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sponge filter vs hob??
Old 02-12-2013, 02:57 AM   #11
 
All I can say is I have 3 Aquaclear 70's and they all run great.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:28 AM   #12
 
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Wow!

I have rarely heard so many negative report's on the Aquaclear HOB filter's (ever), and I have used nearly all of the brand's existing.
I just replaced an Aquaclear 110 on 55 gal with canister that had been running flawlessly for two year's, and have an Aquaclear 70 on 29 gal tank that also is approx two year's old with nary a problem one.(many other's run these filter's without issues much longer).
I suspect those who report problem's with the Aquclear's may have not ever cleaned impeller assembly or cleaned it infrequently.Hell,some folk's are unaware that the impeller assembly can be removed, and should be cleaned once a month.IMHO
I did have noise issues, but this was resolved by leaving the plastic top off,and ensuring the plastic tab at the bottom back of the filter (rest's against the back glass), was situated so that the filter set level as opposed to cocked toward's rear or too far forward.(impeller noise if not seated level in well, also faster failure of motor).
Sand will @%$! up any motor,impeller assembly, so proper care need's to be taken when placing intakes too near the substrate or performing maint (turn off the filter).
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:34 PM   #13
 
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Wow!

I have rarely heard so many negative report's on the Aquaclear HOB filter's (ever), and I have used nearly all of the brand's existing.
I just replaced an Aquaclear 110 on 55 gal with canister that had been running flawlessly for two year's, and have an Aquaclear 70 on 29 gal tank that also is approx two year's old with nary a problem one.(many other's run these filter's without issues much longer).
I suspect those who report problem's with the Aquclear's may have not ever cleaned impeller assembly or cleaned it infrequently.Hell,some folk's are unaware that the impeller assembly can be removed, and should be cleaned once a month.IMHO
I did have noise issues, but this was resolved by leaving the plastic top off,and ensuring the plastic tab at the bottom back of the filter (rest's against the back glass), was situated so that the filter set level as opposed to cocked toward's rear or too far forward.(impeller noise if not seated level in well, also faster failure of motor).
Sand will @%$! up any motor,impeller assembly, so proper care need's to be taken when placing intakes too near the substrate or performing maint (turn off the filter).
For me, if I am doing water changes and have to turn my filters off (back when I ran AC) I always pulled the motor and cleaned out the inside. Put it back in proper, made sure everything was level and even when I tried covering the intake with something to prevent sand getting into the unit I still had problems.

That is not to say that people who have problems may not be doing proper cleaning/maintenance. If you use the sponge that goes on the bottom area you have to rinse it at least once a month depending upon how quickly it becomes clogged. Otherwise the motor works too hard.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:41 AM   #14
 
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My sponge filters carry almost the entire bacteria colony of their tanks---no substrate, only Anubias. Easy to clean and quiet (I wrapped the pump in a soft towel and hung it on the wall).

The only thing I don't like is that the outgassing or oxygenating causes my pH to rise.

I have two small internal filters in other tanks. Not as quiet. Extra foam at the outlet carries a lot of the bacteria colony---no substrate, Anubias and a potted sword or Java moss. Not as easy to clean, but reliable and quieter than HOBs I've heard.

I have the tops of the tanks covered in cling film to seal in the warm moist air that anabantids need, so I can't have gear sticking out.
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:22 AM   #15
 
i thoroughly enjoy my aqueon 55/75 hob filter. i did see alot of people who disliked it when i was researching but i found that a little tinkering and its perfectly awesome. lol just needed to remove a piece of plastic used to "aerate" the water as it leaves the filter got rid of unwanted water splashing. its quiet and works well on my 55g. it has two filters so if one gets torn or ripped it doesnt completely relieve you of that bac. you need. was 31 dollars shipped from drsfoster&smith. downside is it does ripple the water a good deal with its 400gph filtering but for the price its well worth it. there is only a slight hum but nothing to bad. im a very light sleeper and the tank is in my room and its only bothered me once or twice due to evap of tank water. i have a sand bottom tank and havent had any issues so far with it sucking in sand. it has an adjustable intake tube. ive also put some filter floss over the intake to prevent it from sucking up my shrimp but that was useless cuz my angelfish ate them lol. havent had a spong or canister yet. still deciding on which canister or possibly trying a sponge ... good luck ony our research my aqurist friend!

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