Originally Posted by uscamaro
I agree completely! It was a soothing sound for studying though. In my college apt I had a 55gallon with a 125gallon-rated wet/dry filter. That thing was so loud! Kept the tank extremely clean, so it was worth it.
Indeed, Camaro...some do make a soothing hum (the AquaClears are in this category from what I can tell) and it's more than tolerable...but alot, like my cartridge-loaded Aqueon, make a racket that is FAR from quiet, despite what their marketing claims...
Still, I don't recommend keeping a tank in an area where you're going to sleep, unless it's absolutely unavoidable -- in a house, for example, a tank should be anywhere but in a bedroom unless the residents MUST have it there because they MUST look at the fish at night, whatever...but see in my situation, we have a two story, four bedroom house and we keep the tank in an upstairs loft area that's like a relaxing lounge...between the splashings of the filters, the jazz music played on our stereo system up there and the recliners, this room puts you to sleep within minutes...
When it's a dorm, small apartment or a kid's room, keeping a tank away from a sleeping area is near impossible. I realize this. It's just best to keep them out of a sleeping area whenever possible due to the unavoidable noise of air pumps, filters, splashings, etc.