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View Poll Results: What filter do you use (multiple choice)
Aqua-Clear 11 27.50%
Aqueon 5 12.50%
Fluval 7 17.50%
Marineland Bio Wheel 14 35.00%
Rena 4 10.00%
Top Fin 3 7.50%
Tetra 3 7.50%
Petco 0 0%
Canister 16 40.00%
Undergravel 0 0%
Foam 3 7.50%
Other 8 20.00%
No Filter 1 2.50%
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post #21 of 26 Old 02-12-2011, 11:28 AM
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I use an aquaclear, an aquaeon, and sponges.

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post #22 of 26 Old 02-12-2011, 11:52 AM
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I disagree to an extent about the noise level of Aquaclear HOB filters. I have found that they CAN be extremely noisy, but it's not so much that they're noisy on their own, they are just finicky and the slightest thing seems to create huge noise. Like if it's not sitting just right, it'll rattle... if the water level is too low, the water trickling noise is aggravating... and it seems like I am forever having to take it apart to rinse something out of the impeller. So, .
ITA. I have two AC 110 on my 125 and one is driving me nuts!! They are both over 5 years old though ~ still. I can hear it NOW.

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post #23 of 26 Old 02-13-2011, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Lol do you hear the filter or the water my aqua clear is silent
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post #24 of 26 Old 02-13-2011, 08:24 PM
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Homemade wet dry all the way. I've moved to different apartments twice since getting these fish...wet dry makes it great since most of the bacteria actually ends up being in the filter, making their bucket living much nicer. :)
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post #25 of 26 Old 02-13-2011, 11:54 PM
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Lol do you hear the filter or the water my aqua clear is silent
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I consider the sound of the water part of the filter noise, since not all filters make that noise. I do not like the trickling sound HOBs make. My aqua clear though from bran new out of the box made the most irritating vibrating sound. I tried tons of things and nothing would make it quiet. I have a noise OCD when I am going to sleep. Certain things drive me crazy if they are making noise when I am trying to fall asleep. My aquariums are one of them. The aquaclear was quickly replaced by a Fuval 2+ which can be DEAD silent most of the time. Its in my bedroom and I only occasionally have problems with it, most of the time you can't even hear it even if you are trying to. Its way quieter then the central air.

never been a fan of wet/dry filters, too many summer power outages...

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post #26 of 26 Old 02-14-2011, 02:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Mikaila31 View Post
never been a fan of wet/dry filters, too many summer power outages...
ANOTHER reason to get a canister. The filters WILL resume once the power comes back on, while many HOBs need to be primed. Even the excellent AC filters will empty out and not restart (possibly burning the motor out from running dry when power returns) if the water is too low. And you never have to prime a canister after a water change.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
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