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post #1 of 18 Old 08-28-2011, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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What is the quietest type of filter?

I have had a Marineland HOB filter, and Aqueon HOB and many of the sponge filters with the pump. The sponge/pump idea I like but... they are loud. The pump itself does the buzzing noise and the bubbles from the sponge are loud. The Aqueon hang on back is quiet but... I am not a fan of the big clunky looking filter on the tank.

I have never used a canaster filter mainly becuase the ones they sold at Petsmart didn't fit under my stand. I don't want a filter sitting next to the tank. It just looks yucky in my opinion. I prefer to have it hidden. Another reason I use the sponge is that I can plant all around it and you don't even notice it there (other then the bubbles)

Which filter systems have you guys found to be the quietest and also very effective?

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post #2 of 18 Old 08-28-2011, 08:15 AM
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Hi Inga :)

I've got a Rena Filstar XP3 running on my 75 gallon. It is virtually silent and I love love love the job it does on the tank.

Eheim also has a great reputation but I chose the Rena bc it got great reviews and we were just building a house at the time so money was being sucked out of our wallets at a pretty good pace.

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Hi Inga :)

I've got a Rena Filstar XP3 running on my 75 gallon. It is virtually silent and I love love love the job it does on the tank.

Eheim also has a great reputation but I chose the Rena bc it got great reviews and we were just building a house at the time so money was being sucked out of our wallets at a pretty good pace.

How big is it? I really don't wish to have a filter sitting on the floor next to the tank. Does it fit under your cabinet? Also, how hard is it to deal with. I am technically challenged and like the easiest to deal with equipment. I like the sponge but as I said, I would like something quieter. This will especially be important if I move a tank to the living room.

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post #4 of 18 Old 08-28-2011, 10:38 AM
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I'll go and measure it for you. But you should check out the XP2 ratings. I'm assuming that this is going on your 60 gallon?? I know the XP3 is rated for a lot more than what I need on the 75 gallon but I really wouldn't have it any other way :)

And they're so easy to take care of so don't worry about that.

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edit: 14" high, 7-1/2" wide, 8" deep. I imagine the XP2 will be a little smaller. Is your cabinet open in the back? You'd need an open back for the tubes to run to the input/and output bars in the tank.

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I'll go and measure it for you. But you should check out the XP2 ratings. I'm assuming that this is going on your 60 gallon?? I know the XP3 is rated for a lot more than what I need on the 75 gallon but I really wouldn't have it any other way :)

And they're so easy to take care of so don't worry about that.

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edit: 14" high, 7-1/2" wide, 8" deep. I imagine the XP2 will be a little smaller. Is your cabinet open in the back? You'd need an open back for the tubes to run to the input/and output bars in the tank.



The back of my cabinet is not open but there are holes in it so that I can run tubing through. That is how I have the air pump in the cabinet, the tubing running out the back and into the tank to the sponge filter. The cabinet has a shelf in it and unfortunately, it isn't moveable. So in other words, I can't fit much in there. I like over filtering vs. just enough also though with the sponge, many folks might think it is under filtered. The water stays clear and the water parameters are always good. As you know, I am an extreme water changer. I do 60-70% every 4-5 days. I love putzing with it and let's face it, there is only so much you can do with a fishtank. ha ha

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post #6 of 18 Old 08-28-2011, 03:32 PM
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I run a XP4 for my 100 gallon tank and I havnt had any problems at all and insde the tank stand I dont hear anything.I hear the air pump only when i open the doors.I been running it for about six months now and for the price I think its a great value at petmountain.com
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I run a XP4 for my 100 gallon tank and I havnt had any problems at all and insde the tank stand I dont hear anything.I hear the air pump only when i open the doors.I been running it for about six months now and for the price I think its a great value at petmountain.com

Do any of you guys have heavily planted tanks? I was just wondering what you put in the filter rather then carbon? I mean, having carbon in the filter basically defeats the purpose when trying to grow plants, right?

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post #8 of 18 Old 08-28-2011, 04:04 PM
My rena xp3 is about 2 feet away from the head of my bed. I'm quiet picky of noise when I am going to sleep, but out of all 3 tanks that are in my room the rena is the loudest. The rest are all internals, which are more or less silent. I won't use HOBs at all because they are so noisy, same with air pumps. Though I do love to use sponge filters driven by submersible pumps. ATM my laptop's fan is louder then ALL my tanks.

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Do any of you guys have heavily planted tanks? I was just wondering what you put in the filter rather then carbon? I mean, having carbon in the filter basically defeats the purpose when trying to grow plants, right?
I just use more filter floss or sponges. There is really no point to having carbon at all, regardless of if you have plants or not.

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post #10 of 18 Old 08-28-2011, 04:18 PM
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The tank is pretty heavily planted. I never used carbon even when it wasn't. I just use the coarse black pads, bio-media, stars, and floss - all comes with the filter and the only thing I ever have to replace is the white floss. Even then, not very often.

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