Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Silent Aquarium Water Pumps

1. Current USA eFlux Accessory Wave Pump

User Ratings: 63 11

Current USA 6006 First Impressions

"And simply fed my fish."

I'd compare it to the new Hydors with the controllers. This pump works great for my sugar kettle fountain. Quiet and flows well for a pump that is only a couple inches in size. When the feed buttom is pressed my unit sends a loud alarm. BUT IF YOU NEED MORE LIFT JUST USE A SMALLER I. I'd compare it to the new Hydors with the controllers. The seller had a new one out to me the same day and I got it in 2 days!

  • Current USA eFlux Accessory Wave Pump
  • EASY TO ADD- Add an eFlux accessory wave pump to any Orbit IC LED light* or eFlux Wave Pump Kit and your ready to control and synchronize. Running virtually silent, they use safe direct current (DC) and are completely controllable using LOOP control. A prefilter foam guard and cable protector provide added protection from troublemaker inverts.
  • ADJUSTABLE DIRECTION- The adjustable swivel bracket provides directional water flow precisely where you need it most. Whether you want to direct surging water current at an anemone or produce wave action on the water surface, simply pivot the pump in the direction you want water current and watch it flow.
  • MAGNETIC MOUNT- eFlux Wave Pumps use a magnetic bracket which is easy to install and allows you to position the pump virtually anywhere in your aquarium. A silicone pad absorbs vibration, allowing the pumps to run virtually silent.
  • PREMIUM WAVE PUMP- Efflux controllable wave pumps simulate water flow found in nature, providing tank wide circulation, improving water quality and promoting strong coral growth and fish health
  • MULTIPLE FLOW MODES- Wave Pulse, Surge Flow, Steady Stream, and Feed Mode
  • Manufacture: Current USA
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 3.9 inches; 1.92 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Current USA 6006
  • Pump Power
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  • Value For Money
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Current USA 6006 Final Thoughts

"Thanks so much!"

I'm using this pump in my backyard for cascade waterfall. I have an older room air conditioner that vents out of the window. Well, this is just about the cutest little fountain pump I've ever seen. Quiet and flows well for a pump that is only a couple inches in size. Pump works fine, but I definitely over bought. This pump is the perfect size for performing frequent water changes. Couldnt be happier with this thing.

Overall Score
4.1


(764 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Silent Aquarium Water Pumps

2. Marineland Penguin Submersible Power Head Pump for Aquariums

User Ratings: 69 5

MarineLand PH0550 First Impressions

"You get the idea."

No problem at all lifting water as shown in photo. The video shows the pump at full throttle and can be adjusted lower. I'd compare it to the new Hydors with the controllers. Perfect for a cat fountain or small fountain up to 1. I have over 17 tanks so water changes take forever with python or buckets. This pump is great,its small and you can hook to a water hose to drain. I'd compare it to the new Hydors with the controllers.

  • Marineland Penguin Submersible Power Head Pump for Aquariums
  • SUBMERSIBLE POWER HEAD: Marineland Penguin Submersible Power Head is silent, safe and reliable – for use in both freshwater and marine aquariums.
  • MAXIMUM OXYGENATION: The constant, powerful water flow maximizes oxygenation.
  • FLOW DIFFUSER: Direct water flow easily with the included flow diffuser.
  • THREE SIZES: Model 550 (145 GPH); 660 (170 GPH); and 1140 (300 GPH).
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Product Dimensions: 2.34 x 5.12 x 7.12 inches; 1.14 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand PH0550
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MarineLand PH0550 Final Thoughts

"5' tall Small fountain."

Overall I was surprised how light it is, maybe 2-3 lbs. Keep that in mind when running through a similar setup. At least 50% less than big box store's price. The water movement helps attract them. So far, I think I got a LOT of bang for my buck with this little pump. Packaged well and it appears to be a well designed pump. I ordered this pump for some minor jobs unrelated to the basement.

Overall Score
4.4


(681 Points)

3. Sicce Syncra Silent Multi-Purpose Pump, Designed for Freshwater and Saltwater

User Ratings: 73 7

Sicce SIC105 First Impressions

"Works great."

Mine can pump 30 gallons in about a minute and a half. I BUILT ONE USING AN INTERNAL FISH FILTER THAT LAID IN THE BOTTO. It does NOT come with an electric switch. The video shows the pump at full throttle and can be adjusted lower. Note that the barb adapter sizes are different depending on the pump model. I recommend this small, very economical pump! Recently saw a small tabletop fountain in a gift store for an outrageous price.

  • Sicce Syncra Silent Multi-Purpose Pump, Designed for Freshwater and Saltwater
  • UL,CE and ETL listed
  • Dual use inline or submersible
  • 1/2-inch female in by 1/2-inch female out
  • 5.9-Feet head shut off
  • 23-Watts
  • Manufacture: Sicce Usa
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 2.75 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sicce SIC105
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sicce SIC105 Final Thoughts

"And simply fed my fish."

This pump works great for my sugar kettle fountain. The water movement helps attract them. Note that the barb adapter sizes are different depending on the pump model. The trick to making it last is to keep debris and algae out of it. I recommend this small, very economical pump! I have never had any issues with them. I changed to a 65GPH pump with good results.

Overall Score
4.4


(606 Points)

4. KooPower Water Fountain Pump with 4 LED Light Super Silent Small Submersible Water Pump (180L/H 3.5W...

User Ratings: 62 7

koopower First Impressions

"Thank you for reading!"

I sent an email to the manufacturer asking if i could shut that off. One of the best purchases I've ever! I'd compare it to the new Hydors with the controllers. Plugged it in and gave it a couple of seconds. I upgraded to a stronger one and it got broken at the bottom while being shipped. Enough power for two tubes, good water flow. I upgraded to a stronger one and it got broken at the bottom while being shipped.

  • KooPower Water Fountain Pump with 4 LED Light Super Silent Small Submersible Water Pump (180L/H 3.5W) 50GPH for Fish Tank, Aquarium
  • 【SUBMERSIBLE WATER PUMP】: KooPower water pump is designed to circulate water and add oxygen to water, making it more attractive for your fish or turtles, offering them a near-natural living environment. This mini submersible pump is designed for small to medium size aquarium, tabletop fountains, water gardens and hydroponic systems
  • 【4 LED lights】: The fountain pump uses 4 super bright energy-saving LED colorful lights and 4 colors (red, blue, green, yellow) lights. Water pump LED lights provide amazing night lighting and are waterproof. Great for decorating your indoor fountain, pool, garden, pond, fish tank, aquarium, hydroponic systems, statues.
  • 【ULTRA& QUIET&EASY INSTALLATION】: This water pump is designed for reliability and ultra-quiet operation to provide years of service,energy-saving and low power consumption. 4.9 feet (150cm) power cord for easy installation. The mini size makes the pump easy to hide or disguise in the water. 2 strong suction cups at the bottom of the fountain filter pump is great for mounting onto the glass surface, so you can stick it on the right side of the aquarium, either vertically or horizontally.
  • 【Detachable & Cleanable】: Dimensions: 3.8*3.8*2.8inch. The small size makes this water pump easy to hide or disguise. The device doesn't need any tools to disassemble it and is very easy to be cleaned. The 4.9ft (1.5m) long power cord offers convenient installation
  • 【WATER FLOW CONTROL】 -- Rotate the knob to control the water flow rate, so you can get the water pressure you want, maximum flow rate: 180GPH(180L/H), it can provide different water flow effects.
  • Manufacture: KooPower
  • Editor's Impressions Of The koopower
  • Pump Power
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  • Value For Money
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koopower Final Thoughts

"Great pump for the money!"

So I connect a pump to tubing and run to a drain. I use it for water changes in my aquarium. I have an older room air conditioner that vents out of the window. Some of my orchids do not do well when the relative humidity drops below 30%. Quiet and flows well for a pump that is only a couple inches in size. Use a T at the suction top with a threaded plug to prime at startup. Unfortunately somehow, storing it over last winter, the plug has gone missing.

Overall Score
4.2


(343 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Silent Aquarium Water Pumps

5. Current USA eFlux Wave Pump Kit

User Ratings: 62 13

Current USA 6002 First Impressions

"Completely silent too."

Absolutely silent, and has 4 little silicone suction cup feet to isolate vibration. This is the perfect pump for a small tabletop bubbling fountain. Quiet while running and great suction. I am very pleased after a week of it running constantly. So far, I think I got a LOT of bang for my buck with this little pump. Mine can pump 30 gallons in about a minute and a half. I do encourage the purchase of these pumps.

  • Current USA eFlux Wave Pump Kit
  • PREMIUM WAVE PUMP KIT- Efflux controllable wave pumps simulate water flow found in nature, providing tank wide circulation, improving water quality and promoting strong coral growth and fish health
  • COMPLETE SYSTEM- Kits come with magnetic swivel bracket, foam cover, Wave Pump HUB (for up to 3 wave pumps), LED pump display with remote control, micro-USB & IR sensor cables, protective wire guard, HUB & LED display mounting clips, UL-Approved DC transformer and complete instructions
  • ADJUSTABLE DIRECTION- The adjustable swivel bracket provides directional water flow precisely where you need it most. Whether you want to direct surging water current at an anemone or produce wave action on the water surface, simply pivot the pump in the direction you want water current and watch it flow.
  • EASY WIRELESS CONTROL- Wireless IR remote provides an effortless way to program up to 3 eFlux wave pumps. Wave pumps 1 & 2 can be programmed into multiple flow modes and synced together, while wave pump 3 provides a steady stream of adjustable water flow. The LED display provides current mode of flow and velocity.
  • MAGNETIC MOUNT- eFlux Wave Pumps use a magnetic bracket which is easy to install and allows you to position the pump virtually anywhere in your aquarium. A silicone pad absorbs vibration, allowing the pumps to run virtually silent.
  • Manufacture: Current USA
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 3.9 inches; 2.1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Current USA 6002
  • Pump Power
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  • Value For Money
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Current USA 6002 Final Thoughts

"Works great."

It's powerful but quiet which I love. Works very good and it's very quite hardly makes a noise. I have all that running at 17-watts. Will empty 75 gallons of mixed water to my 300 gallon aquarium in about 5 minutes. Saves having to carry buckets of water around. That was barely within the pump's capability. I changed to a 65GPH pump with good results.

Overall Score
4.0


(320 Points)

6. Jebao SOW Wave Maker Flow Pump with Controller for Marine Reef Aquarium

User Ratings: 73 4

Jebao SOW8 First Impressions

"Or super glue."

Packaged well and it appears to be a well designed pump. Some of my orchids do not do well when the relative humidity drops below 30%. I changed to a 65GPH pump with good results. Packaged well and it appears to be a well designed pump. I have the little pump turned down, but the video I attached shows it at full blast. HOSE THE YOU WILL HAVE MORE PREASURE. It raised the temperature of my water by about 10°.

  • Jebao SOW Wave Maker Flow Pump with Controller for Marine Reef Aquarium
  • Suitable for fresh and saltwater, Easy installation and maintenance
  • Silent design with Magnetic bracket
  • Night sensor - automatically detects when tank lights go out and slows the pump
  • One-touch feed mode - slows pump for a period of 10 minutes
  • 100V 60Hz US plug, 700L/h to 8500L/h, Recommend for 30-60 gallons
  • Included components: Wave Maker, AC Adapter, Controller
  • Manufacture: Jebao
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Jebao SOW8
  • Pump Power
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Jebao SOW8 Final Thoughts

"Thank you for reading!"

The pump is adjustable from 30-100%, has convenient feed option. Quiet while running and great suction. No problem at all lifting water as shown in photo. IT WILL PUMP 400 GPH WITH A ONE INCH NIPPLE. I sent an email to the manufacturer asking if i could shut that off. My current standard 100gph pump wasn't cutting it. This pump is the perfect size for performing frequent water changes.

Overall Score
4.5


(235 Points)

7. SunGrow Submersible Aquarium Water Pump, 3 Watts, Comes with 5.9-Foot Power Cord, Hydrodynamic Desig...

User Ratings: 63 10

SunGrow First Impressions

"Would recommend!"

Packaged well and it appears to be a well designed pump. I ordered this pump for some minor jobs unrelated to the basement. Keep that in mind when running through a similar setup. Couldnt be happier with this thing. The video shows the pump at full throttle and can be adjusted lower. Highly recommend to clean the bottom of your tank if you don't have a bottom drain. It's powerful but quiet which I love.

  • SunGrow Submersible Aquarium Water Pump, 3 Watts, Comes with 5.9-Foot Power Cord, Hydrodynamic Design, Perfect for Both Freshwater and Saltwater Tanks, Maximum Flow Rate of 53 GPH
  • ✔ EASILY CAMOUFLAGED, COMPACT SIZE --- Small, but powerful the SunGrow Aquarium Water Pump is a convenient size of 1.77” x 1.69” x 1.18” (4.5cm x 4.3cm x 3.0cm). At this proportion, the pump can easily be hidden behind aquarium decorations, shells or plants.
  • ✔ DURABLE, LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS --- Suitable for both freshwater and seawater tanks, the SunGrow Aquarium Water Pump is constructed with a sturdy ABS plastic housing, high-quality ceramic movement, and an anti-rust, anti-wear stainless steel shaft core. The aquarium pump includes a 5.9 foot (1.8m) long power cord.
  • ✔ EFFICIENT AND ENERGY SAVING HYDRODYNAMIC DESIGN --- Consuming only 3 watts of power, the cost-effective SunGrow Aquarium Water Pump saves you tons of money on energy costs. Featuring the seamless movement of an efficient hydrodynamic design, the pump has a special ring on the mechanics which prevents friction, saving even more energy.
  • ✔ ULTRA QUIET GERMAN TECHNOLOGY --- Using innovative German technology, the silent movement operation of the SunGrow Aquarium Water Pump circulates water without disturbing marine life. A practical rubber head on the internal mechanical piece reduces noise even more.
  • ✔ EASILY ATTACHES WITH SECURE ANTI-VIBRATION SUCTION CUPS --- There is no need for messy seals or oils; the SunGrow Aquarium Water Pump is securely adhered vertically or horizontally to glass tank walls using strong, anti-slip, anti-vibration suction cups.
  • Manufacture: Marimo Pet Store
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SunGrow
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  • Value For Money
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SunGrow Final Thoughts

"As advertised."

Make sure it's fully submerged, to protect the motor; OURS WORKS GREAT! Great little pump for small aquariums and waterfalls. 5' in max setting but slowed down any higher than that. We start mixing when we begin the water change. Just had to move a few plants and bricks to prevent accumulation points. This one works perfectly and customer service is superb. JUST CARRING THREE GALL OF WATER WHERES ME OUT.

Overall Score
4.1


(104 Points)

8. Jebao 80W 10000LPH Aquarium DC Controllable Water Return Pump Fish tank pump with Wave Function DCQ-...

User Ratings: 72 3

Jebao/Jecod DCQ10000 First Impressions

"I save SO much time now."

But i am very unhappy with the alarm as is everyone in my house. Liked the product and happy with it. They seem to also enjoy a small water fountain and splashing in it. Keep that in mind when running through a similar setup. What everyone says about the silicone tubing being kinked up is true. I use it for water changes in my aquarium. Mine can pump 30 gallons in about a minute and a half.

  • Jebao 80W 10000LPH Aquarium DC Controllable Water Return Pump Fish tank pump with Wave Function DCQ-10000(2650GPH)
  • Jebao 10000LPH(2650GPH) aquarium DC Controllable fish tank water return pump with wave function,can be used as fountain pump,hydroponic pump ,fish pond pumps,and aquarium water pump
  • 80W Four-pole electronic motor,ultra silent operation,Used as submersible water pump or inline pump with 5.5 meters(18feet) max head/lift
  • LCD Power display and 30-100 stage speed flow control,with feed mode and wave function
  • Low voltage DC24V power supply, saftey protected against leakage
  • Fe2Q3 magnet rotor and wear-resistant anti-corrosion ceramic shaft,longer life and more efficient ,seal impeller
  • Manufacture: Jebao/Jecod
  • Item Weight: 6.09 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 7.88 x 3.54 x 4.72 inches
  • Size: 10000LPH
  • Color: Black&Red
  • Power Source: Dc
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Jebao/Jecod DCQ10000
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Jebao/Jecod DCQ10000 Final Thoughts

"Model FS-3500, 60W."

It is important to keep the water bowl clean and free of debris. This runs 15 hrs per day for about 4 months. The seller had a new one out to me the same day and I got it in 2 days! One of the best purchases I've ever! I have the little pump turned down, but the video I attached shows it at full blast. I'd compare it to the new Hydors with the controllers. Unfortunately somehow, storing it over last winter, the plug has gone missing.

Overall Score
4.5


(82 Points)

9. BEST BUDS 400GPH Submersible Water Pump for Pond Fountain Aquarium Fish Tank

User Ratings: 65 9

BEST BUDS First Impressions

"Thanks so much!"

It's very quick, and does an excellent job. Keep that in mind when running through a similar setup. Could work for a cat fountain, or small to medium aquarium fountain. Would highly recommend if you need to move large volumes of water quickly. I changed to a 65GPH pump with good results. I really like this pump, although I would have liked a little more flow. I just got finished setting this bad boy up and I have to say I'm highly impressed.

  • BEST BUDS 400GPH Submersible Water Pump for Pond Fountain Aquarium Fish Tank
  • POWERFUL and SAVE ENERGY: Max Flow Rate 400 GPH (with adjustable knob); Max Lift Height 7ft (To reach 7ft, water pipe needs to be 7ft long and connected to the nozzle, the joint need to be sealed); Power 30W; Come standard with 3 Nozzles for different size tubing: 1/2in, 5/8in, 3/4in
  • SAFE and RELIABLE: 6ft UL listed power cord with grounded three-pronged plug; Internal overheating protection to avoid dry burning, this pump will automatic shutoff once the motor overheated, and restart automatically after motor cool down; Sealing resin potting with good insulation property, definitely not leakage, Submersible IPX8 waterproof
  • ULTRA-QUIET Aquarium Powerhead Water Pump: Rubber bushings, utilize silent design rotor and 4 rubber suction cups effectively absorb vibration and reduce noises, create a near-natural environment for your lovely fishes
  • SMALL, EXQUISITE and MULTIFUNCTION: The small size makes this submersible water pump easy to hide and disguise; Ideal for fish tank, tabletop aquarium, indoor or outdoor garden small ponds and fountains, hydroponic systems, mini pool etc.
  • DETACHABLE and CLEANABLE: No need any tools to detach it, easy to disassemble and clean; 12 months warranty and 7×24 professional after-sale service
  • Submersible - IPX8 waterproof;
  • Hexagon Design - Novelty & dynamic, escape from the boring cuboid;
  • 360° Water Inlet Grille - Maximize inlet, lower intake, make higher flow rate;
  • Manufacture: Best Buds
  • Item Weight: 1.46 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 4.13 x 2.68 x 3.42 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The BEST BUDS
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

BEST BUDS Final Thoughts

"I'm pleased."

I keep the water stored in a 5 gal bucket and this pump is perfect for the size. Almost too powerful for my fountains. Would highly recommend if you need to move large volumes of water quickly. Came with a couple basic attachments. I really like this pump, although I would have liked a little more flow. It's so quiet I don't even hear anything besides the overflow now! I will be replacing it with a 1375 GPH pump.

Overall Score
4.3


(72 Points)

10. EXTRAUP 1375GPH Electric Adjustable Flow Garden Sumbersible Fountain Pond Filter Silent Pump for Fis...

User Ratings: 64 4

EXTRAUP First Impressions

"Great value."

This pump is great,its small and you can hook to a water hose to drain. Came with a couple basic attachments. So, I converted a used aquarium into an orchidarium. I did need to run it flat out on volume for my fountain at that height. The pump's base is sturdy and appears well made. I use it for water changes in my aquarium. This pump is the perfect size for performing frequent water changes.

  • EXTRAUP 1375GPH Electric Adjustable Flow Garden Sumbersible Fountain Pond Filter Silent Pump for Fish Pet Aquarium Tank Waterfall Koi Salt Clear Water
  • Apply to ponds rockey,aquarium tanks with water recycling equipment matching,large flow and super silence
  • Use ceramic shaft,wear resistance,no rust and long service life. Both fresh and seawater,do not contain copper element
  • The locked rotor protection function(immediately cut off power after impeller jamed). Plug in again to restart
  • 115V/60Hz;Power 40W; Max flow 1375GPH(Adjustable);Max lift 15.7FT
  • Power cord length 8.2FT with UL plug;Hose adapter: 3/4",1",1-1/4"
  • Manufacture: EXTRAUP
  • Part Number: 43349-449
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Item Weight: 4.29 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.1 x 4.5 inches
  • Power Source: Corded Electric
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The EXTRAUP
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

EXTRAUP Final Thoughts

"Is quiet and functional."

One of the best purchases I've ever! The effluent connector exits on the top and is pointed up. I do encourage the purchase of these pumps. Could work for a cat fountain, or small to medium aquarium fountain. It works extremely well and is very nice to have. BUT IF YOU NEED MORE LIFT JUST USE A SMALLER I. It works extremely well and is very nice to have.

Overall Score
4.4


(72 Points)

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