Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-14-2009, 11:50 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 66
Wink power filters: which is best?

Hi there,
I just bought a Top Fin 29 gallon aquarium kit (a complete newbie) and would be very happy for any advice as to the best power filter (quiet) to use. I'm not sure the one that came with the kit is adequate. I've searched online and 3 came up: Marineland Emperor (but people say it's noisy, or Penguin (also noisy), or the cheaper Whisper version, but does it have 3 stage filtration?
Thanks
__________________

__________________
snowdrop7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 12:01 AM   #2
Aquarium Free - 2+ Years
 
mfdrookie516's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Winchester, Ky
Posts: 19,408
aquaclear are very good filters... the whisper filters are junk, i dont like the marineland filters because ive had some bad experiences with them...
__________________

__________________
-Jonathan

"What, exactly, is the internet? Basically it is a global network exchanging digitized data in such a way that any computer, anywhere, that is equipped with a device called a 'modem', can make a noise like a duck choking on a kazoo." - Dave Barry
mfdrookie516 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 12:07 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
john73738's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 33
I have the 2 marineland penguin 200b power filters (up to 50 gal) on my 55 gal tank. If I keep the water level up they are nearly silent.

Plus as I stated in another post I am away from home frequently for work, and water changes can be less frequent than is recommended. I never have a problem with my water condition. (Even after a 10 month stint between water changes)

Now I am not advocating this filter so you can get out of doing the water changes that are needed for the health of your fish, but I think this is a great testimonial for these filters. If you want silent then go with a canister (I hate mine it is a pain to clean)

Agree Whisper filters are junk.
__________________
john73738 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 12:25 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
jim692's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: southeast, PA.
Posts: 387
If you want a HOB filter the
Hagen Aquaclear 50
Aquarium Filters: Hagen AquaClear Power Filters
or Marineland Emperor 280
Tropical Aquarium Filters & Filtration: Marineland Emperor BIO-Wheel Powerfilters
would probably be top choices for that size tank.

You should also look at canister filters like the
Rena filstar xp2
Aquarium Filters, Filtration & Water Quality: FilStar Aquarium Canister Filter
and Fluval 205
Aquarium Canister Filters: Hagen Fluval Multi-Stage 05 Series Filters
canister filters have some advantages over HOB's but it's a use and personal preference thing really. Check them out just to be sure you won't find something you like better later.
__________________
Jim
jim692 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 12:48 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
fishmonkey's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 1,207
oh, i reccomend the Rena Smartfilters. they are great. i had mine on my tank and it was very quiet and high quality (or at least i think so).
__________________
fishmonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 03:50 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: honolulu
Posts: 222
AquaClear > all
__________________
exodon king is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 12:35 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
fishmonkey's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 1,207
oh, is this tank going to be freshwater or saltwater?
__________________
fishmonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 01:41 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
blue71's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Colorado
Posts: 126
go for aquaclear, I have had all of the filters you have listed above, and the aquaclears are easiest to maintinance, clean the best, and are cheaper to operate.
__________________
You know you've been thinking about fish too much when your fighting for your anenome in your dreams at night...
blue71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 02:33 PM   #9
jft
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 59
Aquaclear w/o a question the best on the available market hugh flow huge media compartment ease of maintence which is the real key w water changes!!!
__________________
jft is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 09:23 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 66
Thank you all so much! I'm veering towards the Aqua Clear but is it compatible with the Top Fin (which has a lid)?
__________________
snowdrop7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 09:29 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: honolulu
Posts: 222
there is always a way to modify it to make it work if the space in the lid is not the right size.
__________________
exodon king is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2009, 10:52 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
supradupafast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 297
your lid should have "pre-scored" notches in the back to fit pretty much any size HOB filters. I agree, go with Aquaclear. You won't regret it.
__________________
supradupafast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2009, 12:39 AM   #13
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 66
Thanks a lot, sounds good. By the way it is a fresh water aquarium in which I plan to rescue the pond goldfish I inherited for the winter. The pond needs a complete overhaul.
__________________
snowdrop7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2009, 12:44 AM   #14
Aquarium Free - 2+ Years
 
mfdrookie516's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Winchester, Ky
Posts: 19,408
if youre putting goldfish in there, definately want the aquaclear.. also you may even want to bump up the size as well depending on how many you have and how big they are... they are very nasty fish and you will battle water quality issues with inadequate filtration
__________________
-Jonathan

"What, exactly, is the internet? Basically it is a global network exchanging digitized data in such a way that any computer, anywhere, that is equipped with a device called a 'modem', can make a noise like a duck choking on a kazoo." - Dave Barry
mfdrookie516 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2009, 12:57 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 184
I have been using Aquaclear filters for over 15 years. They work great!
__________________
thuffman03 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2009, 03:26 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
john73738's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by john73738 View Post
I have the 2 marineland penguin 200b power filters (up to 50 gal) on my 55 gal tank. If I keep the water level up they are nearly silent.

Plus as I stated in another post I am away from home frequently for work, and water changes can be less frequent than is recommended. I never have a problem with my water condition. (Even after a 10 month stint between water changes)

Now I am not advocating this filter so you can get out of doing the water changes that are needed for the health of your fish, but I think this is a great testimonial for these filters. If you want silent then go with a canister (I hate mine it is a pain to clean)

Agree Whisper filters are junk.
Talk about charma.... After this post I did my regular maintenance, and now I cant get the water cleared up. Barely see through it. Little amonia but high Nitrates and nitrites.... That'll teach me.
__________________
john73738 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 06:36 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 13
Aquaclear..........................

Go for Aquaclear.....You wont regrat. I have been using Aquaclear fillter for more than 3 years and I never had any problem. Still running... Easy to maintain. Recently I upgraded my filters to Aquaclear 70 from Aquaclear 20. Now I am running 2 Aquaclear 70 on my 40 Gal Tank. Love it...
hope this helps....
__________________
Tank : 40 Gallons
Fish : 4 Oranda and 2 Fantail
Plants : Java Fern
Filter : 2 Aquaclear70
j402 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 06:46 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mgamer20o0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: so cali
Posts: 5,987
even though this is a old thread.... aquaclear hands down
__________________
Google.
mgamer20o0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 06:47 PM   #19
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Aquarium1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Central Kentucky
Posts: 8,617
Send a message via Skype™ to Aquarium1
Quote:
Originally Posted by mgamer20o0 View Post
even though this is a old thread.... aquaclear hands down
+1
Aquarium1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 07:32 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
ampa one's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: maine
Posts: 260
i would go with the aqua clear .i have had good luck with them .
__________________

__________________
ampa one is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
filter, filters, ich

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The New Rena Power Filters! physicsdude Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 9 03-06-2007 01:37 PM
Power filters--- To use or not to use? canyon15 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 2 01-08-2006 02:04 AM
External Power Filters ReefRaff Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 04-20-2004 04:31 PM
needs help with power filters dash_0210 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 10 07-15-2003 06:29 PM
Canister vs Power Filters MicroFish General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 3 07-14-2003 02:55 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:00 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.