Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Zilla Aquarium Filters

1. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zilla 100528849
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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)

2. AquaClear Fish Tank Filter, Aquarium Filter for 10- to 30-Gallon Aquariums, 110v, A600A1

User Ratings: 71 8

AquaClear A600 First Impressions

"+Great price."

LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. So, easy is good, both for us and our fish. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. I want to answer some of the complaints I've read. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. I've think I've had had six of them. I also don't like how short the intake tube is.

  • AquaClear Fish Tank Filter, Aquarium Filter for 10- to 30-Gallon Aquariums, 110v, A600A1
  • 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 30 gallons
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 8.2 x 6.7 inches; 1.5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaClear A600
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AquaClear A600 Final Thoughts

"Water crystal clear."

I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. They are simply the best design for nitrifying bacteria to grow on. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. Overall I would recommend this item. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. I contacted Marineland about my issue and they promptly sent me a new one right away! This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW.

Overall Score
4.4


(1824 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. Powkoo Aquarium Filter Sponge Filter Media Fish Tank Shrimp Betta Fry Bio Filter with 2 Media Chambe...

User Ratings: 60 7

Powkoo First Impressions

"Disappointing."

I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. I will never buy any other HOB no matter what deal they might be offering. It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. I've think I've had had six of them. I'm currently in the process of receiving another replacement on that model. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course.

  • Powkoo Aquarium Filter Sponge Filter Media Fish Tank Shrimp Betta Fry Bio Filter with 2 Media Chambers
  • Sponge filters provide both mechanical and biological filtration - traps floating debris and protect your baby fish from being sucked up into the filter, aerobic bacteria colonize the sponge providing a bacterial substance to facilitate the nitrogen cycle
  • Double 7-layer ribbing shape sponges design, it quickly established a bio-filter and extra oxygen, high density porous 60ppi fine sponges means more surface area for beneficial bacterial to colonize and faster cycling, keep your fish tank crystal clear and clean
  • It has two media chambers with ceramic bio filter media inside of each, will help to remove harmful substance and increase oxygen level in your tank, you can replace the filter media to enhance water quality.
  • 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; Easy to clean: simply squeeze the sponges in tank water.
  • 【Fits fish tank size: 10 to 60 gallon】Easy to use: comes with 2 suction cups, can be installed anywhere and can be easily hidden on the back wall of the aquarium; suitable for shrimp tank, betta tank, breeder tanks, goldfish, discus, guppies, fry, baby fish or other fish.
  • Manufacture: Powkoo
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Powkoo Final Thoughts

"It's priced awesome!"

Worst case is that the motor could burn out. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. There is a sound from the water shooting into the tank! My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter.

Overall Score
4.2


(15 Points)

5. hygger 2-10 Gallon Aquarium Bubbler Filter Air Driven Small Fish Tank Sponge Filter for Betta Fish S...

User Ratings: 72 4

hygger First Impressions

"I bought an FX6 in 2013."

I was also having oxygen issues because of this. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. Your fish and you will be much happier and stun everyone else. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. This one is working perfectly good FOR RIGHT NOW. Really happy with the money I was able to save.

  • hygger 2-10 Gallon Aquarium Bubbler Filter Air Driven Small Fish Tank Sponge Filter for Betta Fish Shrimp Tank
  • Ultra Quiet Betta Filter - this air-driven fish tank filter is a motor free filter, super quiet, can only hear the smoothing sound of bubble bursting in the water surface
  • Effective Filtration - Mechanical pre-filter sponge captures debris and activated carbon for clean, clear aquarium water. Mini white bubbler stone produces constant, soft bubbles to agitate water, slow flow is great for betta fish, fry and shrimp
  • Compact - Single small filter measures 4.1" x 0.8" x 7.6", recommend for 2-5 gallon fresh and salt water aquariums ; Dual filter measures 7" x 0.8" x 7.6", recommend for 6-10 gallon freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • Single sponge filter kit comes with 1 filter+ 3 packs filter cartridges + 1 white air stone+ 1 hanging clip. Dual sponge filter kit comes with 2 filters+ 6 packs filter cartridges + 1 white air stone + 2 hanging clips. Replace filter cartridge every 2-4 weeks depends on how many fish you house
  • Easy to install - Connect aquarium filter with air tubing to air pump and ready to go (please note that 3/16 inch air tubing and air pump are excluded). Two suction cups and one hanger helps filter stays in place, no floating. Must be install vertically
  • Super quiet, you can only hear the smoothing sound of bubble flowing
  • Easy to assemble and use
  • Comes with extra filter cartridge to replace
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"SO THEREFORE."

My tank was a mess when I got this pump. I've think I've had had six of them. I had to cut the hood to make it work. I was also having oxygen issues because of this. This filter comes with a sponge, activated carbon, and bio material in a mesh bag. It's easy to clean and we all know about easy. Early on it seems to be working as advertised.

Overall Score
4.4


(68 Points)

6. AQUA-TECH Ultra Quiet Power Filter, for Aquariums 30-60 Gallons

AQUA-TECH AQ-78266WM First Impressions

"Added 3 baby turtles."

In the afternoon the noises started again. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. It wasn't producing much surface agitation.

  • AQUA-TECH Ultra Quiet Power Filter, for Aquariums 30-60 Gallons
  • includes cartridge: the molded ribbed back maximizes contact with water – includes premium activated carbon.
  • biological filtration: bio-foam biological filtration removes toxic ammonia and nitrites on contact.
  • quiet: decoupled motor with dampeners reduces noise to below 40 db.
  • powerful: impeller and motor assembly designed for efficient power usage filters 30- to 60-gallon aquariums 6 times per hour.
  • sleek design: designed to fit standard aquarium hoods and canopies, the aqua-tech ultra quiet power filter makes aquatic filtration easy.
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Spectrum Brands Pet
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH AQ-78266WM
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AQUA-TECH AQ-78266WM Final Thoughts

"No issues."

This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

7. 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Powkoo HJK90001BLK
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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)

8. Odyssea EX 250 DX Internal Filter Powerhead Aquarium Water Pump Submersible

User Ratings: 65 3

Odyssea First Impressions

"This filter is perfect!"

I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. I thought that U had put it together wrong so I took it all apart and started over. I put it together, reading instructions of course. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right.

  • Odyssea EX 250 DX Internal Filter Powerhead Aquarium Water Pump Submersible
  • Flow Rate: 250 GPH
  • For use with 30G - 40G
  • Include air line, filter cone, suction cups
  • Freshwater and Saltwater aquariums
  • 110V Only
  • Manufacture: Odyssea
  • Product Dimensions: 6.25 x 3 x 10.5 inches; 1.4 Pounds
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Odyssea Final Thoughts

"Added 3 baby turtles."

Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. I had a lot of particles in the water. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests.

Overall Score
4.3


(123 Points)

9. 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)

10. Sicce Shark ADV Internal Filter, Freshwater and Saltwater Application, for submerged use

User Ratings: 70 3

Sicce SIC113 First Impressions

"It just is."

Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem. Overall, I'm very happy with this filter. Really happy with the money I was able to save. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. Also the maker should review the pump design. I have purchased several Aqua Clear filters over the years.

  • Sicce Shark ADV Internal Filter, Freshwater and Saltwater Application, for submerged use
  • Uses the venturi system to provide improved oxygenation
  • The Package Height Of The Product Is 15 Inches
  • The Package Length Of The Product Is 5 Inches
  • The Package Width Of The Product Is 10 Inches
  • Manufacture: Sicce
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 10 x 15 inches; 13.92 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sicce SIC113
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Sicce SIC113 Final Thoughts

"Turtle tank."

The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right. Basically, make sure everything that is suppose to spin, does so smoothly. What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together. The instructions are a bit to much for me. You can't really tell though, and the filter is working great. Works like a dream and can't even hear it!

Overall Score
4.4


(105 Points)

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