10 best aquarium filters

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

An aquarium is a small artificial reservoir with a closed space, in which there are no processes of natural purification of water from the waste products of inhabitants. As a result, the water is polluted with waste, a population of small algae and pathogenic bacteria grows in it, and the environment becomes destructive for the life of fish. Aquarium pumps are designed to solve the problem of purification, providing mechanical, chemical, biological water purification. Another useful property is mixing water streams. Thus, the environment is maintained in a qualitatively uniform state throughout the entire volume of the aquarium.

The filter is a container with a compressor and a cleaning filler, which is played by sponges, carbon components and other complex systems. By location, devices are divided into 2 types – internal and external.

The experts of the online magazine have selected the best aquarium pumps in terms of performance and reviews in two categories: indoor and outdoor devices.

Rating of the best filters for the aquarium

Nomination a place Name of product price
Best internal aquarium filters 1 JUWEL Bioflow 8.0 1000l / h RUB 11,278
2 EHEIM Biopower 240 l RUB 6,590
3 JBL CristalProfi i200 greenline RUB 5,196
4 AQUAEL Turbo 2000 h.max 1.9 m RUB 3,645
5 Dennerle Nano Clean Eckfilter RUB 1,470
Best external filters for aquarium 1 Aqua Design Amano (ADA) Super Jet Filter ES-600 RUB 48,520
2 EHEIM 2275 professional 4+ up to 600L RUR 19 211
3 JBL CristalProfi E901 RUB 7,460
4 EHEIM classic 250 (2213) RUB 6,150
5 AQUAEL MIDI KANI 800 RUB 5,190

Best internal aquarium filters

Indoor units are great for small aquariums with few inhabitants. The filters represent a compact plastic cylinder, inside which, in addition to the compressor, there are filter layers made of organic sponges and carbon. Such devices are easy to maintain (clean), the risk of leaks is completely excluded, they are economical in terms of price and energy consumption.

JUWEL Bioflow 8.0 1000l / h

Rating: 4.9

JUWEL Bioflow

The rating opens with the JUWEL Bioflow 8.0 water filtration system, designed for aquariums with a capacity of up to 500 liters, but it is impractical to install it in a capacity of less than 350 liters. Large volume filter 8 l. acts in all directions: catches solid waste, chemical impurities, growing colonies of bacteria. The active layers are easy to remove and clean, and there is access to the compressor and heater for easy maintenance. The device is fixed on the inner wall with silicone glue included in the kit.

A feature of the filter model is a two-flow principle of purification, the device creates different speeds of water movement: from above – high for better trapping of solid and chemical impurities, from below – slow for the development of anaerobic bacteria and water purification from organic matter.

The JUWEL Bioflow 8.0 system works relatively quietly for a device of similar productivity up to 1000 liters per hour, it is also possible to install a water heater of the same brand – together they form an organic circuit for uniform cleaning and distribution of the warm medium to all corners of the aquarium.

The JUWEL Bioflow 8.0 filter is ideal for large aquariums with exotic species. You can buy it from 9,000 rubles.

Advantages

  • Effective cleaning of all types of dirt;
  • Two streams to improve the quality of water purification;
  • Reliable device without hose connections;
  • Convenient maintenance and cleaning;
  • Mounting adhesive included.

disadvantages

  • Too large for a compact aquarium;
  • High price.

EHEIM Biopower 240 l

Rating: 4.8

EHEIM Biopower 240 l

The second place was taken by the less efficient but very efficient filter with a rotating pump and modular design EHEIM Biopower, designed for aquariums from 160 to 240 liters. It drives water through a complex of filtering layers at a rate of up to 750 l / h. The direction of the liquid inside is from bottom to top, the active ingredient is SUBSTRATpro filler, in combination with an organic sponge, which performs a comprehensive cleaning of solid particles and excess bacteria, the filter also maintains nitrates at a zero level. There is a possibility of additional installation of a charcoal filter (optional). At the exit, water is obtained that is ideal for the high-quality life of the fish.

A feature of the system is a rotating pump that sets the direction for the movement of water, simulating natural flows, additionally enriched with oxygen. The device is attached to the wall with suction cups; the set includes replaceable SUBSTRATpro modules.

You can buy EHEIM Biopower 240 l from 4 600 rubles.

Advantages

  • Suitable for sea and fresh water;
  • Solution for an aquarium densely populated with fish;
  • Comprehensive cleaning from solid particles, bacteria and chemicals;
  • Rotating pump for changing the direction of water flow;
  • Simple attachment to the inner wall of the aquarium.

disadvantages

  • Frequent movements of the device will loosen the suction cups.

JBL CristalProfi i200 greenline

Rating: 4.7

JBL CristalProfi i200 greenline

The internal corner filter for biological and mechanical cleaning JBL CristalProfi i200 greenline is designed for small aquariums up to 200 liters with adjustable flow from 300 to 720 l / h. Its feature is the possibility of expanding the modular filtering structure, which collects impurities and reliably blocks them, ideally clean water enters the tank. The nozzle can be turned up to 900. The structure is attached to the suction cups.

The active component of cleaning is anaerobic bacteria that recycle organic pollution, mechanical particles are retained by the sponge. All modules can be easily removed for cleaning.

The device is compact and ready to use, just plug it in and attach a flute to cut the outlet water. The cost of the JBL CristalProfi i200 greenline device is about 7,000 rubles.

Advantages

  • Economical power consumption of only 8W;
  • Effective cleaning of solids and organic matter;
  • Swivel nozzle;
  • Velcro for fastening.

disadvantages

  • Does not regulate the chemical background.

AQUAEL Turbo 2000 h.max 1.9 m

Rating: 4.6

AQUAEL Turbo 2000 h.max 1.9 m

Designed for large aquariums up to 350 liters, the Aquael Turbo aquarium filter processes liquid at its fastest rate up to 2000 liters in one hour. At the same time, it spends only 27 W – an economical result, providing an energy-saving motor, high-quality padding under the impeller, which minimizes the loss of performance.

The peculiarity of the filter design is the ability to install any filter blocks and sponges. The containers are equipped with BIOCERAMAX 600 filler, which traps nitrite and ammonium compounds. You can purchase additional containers for deeper water purification (if necessary), then AQUAEL Turbo 2000 h.max 1.9 m can be used for larger tanks, including densely populated by inhabitants. The direction of the water is conveniently changed by an ergonomic regulator.

The functional and efficient pump receives the fourth place in the rating for not the most aesthetic appearance and low-frequency hum, which creates discomfort for a person at night. In addition, the complete filter sponge is large for the container and requires cutting, otherwise the device 'spits' with air due to insufficient flow. Motor heating is noticed. Thus, the AQUAEL Turbo 2000 h.max 1.9 m is more suitable for large aquariums in living rooms or public places, but not in the bedroom, and also requires the skillful hands of a master for maintenance. At the same time, the cost of the filter is quite budgetary – about 2,000 rubles.

Advantages

  • The fastest cleaning speed in the rating;
  • Suitable for large aquariums with the ability to increase performance;
  • Biological filtration in two levels;
  • The ability to install filter layers in the required quantity;
  • Budgetary price.

disadvantages

  • The motor may become hot;
  • There is a low-frequency hum;
  • Interruptions in operation (design imperfection) occur.

Dennerle Nano Clean Eckfilter

Rating: 4.5

Dennerle Nano Clean Eckfilter

Closing the rating of internal aquarium filters is the Dennerle Nano Clean Eckfilter with a minimum capacity in the category of only 150 liters per hour, suitable for servicing small aquariums up to 40 liters. The pump is characterized by quiet and stable operation, the outlet nozzle rotates at an angle of up to 900. The filter cleans the water from mechanical and bacteriological contaminants. The intake opening is very small, the sponge is fine-pored, so the device can be used in aquariums with young shrimps and crustaceans.

It is easy to clean the filters; it is necessary to pull the drain pipe in the forward direction and remove the model block. To preserve the anaerobic active bacteria, it is recommended to wash the filter in a bucket of aquarium water. The total power consumption does not exceed 2 W, the cost of the device fully corresponds to the functionality – about 1,700 rubles.

Advantages

  • Compact dimensions;
  • Silent work;
  • Minimum power consumption;
  • Injector cleaning brush included;
  • Does not tighten crustaceans and shrimps.

disadvantages

  • Minimum performance.

Best external filters for aquarium

Filters for outdoor installation differ from internal ones, first of all, in performance – it is much higher, and the dimensions of the devices are larger, the case design is more reliable – it does not come into direct contact with water. The modules are also distinguished by higher practicality and serviceability. They do not spoil the aquarium composition, they practically do not make noise, they can be installed next to the tank or put away in a pedestal-stand.

Aqua Design Amano (ADA) Super Jet Filter ES-600

Rating: 4.9

Aqua Design Amano (ADA) Super Jet Filter ES-600

The first in the rating external canister filter ADA Super Jet Filter ES-600, which is preferred by experienced aquarium lovers. The device is designed in such a way that the water passing through the filter loads the pump to a minimum, which contributes to an increase in its service life.

The canister filter drives water at a speed of 5.5 or 6.0 liters per minute, while simultaneously snatching and retaining excess organic matter, solid particles, and chemical foreign elements. Along with cleaning, oxygen dissolves in a liquid medium, which promotes the growth of the activity of bacteria and microorganisms for natural filtration and waste processing.

The peculiarity of the device is not just retention, but dissolution of unnecessary substances with anthracite and Bio Cube, which are included in the purchase package. Undissolved components are retained in the NA Carbon activated carbon module, which is recommended to be changed every 2-3 weeks.

Please note: the Japanese-made Aqua Design Amano (ADA) Super Jet Filter ES-600 aquarium external filter is designed to operate from a 100 Volt network. To prevent the pump from burning out when the device is turned on, it is necessary to connect the plug to the network through a 220-100 V convector with a power of at least 50W.

Aqua Design Amano (ADA) Super Jet Filter ES-600 is suitable for use with aquariums up to 45 cm high. You can buy it for an average of 65,000 rubles.

Advantages

  • Complete water purification from unnecessary impurities of different nature;
  • Creates an effective circulation of a liquid medium for water purification in each area;
  • Recycles most of the impurities, absorbs the rest;
  • Reagents included;
  • Suitable for professional use in aquariums with exotic inhabitants.

disadvantages

  • High price;
  • An adapter-convector is required to lower the mains voltage from 220 to 100 V.

EHEIM 2275 professional 4+ up to 600L

Rating: 4.8

EHEIM 2275 professional 4+ up to 600L

An external filter of the German assembly EHEIM 2275 professional 4+ from 240 to 600 liters is as safe as possible for aquarium inhabitants: a suction device with a safety adapter is integrated into its design, operating with a capacity of 1250 liters per hour. The water that gets inside the filter is freed from all impurities of different consistency, which are retained in the modules and are decomposed to the maximum by anaerobic bacteria.

A special feature of the EHEIM 2275 professional 4+ filter is the 'Xtender' button, which redirects the internal water flow when the inlet to the device is narrowed due to clogging with organic soft particles. This allows you to postpone filter cleaning by several days without degrading the quality of the environment. The design also eliminates priming.

The cost of the filter is about 28,000 rubles.

Advantages

  • Premium external filter for medium to large aquariums from 240 to 600 liters;
  • High performance;
  • Technology of protection of nozzles from contamination with the possibility of delaying cleaning;
  • The outlet flow is directionally adjustable;
  • Low power consumption 16W;
  • Can be used with any EHEIM accessories and fillers.

disadvantages

  • You will have to buy filter fillers, and of the same brand.

JBL CristalProfi E901

Rating: 4.8

JBL CristalProfi E901

The third place goes to the JBL CristalProfi E901 for cleaning aquariums up to 300 liters. The device works quietly, while creating active circulation in the container and driving it through itself at a rate of 900 liters per hour. The prefilter absorbs large particles, and the biological filler in a volume of 7.6 liters recycles turbid and solid organic matter. Cleaning strips are easy to replace and hose connections can be swiveled 3600, eliminating kinks.

The manufacturer offers a protective grid, replaceable filters (sponge and bio-filler), spare tubes and hoses.

You can buy an aquarium external filter from 8,000 rubles.

Advantages

  • Powerful cleaning for medium to large aquariums;
  • Low power consumption 11 W;
  • Wide range of equipment.

disadvantages

  • Protection against clogging by fish faeces and algae pieces is not provided;
  • Filters need to be replaced over time, you will have to buy them.

EHEIM classic 250 (2213)

Rating: 4.7

EHEIM classic 250 (2213)

The small filter for aquariums up to 250 liters EHEIM classic 250 ranks fourth in the ranking. It drives a stream of water through itself at a rate of up to 440 liters per hour, passing the liquid through the primary spongy and biological substance in a total volume of 3 liters. At the same time, the power consumption of the device is only 8 W.

The advantage of the EHEIM classic 250 (2213) filter lies not only in the efficiency of the device, but also in its wide configuration: rings that distribute the output flow; porous bacterial substrate for organic processing; fine-cleaning synthetic winterizer and charcoal wipes for removing solid fragments and chemicals. Branded split cranes also do not have to look additionally, and their replacement is extremely rare.

The price of EHEIM classic 250 (2213) starts at 5,590 rubles.

Advantages

  • Average performance sufficient for an aquarium up to 250 liters;
  • The kit contains everything you need for filter operation and maintenance;
  • Ergonomic appearance.

disadvantages

  • Cleaning is not of absolute quality, part of the suspension remains;
  • There are no containers for fillers, the process of cleaning the interior is difficult.

AQUAEL MIDI KANI 800

Rating: 4.6

AQUAEL MIDI KANI 800

The external filter pump AQUAEL MIDI KANI with an operating rate of 800 l / h is optimal for water circulation in an aquarium with a volume of 120 … 250 liters. A feature of the device is the location of the pump inside the filter housing, due to which it was possible to get rid of many structural elements that complicate the installation of the pump. In addition to the pump, the filter housing contains only a set of tubes, containers with valves and 4 containers with filter media with a total capacity of 7 liters. Non-woven, organic sponge, zeolite and ceramic layer act as active agents.

The uniqueness of the design lies in the immunity of the device to clogging, as a result – higher performance compared to analogs. Suitable for home aquariums, low water level aquariums.

The cost of AQUAEL MIDI KANI 800 is about 5,000 rubles.

Advantages

  • Complete appearance, it is not necessary to hide it;
  • Convenient containers for cleaning;
  • High performance;
  • Effective filtering layers.

disadvantages

  • There are no fasteners for the inlet and outlet tubes.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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