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I think I’ve come up with a solution to my noisy filter problem. After taking advice I’ve received on this forum and that of the helpful person at my pet store I’ve decided to keep the filter I have and put it on a timer to go off at 10:30 pm and on at 6:30 am. I also purchased a pump and air stone wand that goes the length of the aquarium. When the filter goes off the air stone will still be running creating movement at the surface. The pump is virtually silent and the air stone makes no noise. The outside filter kept me awake with the cascading water falling all night. If anyone has any opinions or comments I welcome them. Thanks!
 

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this is not a good idea. when you turn off the filter, not only are you removing all the filtration and water movement in the tank, but you severely effect the bacteria in the filter. this could easily lead to problems with your water parameters. especially if its standing for 8 hours.
remember, its not only water movement you need. you actually need the filtration. for those 8 hours, ammonia is building in your tank, with no biological filtration to convert it into nitrates. 8 hours of building ammonia levels can be fatal to your fish

the only way you would hear the waterfall, is if your tank isnt properly filled.
do not turn off your filter. simply fill your tank to the proper level. problem solved.
 

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Thanks for the great replies. The tank is filled to the brim now. I think the water I'm hearing is actually inside the unit which is outside the tank. It is so loud I can't sleep. The canister idea sounds good. I'll stop by the pet store after work and see if they have one. Any recommendations on a specific one? Would it also be possible to turn the filter I have now off at night for eight hours and just leave it on for the remaining 16 hours a day or would that pose a problem? Thanks

It isn't a waterfall from the filter to the tank making the noise.
 

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The bacteria in the filter needs the water moving on it constantly or it will die so in a sense you will be starting a new cycle every day which will in turn harm your fish.

If the noise is coming from inside of the filter there is something wrong with it and don't let your lfs tell you any different. If the filter if fairly new I would return it, if not buy a new one.
 

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Yea, not a great idea to turn it off that long. You may be able to get away with a 2-3 hours. You can try to get a cardboard box that fits around the canister & line it with foam. If it is a HOB filter invest in a better one. I am also like you and like it quiet at night. You can try to shut it off and have it go back on 2 hours latter, once you are in a deep sleep perhaps you can sleep through it. Thinking again it may not even be the best idea to consitly have the filter go on and off eaither.
 

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having it turn on and off daily like that, will definitely shorten the life of your filter, and burn out the motor
 
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