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post #1 of 10 Old 03-22-2019, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Which filter

1. Marineland Penguin
2. AquaClear
3. Seachem Tidal

Out of all three of these filters, which is the quietest and better filter? I’m leaning more towards the Marinland 200 or 350 because they’re cheaper than the Seachem Tidals and AquaClears. But I want to hear your guys’ thoughts.
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-22-2019, 10:46 PM
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I have the largest of the aquaclears (500?) a few feet from my bed. It's noisy mostly due to the water return. I really recommend getting a canister over a HOB. You get a ton of media room and my hydor is dead quiet. When I unplug the HOB I can't even tell that the canister is running. Plenty of circulation/surface breaking without a sound. Wish I would have just bought a second one.
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-23-2019, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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I can’t afford a canister and I think they would be too much work for me due to my physical disability.
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post #4 of 10 Old 03-23-2019, 06:18 PM
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There are some cheap ones out there, but I do understand that hauling them around can be a pain. The aquaclears overturn a lot of water per hour, making them effective. I hacked mine to reduce the motor noise. I think the smaller models are quieter. Very easy to clean, just pull out the media tray.
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post #5 of 10 Old 03-24-2019, 06:04 AM
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In my experience, HOBs only become "noisier" when the water level drops with evaporation.

I have two tanks side by side, both with HOBs.
One tank is filled nearly to the brim & is basically silent running.

The other tank is only 3/4 full of water & is obviously noisier with the out take water free-falling into the tank. I've reduced the noise factor by hanging a strip of plastic gutter mesh from where the water runs out back into the tank & this has reduced the noise factor to a "relaxing" background trickle sound.

Also, depending on the brand/model of the HOB, most of the mid to large range sizes have the same powerhead. It's just the size of the actual unit that determines the amount of water flow.
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-27-2019, 04:22 PM
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I don't use filters.


So I guess that doesn't help.


my .02

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #7 of 10 Old 03-28-2019, 05:57 PM
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I found Marineland canister filters to be quiet and efficient. I have the magniflow 360 . You should go online and check out CHEWY online prices . Maybe 30% cheaper than chain store prices. In fact whatever you buy from Chewy is cheaper than store prices . Chewy is the best . Amazing customer service . They are there to help believe it or not .
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post #8 of 10 Old 03-29-2019, 02:26 PM
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As for HOB's, I still like the Aquaclear (I have 4, 3-AC70's, 1-AC50). I have not purchased a Tidal.

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I think the Tidal's have some nice features, but I'm not sure I like the irregular media compartment which slightly makes customizing media more difficult. (I have my Aquaclears filled completely with bio-sponge material,...which kinda makes 'em HOB sponge filters.)
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I hear the Tidal's built-in skimmer can make a real racket if the water level is a little low. The top that serves as the tray for the media basket and the heater holder (I wouldn't use) are cute. I do like the pump in the water, although I've heard the mfg. has had mixed reviews in the past.
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Just my $.02, but for now, I'm sticking with the Aquaclear!


Edit: I like Marineland, but I'm bias against cartridge HOB's. They're marketing genius in the [cash sow] consumables, but beneficial bacteria gets tossed out with the dirty cartridge. The bio-wheels are an interesting idea, but I hear they often bind up and stop rotating when they get older.


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post #9 of 10 Old 04-08-2019, 07:31 AM
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i have been using aquaclears for over 25 years, great filters,


i stuff them full of foam only, no charcoal or anything else
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