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post #1 of 14 Old 02-27-2012, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
Unhappy Whisper filter doesn't live up to its namesake...

My Whisper power filter is VERY LOUD I have to unplug it to get any sleep (it's ok I don't have any fish in it yet :P). The filter is for a 60 gal but the tank it came with is only 22. All in all--I'm doing it wrong.

I have some plants (including some floating ones) and killie eggs coming soon, and perhaps gourami, female betta, tetra, kuhli loaches, livebearers...not exactly sure yet. Saw some cute tiny pearl danios and some tiny barbs, forgot the name but they have a black spot w/ orange around it, would they get eaten?

Sorry, ADD, so my question is, what should I use instead? Are there quieter power filters? Should I get a canister filter instead? They're expensive and I hear they're hard to clean. If I did get a canister, would I need an airstone? should I get an airstone anyway if I use a power filter? If I have surface swimmers (clown killies), would they not like surface disturbance of a power filter?

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post #2 of 14 Old 02-27-2012, 08:22 AM
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The filter should not be making that much noise. Have you tried cleaning out the impeller area? Or it could be that you need to adjust the way it's hanging on the tank.

For a 22 gallon, a canister filter might be a little bit of overkill and I wouldn't spend the money.

Have you looking into the Aquaclear HOBs? I've had a few of these on diff. size tanks and they are virtually silent and do a good job.

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post #3 of 14 Old 02-27-2012, 09:02 AM
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For a 22 gallon, be careful. You can only have 1 or 2 species, maybe 3.

Almost all 'small' fish are schooling, which means you need a minimum of 6 to form the school. You also need to consider swimming room, a 22g is small and does not offer much space, but I'm not sure on the dimensions as a 22g is not a 'standard' size.

It came with a filter sized for a 60g? .... you may want to buy one sized for a 30, the extra flow rate will not be appreciated by most fish, unless you are going for high current fish (less common).
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It came with a filter sized for a 60g? .... you may want to buy one sized for a 30, the extra flow rate will not be appreciated by most fish, unless you are going for high current fish (less common).
I agree. IF you want quiet you might look at the Aqueon HOB filter. I have one on my 25 gallon and it is very quiet.

I have a different filter on my other tank and it too is loud. I hate that

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post #5 of 14 Old 02-27-2012, 10:14 AM
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@lookimawave: I have had these problems with both of my Penguin filters.Sometimes it is just a matter of disassembling and reassembling the filter a couple of times and ensuring every part fits snugly. Also many times these filters require a high water level.
You can reduce the water current by adding DIY baffles to the filter like these ones: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...-baffle-30139/
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post #6 of 14 Old 02-27-2012, 10:50 PM
I use a Fluval c3 on my 26g its very quiet I cannot hear a sound from it
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post #7 of 14 Old 02-27-2012, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

I just got my heater in the mail and it's crap crap crap. It says its fully submergable in the amazon descrip but it's not. I set the temp knob to 78 but the two thermometers on my tank read 74...so I need a different one of these too T_T
Suggestions again? Plssss
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post #8 of 14 Old 02-27-2012, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
2 or 3? :( that's less fun... what if i break them up into what level of the tank they would occupy? Kuhlis on the bottom, tetras in the middle, gourami/killies on the top and livebearers all over? I heard 1in of fish/gal...is it not quite as simple as that?
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post #9 of 14 Old 02-28-2012, 12:24 AM
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no.. the one inch of fish per gallon is complete garbage.

I wouldn't do a gourami in a tank that size. 3 sparkling gourami maybe, but that would be it for the tank nothing else at all. What are the dimensions of the tank? What is the PH of your tap water?
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post #10 of 14 Old 02-28-2012, 08:49 AM
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

I just got my heater in the mail and it's crap crap crap. It says its fully submergable in the amazon descrip but it's not. I set the temp knob to 78 but the two thermometers on my tank read 74...so I need a different one of these too T_T
Suggestions again? Plssss
Humm ... may not want to jump to conclusions.

Most heaters are fully submersible. If it has a "fill line" on it, that's just because Canada requires it to be there.

As for temperature, if your dial has actual temperature numbers on it take that with a grain of salt. If you have it set for 78 but it holds steady at 74, bump it up to 80 and see if it holds steady at 76 ... then go from there.

Mine was like that, it's an Aquatop brand. But they had a feature where you could re-calibrate the dial. In the end, it dosen't mater as long as it holds a steady temperature (even if you set the dial to 82 for a steady 78 in reality).
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