We are going to restart our 55 gallon freshwater tank after moving several years ago. The tank has been empty for four years, but it is now full and has no leaks. The filter is working nicely and quietly, just as it always has.
The local pet store is having a special next month where we can bring in our filter and exchange it for free for a new one.
We currently have a Whisper 60 Triad that is 7 years old, but as said, seems to be working very well. the new filter would be an Aqueon. The promotion states:
"Free Filter with the exchange of any brand other than Aqueon for a brand new Aqueon Power filter of equal size. Aqueon will give away a filter to replace the power filter to the closest size available. Matches gallons per hour, not the size. Filter will not come in a box."
I know sometimes things that seem like a no-brainer are the worst moves of all, and just because something is 7 years old, does not mean that something newer will work better. I have tried to see what kind of reviews Aqueon has gotten, but the few I have found don't mention specific models. Saw a couple that say the small ones (10 gals) are excellent and quiet, but the big ones (50 gal+) can be VERY noisy...and I would prefer to stay away from that....
It also appears that there are a lot more "parts" - filter elements/stages- in the Aqueon than in my current Whisper. Some reviews said that the Aqueon water is incredibly clear....my water has always seemed pretty clear.....Are the additional filter stages 'worth it' based upon expense and maintenance time versus the Whisper?
Does anyone have any thoughts/ideas/suggestions on the topic? Anything would be appreciated...Thanks in advance