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Old 02-04-2011, 12:42 AM   #11
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I agree, but this noise level is absurd. I want it to move water and move water well, but this is a new level of annoyance.

Ultimately, it sounds broken. It's making the kind of sound that a Whisper filter (the only other kind I'm acquainted with) does when it isn't primed... except louder.
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:43 AM   #12
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PS: Will my fish be okay if I shut it off while I sleep?
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:57 AM   #13
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They should be fine for the night but that only my opinion.
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:58 AM   #14
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If the noise is that loud then you may indeed have a defective filter. I don't know where your tank is situated, but I'm not fond of turning a filter off for any extended period of time. I know goldfish are hardy, but to me cutting off a filter is the same as slowly suffocating someone. Although I can definitely sympathize; if you can, try and let the filter run.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:38 AM   #15
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I wouldn't shut it off.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:14 AM   #16
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I didn't shut it off. We're returning it to the store this morning. Thanks for your help everyone!
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:22 PM   #17
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First off, at your thread title! I've been to that point a few times w/ my filter too.

I have a canister filter that makes that noise every time I take it out to rinse it off. When I first set it up, I thought it was defective, (it came w/ my tank that I bought off of craigslist). This may not matter now that you're returning it, but did you try unplugging it, plugging it back, and repeating this step a couple of times?

You obviously know about priming, (and not running the filter unless there's water in the compartments), but sometimes the filters have a heck of a time getting the water to cycle and it makes the annoying noise that makes us shriek. Plugging it in and unplugging it a couple of times helps give it a "boost".

Maybe you already tried this method or maybe you didn't? Just thought it was worth mentioning.
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