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post #1 of 63 Old 07-08-2013, 05:10 AM Thread Starter
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Completely SILENT filter?

I asked this question maybe a year ago. But I was looking for a bit more information.

I am just wondering if a completely silent filter is actually possible? I am looking for literally no noise. My aquarium is maybe 3 feet from my bed. I have trouble sleeping (which is why I'm awake right now) and I am very peculiar about noise when trying to sleep. I sleep in complete silence.

That said, all my fish died with some illness that I could not cure although I tried. Right now it has no filters running and only has one lone amano shrimp and some snails. :( It's been that way for a year. I feel like it would be fun to have a few fish again, and would be relaxing to watch.

Anyways, I always write a lot. Basically, I am looking into an Eheim filter because I heard they are quiet. I know a lot of people here have them, so how quiet are they exactly? I would probably be able to hear them in an absolutely silent room, no? I know I sound picky, but that's the quirky way I am -- the noise will drive me crazy trying to sleep and possibly even to study.

Thanks! It is 50 gallons.

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post #2 of 63 Old 07-08-2013, 07:10 AM
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A canister filter is the way to go. In my experience with several brands, they are all pretty much equally silent.

They are so quiet that you'll have to feel them to know their working (if you don't look at the water movement).

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post #3 of 63 Old 07-08-2013, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
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So would you say, in a 100% silent room, they are unnoticeable?

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post #4 of 63 Old 07-08-2013, 07:36 AM
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In my bedroom I have 3 canisters (2 BIG ones in the 125, 1 mini on the 10 which is on my bedside table), and they are as silent as filters get. 100% silent? No, there is a small amount of vibrational transference that results in a very low hum. So low that the only time I am aware of it is immediately after a power outage. Rolling around on my water bed makes more noise.

All I run are canisters (except on QTs) - people always comment on how quiet it is in my apartment considering how many tanks I have (fewer tanks now though). And that was with 2 canisters on each tank. At one point I had 10 filters running in my living room/dining room.


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post #5 of 63 Old 07-08-2013, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Alright, thank you. :) I wish there was a way I could try it out to see how noisy it is before I make the investment:(

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post #6 of 63 Old 07-08-2013, 07:56 AM
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I'm sure you'll be happy with it. I hate noise as well - I don't even own an air pump, let alone use them because of the noise. That's one of the reasons why I switched to canisters - peace and quiet.


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Completely SILENT filter?

I don't own a Eheim, but I do own a Fluval Aquaclear 50(good for 20-50g tanks) for my 20g, and when I'm around it while it's silent I barely hear anything. You can even slow the flow so it won't be so loud. Also, it helps to have the water right at the lip of the filter's flow so that'll reduce the water noise. Thing is, if you'd like to have fish again, keep in mind you'd have to buy an air pump for aeration or else your fish will "suffocate". Those can have a low humming sound with them, and sometimes it's just the airstone releasing air that causes the noise.

Also, do get that amano shrimp some company of his own kind. I had one Amano shrimp before who'd hide in this piece of bogwood I have in my tank all the time until I got him two more of his kind. Little bud now wanders the entire tank with a better aura, if you will. Best way I can put it. Plus the more you have, the better the cleaning crew.

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Thing is, if you'd like to have fish again, keep in mind you'd have to buy an air pump for aeration or else your fish will "suffocate".
That is not true. I do not own an air pump and my fish do not suffocate, even at temps approaching 90 degrees. The vast majority of tanks do not require an air pump for aeration - the filters handle it. The gas exchange occurs when the surface tension of the water is broken, which filters do with the return flow. The air bubbles themselves don't directly add oxygen to the water - they just burst at the surface, thereby breaking the surface tension of the water. If the filter is already doing that, then the air pump is not needed for that purpose.
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post #10 of 63 Old 07-08-2013, 10:15 AM
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I have an eheim canister in my bedroom. Noise was a big concern and I am very happy with the eheim. No noise that I can hear unless I open up the cabinet it's in and stick my head in there lol. You'll like it
(also my 72g is only 3-4feet from the end of my bed)
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