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JaybieFromTheLB 12-16-2013 02:01 AM

Multiple HOB filters question.
 
I just recently purchased the aqueon 29 gallon deluxe kit. Im not sure exactly what filter came with it (between a quietflow 20 or 30). I added a new fluval aqua clear 30 to run alongside the quietflow. Today I discovered that this filter is LOUD and I was wondering if its okay to set one filter on a timer while I sleep then turn back on in the morning and keep the quietflow on 24/7. Will turning off the filter for an extended period of time prevent or affect biological filtration? Thank you all in advance.

rsskylight04 12-16-2013 03:13 AM

Very interesting question about the bacterial filtration. Aquaclear shouldn't be tooo loud. Try removing the motor , pull out the magnet/ impeller and coat the post that the impeller sits on with silicone lubricant. If that doesn't work for you I would say get another of the quietflow and sell or trade the aquaclear.

I love aquaclear. Its the only filter I'll use, but certain noises bother some people more than others so I hope you'll find a solution that works for you.

Best wishes to you and your fish.

JaybieFromTheLB 12-16-2013 03:20 AM

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Originally Posted by rsskylight04 (Post 3595002)
Very interesting question about the bacterial filtration. Aquaclear shouldn't be tooo loud. Try removing the motor , pull out the magnet/ impeller and coat the post that the impeller sits on with silicone lubricant. If that doesn't work for you I would say get another of the filter that's quiet and sell or trade the aquaclear.


I just opened it up and used vaseline to lubricate the impeller. So far the results are unbelievably significant. Right now im just debating if i should substitute the activated carbon media in the filter for more mechanical filtration or biological.

jaysee 12-16-2013 03:26 AM

I've long ago stopped using carbon - would rather have an extra bag of biomax in there.

rsskylight04 12-16-2013 03:35 AM

I use extra filter pad instead of carbon layer in my aquaclear.

JaybieFromTheLB 12-16-2013 03:39 AM

Hmm since the quietflows cartridges already contain carbon, I can just swap those without having to worry about a mini cycle thanks to my secondary filter. Now its just a debate on which will be more beneficial to me, another filter pad or biomax


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