My tank is in my bedroom and recently I've been noticing how loud my HOB filter is at night, and after a few suggestions I've been looking into canister filters, which is a whole different realm of filter.
I'm not exactly the best when it comes to the specifics of how canister filters work and all the information I've been reading on them just keeps spinning me in circles. I'm also at a bit of a loss because my tank is a 35 gallon, and most of the ones I see are rated for 75 and up. All of my fish prefer still water so I'm trying hard to not overdo the flow in the tank.
I guess what I'm trying to ask is can someone point me in the right direction as to brands/models?
I'm also not excluding the possibility of getting a different HOB (I currently have an Aqua Tech, not the best but hey, it was free), but I really need something silent.
This would work for ya. I have a classic 2213 and it is super quiet and I LOVE it!
If you decide not to go with a canister filter, the Aquaclear HOBs run silent. At least all of mine have so far.
And I like how you can put the media into a basket like a mini canister setup.
Canister = more money, BUT, I am really impressed with the Marineland C series. Quiet, easy to service, very adjustable as far as media is concerned and much quieter than I expected.... once the silly "bio-balls" are removed, they just rattled in the water flow. It has a basket of ceramic which far surpass the plastic balls so they are more than redundant. I put the unit under the tank in the cabinet. In the ambient noise of the house I cannot tell that it is running.
Here's a link to a quick mini review that I did on it. I used the C-220 which is rated for a 55gallon for my 37 gallon. You could put a flow restrictor on the output hose, baffle the output, use an expanded output or just step down to the C-160. If you restrict the flow you do have a filter that, in future, can handle a larger tank.
Best value I found in canister filters if you don't go with the aquaclear HOB.
I've never experienced HOB, so have nothing to compare it to, but when i sit in the dark.....in silence, watching the tanks, i hear NOTHING from my canister.
Which canister do you have Nile?
Thanks for the help you guys, there are just so many options and it's hard to sort through it all :)
You mentioned fish preferring quiet water, so I will assume you have live plants too.
I am not a fan of HOB and would never get one again, and that after having them on all my tanks from 25g up to 55g back in the 1980's. I moved to canisters in the mid 1990's with my larger tanks (90g, 70g and 115g). I now have sponge filters in my smaller tanks, the largest is the 3-foot 33g in which I have an internal filter that Eheim used to make, just a sponge with a small motorhead. I'm sorry they no longer make this, it is a superb filter for a planted tank with quiet fish. The Fluval U1 is very similar, but I have not tried it. The only disadvantage with these is they are inside the tank, so one more piece of equipment to "hide."
I don't like HOB's that have cartridges, but I quite like my Aquaclear HOB's that allow me to control the type and quantity of filter media. There are likely those that still swear by their Penguins with bio-wheels.
You'll find many 'canister snobs' :love2: here and clearly canister filters are the ticket for large tanks, but I don't think I'd invest and use one on a tank less than 55g.
Each to his own.
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