Question about HOB filter's
Hey guys. I wanted a couple inputs form people.
I currently have a 10g with a Whisper on the back. It does the job and best of all (to me) is dead silent.
I've been reading alot about the Emperor series by Marineland and how superior they are and the great feature of the bio Wheel. I have a 30 gallon that will be stood up at the end of July and was contemplating the Emperor 280.
My question is: How silent does it run?
2nd Question: How to the Whisper's compare?
3rd: What other good HOB options are there that run quietly?
Thanks in advance
I haven't used an Emperor filter before, but I've used Marineland's other line, Pengiun. I can definitely vouch for them. They run really quiet unless you've got really low water levels. The added bio-wheel makes them a far better filter than any of the Whisper filters and most other HOB's, in my opinion. The Emperors are a step above the Pengiuns and include additional media baskets. Unless there's some weird drop in quality as you go from Penguin to the more expensive Emperors, I'd be willing to bet that Emps are pretty much the best HOB filter you can get.
Other people on this forum are big fans of Aquaclear HOB filters, but there are certainly a lot of experienced fishkeepers who swear by the Marineland filters, especially the Emperors.
Thank you. I was not aware that the penguin series also has the Bio Wheel. Great to hear they run quiet. Thank you for the input.
+1 for Marineland. I've also got a penguin on a 10G.
If you're looking for dead silent, let me recommend looking at canister filters instead of HOB. IMHO they are lower maintenance and cheaper to maintain. There are some great small canisters which are sometimes overlooked, but which work great on smaller tanks.
The Marineland Magnum H.O.T. is the first one that comes to mind.
I've got one of these mini-canisters on my 10G and I cannot hear it.
Let me give you a long and probably not so helpful story (but it really is on topic!) I run the penguin on the one 10G and the canister on my puffer's 10G. One week my boyfriend's mom had come to visit and I had warned her about the circuit in the house blowing and the importance of turning it back on cuz of the fish. She woke up one morning while me and my man were both at work and saw that Puffer's tank was silent, like dead silent. She freaked out and for the life of her could not tell if the filter was running barring sticking her hand into the tank. The called my boyfriend in a PANIC worried that my filter wasn't running and my fish was going to die. It was running. He had her pop a piece of flake food in to test for current and lo and behold, it spun all around the surface. Meanwhile she had no doubt from the beginning that the other tank with the Penguin filter was running.
I'll look at the Marineland Magnum along with the penguin. I've also had some strong reccomendations for AquaClear. Any inputs on those?
I run a Penguin 350 along with a Whisper 60 on my 55 gallon. The Penguin is definitely quieter than the Whisper.
I don't have any experience with the Aquaclear although I have heard rave reviews for them as well.
I really like the aquaclear series from Hagen. I would suggest the aquaclear 70, its a great HOB but you can run alot more media than with other HOB filters and its easy to customize the filtration... Good Luck! :P
I have four of the emperor filters in operation. The only sound I hear is the water. Am planning on setting up 80 gal. at end of june, (payday) and will use two emperor 400's The best part about them is I can remove one of the biowheels and use it to help seed new tank or tanks. :)
I use the penguin 200, it is not noisey but it is in my bedroom and I do hear the hum of the motor and the trickle of the water falling off the bio-wheel in the dead silence of the night. I got use to it pretty quick and it doesnt keep me up anymore. I also have a smaller whisper in my room and I can't hear it at all, but the penguin is a better filter.
My 55 gal has the Rena Smartfilter on it. Pretty happy with the design it's been running almost 2 years now without any problems.
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