Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Zoo Med Fish Health Supplies

1. Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBL20 Betta Hammock

User Ratings: 69 4

Zoo Med 976180 First Impressions

"Amazon wins again."

Overall, these are easy to use filters& seem to do a good job. The little fish is super cute in my humidifier. This is the only choice I know of for filters that will fit. We like to name our new fish every month. We use it when we clean& change out water. Don't claim to be an expert, but I've never heard of that. Another plus has been that it is scratching an itch we had for getting real fish.

  • Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBL20 Betta Hammock
  • A naturalistic leaf hammock for your Betta to rest on
  • The perfect resting hammock for your natural look aquarium
  • Attach near the top of your Betta's tank using the enclosed suction cup
  • Allows your Betta to rest near the surface of the water just like they do in nature
  • Zoo Med Laboratories Betta Hammock
  • A naturalistic leaf hammock for your Betta to rest on
  • Attaches to Betta Enclosure with suction cup (included)
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Item Weight: 0.32 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 0.02 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Zoo Med 976180
  • Quality [star rating='3.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Zoo Med 976180 Final Thoughts

"No issues whatsoever."

They surely don't last in tank very long. I must've measured correctly because it fits great! The filters are expensive to replace and only so-so quality. When they disinfect a repair site, they are normally only using chlorine. The ridges interfere with moving the hose around in the tank. If you have a freshwater fish tank, I highly recommend this product. Easy to use and a great price here at Amazon!

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(4823 Points)

2. Tetra Whisper EX Silent Multi-Stage Power Filter for Aquariums

User Ratings: 69 8

Tetra 26313 First Impressions

"After searching online."

I've used it for years with great results. I bought this airline tubing to work with my air pump. Aquarium tubing is scarce where I live during the pandemic. 4-5 squirts in a sink of water, soak my suit 10 min, wring out and hang to dry. It doesn't just quickly slip on, and there's a reason for that. So they fit in my Tetra filter for the fish tank. Don't claim to be an expert, but I've never heard of that.

  • Tetra Whisper EX Silent Multi-Stage Power Filter for Aquariums
  • WHISPER QUIET The Tetra Whisper EX Power Filter provides silent multi-stage filtration for clear clean water
  • FAST SETUP Sets up easily right out of the box – no priming required
  • CONTINUOUS FLOW Moves water continuously to prevent debris buildup
  • NO-MESS FILTER CARTRIDGE CHANGES Design minimizes dripping to make cartridge changes easy
  • SIZE This filter fits 45 to 70 gallon aquariums
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 6.31 x 12.88 x 9.5 inches; 2.43 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 26313
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

Tetra 26313 Final Thoughts

"They do the job well!"

I use water from the tank, but you can use treated water. I haven't tried looking for alternative brands. Also some granules of activated carbon will fall out when you rinse them. This water conditioner is a life saver! It DOES fit, you just have to spend a few minutes getting it on. Have them on subscribe and save now. Great price for filters that are ready to go, with no assembly required.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(4576 Points)

3. QuietFlow Small Filter Cartridge by Aqueon

User Ratings: 81 2

Aqueon 100106417 First Impressions

"48 the decision is easy."

The little fish is super cute in my humidifier. The chloramines contain a small amount of ammonia. I used one gallon of reverse osmosis and the rest tap. The one with the fish keeps the tank clean. I recommend these above all other filter cartridges I have ever used. More doesn't hurt anything, but it's just wasted. If it it quickly slip on then it wouldn't be as secure and tight as it needs to be.

  • QuietFlow Small Filter Cartridge by Aqueon
  • Fits Aqueon QuietFlow Filter: E Internal 10 gallon
  • Ready-to-use cartridge contains high quality activated carbon that keeps water clean, rinse before replacing
  • Installs in seconds: align cartridge bottom key slot for an accurate fit inside the Filter
  • For optimal performance, change approximately every 4 to 6 weeks
  • Do not clean Bioholster when replacing the cartridge as it contains beneficial biological bacteria
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.8 x 2.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106417
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Aqueon 100106417 Final Thoughts

"Strong fish food smell."

Then put hose in your bucket and viola, it will draw water! It's been three months and the water has remained clear and my fish healthy. Another plus has been that it is scratching an itch we had for getting real fish. The filters are expensive to replace and only so-so quality. I bought this to attach to my Tetra whisper 20. In terms of taking water out, it's great. This allows the conditioner time for its anti-heavy metal ingredients to work fully.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(3900 Points)

4. TetraFauna AquaSafe Water Conditioner for Reptiles & Amphibians 3.38oz (75077009)

User Ratings: 81 1

Tetra 77009 First Impressions

"Fish eat them."

I love all of the API products, especially their easy to use test kits. I hope you found this review helpful! If you're serious about fish keeping, always quarantine and always use Stress Coat! I even poured in extra to help with the healing. Frequently changing the filter messes with the aquarium nitrogen cycle. But intjink it has alot more to do with the pump rather than the tube. I highly recommend the product and seller without hesitation.

  • TetraFauna AquaSafe Water Conditioner for Reptiles & Amphibians 3.38oz (75077009)
  • age_range_description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Item Weight: 4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 1.25 x 2.25 x 4.75 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 77009
  • Quality [star rating='4.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Tetra 77009 Final Thoughts

"Great price as well!"

I really do need 1 that flows on its own. If you have a freshwater fish tank, I highly recommend this product. I've used it for years with great results. I must've measured correctly because it fits great! Got here on time, perfect packaging, rinsed easy and fit in my filters perfectly! I am able to use each cartridge for about 5 weeks, before it needs to be replaced. Be sure to unplug the filter before you do the change.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(2841 Points)

5. Aqueon Tap Water Conditioner

User Ratings: 82 2

Aqueon 100106005 First Impressions

"Buy another."

The tap water was coming out around 836ppm. I don't think the review about not replacing the filters is correct. It DOES fit, you just have to spend a few minutes getting it on. In the morning I awoke with my fish at the bottom barely able to move. I bought this to attach to my Tetra whisper 20. The filters are expensive to replace and only so-so quality. I really do need 1 that flows on its own.

  • Aqueon Tap Water Conditioner
  • Use when filling aquarium with tap water, performing water changes or adding fish
  • Instantly makes tap water safe for fish
  • Supplement for fish that have been stressed, transported or netted
  • Detoxifies heavy metals, ammonia and other elements that are released from fish waste
  • Convenient dosage cap is included
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 8.4 x 2.5 inches; 1.25 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100106005
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Aqueon 100106005 Final Thoughts

"So far is going good."

The tap water was coming out around 836ppm. When they disinfect a repair site, they are normally only using chlorine. It didn't kill the fish or cause any problems with the water so I stuck with it. Yes I know, they aren't supposed to live that long and no I can't prove it. So, lots of snipping and fitting on various stems. Beats the heck out of those expensive suit cleaners. API Stress Coat is a phenomenal product.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(2900 Points)

6. AquaClear 110 Foam Filter Insert, Aquarium Filter Replacement Media, A623

User Ratings: 89 1

AquaClear A623 First Impressions

"Just keep trying."

I've used it for years with great results. I like to sit eye level with the tank substrate to see exactly what I am cleaning. Frequently changing the filter messes with the aquarium nitrogen cycle. It didn't kill the fish or cause any problems with the water so I stuck with it. I even poured in extra to help with the healing. I have done this a several times with great results. I don't think the review about not replacing the filters is correct.

  • AquaClear 110 Foam Filter Insert, Aquarium Filter Replacement Media, A623
  • Foam traps particles and debris for mechanical filtration; tailored fit prevents bypass
  • Provides biological filtration as friendly bacteria grow inside pore structure
  • Replacement media designed to fit the AquaClear 110 filter
  • Suitable for both freshwater and saltwater aquariums up to 110 gallons
  • Includes one AquaClear 110 Foam Filter Insert
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 3.8 x 10 inches; 3.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaClear A623
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

AquaClear A623 Final Thoughts

"Poor thing."

I must've measured correctly because it fits great! Easy maintenance of tank filtration once tank is fully cycled over a few months. I've used it for years with great results. I must've measured correctly because it fits great! Still, mine came in 1 piece and in working order so I'm satisfied. I am able to use each cartridge for about 5 weeks, before it needs to be replaced. This is my go to water conditioner and stressed fish treatment.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(870 Points)

7. Tetra Carbon Filters, for Aquariums, Fits Whisper EX Filters

User Ratings: 79 2

Tetra 26333 First Impressions

"Great price as well!"

These fish contain silver in a compound that dissolves slowly. I have never had one tear or fall apart under any circumstances. It is much safer to simply to add 3 drops per gallon. I can't find them any where's else. Couldn't find this at the local pet store and it was cheaper online. I used one gallon of reverse osmosis and the rest tap. From their own colon or a hole in the ground.

  • Tetra Carbon Filters, for Aquariums, Fits Whisper EX Filters
  • Medium fits EX20Large fits EX30, EX45, and EX70
  • Tetra Carbon filters trap even the smallest particles
  • Easy to use
  • Coarse layer - Removes larger particulates
  • Activated Carbon - Rapidly removes odor, discoloration, impurities and toxins leaving your water clear, healthy and polished
  • Multi-density layer - Specially designed to capture a full range of particulates giving you unmatched water clarity
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 5.25 x 3.8 x 7.25 inches; 5.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 26333
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Tetra 26333 Final Thoughts

"So it is worth the money."

Overall, these are easy to use filters& seem to do a good job. I swim 5x week and usually my suits last about 2 months. So they fit in my Tetra filter for the fish tank. However if you want a stress coat, this is perfect. This includes check valves on both. We've got 2 in ours even though the package says to only use one. I don't think the review about not replacing the filters is correct.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(3145 Points)

8. Top Fin EF-S Element Filter Cartridge

User Ratings: 82 2

Top Fin First Impressions

"The hotter, the faster."

Make sure you stay on top of replacing your fish every month though! I used to use AmQuel years ago and then spent years out of the aquarium hobby. Its quite hard to push it on to the air pump. Got here on time, perfect packaging, rinsed easy and fit in my filters perfectly! Okay, I don't own an aquarium- probably never will. Exactly the same item I purchased from a local store for alot more money! Didn't use this for a fishtank or to pump liquids through it.

  • Top Fin EF-S Element Filter Cartridge
  • FULL YEAR- With each cartridge lasting a month, this 12 count pack will last you up to one full year
  • ACTIVATED CARBON- Used to remove heavy metals, odors, pigments, and organic waste
  • REFILL-Refill for bettaflo filter and desktop aquariums with element filters
  • SIZE- 2.1 inches X 3.7 inches
  • Manufacture: Top Fin
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Top Fin
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

Top Fin Final Thoughts

"Looks great!"

No observable signs of stress in the fish. So my 12 pack will probably last for quite some time. The tap water was coming out around 836ppm. I have pillows under a tarp, but pockets of water still form. Aquarium tubing is scarce where I live during the pandemic. The one with the fish keeps the tank clean. As dirty as the larger fish are theses cartridges keep mytanls crystal clean.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(165 Points)

9. Instant Ocean Reef Crystals Reef Salt, Formulated Specifically For Reef aquariums

User Ratings: 85 2

Instant Ocean RC1-160P First Impressions

"Thank goodness!"

Exactly the same item I purchased from a local store for alot more money! I even poured in extra to help with the healing. I hope you found this review helpful! If you look inside the box you'll see dust and stray granules. The chloramines contain a small amount of ammonia. I hope you found this review helpful! Then I went ahead and bought a huge pack of them.

  • Instant Ocean Reef Crystals Reef Salt, Formulated Specifically For Reef aquariums
  • FORMULATED SPECIFICALLY FOR REEF aquariumS: Contains essential ocean reef elements in concentrations greater than those found in natural sea waterEXTRA CALCIUM: Encourages stony coral and coralline algae growth.
  • EXTRA TRACE ELEMENTS: Provides vital nutrients.
  • DETOXIFIES METALS: Neutralizes traces of heavy metals found in tap water.
  • Specially formulated for use in reef aquariums – contains essential ocean reef elements in greater concentrations than natural sea water
  • Contains extra calcium to ensure stony coral and coralline algae growth, extra trace elements to provide vital nutrients and extra vitamins to support vigorous growth and survival of corals, anemones and other invertebrates in a captive environment
  • Neutralizes trace heavy metals often found in tap water
  • Manufacture: Instant Ocean
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 12.5 x 15 inches; 47 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Instant Ocean RC1-160P
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.1']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

Instant Ocean RC1-160P Final Thoughts

"Strong fish food smell."

Will be ordering multiple of them for my needs. It didn't kill the fish or cause any problems with the water so I stuck with it. This piping and some electrical tape made it quiet again. I have pillows under a tarp, but pockets of water still form. I hope you found this review helpful! Yes I know, they aren't supposed to live that long and no I can't prove it. You just give it some squeezes, and the outpouring begins and doesn't take forever.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(3025 Points)

10. H2Pro 24" Glass Canopy 15/20/ 55-Gallon Aquarium Fish Tank (23.07 x 11.69 x 0.16in)

User Ratings: 72 5

H2Pro 24GT First Impressions

"Plenty powerful."

Aquarium tubing is scarce where I live during the pandemic. Exactly the same item I purchased from a local store for alot more money! I had a parasite problem, and had to heal my fishes scales and fins. Before I did anything with my tank Saturday the TDS reading was in the hight 900's. Beats the heck out of those expensive suit cleaners. Then I went ahead and bought a huge pack of them. I can't find them any where's else.

  • H2Pro 24" Glass Canopy 15/20/ 55-Gallon Aquarium Fish Tank (23.07 x 11.69 x 0.16in)
  • Fits 15/20H/55 gallon Fish tanks (marine land & perfecto). there are different Aquarium manufactures. Please measure your Tank opening to the closest millimeter before purchasing!
  • Dimensions: 23.07 x 11.69 x 0.16in (58.6 x 23.2 x 0.4cm)
  • Features new and improved tempered glass; durable and reduces evaporation
  • Clear Plastic back strip that can be cut to fit your Aquarium
  • Provides the area for your Lighting to sit while allowing simple access to your Aquarium
  • Manufacture: H2Pro
  • Item Weight: 3.49 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 7 x 26 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The H2Pro 24GT
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

H2Pro 24GT Final Thoughts

"They work perfectly."

I just change them when they get clogged. Don't claim to be an expert, but I've never heard of that. I haven't tried looking for alternative brands. I always deep clean my humidifier every week-week and half regardless. Great price and will for sure be ordering these again. We use it when we clean& change out water. This allows the conditioner time for its anti-heavy metal ingredients to work fully.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(505 Points)

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