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Old 03-05-2012, 09:56 PM   #1
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Quiet filters? NEED SLEEP!

Hey all,

I'm currently using two Marineland 350gph hang-ons for my 55gallon african tank. I love how they keep my water perfecto, but the racket they make is a little much for our bedroom.

Can anyone suggest a quieter filter? Are canisters a lot quieter?

Part of the problem is that my tank is on a SLIGHT slant due to our 150 year old house so I'm thinking any hang-on is gonna be somewhat noisy on one side.

Anyway, all advice is appreciated!

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Old 03-05-2012, 10:15 PM   #2
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Yes canisters are a lot more quiet.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:45 PM   #3
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Canisters are more quiet but more costly. I currently have a marineland emperor 400 on my 55g and it has been getting more noisy over the few months.

I now have an aquaclear 110 and it seems to do the job and keep it quieter.
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Yes canisters are a lot more quiet.

Absolutely!! The loudest thing on my tank is the cooling fans for the lights, so I just got up and turned them off and sat back down. Fluval 204 on my 29g, I'm less than 5' away, and I can't hear a thing.
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Definitely! My fluval 205 is so quiet, I have to stick my head in the stand to hear anything.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:03 PM   #6
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Thanks homies

Looks like the fluval fx5 is what I'm gonna need / want. I googled it & found ones under $250. & I can probably sell my two 350's to friends for like $60-$80.

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Hey Ronnie just to add, I have the fx5 and LOVE IT!! I don't hear a thing except when it turns off for a minute to release air from the chamber. It's quiet!! Your gonna love it my man!!

I run Fluval pre filter then bio media.

Hope all is well!!
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:43 AM   #8
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I run Fluval pre filter then bio media.
Can you, or anyone else, elaborate on what that entails? Obviously I'll have to do some research but at this point I'm kinda clueless.

Is the fluval prefilter like "prime" or "nutrafin cycle?"

And when you say "bio media" do you mean filter pads, gravel, etc, that already has bacteria?

I should've learned about cycling by now but I've been lazy the past 3-4 years so I've read very little on the topic. Plus, I've always done fish-in cycles with good results, except with community lol

ANY AND ALL HELP IS APPRECIATED!!

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Sometimes they clack if the impeller and housing needs to be cleaned. Stuff can get down around the impeller shaft and it causes it to bang against the sides of its housing and make noise. If this has been going on awhile you may need a new impeller because the shaft can be damaged from the banging around. The HOB should be pretty darn quite in general.
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Sometimes they clack if the impeller and housing needs to be cleaned. Stuff can get down around the impeller shaft and it causes it to bang against the sides of its housing and make noise. If this has been going on awhile you may need a new impeller because the shaft can be damaged from the banging around. The HOB should be pretty darn quite in general.
noooo its not the filter itself .. its the water filtering back in hitting the water in the tank.. even if i top the tank off it's so powerful it still makes a pouring sound.
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