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Old 11-05-2004, 01:39 AM   #1
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Wanted: Quiet, affordable, 10 gal (or more) filter.

Ok so Ive had it with my stupid aquaclear 150; the **** thing is way too noisey. I had a petcetera 10 gal started kit that came with an extremely quiet filter but I moved that to my 3 gal hex and put my 30 gal filter on my 10 gallon tank. Its so loud that I need to go out and buy I new one.
I live in Canada in a small town so all we have are the mom and pop lfs. Ive seen the aquaclears there but i dont want one of those. What is a good filter that I can put on my 10 gallon that I WONT be able to hear and that isnt too expensive; Im a student after all I wouldnt mind going a bit higher than a 10 gallon filter because it cant hurt to have more filtration and Im always picking up larger tanks at garage sales.
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Old 11-05-2004, 02:12 AM   #2
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Something was not right with your AC150......I have 6 ACs, all 200s and 300s, running in my bedroom, and they make almost no perceptable noise.....neither do the other 20 ACs I have in my house, ranging from minis to 500s.
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You might try internal filters. They are completely underwater and should be almost silent. Expect about $15 to $30. I've never tried them, but they should work fine.

Here are some examples of what I'm thinking:
http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...tegory_id=1717
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Here are some examples of what I'm thinking:
http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...tegory_id=1717
Unfortunately, prices on those are quite different here:
http://www.bigalsonline.ca/catalog/c...tegory_id=1717
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Old 11-05-2004, 02:32 AM   #5
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Well I bought the aquaclear at a garage sale in a box of tons and tons of aquarium crap that I paid 3 dollars for so i guess I cant really complain that its too loud. It seems to have a sort of vibration noise to it...as if the lid was rattling. Its not the lid (cuz ive taken it off) , and its not the cartridge holder....I just dont know. Ive taken all the components out and reinstalled them and its still really loud. So are you telling me that if I did buy anohter aquaclear it should be really quiet?
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So are you telling me that if I did buy anohter aquaclear it should be really quiet?
Yes. I suspect that the one you have needs a new impeller-shaft and/or impeller....the shaft runs about $2 at shops that carry Hagen Filter parts (Petlands, PJs, etc), so replace that first and see how it does. Whereabouts in Canada are you?
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Old 11-05-2004, 05:47 AM   #7
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My AC150 is dead silent too (as compared to my Emperor 400s).
A new impeller is certainly worth a try. Failing that, a powered intenal I think would be very quiet. Jeff
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Old 11-05-2004, 08:27 AM   #8
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My AquaClears are silent, too. Once in a while the one on my 10 gal will get a little rattle (not often), but it's just a matter of shifting the filter a little bit where it's hanging. That always works.
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Get a Penguin Mini Filter they are whipser quiet and a great filter for up to 20gal.

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I have an Aquaclear 150 and it's quiet. The only noise I hear is from the rattle of the lid on occasion. Even the water ouput stream is very quiet depending on your tanks water level, especially compared to my Penguin Emperor 280.

You probably just have a defective one which you should replace.
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