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post #1 of 16 Old 09-02-2008, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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After 10 years, getting back into the hobby & I need hel

After 10 years I'm getting back into the hobby and I need some help.

In the past I had a 55gal planted community tank. Now with two kids I really don't have the room for a 55 so I picked up a 20 high. In the 55 I had a fluval canister (can't remember the model) and a Whisper power 60. I remember the Whisper being just that... dead silent. When I picked up the 20gal, I naturally went for another Whisper as I remembered how silent they were. I purchase the Whisper EX45 and it's definitely not all that silent. There's a rumbling and humming noise that is driving us all nuts. It's not the rattle of the impeller as I remember that chatter. :) If I take off the top cover or open the top door, the noise subsides, but it's still very audible. Could there be something wrong or is this normal? Should I grab another brand? Go with a canister? Any help is appreciated as it's been 2 days and the noise is still there. I'm in the process of setting the tank up, so we turn the filter off at night.
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post #2 of 16 Old 09-02-2008, 07:45 AM
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I would take the filter back to the LFS. There is no reason why the newer model of Whisper should be making much of a noise, other than a gentle splash on the water surface.
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post #3 of 16 Old 09-02-2008, 08:14 AM
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Ah, sounds like my new topfin filter. *extremely quiet* Hah, yeah right I would go with a HOB, like a marineland penguin. By far my favorite filter besides a canister. They are really quiet and really good, if you only have a 20 gallon then theres really no need for a canister filter. If your going for macho filtration then just get a penguin 200 or something.

And just before you laid dead weight upon its shores, I stung you in the face for that's the nature of my core.
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post #4 of 16 Old 09-02-2008, 05:57 PM
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Ugh...the older Whispers almost never rattle but these new ones are crap.

If you're looking for something with adjustable flow, get an AquaClear. If not, get a Penguin.

This is the song that never ends...
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post #5 of 16 Old 09-02-2008, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone... I took the filter out and took it all apart. I don't see any reason for the noise, so I called my local store and they won't do anything for me as it was installed in the tank and "used". I asked how it would be possible to know if there was an issue with the filter without using it and they told me there nothing they could do.

So the hunt began... I started looking for an older Whisper. After a quick search on eBay I purchased a brand new Whisper Power 40 for $18. Once it arrives I'll let everyone know which one makes less noise.

Are these filters enough for my 20? I never had such a small tank and as I stated before in my 55 I had a fluval as well as the Power 60.
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post #6 of 16 Old 09-03-2008, 04:32 AM
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The 40 should be enough. You could always back it up with a sponge filter if you wanted to (and to give yourself a secondary filtration method).

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post #7 of 16 Old 09-03-2008, 06:51 AM
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I strongly agree that a secondary source of biological filtration would be desirable. A sponge filter would be simple and effective.
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post #8 of 16 Old 09-03-2008, 07:55 AM
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Umm I'm pretty sure they have to let you return it... How long have you owned it for? I'm pretty sure you could return anything within 30 days so long as when you bought it it didn't get stamped with FINAL SALE. I would be really mad if I were you. Lol and probably make a huge scene.

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post #9 of 16 Old 09-03-2008, 10:15 AM
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Umm I'm pretty sure they have to let you return it... How long have you owned it for? I'm pretty sure you could return anything within 30 days so long as when you bought it it didn't get stamped with FINAL SALE. I would be really mad if I were you. Lol and probably make a huge scene.
Actually, it depends on the state law. For example, Kentucky is a "buyer beware" state. Merchants are not required by law to take any item for return, regardless of reason. It is the buyers responsibility to ensure the item is in proper condition prior to purchase.

That being said, good business usually prevails.
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post #10 of 16 Old 09-03-2008, 06:58 PM
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Kind of off-topic here, but I'll ask anyway:

Little-Fizz, do you know if that law is some sort of Canadian national law, or is it province-specific?

...You do live in Canada, right?

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