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Old 02-29-2016, 02:44 AM   #11
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Have you run a q-tip into the place where the impeller sits. Mine will get snails stuck in there. Also take the flat lid off the filter and see if it is quieter. I had one which made a subtle annoying vibration especially with top lid on it and once off nice and peaceful. It may have something to do with the location up next to the wall. reverberation maybe. Try and buy a new impeller, maybe it is slightly bent.
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I had the lid issue a few times. If the lid is vibrating against the filter housing, take a good look at the media basket. Sometimes the flow can lift the basket up and make the lid rattle against the basket handles. This is typical of a filter that has a lot of media in it or one that has clogged media. Instead of flowing through it, it pushes it up some. This can be resolved by putting the basket back down in place and making sure there's not too much resistance against the flow.


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Also take the flat lid off the filter and see if it is quieter. I had one which made a subtle annoying vibration especially with top lid on it and once off nice and peaceful.
This is definitely the case with mine, though it's still a little noisy (when all else is quiet in the room) with the lid off.
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I pull out my impellar and put vasoline on the shaft and put it back together


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Sometimes luck of the draw .... sometimes it goes away ... sometimes not

Note that now AquaClear and Fluval are owned and run by the same company and even use the identical motors just with different impellers. Based on the part number C2-C4 & AC20-70. (AC110 uses a different motor.)

Note: I have two C3's, a C4 and an AC50. i have never once cleaned the impellers or motors on any of them .... or torn any of the filters down. I have crystal clear water. But change the filter media religiously. As much as I hate my AquaClear ..... it's for an entirely different reason:

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My AC50 (Jan 2014) was dead silent right out the box ... not a peep .... never a problem with noise. My first Fluval C3 (Sept 2013) was so annoying and rattling I could not stand it. Everyone on the forums said "ignore it for a few weeks." They were right. It became dead silent with me doing NOTHING. My second C3 was dead silent right out of the box.

My C4 has always been quiet but not silent. All of a sudden after two years .... just this week, it sounds like there are air bubbles in it that make a rattling sound .... but it goes off and on.

Suggestion: since you bought your AC used ......... there could be many excuses for loud noise. If the prior owner used sand as a substrate, consider your filter TOAST ... and move on. I'd recommend a Fluval C series ...... but it is always luck of the draw.

I was at a neighbor's house the other day and noticed one of her aquariums (55 gallon) that had both goldfish and turtles in it was filthy green looking ....... with a noisy AquaClear70 ........ while the other was a 20 Gallon High was SILENT with very clear water ..... running an Aqueon filter with tropical fish in it (mostly tetras). While the water was not "pristine" by our standards, to most people it would look crystal clear.
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My AC 70 would get loud from lid vibrating. I put 2 pieces of duct tape on the sides of lid..leaving a bit of folded tape at end for easier taking off. And now it's quiet again.


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My AC 70 would get loud from lid vibrating. I put 2 pieces of duct tape on the sides of lid..leaving a bit of folded tape at end for easier taking off. And now it's quiet again.
This has always been my only problem with Aquaclears: noise from lid vibration. Sometimes I've just kept the lid off and run it "topless."
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This has always been my only problem with Aquaclears: noise from lid vibration. Sometimes I've just kept the lid off and run it "topless."
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