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post #11 of 19 Old 05-10-2013, 12:35 PM
Jen, does yours slightly overflow from the intake when set to high?
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post #12 of 19 Old 05-10-2013, 12:51 PM
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Yes, I had just assumed it was because I had stuffed it to the brim with filter floss. I have no idea why it does that
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post #13 of 19 Old 05-10-2013, 02:24 PM
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Yes, if the filter is too packed with media it will overflow over the intake tube. It's good to have the filter angled forward - if it's angled back at all, or even just level, water can drip out the back of the filter.

Leaving the lid off helps to keep it quiet, but will increase evaporation.




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post #14 of 19 Old 05-12-2013, 10:55 AM
Mine overflows a little even with no media in the tray. Dumb design or anomaly?
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The overflow is just due to more water being driven than the media will allow to pass. There is no filtration benefit to cranking it up to max only to have some water bypass the media. Although I hear reduced sound levels when it is at maximum flow so that is a plus for doing that.

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They will tend to overflow a bit, especially when adjusted for full flow. AC's have one of the strongest motors of any hob filter I've messed with, extending the intake & doing a 50% water change in a deeper tank without shutting them down is no problem. You'll see a bit of slowing with the flow, where others will shut down with this they just keep running. I've never been concerned with the bit of overflow, but as mentioned keep it tilted towards the tank a bit.

Lid rattle is common with these, I've found that putting a piece of slate on the lid stops it, the grey color blends in nicely.
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post #17 of 19 Old 05-24-2013, 06:36 PM
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Hello. This morning I replaced my 4 year old TopFin 30 with a Fluval/Aquaclear 30. Right from the first power, the Fluval is quieter - and the TopFin wasn't really noisy as I had used some foam on the rattly parts. Without the lid, the Fluval was barely detectable over the noise of the bubbler. With the lid on, there is a detectable noise.

The lid not only creates a sound chamber, it also acts as a sound board. Just like the top of a guitar. So ANY sound/vibration of the main filter unit will be amplified. That the filter is as quiet as it is right off the bat gives me great hope for the silence when it has broken in, and become a wee bit slimy.

I'll try to remember to post anything further noteworthy.
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post #18 of 19 Old 05-24-2013, 08:44 PM
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I used AquaClear filters and I think they are much quieter than the Whisper filter I use! You have to make sure the intake tube is really seated well and that the filter is vertical (that's what the black thingy on the back is for). I even put a small piece of folded cardboard behind the black thingy to insure my filter to keep is very upright.
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post #19 of 19 Old 05-28-2013, 11:52 AM
For what it's worth, I'm a fan of the Hagen, now marketed as 'Fluval' Aquaclear HOB's and have three of them. I like the design over most HOB's because 1) we can decide the amount and type of media (not something you can easily do with most HOB's that use cartridges) and 2) the ability to adjust the flow to reduce flow output while increasing re-filtration.
I also had/have enough vibration to cause the top to rattle. I currently run with the tops off. That may or may not allow a little extra evaporation, of which I'm not too concerned about.

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