarium Technology, Inc.'s exclusive premium reticulated foam, which maximizes surface area for nitrogen-fixing bacteria to keep pond water clean and safe for fish and turtles.
  • Easy to clean filter media - no pads, cartridges, or canister. When the sponge gets dirty, simply squeeze it out a few times in a bucket of pond water (don't use tap water) and reattach.
  • Several adapters included for use with simple pump/intake systems or for use with a UV sterilizer or protein skimmer prior to reintroduction via a waterfall or similar feature
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Technology, Inc.
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Aquarium Technology Final Thoughts

"My fault not theirs."

The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. This filter has is a very simple and efficient design. Once I found that, the world was right again. This lives up to the praise that people give it. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. I AM IMPRESSED THAT IT WORKS AS IT ACTUALLY SHOULD!

Overall Score
4.4


(8 Points)

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