Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Submersible Aquarium Water Pumps

1. VIVOSUN 800GPH Submersible Pump(3000L/H, 24W), Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 10ft High Lift, Fountain ...

User Ratings: 72 4

VIVOSUN First Impressions

"Awesome pump."

What everyone says about the silicone tubing being kinked up is true. I got two of these pumps for a DIY tabletop fountains. And their customer service is great. It's very quick, and does an excellent job. Saves having to carry buckets of water around. The water is crystal clear and the bottom completely clean by morning! Based upon comments the motor is prolly not consistently manufactured.

  • VIVOSUN 800GPH Submersible Pump(3000L/H, 24W), Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 10ft High Lift, Fountain Pump with 5ft Power Cord, 3 Nozzles for Fish Tank, Pond, Aquarium, Statuary, Hydroponics
  • 【Specifications】Dimensions: 4.1*2.6*3.5inch. The 5ft long power cord offers convenient installation. An Adjustable Knob to control the water flow rate, so you can get just the amount of water pressure you want. Max Flow Rate: 800 GPH (3000L/H), Max Lift height: up to 10 Feet. Watt: 24W; Voltage:110-120V.
  • 【Detachable & Cleanable】This profile size water pump is easy to hide or disguise.The device doesn't need any tools to disassemble it and is very easy to be cleaned.
  • 【Optional Outlet Positions】Place the pump flat on its base, and you can get many positions. Manually rotate into the desired position.
  • 【Wide Application】: High Performance Energy-efficient Pumps designed for use in Ponds, Fountains, Waterfalls, Hydroponic systems, Irrigation systems and water features.
  • 【Warranty】: Super durable & reusable; Comes with 1-Year warranty; Any problems with the item you received, please contact us without hesitation.
  • This pump can be used in either wet or dry installations and features wet rotor/wet bearing technology for cooler running. Pre-filter screen handles large particles require less maintenance. Designed for fresh water use only.
  • Compact design is great for space-saving on your aquariums and fish tanks. Multiple size insert fitting and suction cups included.
  • Manufacture: VIVOSUN
  • Item Weight: 1.92 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VIVOSUN
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

VIVOSUN Final Thoughts

"Super easy and no mess."

Might be a good idea for them to figure out how to ship the tubing more reliably. Eventually, I had the hose squirting water on the inside of the right pane of glass. Great for mixing my saltwater and transfer to my display tank 30 feet away. By the time were ready to pump the water back in, salt is completely mixed. These are bags you put carbon in for filters. I just got finished setting this bad boy up and I have to say I'm highly impressed. This pump works great for my sugar kettle fountain.

Overall Score
4.5


(7518 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Submersible Aquarium Water Pumps

2. Homasy 80 GPH (300L/H, 4W) Submersible Water Pump, Ultra Quiet for Pond, Aquarium, Fish Tank Fountai...

User Ratings: 64 8

Homasy FBA_VS-HG16-2 First Impressions

"It is made in China."

The suction cups on the bottom of the pump held it nice and secure. I am using one of these pumps on a corner matten sponge filter for a little nano 5. Use a T at the suction top with a threaded plug to prime at startup. It's so quiet I don't even hear anything besides the overflow now! I'm using this pump in my backyard for cascade waterfall. What everyone says about the silicone tubing being kinked up is true. Plugged it in and gave it a couple of seconds.

  • Homasy 80 GPH (300L/H, 4W) Submersible Water Pump, Ultra Quiet for Pond, Aquarium, Fish Tank Fountain, Powerful Water Pump with 5.9ft (1.8m) Power Cord
  • Ultra Quiet Design & Perfect Motor: The relible and duarable motor does not produce much noise, giving you quiet environment. It can elevate column of water up to 2.6ft ( 0.8m). (Make sure to connect a water pipe to the smallest nozzle , make sure the joint sealed securely and tightly).
  • Adjustable Flow Rate: Designed with a adjusting knob, allowing to adjust the water flow rate, the maximal flow rate can be up to 80GPH(300L/H).
  • Detachable & Cleanable: No need any tools to detach it, easy to seperate, easy to clean.
  • Compact & Mini Size: The mini size makes the pump easy to hide or disguise in the water. Suction cups is great for mounting onto the glass surface. Dimensions:1.87in x 1.68in x 1.24in (47mm x 43mm x 30mm).
  • Multifunction & Two Nozzles: This submersible pump is designed for small to medium size aquarium, tabletop fountains, water gardens and hydroponic systems. Equipped with two nozzles, one is 8.5mm diameters, the other is 13mm, providing different water flow effects.
  • Manufacture: Homasy
  • Product Dimensions: 1.85 x 1.18 x 1.69 inches; 5.75 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Homasy FBA_VS-HG16-2
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Homasy FBA_VS-HG16-2 Final Thoughts

"- Cord is a bit short."

So I connect a pump to tubing and run to a drain. I recommend this small, very economical pump! This little fountain helps reduce stress during the day. I ordered this pump for some minor jobs unrelated to the basement. This is the perfect pump for a small tabletop bubbling fountain. The water refill only takes a couple minutes. That was barely within the pump's capability.

Overall Score
4.2


(6425 Points)

3. VicTsing 80 GPH (300L/H, 4W) Submersible Water Pump for Pond, Aquarium, Fish Tank Fountain Water Pum...

User Ratings: 65 8

VicTsing CAAA3-HG16 First Impressions

"Best decision ever."

Moves a lot of water, which is what I was looking for. This is the perfect pump for a small tabletop bubbling fountain. I'm using this for mixing salt and pumping water back into my tank through the sump. I really like this pump, although I would have liked a little more flow. Plant was happy and my house was cool! At least 50% less than big box store's price. The effluent connector exits on the top and is pointed up.

  • VicTsing 80 GPH (300L/H, 4W) Submersible Water Pump for Pond, Aquarium, Fish Tank Fountain Water Pump Hydroponics with 5.9' (1.8M) Power Cord
  • 【Water Flow Control】 An Adjustable Knob to control the water flow rate, so you can get just the amount of water pressure you want. Maximum flow rate: 80GPH
  • 【Ultra Quiet Design】 Come with 2 Nozzles (0.33in and 0.51in). High quality motor provides a quiet environment for you. The impeller shaft is stainless steel for long life span and corrosion resistance
  • 【Detachable and Cleanable】 No need any tools to detach it, easy to separate, easy to clean.
  • 【Suction Cup and 5.9Ft 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
  • 【Wide Application】 This submersible pump is perfect for aquarium, fountains, spout and hydroponic systems, etc. Backed by professional after-sale service within 24hrs
  • Manufacture: ODM
  • Product Dimensions: 3.43 x 3.15 x 2.17 inches; 5.3 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VicTsing CAAA3-HG16
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

VicTsing CAAA3-HG16 Final Thoughts

"- Cord is a bit short."

HOSE THE YOU WILL HAVE MORE PREASURE. Unfortunately somehow, storing it over last winter, the plug has gone missing. Ended up removing pump from aquarium after 3 days of relentless noise. Make sure it's fully submerged, to protect the motor; OURS WORKS GREAT! Enough power for two tubes, good water flow. I will be replacing it with a 1375 GPH pump. I sent an email to the manufacturer asking if i could shut that off.

Overall Score
4.2


(4485 Points)

4. CWKJ Fountain Pump, 400GPH Submersible Water Pump, Durable 25W Outdoor Fountain Water Pump with 6.5f...

User Ratings: 73 5

CWKJ First Impressions

"We're all happy."

Mine is powerful others not so powerful, i guess. I'd compare it to the new Hydors with the controllers. Ordered this one and received it in one day. My current standard 100gph pump wasn't cutting it. Absolutely silent, and has 4 little silicone suction cup feet to isolate vibration. It's powerful but quiet which I love. This brought the relative humidity up to about 64%.

  • CWKJ Fountain Pump, 400GPH Submersible Water Pump, Durable 25W Outdoor Fountain Water Pump with 6.5ft Power Cord, 3 Nozzles for Aquarium, Pond, Fish Tank, Water Pump Hydroponics, Backyard Fountain
  • ★【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, 25W 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: CWKJ
  • Part Number: 26-001
  • Material: Plastic
  • Item Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 2.8 x 2.3 inches
  • Color: Black
  • Power Source: Corded Electric
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CWKJ
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

CWKJ Final Thoughts

"Overall a great pump."

The suction cups on the bottom of the pump held it nice and secure. Came with a couple basic attachments. The trick to making it last is to keep debris and algae out of it. Mine can pump 30 gallons in about a minute and a half. Works very good and it's very quite hardly makes a noise. 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!

Overall Score
4.5


(2513 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Submersible Aquarium Water Pumps

5. GROWNEER 550GPH Submersible Pump 30W Ultra Quiet Fountain Water Pump, 2000L/H, with 7.2ft High Lift,...

User Ratings: 70 6

GROWNEER First Impressions

"It only uses 3."

Came with a couple basic attachments. Wife had bought a small fountain at Goodwill and the pump was bad. So, I converted a used aquarium into an orchidarium. Liked the product and happy with it. I have never had any issues with them. The solution was adding the little water pump. By the time were ready to pump the water back in, salt is completely mixed.

  • GROWNEER 550GPH Submersible Pump 30W Ultra Quiet Fountain Water Pump, 2000L/H, with 7.2ft High Lift, 3 Nozzles for Aquarium, Fish Tank, Pond, Hydroponics, Statuary
  • UL Certified & WATER FLOW CONTROL -- Our water pump meet UL 1081standard. An Adjustable Knob to control the water flow rate, so you can get just the amount of water pressure you want. Maximum flow rate: 550GPH (2000L/H).
  • STRONG POWER & HIGH LIFT -- Max Lift Height: 7.2ft. Model number is SML-630. 30W high efficiency motor for energy saving. Lift height is a max height the water goes up, after connecting the water pipe to the nozzle (Make sure the joint sealed securely and tightly).
  • 3 NOZZLES -- Each water pump has 3 nozzles for option: 0.51"/0.62"/0.75". Provide a different water flow as you desired. Threaded fittings make it more stable. Detachable and cleanable.
  • SUCTION CUP & 5.9FT POWER CORD -- Long enough cord for easy installation. 4 individual powerful suction cups help keep it in place, so you can stick it on the right side of the aquarium, either vertically or horizontally.
  • WIDELY APPLIED -- Circulate and aerate the water, making it more attractive to your fish or turtles. This submersible pump is perfect for aquarium, fountains, spout and hydroponic systems, etc.
  • 1 x 550GPH Water Pump
  • 1 x 0.51" Nozzle
  • 1 x 0.62" Nozzle
  • Manufacture: GROWNEER
  • Part Number: WP550-3
  • Item Weight: 1.75 pounds
  • Size: 550 GPH
  • Color: Black
  • Power Source: Corded Electric
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GROWNEER
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

GROWNEER Final Thoughts

"No issues at all."

So far, I think I got a LOT of bang for my buck with this little pump. Unfortunately somehow, storing it over last winter, the plug has gone missing. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a tube. BUT IF YOU NEED MORE LIFT JUST USE A SMALLER I. Based upon comments the motor is prolly not consistently manufactured. Came with a couple basic attachments. The pump's base is sturdy and appears well made.

Overall Score
4.4


(2435 Points)

6. Homasy 400GPH Submersible Pump 25W Fountain Water Pump with 5.9ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles for Aquarium...

User Ratings: 69 5

Homasy USAA1-VTGECD043AB-VD First Impressions

"You get the idea."

I am very pleased after a week of it running constantly. Highly recommend to clean the bottom of your tank if you don't have a bottom drain. There was still to much water flow. Use a T at the suction top with a threaded plug to prime at startup. Keep that in mind when running through a similar setup. It is important to keep the water bowl clean and free of debris. This pump is the perfect size for performing frequent water changes.

  • Homasy 400GPH Submersible Pump 25W Fountain Water Pump with 5.9ft Power Cord, 2 Nozzles for Aquarium, Fish Tank, Pond, Statuary, Hydroponics
  • WATER FLOW CONTROL. An Adjustable Knob to control the water flow rate, so you can get just the amount of water pressure you want. Maximum flow rate: 400GPH.
  • STRONG POWER and HIGH LIFT. 25W high efficiency motor for energy saving. Max Lift Height: 6.9ft.(Make sure to connect a water pipe to the smallest nozzle , make sure the joint sealed securely and tightly).
  • ULTRA QUIET DESIGN with 2 NOZZLES (0.51in and 0.62in). High quality motor provides a quiet environment for you. Threaded fittings make it more stable. The impeller shaft is stainless steel for long life span and corrosion resistance.
  • SUCTION CUP and 5.9Ft 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.
  • WIDE APPLICATION. Circulate and aerate the water, making it more attractive to your fish or turtles. This submersible pump is perfect for aquarium, fountains, spout and hydroponic systems, etc. Backed by professional after-sale service within 24hrs.
  • Manufacture: Homasy
  • Item Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 3 x 4.5 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Homasy USAA1-VTGECD043AB-VD
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Homasy USAA1-VTGECD043AB-VD Final Thoughts

"Thanks so much!"

5' in max setting but slowed down any higher than that. Use a T at the suction top with a threaded plug to prime at startup. Great for mixing my saltwater and transfer to my display tank 30 feet away. I will be ordering another one to have on-hand in case this one fails next season. Use a T at the suction top with a threaded plug to prime at startup. Plugged it in and gave it a couple of seconds. Absolutely silent, and has 4 little silicone suction cup feet to isolate vibration.

Overall Score
4.4


(2351 Points)

7. FREESEA 160-1100 GPH Submersible Water Pump for Pond Aquariums Hydroponics Fish Tank Garden Fountain...

User Ratings: 62 9

FREESEA First Impressions

"But does an amazing job."

I changed to a 65GPH pump with good results. Perfect for a cat fountain or small fountain up to 1. Mine can pump 30 gallons in about a minute and a half. Ended up removing pump from aquarium after 3 days of relentless noise. I've been buying pumps from Home Depot only to have them continually go out. It works extremely well and is very nice to have. It's so quiet I don't even hear anything besides the overflow now!

  • FREESEA 160-1100 GPH Submersible Water Pump for Pond Aquariums Hydroponics Fish Tank Garden Fountain Waterfall
  • ★Smart control, dry running automaticly cut power.(Principle:Dry running opreation will increase motor temperature, then the pump will automatically shut down, but the motor will restart working after the temperature goes down. Therefore, when the motor automatically turned off we need to cut off power immediately. This function can effectively reduce the damage caused by dry running.)
  • ★With bottom suction trainer,100% submersible.
  • ★Maximum flow rate: 330GPH STRONG POWER and HIGH LIFT. Max Lift Height: 6 ft. 25W high efficiency motor for energy saving.
  • ★Lift height is a max height the water goes up, after connecting the water pipe to the nozzle (Make sure the joint sealed securely and tightly) SUCTION CUP and 5.9Ft POWER CORD. Long enough cord for easy installation.
  • ★Backed by 12 month warranty and professional after-sale service within 24hrs.
  • Manufacture: FREESEA
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 inches; 1.06 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The FREESEA
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

FREESEA Final Thoughts

"It's really spastic."

Some of my orchids do not do well when the relative humidity drops below 30%. I upgraded to a stronger one and it got broken at the bottom while being shipped. 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! In-line, out-of-tank, saltwater use. Recently saw a small tabletop fountain in a gift store for an outrageous price. Couldnt be happier with this thing.

Overall Score
4.2


(2229 Points)

8. PULACO 50GPH 3W Mini Submersible Water Pump for Aquariums, Fish Tank,Wave Maker Pump, Pond, Fountain...

User Ratings: 66 6

PULACO Mini Sumbersible Water Pump First Impressions

"Pumps the waterfall up 2."

This runs 15 hrs per day for about 4 months. This pump will mix 30-50 gallons of salt water in about 20-30 minutes. Make sure it's fully submerged, to protect the motor; OURS WORKS GREAT! Some of my orchids do not do well when the relative humidity drops below 30%. Put it back in the aquarium and has been quiet ever since. It raised the temperature of my water by about 10°. It is a definite asset to the outdoor space.

  • PULACO 50GPH 3W Mini Submersible Water Pump for Aquariums, Fish Tank,Wave Maker Pump, Pond, Fountain, Hydroponics
  • Ultra Quiet Design: The relible and duarable motor does not produce much noise, giving you quiet environment.This submersible pump is designed for small to medium size aquarium, Fish tank, Pond, tabletop fountains, water gardens and hydroponic systems.
  • Adjustable Flow Rate: Designed with a adjusting knob, allowing to adjust the water flow rate, the maximal flow rate can be up to 50 GPH. It can elevate column of water up to 2.0ft.
  • Detachable & Cleanable: No need any tools to detach it, easy to seperate, easy to clean.
  • Mini Size: The mini size makes the pump easy to hide or disguise in the water. Dimensions:1.5 x 1.5 x 1.1 inch.
  • Pump Accessories : 2 Suction cups & one Nozzles & one tubing, Suction cups is great for mounting onto the glass surface. Equipped with a 0.3" diameters nozzle, and a 3.3ft free tubing come with the package.
  • Manufacture: PULACO
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.1 inches; 5.28 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PULACO Mini Sumbersible Water Pump
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

PULACO Mini Sumbersible Water Pump Final Thoughts

"It's very quiet too."

When the feed buttom is pressed my unit sends a loud alarm. The solution was adding the little water pump. I'd compare it to the new Hydors with the controllers. I will be replacing it with a 1375 GPH pump. Couldnt be happier with this thing. Mine is powerful others not so powerful, i guess. I have the little pump turned down, but the video I attached shows it at full blast.

Overall Score
4.3


(2152 Points)

9. SUNSUN JVP Series Submersible Circulation Powerhead Pump

User Ratings: 64 5

SUN JVP101A2PK First Impressions

"Works great."

In-line, out-of-tank, saltwater use. My current standard 100gph pump wasn't cutting it. Would highly recommend if you need to move large volumes of water quickly. The physical size is great, and the pump itself is very quiet. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a tube. And moves a lot of water,if needed! This pump works great for my sugar kettle fountain.

  • SUNSUN JVP Series Submersible Circulation Powerhead Pump
  • Totally submersible and oil-free motor to avoid pollution to the living circumstance
  • 800 GPH flux and wide-spread range which is ideal for marine aquarium
  • 36 degree rotation to allow full flow directions
  • Includes: 800gph powerhead x 2
  • Manufacture: SUN
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 4 x 9 inches; 1.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SUN JVP101A2PK
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

SUN JVP101A2PK Final Thoughts

"In comes this one."

Using right now for my indoor pond for my koi until the one outside is finished. I'd compare it to the new Hydors with the controllers. Any pump will clog unless the fountain is kept clean. I just got finished setting this bad boy up and I have to say I'm highly impressed. And their customer service is great. Quiet while running and great suction. The pump's base is sturdy and appears well made.

Overall Score
4.3


(2129 Points)

10. Uniclife Submersible 80-400 GPH Water Pump for Fountain Aquarium Pond Fish Tank

User Ratings: 63 8

Uniclife Uniclife-UL062 First Impressions

"5' tall Small fountain."

JUST CARRING THREE GALL OF WATER WHERES ME OUT. I am using one of these pumps on a corner matten sponge filter for a little nano 5. This runs 15 hrs per day for about 4 months. This little fountain helps reduce stress during the day. Will empty 75 gallons of mixed water to my 300 gallon aquarium in about 5 minutes. The physical size is great, and the pump itself is very quiet. The water movement helps attract them.

  • Uniclife Submersible 80-400 GPH Water Pump for Fountain Aquarium Pond Fish Tank
  • Uniclife submersible pump is designed for reliability and ultra-quiet operation to provide years of service.
  • MODEL: UL400, Max Flow: 400 GPH (1500L/H), H-Max: 7Ft, Power: 25W
  • Come with 6' UL Listed Cord and 2 Fittings for 1/2" & 2/3" tubing.
  • Perfect for aquarium, garden, fountains, pond, statuary, spout and other water system.
  • Adjustable water flow rate and no water leakage. Detachable pump head, easy to clean.
  • Manufacture: Uniclife
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Uniclife Uniclife-UL062
  • Pump Power
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Uniclife Uniclife-UL062 Final Thoughts

"So I gave it a try."

Both from the tank to the bucket, and from the bucket to the tank. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a tube. Mine is powerful others not so powerful, i guess. I've been buying pumps from Home Depot only to have them continually go out. Mine can pump 30 gallons in about a minute and a half. The seller had a new one out to me the same day and I got it in 2 days! Almost too powerful for my fountains.

Overall Score
4.2


(2098 Points)

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