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Old 04-04-2013, 12:09 PM   #11
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Everybody has different opinions on everything! I detest Marineland hob filters and I have a couple of them. They are by far the noisiest filters I have ever owned. If a plant leaf or snail gets stuck in the impeller (which always seems to happen in the middle of the night), it literally sounds like a freight train running through the house. Even with the impellers debris-free (and I clean them weekly), they are impossibly loud. Marineland has replaced the impellers more times than I can count without even asking a question. I suspect quite a few people have had similar complaints for them to not even question it.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:15 PM   #12
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The media basket will get pushed up when the sponge filter is so saturated in junk water cannot flow through it... Any filter will not operate properly when this happens and the water will end up finding the path of least resistance (over the media, etc)
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:27 PM   #13
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They can be messy that's the thing. I prefer to shake the gunk from all the trays in tank water and put them back in but yeah I guess it's not difficult just time consuming when you do give it a bit of a cleaning
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:32 PM   #14
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The media basket will get pushed up when the sponge filter is so saturated in junk water cannot flow through it... Any filter will not operate properly when this happens and the water will end up finding the path of least resistance (over the media, etc)
Your 100% correct but that happens too quickly with HOB as opposed to a canister IME. The only benefit I see in that situation is it is quite obvious since water is overflowing that you need to clean the media as opposed to a canister in which you may not know until the water develops an odor or chemistry is altered. Then again I check mine every month
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:48 PM   #15
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Your 100% correct but that happens too quickly with HOB as opposed to a canister IME. The only benefit I see in that situation is it is quite obvious since water is overflowing that you need to clean the media as opposed to a canister in which you may not know until the water develops an odor or chemistry is altered. Then again I check mine every month
Honestly it's only happened to me once since July
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True everyone has there own opinion. I like to be able to come home and eye ball my media and see the poly fill and if it need to be changed. A canister doesn't allow me to do that without sitting down and opening it. Different strokes I guess. Nothing wrong with that.
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Bottom line is the overflowing HOB is nothing vigilant / consistent filter maintenance wouldn't fix.

And yep I can agree having the media basket in my AC-70's rise to the point where water starts to go down the overflow is a bit annoying. But then I think back to when was the last time I did maintenance .. turns out I'm usually a week or two overdue.
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Your 100% correct but that happens too quickly with HOB as opposed to a canister IME. The only benefit I see in that situation is it is quite obvious since water is overflowing that you need to clean the media as opposed to a canister in which you may not know until the water develops an odor or chemistry is altered. Then again I check mine every month
With HOBs that is a tell tale sign you need to clean your media out. With canisters you will experience decreased flow when your media needs changed. Odor or water params going out of whack should not happen unless you let one run for a year straight with no maintenance.

To the OP, keep up on your routine maintenance and this shouldn't be an issue. I'm not saying that you're not doing routine work but maybe be a little more thorough in cleaning the pads.

My AC50 did it once, and that was when I left the country for a few weeks and it needed cleaned badly.
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Marineland has replaced the impellers more times than I can count without even asking a question. I suspect quite a few people have had similar complaints for them to not even question it.
Jess, I dont even hear mines anymore. Since I'm running the 120g with the nice and smooth water over the overflow and in the wet/dry the nosie is gone..lol I need to check if it self fixed itself or not. All I have now in the 400 is two big sponge and the ploy filter.
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Marineland has replaced the impellers more times than I can count without even asking a question. I suspect quite a few people have had similar complaints for them to not even question it.
Actually, I was having issues w/ the impeller on my Penguin 200's a while back, until I realized a thin film of Vaseline on the magnet was all that was needed. I think I had to do 2 "treatments" about 6 months apart and I haven't had a problem since.

That being said, I use gravel, not sand, in my tank (sand is easier to suck into the impeller), and I have no snails or other little critters that can get jammed in their, either...
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