Fluval 07 Canister Filter Series – Key Upgrades Review

How good is the new Fluval 07 Canister Filter Series?


This is the opening heading on the Fluval 07 Canister Filter webpage for their latest product range. It is a big claim and then they tell us how it is even better that the previous best selling filter range.

The All-New 07 Series marks the 7th incarnation in nearly 4 decades of Fluval’s top selling canister filter family worldwide. Not only does the latest generation incorporate the power and reliability you’ve come to expect from the leader in aquatic filtration, but it also features several new performance upgrades that make it up to 25% quieter and more robust, energy-efficient, flexible and easier to use than ever before.

107 Performance Canister Filter up to 30 US Gal (130 L) 207 Performance Canister Filter, up to 45 US Gal (220 L)

307 Performance Canister Filter up to 70 US Gal (330 L)

407 Performance Canister Filter up to 100 US Gal (500 L)

Before I show you the marketing information from the manufacturer with their many glossy images and videos etc to demonstrate how it has been ‘Redefined and Redesigned’ I will give you my review on the changes.

The real upgrades that count

If you already own an earlier model and are thinking of upgrading then these are the noticeable improvements.

The Fluval 07 filter is clearly noticeably quieter than previous models.  Some people have reviewed this and said it is silent and cannot be heard – this is not true, although it is extremely quiet, it is not completely silent.  But it is close.

They have made the canister more robust by reinforcing the bottom corners.

The following graphic is taken directly form the Fluval website:

Fluval has tried to reduce the effort and time involved for maintenance, this includes redesign of the following:

  • Aquastop valve – redesign and stronger materials
  • Lift-Lock Motor Clamps – now single action and new reinforced materials
  • New EZ-Lift Media Baskets – quicker and less mess
  • Quick Primer – redesigned to be easier and stronger materials
One of the most notable of the above list being the improvement of the aquastop valve opening mechanism seems to work well.  The new pull out for the media baskets is a good improvement as they all come out and go back together easily.


Fluval 07 filters are big on power, yet small on energy consumption. The 107 and 207 models, for example, draw as little as 10 watts of electrical energy, which is EQUIVALENT TO A SINGLE HOUSEHOLD LED LIGHTBULB!  That is impressive and a real noticeable benefit.

Are there any problems with the New Fluval 07 series?

A note of advice from someone that reviewed the 107 model on Amazon:

“I made an idiot mistake with the gasket. I pressed it into the grooves on the wrong side. It’s hard to describe. When I primed it and plugged it in, I was flooding my whole kitchen! Read the instructions. Carefully. Look at ALL of the pictures.”

This is not the only review that I have seen that mentions water leaks from these filters and I do wonder if this is a common problem of either not reading the instructions, watching the videos, looking at the various youtube sites etc before getting started or as I suspect the filters are being damaged in shipping in many of the other cases.


Should you buy one of the Fluval 07 series?

If you don’t have a filter, it is an excellent choice.  If you have a Fluval FX6 that is working fine then no immediate need to upgrade.  If you have an earlier model than the FX6 then yes it is worth the upgrade.

To sum up the new Fluval 07 Canister Filter Series – powerful pump performance, reduced energy consumption and ultra-quiet operation!

To get the best current prices check out this link on Amazon now Click Here


107 Performance Canister Filter up to 30 US Gal (130 L) 207 Performance Canister Filter, up to 45 US Gal (220 L)

307 Performance Canister Filter up to 70 US Gal (330 L)

407 Performance Canister Filter up to 100 US Gal (500 L)
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The Following information is provided by Fluval

Key Features

  • Fluval eTEC (Efficient Technology) construction employs cutting-edge design, materials & manufacturing methods to deliver powerful pump performance, reduced energy consumption & ultra-quiet operation
  • Powerful motor generates constant pumping power and pressure that endures over time
  • Re-engineered, precision-crafted pump runs up to 25% quieter than previous generation
  • Energy-efficient – some 07 series filters draw as little energy as a single household LED lightbulb
  • Redesigned, substantially enlarged rubber feet stabilizers offer superior vibration-dampening ability and added protection
  • New ergonomic AquaStop valves with raised lip for smoother operation
  • Single action dual Lift-Lock motorhead clamps for quick release and attachment
  • Redesigned Primer with larger easy-grip handle provides fast, effortless start-ups with just a few pumps
  • EZ-Lift media baskets with new center handle allow media stack to be removed with just 1 finger for quick access (less mess & no need to empty canister of water)
  • Unique vertical pre-filter cartridge with independent access provides more surface area and better mechanical filtration
  • All necessary authentic Fluval media included
  • Designed and manufactured in Europe


Item #
UPC 015561104401 015561104432 015561104463 015561104494
Aquarium* 10-30 US Gal
(40-130 L)
20-45 US Gal
(60-220 L)
40-70 US Gal
(90-330 L)
50-100 US Gal
(150-500 L)
Pump Performance 145 US Gal/h
(550 L/h)
206 US Gal/h
(780 L/h)
303 US Gal/h
(1150 L/h)
383 US Gal/h
(1450 L/h)
Vertical Pre-filter 514 cm2 803 cm2 803 cm2 1074 cm2
Basket Volume 1.2 L 1.8 L 3.1 L 4.2 L
Total Chamber Volume 2.0 L 3.1 L 4.5 L 6.0 L
Canister Volume 3.9 L 5.3 L 7.3 L 9.2 L
Filter Circulations** 95 US Gal/h
(360 L/h)
121 US Gal/h
(460 L/h)
206 US Gal/h
(780 L/h)
245 US Gal/h
(930 L/h)
Max Water Column Height 1.45 m 1.45 m 1.75 m 2.25 m
(120V/60 Hz)
10 W 10 W 16 W 23 W
10 W 10 W 15 W 20 W
Filter Dimensions
(L x W x H)
7.5 x 7 x 13.7”
(19 x 18 x 35 cm)
7.5 x 7 x 16.5”
(19 x 18 x 42 cm)
9.5 x 7 x 16.5”
(24 x 18 x 42 cm)
9.5 x 7 x 19.3”
(24 x 18 x 49 cm)


What is included in the 407 model package

  • Bio-Foam Max
  • Bio-Foam
  • 70 g carbon
  • Quick-Clear
  • Bio-Foam+
  • AquaStop valve
  • Ribbed hosing
  • Rim connectors
  • Intake tube
  • Intake strainer
  • Intake Stem with intake strainer
  • Pre-Filter basket
  • Media basket
  • Media basket cover
  • Media basket handle
  • Suction cup (30 mm)
  • Output nozzle
  • 2 rubber hose connectors
  • Instruction manual



3 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY (plus a 2-year extended warranty upon registration*)

Fluval 07 Series External Filters are warranted against defects in material and workmanship under normal aquarium usage and service for three (3) years from date of purchase. Non-replaceable and non-serviceable parts will be repaired or replaced at Hagen’s discretion, free of charge, when the complete filter is returned with all components along with a valid proof of purchase and postage paid. The warranty does not cover wear and tear parts such as the impeller assembly or motor seal ring. The warranty does not cover wear and tear or parts which have not been adequately or correctly maintained. The warranty is limited to repair or replacement only and does not cover consequential loss, loss or damage to livestock, personal property or damage to animate or inanimate objects, irrespective of the cause thereof. This warranty is valid only under normal operating conditions for which the unit is intended. This excludes any damage caused by unreasonable use, negligence, improper installation, tampering, abuse or commercial use. Before returning the filter under warranty terms, please ensure that all setup and maintenance instructions have been followed. If you are in doubt, please contact your local aquatic specialist retailer for further advice before returning the product. WARRANTY IS ONLY VALID WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE FROM AN AUTHORIZED FLUVAL DEALER. WARRANTY DOES NOT AFFECT YOUR STATUTORY RIGHTS.



13 thoughts on “Fluval 07 Canister Filter Series – Key Upgrades Review”

  1. When I got my fish, I didn’t really look too much into the fish tank filter, but I wish I had because mine is SUPER loud. I may give this one a try since it says it’s a quieter filter. Seems like a good brand too.

  2. I like the inside view photo of the Fluval 07 filter, this really helps me understand just how this thing works. I’m getting my first fish tank in March, and I feel like I can’t do enough research. Just when I think I’ve got all of the info down, I find that I need to learn about something else. Hopefully, in a year or two, I’ll have this stuff down, especially when it comes to knowing about certain filters. I have saved the 407 model as a possible choice to use when it comes time to buy.

  3. This has made it a lot easier for me to decide if I’m going to go with the newer Fluval series or stick to my SunSun. I think I’ll give the Fluval 307 a shot.

  4. I’m just getting started in this world of fish. The Fluval seems like the obvious choice when trying to decide which filter to get. I’m especially impressed with the pump performance and canister volume.

  5. its good you listed all the benefits, etc. of the fluval canister filter. it’s a great brand, and a great filter to start with if someone is just gettin into fish.

  6. I think I also read somewhere that said the new model was silent I was like what the heck? Can’t be true. Glad you clarified that it is very quiet but not silent.

  7. Introducing Fluval 07 Series of external filters, the h generation of Fluval’s best-selling performance canister filter. Not only does the 07 Series build on the power and reliability expected from its predecessors, but also incorporates several new features which make it more robust, flexible, energy-efficient and easier to use, not to mention its 25% quieter.


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