Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Hydor Aquarium Water Pumps

1. Hydor Koralia Nano Aquarium Circulation Pump, 240, 425, 565 GPH

User Ratings: 72 5

Hydor P29101 First Impressions

"5 gallon aquarium."

I have purchased several of their products and I've never had any issues. Almost too powerful for my fountains. I upgraded to a stronger one and it got broken at the bottom while being shipped. I'm using this for mixing salt and pumping water back into my tank through the sump. Using right now for my indoor pond for my koi until the one outside is finished. The water refill only takes a couple minutes. And their customer service is great.

  • Hydor Koralia Nano Aquarium Circulation Pump, 240, 425, 565 GPH
  • In a world where nano tanks rule, Hydor introduced a more powerful nano pump added to the Koralia Nano line, with the Koralia Nano 240, 240 gallon per hour flow rate.
  • Patented Magnet-Suction cup support for free positioning in aquariums. Works on glass and acrylic
  • Safe for use with wave timers such as Hydor Smart Wave
  • Compact design and low energy consumption
  • Made in Italy
  • Patented Magnet Suction Cup mounting allows you to position the pump on glass, acrylic and plastic aquariums and enclosures.
  • Swivel the pump to direct the flow where it is needed.
  • Compact in size at 2.4 inches
  • Manufacture: Hydor USA, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 2 x 2 inches; 9.92 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hydor P29101
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Hydor P29101 Final Thoughts

"Thanks so much!"

Would highly recommend if you need to move large volumes of water quickly. Performing water changes was messy and hard on the joints. No more trying to lift a 5ga bucket full of water! The design feels solid and the suction cups hold well. I sent an email to the manufacturer asking if i could shut that off. Serves HOB 5-gal sump with Klir roller setup+ Tunnze skimmer. Saves having to carry buckets of water around.

Overall Score
4.5


(2409 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Hydor Aquarium Water Pumps

2. Hydor Koralia Evolution Aquarium Circulation Pump

User Ratings: 69 6

Hydor P29501 First Impressions

"It's so quiet!"

HOSE THE YOU WILL HAVE MORE PREASURE. The video shows the pump at full throttle and can be adjusted lower. It's very quick, and does an excellent job. Quiet while running and great suction. Recently saw a small tabletop fountain in a gift store for an outrageous price. Can min the flow for cat fountain or med. Some of my orchids do not do well when the relative humidity drops below 30%.

  • Hydor Koralia Evolution Aquarium Circulation Pump
  • New and improved mount featuring vibration absorbing technology and magnetic suction cup with free positioning capabilities
  • Safe for use with wave-timers
  • Higher flow rates and lower energy consumption when compared to previous Koralia models.
  • Compact design
  • Promotes a healthy aquarium by recreating natural currents found in nature
  • 2 modes: Synchronous and Alternating
  • 2 Channel controller (max load of 100 watts per channel
  • Control multiple pumps with only one unit
  • Manufacture: Hydor USA, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 3 inches; 1.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hydor P29501
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Hydor P29501 Final Thoughts

"Does exactly as I needed."

I changed to a 65GPH pump with good results. I've been buying pumps from Home Depot only to have them continually go out. Works very good and it's very quite hardly makes a noise. Great little pump for small aquariums and waterfalls. This pump works great for my sugar kettle fountain. So far, I think I got a LOT of bang for my buck with this little pump. I BUILT ONE USING AN INTERNAL FISH FILTER THAT LAID IN THE BOTTO.

Overall Score
4.4


(1455 Points)

3. CWKJ Fountain Pump, 220GPH(15W 900L/H) Submersible Water Pump, Durable Outdoor Fountain Water Pump w...

User Ratings: 74 6

CWKJTOP First Impressions

"It's firm!"

I changed to a 65GPH pump with good results. Great for mixing my saltwater and transfer to my display tank 30 feet away. Wife had bought a small fountain at Goodwill and the pump was bad. And their customer service is great. Enough power for two tubes, good water flow. I use it for water changes in my aquarium. I have an older room air conditioner that vents out of the window.

  • CWKJ Fountain Pump, 220GPH(15W 900L/H) Submersible Water Pump, Durable Outdoor Fountain Water Pump with 6.5ft Tubing (ID x 1/3-Inch), 3 Nozzles for Aquarium, Pond, Fish Tank, Water Pump Hydroponics
  • ★【PROVIDE YOU COMFORT & QUIET ENVIROMENT】Our fountain pump’s ultra-quiet operation will let you feel that the sounds of the water pouring out of your fountain is such a relaxing and tranquil sound, and you will love sitting out on your patio watching the squirrels and birds bath and now the peaceful sounds of our fountain make it even more enjoyable.
  • ★【MULTI-OCCASIONS】The fountain pump can make circulation to your tank and give your lovely fish a near-natural environment. This submersible water pump can create water current, ideal for a medium-sized aquarium, small pond, water garden, and desktop water fountains. Perfect for backyard fountain/waterfall, aquarium, ponds, fish tank, tabletop fountains, garden statuary, patio drip irrigation system and hydroponic systems and more.
  • ★【ADJUSTABLE】The fountain pump is designed with an adjusting knob, allowing to get just the amount of water pressure you want. It comes with 3 optional nozzles to create different views, each with its own unique design.
  • ★【COMPACT BUT POWERFUL】The fountain pump’s compact design is easy to hide & disguise, 15W super efficiency motor continually lift water column. reasonable long power cord is heavy duty and easy to installation. The pump has 4 strong rubber suction cups at the bottom of the fountain pump help keep in your fish tank.
  • ★【EASY TO USE】The fountain pump's manual disassembly designed shell allow you clean the pump input port and filter/impeller easily. And simply plug in power for quick water draining.
  • Manufacture: CWKJTOP
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 2.7 x 1.9 inches; 1.1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CWKJTOP
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

CWKJTOP Final Thoughts

"Does exactly as I needed."

One of the best purchases I've ever! The amazon Review template asked me about this products'sheerness. Liked the product and happy with it. The smaller waterfalls are run by another one of these on a split line. At least 50% less than big box store's price. I have purchased several of their products and I've never had any issues. Mine is powerful others not so powerful, i guess.

Overall Score
4.5


(24 Points)

4. Jebao/Jecod DCS-1200 DC Water Pump 320GPH 4.9ft for Marine Reef Tanks Sump Skimmer Protein

User Ratings: 79 11

Jebao/Jecod 43349-769 First Impressions

"Very annoying."

The water is crystal clear and the bottom completely clean by morning! Quiet while running and great suction. The effluent connector exits on the top and is pointed up. And their customer service is great. Mine can pump 30 gallons in about a minute and a half. Other than that the pump works great. I have all that running at 17-watts.

  • Jebao/Jecod DCS-1200 DC Water Pump 320GPH 4.9ft for Marine Reef Tanks Sump Skimmer Protein
  • Jebao New DCS-1200 pump is the upgraded version of the ordiginal DC-1200, ideally used as a circulation pump or used for calcium reactor;it does not have a wheel impeller,listed pump is supposed to use as a return/circulation pump,need to change the wheel impeller then can be used in a skimmer.
  • This new DC pump has 12 W Power Consumption, 1200 Liters per hour Flow rate,1.5M Max lift head
  • Jebao DCS1200 has 8 Speed adjustable controller with FEED Mode,Automatic power-off protection upon no water or impeller blocked
  • This new DC return pump equiped with high performance DC24V motor with innovative electronics and energy saving up to 50%
  • The nano dc pump has Super Quiet Operation ,Can be used in Marine and Fresh Water
  • Manufacture: Jebao
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.3 x 3.3 inches; 1.21 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Jebao/Jecod 43349-769
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Jebao/Jecod 43349-769 Final Thoughts

"For the price, buy 2."

The trick to making it last is to keep debris and algae out of it. I did need to run it flat out on volume for my fountain at that height. Pump works fine, but I definitely over bought. Couldnt be happier with this thing. THEN THERE WAS A 5 GALLON PAIL OF SUBTRATE. The smaller waterfalls are run by another one of these on a split line. This pump is great,its small and you can hook to a water hose to drain.

Overall Score
4.3


(58 Points)

5. Fzone Triple Sensors Aquarium Auto TOP Off Water Refiller System Smart ATO Auto Filling Tank With In...

User Ratings: 68 7

FZONE First Impressions

"So it's great!"

Mine is powerful others not so powerful, i guess. I do encourage the purchase of these pumps. Quiet while running and great suction. Ended up removing pump from aquarium after 3 days of relentless noise. Great for mixing my saltwater and transfer to my display tank 30 feet away. This pump is perfect for the small fountain and provides the sound of water flowing. It raised the temperature of my water by about 10°.

  • Fzone Triple Sensors Aquarium Auto TOP Off Water Refiller System Smart ATO Auto Filling Tank With Intelligent SPT Algorithm
  • 3 OPTICAL SENSORS. Triple sensor system monitors your water level to ensure the desired water levels without any failure. "LOW" sensor starts the pump to fill the tank when water level is below "LOW". "MID" sensor provides real-time failsafe protection against failure, "HIG" sensor provides the second guarantee to avoid overfill.
  • SMART SPT(Single pumping time) ALGORITHM. SPT(Single pumping time) makes the pump work in real-time to add the water in right amount. SPT avoids overfill and prevents the pump from running dry.(Read the detail page for more information about SPT)
  • BUILT-IN CUSTOMIZBLE BUZZER. Buzzing function can be turned on/off as needed. The buzzer sounds when the pump runs dry, when the tank has a high water level, or when the sensor isn't working.
  • PLUG-AND-PLAY ALSO WITH ADVANCED FUNCTIONS. After finishing device initialization, you can forget about it. Also, it has advanced functions such as "child lock", "high level monitor", "Buzzer turnning on/off", "one press to fill manually"...
  • ONE CABLE LOOKS TIDY. All-in-one design and magnetic suction cups make installation simple. The device is installed outside of tank, keeping the inside of the tank tidy. Suggest it used on rimless and less than 12mm thick tank.
  • If the water level is below "LOW", the SPT is 50% of the time required to go from the "LOW" level to the "MID" level.
  • If the water level is between "LOW" and "MID", the SPT is the time required to reach the "MID" position.
  • It avoids overfilling. Every time the pump uses SPT, the water level will not exceed the "MID" level.
  • Manufacture: FZONE
  • Item Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The FZONE
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

FZONE Final Thoughts

"Would recommend!"

I have the little pump turned down, but the video I attached shows it at full blast. Put it back in the aquarium and has been quiet ever since. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a tube. This brought the relative humidity up to about 64%. Couldnt be happier with this thing. Great little pump for small aquariums and waterfalls. Packaged well and it appears to be a well designed pump.

Overall Score
4.3


(102 Points)

6. DOMICA USB DC 5V Automatic Shut off Mini Pet Fountain Replacement Pump for Cat Fountain, Dog Founnta...

User Ratings: 63 14

AMPLE First Impressions

"Very annoying."

I am very pleased after a week of it running constantly. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a tube. Came with a couple basic attachments. Saves having to carry buckets of water around. This pump is perfect for the small fountain and provides the sound of water flowing. That was barely within the pump's capability. Use a T at the suction top with a threaded plug to prime at startup.

  • DOMICA USB DC 5V Automatic Shut off Mini Pet Fountain Replacement Pump for Cat Fountain, Dog Founntain, Aquariums, Fish Tank, Tabletop Fountain, statuary, bird bath, water features
  • ★【Safety & Energy Saving & Automatic Shut Off】: DC 5V USB Mini Water Pump with Automatic shut off sensor, when the tank running out of water, pump will be shut off automatically, its most advantage is that it does not have the risk of accidentally injurying a person or pet by leaking electricity.
  • ★【Multi-function】:This mini pump is designed for pet fountain, small size aquarium, Fish tank, Pond, tabletop fountains, water gardens and hydroponic systems.
  • ★【Detachable & Cleanable】:No need any tools to detach it, easy to seperate, easy to clean.
  • ★【Ultra Quiet Design】: The relible and duarable motor does not produce much noise, giving you quiet environment.
  • ★【Must be Fully Submerged】: this submersible water pump is designed to sit in water, water inlet must be completely submerged in water. With 2 suction cups at bottom, you can install the pump to spray water horizontally or vertically. Power cord is 6ft long and waterproof.
  • Manufacture: DOMICA
  • Part Number: FR-TPP12-2437
  • Item Weight: 3.29 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 3.14 x 2.2 x 2.6 inches
  • Size: 50 GPH
  • Power Source: Corded Electric
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AMPLE
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AMPLE Final Thoughts

"Yes I would buy again."

I am using one of these pumps on a corner matten sponge filter for a little nano 5. Performing water changes was messy and hard on the joints. Quiet while running and great suction. Well, this is just about the cutest little fountain pump I've ever seen. The solution was adding the little water pump. I use it for water changes in my aquarium. Just had to move a few plants and bricks to prevent accumulation points.

Overall Score
4.0


(81 Points)

7. AQQA Wave Maker Pump, 530GPH 2100GPH Aquarium Circulation Pump 360 Degree Rotatable Submersible Powe...

User Ratings: 71 7

AQQA First Impressions

"- Cord is a bit short."

That was barely within the pump's capability. That was barely within the pump's capability. Great little pump for small aquariums and waterfalls. I will be ordering another one to have on-hand in case this one fails next season. It's very quick, and does an excellent job. These are bags you put carbon in for filters. This is the perfect little pump for my application.

  • AQQA Wave Maker Pump, 530GPH 2100GPH Aquarium Circulation Pump 360 Degree Rotatable Submersible Powerhead Pump with Magnet Suction Base for Marine and Freshwater Aquariums Fish Tank
  • AQUARIUM WATER CIRCULATION: This wave maker pump simulates a gentle flow helping the tanks feel more like the ocean. It is designed to stir up debris and make wave in the water. In addition, this pump can be used to increase the oxygen level of the water
  • POWERFUL & QUIET: 3W, 530GPH submersible powerhead is higher flow rates and lower energy consumption. Single head makes strong waves to circulate the water quietly and efficiently. The stable magnetic base reduces noise when running and prevents the pump from falling off
  • 360-DEGREES ADJUSTABLE DIRECTION: The head rotates a full 360 degrees, offering full control of the direction of flow, creating natural water motion. Eliminate dead spots in your aquarium with the flow wave pump
  • EASY TO INSTALL: With a magnetic bracket which is easy to install and allows you to position the pump virtually anywhere in your aquarium. A adjustable ring with fine slots prevent baby fishes, corals and sea stars from getting involved
  • WIDE APPLICATION: AQQA wave pump improve water circulation and oxygenation, which is good for fishes' healthy growth. Constructed of Anti-corrosion titanium impellers, it can be used safely in both fresh water and salt water, all kinds of fish tanks, Water grass aquarium,coral aquariums
  • Manufacture: AQQA
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQQA
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AQQA Final Thoughts

"They love it, I love it."

No more trying to lift a 5ga bucket full of water! No more back breaking effort with 5 gallon bucks. I have the little pump turned down, but the video I attached shows it at full blast. The trick to making it last is to keep debris and algae out of it. I BUILT ONE USING AN INTERNAL FISH FILTER THAT LAID IN THE BOTTO. I will be replacing it with a 1375 GPH pump. I changed to a 65GPH pump with good results.

Overall Score
4.3


(160 Points)

8. Jebao DCP Sine Wave Water Return Pump

User Ratings: 76 7

Jebao DCP-5000 First Impressions

"And simply fed my fish."

I'd compare it to the new Hydors with the controllers. Replies quickly and resolved issues quickly! At least 50% less than big box store's price. I will be ordering another one to have on-hand in case this one fails next season. I ordered this pump to keep the filtered water for my plants aerated. I did need to run it flat out on volume for my fountain at that height. This brought the relative humidity up to about 64%.

  • Jebao DCP Sine Wave Water Return Pump
  • 2017 latest DCP return pump from Jebao, improved from the DCT model
  • High performance motor with innovation electronics, and energy saving up to 50% than old model
  • No Copper components , safety on your tank! Internal Use Only!
  • Super Quiet Operation and Memory Function for Power Supply Off to recall memory
  • Power: 40-watt 110-120V 60Hz, Max Flow: 1450gph, Max head: 13ft, Dimension: 7x4x5 inch
  • SINE wave technology, ultra quiet operation.
  • High performance with innovative electronic motor, and energy saving.
  • IC electronic detection, automatic power-off protection upon no water.
  • Manufacture: Jebao
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 6 inches; 5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Jebao DCP-5000
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Jebao DCP-5000 Final Thoughts

"It only uses 3."

The amazon Review template asked me about this products'sheerness. This pump will mix 30-50 gallons of salt water in about 20-30 minutes. Great little pump for small aquariums and waterfalls. Came with a couple basic attachments. When the feed buttom is pressed my unit sends a loud alarm. I'd compare it to the new Hydors with the controllers. Absolutely silent, and has 4 little silicone suction cup feet to isolate vibration.

Overall Score
4.4


(708 Points)

9. songlong Submersible Pump Ultra Quiet with Dry Burning Protection for Fountains, Hydroponics, Ponds,...

User Ratings: 74 4

songlong First Impressions

"So far So good!"

We start mixing when we begin the water change. It's powerful but quiet which I love. I have purchased several of their products and I've never had any issues. Great for mixing my saltwater and transfer to my display tank 30 feet away. That was barely within the pump's capability. I recommend this small, very economical pump! That was barely within the pump's capability.

  • songlong Submersible Pump Ultra Quiet with Dry Burning Protection for Fountains, Hydroponics, Ponds, Aquariums & More…
  • 【High Quality】Ultra-quiet design and stainless steel makes pump working quiet and long life.
  • 【Water Flow Control】The adjustable knob can contorl the flow rate,you can get the amount of water pressure you want. Max flow 400GPH, High Lift 6.5ft.
  • 【SUCTION CUP and 6Ft POWER CORD】Long enough cord for easy installation. 4 strong suction cups at the bottom of the pump help keep it in place, so you can stick it on the right side of the aquarium, either vertically or horizontally
  • 【3 NOZZLES】SongLong water pump comes with 3Nozzles,0.51in,0.62in,0.75in, Provide a different water flow as you need. Threaded fittings make it more stable. Detachable and cleanable.
  • 【Detachable & CLEANABLE】 No need any tools to detach it, easy to seperate, easy to clean.
  • Manufacture: SongLong
  • Editor's Impressions Of The songlong
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

songlong Final Thoughts

"Have it on low speed."

So, I converted a used aquarium into an orchidarium. I do encourage the purchase of these pumps. I've been using mine now for over three months and it is working beautifully. Ended up removing pump from aquarium after 3 days of relentless noise. It is important to keep the water bowl clean and free of debris. IT WILL PUMP 400 GPH WITH A ONE INCH NIPPLE. I've been using mine now for over three months and it is working beautifully.

Overall Score
4.6


(263 Points)

10. FarBoat 4Pcs Micro Submersible Mini Water Pump DC 3V-5V for Fish Tanks Fountain Aquarium

FarBoat First Impressions

"Very annoying."

Other than that the pump works great. But i am very unhappy with the alarm as is everyone in my house. Make sure it's fully submerged, to protect the motor; OURS WORKS GREAT! Recently saw a small tabletop fountain in a gift store for an outrageous price. I ordered this pump to keep the filtered water for my plants aerated. Well, this is just about the cutest little fountain pump I've ever seen. It's so quiet I don't even hear anything besides the overflow now!

  • FarBoat 4Pcs Micro Submersible Mini Water Pump DC 3V-5V for Fish Tanks Fountain Aquarium
  • 4Pcs Micro Water Pumps DC 3V-5V.
  • Overall size: 23x44mm/0.91"x1.73"(DxL). Length of cable: 210mm/8.24".
  • Inlet Pipe Diameter: 5mm. Outlet Diameter: 7.5mm, 4.5mm(Hole's diameter).
  • Voltage: 3-5V DC. Current: 100-200mA.
  • Maximum Flow: 1.2-1.6L/Min.
  • Manufacture: FarBoat
  • Part Number: JS05151147
  • Material: Metal
  • Item Weight: 3.98 ounces
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The FarBoat
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

FarBoat Final Thoughts

"Boy, did this do the job!"

Would highly recommend if you need to move large volumes of water quickly. Recently saw a small tabletop fountain in a gift store for an outrageous price. No more trying to lift a 5ga bucket full of water! This one works perfectly and customer service is superb. And moves a lot of water,if needed! We start mixing when we begin the water change. And moves a lot of water,if needed!

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

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