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Old 02-26-2016, 10:49 PM   #1
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I hate aquaclear filters

I hate my Aquaclear.

Is there something about these filters that I am missing because they get such great reviews but I cant stand mine.

I got it used so when I first set it up and it was noisy, I wasn't all that surprised. I have cleaned the thing out multiple times, replaced the motor and impeller, and lubricated it with Vaseline and nothing seems to work. Every time I shut it off for maintenance, when I plug it back in it gets REALLY loud for a while until it settles, but it never gets anywhere remotely close to silent.

The cheap 15 dollar filter I have on my other tank seems to be doing just as good of a job keeping the tank clean and is dead silent.

I'm about ready to chuck this thing out the window, I'm so fed up with it.

Does anyone else have these problems with them? Am I just doing something completely wrong?
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Old 02-26-2016, 11:15 PM   #2
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Try unplugging and plugging back in a couple times . Works on my Fluval C series.
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I once purchased an AC50 and it was noisy. Grinding noise from the impeller. The previous 2 I've purchased were quiet. I swapped the impellers between the "bad" filter and one of the "good" filters and the result was 2 pretty quiet filters.
If you can return the filter for another one then do so. Or try to get s new impeller.


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There are numerous reasons why it could be making noise. Make sure it's level. Don't jam pack the basket full of media so much that it overloads the motor. Make sure the filter didn't suck up sand or a seed from a vegetable or anything like that. Make sure the inlet tube is clean and most importantly. Look at the intake carefully. If it's not in level and all the way, it will make noise.


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Old 02-28-2016, 12:34 PM   #5
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I love my aqua clear when I used it, the only time it made noise is when sand got in it but a quick rinse fixed it.
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There are numerous reasons why it could be making noise. Make sure it's level. Don't jam pack the basket full of media so much that it overloads the motor. Make sure the filter didn't suck up sand or a seed from a vegetable or anything like that. Make sure the inlet tube is clean and most importantly. Look at the intake carefully. If it's not in level and all the way, it will make noise.


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I've tried pretty much everything you guys have suggested aside from testing if its level, and nothing seems to help.

I'm wondering if the sound is not just from the filter itself but the echo from how close it is to the wall? Or maybe silent in fishtank terms means something different than silent in laymans terms.
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I hate aquaclear filters

I know that when it's set up properly, it should make some noise for the first minute or two while it purges all of the air from the inlet tube. Once the air is gone, you should only hear a slight hum from the magnet driven motor as long as the water level is one inch from the top. Aquaclear filters have been an industry standard for years because of their performance, reliability, and customizable media options. This noise issue if not due to faulty set up can easily be resolved by calling Fluval. They stand behind their filters and I believe they handle Aquaclear. Lifetime guaranteed.


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I have two AC 50 on my 20g L and I don't notice the noises you describe. The only thing I hear at night is the running water/waterfall sounds, which, coming from Fluval canisters that are more or less silent, took some getting used to.

Are you sure there's nothing in your impeller that's rattling around? Any damaged parts? Aside from that, you may have just gotten a dud. It sucks but it's bound to happen to someone.
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I have two AC 50 on my 20g L and I don't notice the noises you describe. The only thing I hear at night is the running water/waterfall sounds, which, coming from Fluval canisters that are more or less silent, took some getting used to.

Are you sure there's nothing in your impeller that's rattling around? Any damaged parts? Aside from that, you may have just gotten a dud. It sucks but it's bound to happen to someone.
Given the reviews people have given these filters I think you're right about having a dud. Either that or its just a quiet hum thats significantly magnified by the placement of the tank.
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