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Fluval AquaClear Power Filter 10-30 Gal
Old 05-10-2013, 08:38 AM   #1
 
Fluval AquaClear Power Filter 10-30 Gal

Purchased this from petsmart the other day

Fluval AquaClear Power Filter - Sale - Fish - PetSmart

It is working great so far however, I noticed that it produces a little bit more noise than my whisper power filter. Nothing unbearable but wanted to see if this was the case for others that use these type of filters.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
 
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Purchased this from petsmart the other day

Fluval AquaClear Power Filter - Sale - Fish - PetSmart

It is working great so far however, I noticed that it produces a little bit more noise than my whisper power filter. Nothing unbearable but wanted to see if this was the case for others that use these type of filters.
When you say "making a little bit more noise" could you explain the noise? Where does the noise come from? Also what size tank is it on an is it planted? Do you have sand?
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:48 AM   #3
 
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When you say "making a little bit more noise" could you explain the noise? Where does the noise come from? Also what size tank is it on an is it planted? Do you have sand?
It is like a humming sound but a little bit louder than what the Whisper was making. The tank is 15 gallon. I do not have sand I have gravel. I don't think it is that strong to suck that up.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:10 AM   #4
 
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It is like a humming sound but a little bit louder than what the Whisper was making. The tank is 15 gallon. I do not have sand I have gravel. I don't think it is that strong to suck that up.
Ah alright. Wanted to ask other variables to get them out of the way. I have had different size Aquaclears in the past. They always have a gentle hum to their motor when they are working properly, and when the motor isn't a bad one.

However a louder than average noise that starts to increase is a cause for concern. It doesn't sound like you have anything in the tank that can get into that motor and it shouldn't be irritatingly noisy at start up. So if the noise seems to be unusual, or increasing:

What I can suggest is to first check how the unit is sitting. Check that it is sitting evenly and hugging the tank properly. Check the seal of the intake tube over the area where it goes into the unit. If it is off kilter slightly you can end up with an unusual noise from your unit.

The other thing you can do is pull the motor off and look at the unit itself. Check the impeller by pulling it out. Is it in good order? Your impeller shouldn't be cracked, and the wheel thing with slats should all be intact. If it is not take the unit back. It shouldn't be defective right out of the box.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:15 AM   #5
 
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Ah alright. Wanted to ask other variables to get them out of the way. I have had different size Aquaclears in the past. They always have a gentle hum to their motor when they are working properly, and when the motor isn't a bad one.

However a louder than average noise that starts to increase is a cause for concern. It doesn't sound like you have anything in the tank that can get into that motor and it shouldn't be irritatingly noisy at start up. So if the noise seems to be unusual, or increasing:

What I can suggest is to first check how the unit is sitting. Check that it is sitting evenly and hugging the tank properly. Check the seal of the intake tube over the area where it goes into the unit. If it is off kilter slightly you can end up with an unusual noise from your unit.

The other thing you can do is pull the motor off and look at the unit itself. Check the impeller by pulling it out. Is it in good order? Your impeller shouldn't be cracked, and the wheel thing with slats should all be intact. If it is not take the unit back. It shouldn't be defective right out of the box.
Thanks for the tips. Will take a look and see a little bit later on today and follow-up.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:22 AM   #6
 
Probably should have mentioned this detail, the filter's humming sound only gets slightly louder when I adjust the water flow. When it is at max flow it is a lot less noisy but then again I have never had these filters before so not sure what is the norm.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:06 AM   #7
 
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Is there air in the intake tube, at the cross beam part? That can be fixed by playing with the flow control. Moving it to minimum flow for a few then back to full flow for a few, an so forth, will get the air out.

Another thing I've found, is that they can get quieter over time. I used to use ACs exclusively, before I switched to canisters. Some of them were noisiest when they were first set up.


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Old 05-10-2013, 11:23 AM   #8
 
I have a question on this filter also. I bought an AquaClear 50 at Petsmart a few weeks ago and I like the filter accept for two issues that I was wondering if you could suggest a fix for....

1. When the media housing is seated completely flush and pushed all the way down like it is suppose to be, water overflows (and isn't going through the filter media) slightly when the flow control is set to high. Why?
2. There is a slight vibration noise when the top is placed on the filter. Why?

I am mainly concerned with number 1. Why would setting the flow control to high cause a slight overflow from the intake chamber? I am using the media that came with the filter, so that shouldn't be the cause.

Thanks!
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:34 AM   #9
 
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I have a question on this filter also. I bought an AquaClear 50 at Petsmart a few weeks ago and I like the filter accept for two issues that I was wondering if you could suggest a fix for....

1. When the media housing is seated completely flush and pushed all the way down like it is suppose to be, water overflows (and isn't going through the filter media) slightly when the flow control is set to high. Why?
2. There is a slight vibration noise when the top is placed on the filter. Why?

I am mainly concerned with number 1. Why would setting the flow control to high cause a slight overflow from the intake chamber? I am using the media that came with the filter, so that shouldn't be the cause.

Thanks!
I was wondering that myself to 1. I have it set between high and low flow.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:20 PM   #10
 
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Mine was a bit noisy when I first set it up a few weeks ago, but I've noticed that now it's almost silent after the impeller and the shaft were able to build up a 'slime coat'. You can use a Q-Tip to lubricate the impeller/shaft with either water conditioner or petroleum jelly to simulate the natural slimy-ness that will eventually occur. (That's the advice I was given by the company when I complained about the noise.)

Mine was dead silent after running for about 2 weeks, if that. If I put my ear right up next to it I can hear a slight electric hum, but that's it. I don't even hear it when I sit in front of the tank :)

Also, the plastic piece between the motor and the intake tube (that flat black piece the end of the intake tube attaches too) can sometimes get loose, and I just push it back down with a pair of tweezers.

Taking the lid off helps a lot too, as that seems to make the noise echo. I run mine without a lid. I don't know why, except that it just doesn't seem to fit snugly enough. I just run mine without and haven't had a problem.
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