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I am about to give up on my new aquarium. I'm hoping for some solutions and/or advice before I take everything back. The tank is in my bedroom and I am a light sleeper. The original HOB filter that came with the tank made so much noise between the motor and cascading water that I couldn't sleep at night. I was told to get an Fluval internal filter which I did and it is very quiet and I have no problem sleeping with that. The problem is it doesn't seem to keep the water clear. I still have that filter running and will keep it running since it is so quiet but I don't think alone it is doing an adequate job. The water always had a hazy cast to it.

I went into my local fish store and they told me I needed a canister filter. They sold me a Marineland canister and it did clear up the water nicely. However, when I arrived home from work Tuesday it was not running. It appeared to have lost its prime. None of the clocks were flashing so I knew there hadn't been a power outage. It was supposed to be self priming but I pushed the prime button over and over and nothing happened. I can't have a filter that unreliable since I'll be going on vacation for two weeks so I took it back. They told me they would swap it for an Eheim canister but it wasn't self priming. When I got home I followed the instructions I was given at the store exactly to prime the pump. I was told to hold it over the tank and it would prime. When that failed after multiple attempts I attempted to suck the tube to try to get a prime and that didn't work either. I am taking that filter back as well. Can anyone recommend a good quality filter/pump which will keep my water clear, be silent, and easy to maintain? Thank you.
 

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Funny thing is that all of those filters are easy to use and maintain. Sounds more like the seals arent fully sealing and some air may be leaking into them causing the loss of prime. I don't know why they would tell you to hold the Ehiem above the tank though since that would make things more difficult. It should have it's own prime pump to get it started. Like a button or plunger built into the top of the filter. Did you follow the instructions that came with the filter? There isn't much to these filter that can go wrong so if it isn't working then it wont be to hard to figure out what it is. Also the instruction sheet should have a troubleshooting guide to help out with that too.

What size tank do you have?
 

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I don't know what size tank you have but I have started a 75G fresh tank and used an aqua clear 110 HOB filter. It is virtually silent. It is rated for a 110 gallon tank and it can be bough new for under $80.00 if you look around. There was a thread started about these filters a few weeks ago and everyone had good things to say about them. Also if your water level is to the top you will have no noise from this filter.
 

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AC110 FTW!
as already meantioned, and you were previously told in other threads, if your tank is properly filled and you maintain the water level, you will not hear the water falling from the slide. And AC HOB filters have silent impeller housings.

if you get another canister, do not buy any more garbage from marineland. Stick with eheim or maybe a Rena XP if you're short on cash.
The eheim you had probably just needed to be pre filled before you plugged it in. Idk why they would have told you to hold it above the tank.
 

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have you considered an undergravel setup? I know that would take a full dissassembly, but that's more than half the fun for me. That way the only noise you'd ever have would be from an air pump or power head, whichever way you decide to move the water.
 

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Not to mention are notorious for collecting crap under the plates. More headache than help IMO.
 

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I am personally quite partial to my Rena XP series filters. Once they are set up by the directions, they are silent and trouble free. I have had a problem with the setup on one of them because I tried to leave myself some more extra hose than they recommend doing. Once I got it through my head to follow the instructions, it settled right in and just does its job for months on end with no interference from me.
 

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I'm really surprised that you had issues with the Eheim.

What size tank are we referring to in the first place here?

On the cheaper side of things, PennPlax has been working out really well for me.
 

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I am about to give up on my new aquarium.

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been there done that.

1) on the cloudy tank. Kill the lights until the tank clears.


2) setup a planted tank.

Look I can give you instructions but bottom line is I have ran tanks since the late '70's for up to 5-7 years at a time, with no mechanical filter of any kind and no water changes, not even an air stone. The tanks have little and usually no algae and are clear. After 7 years I have descendants of the original cycle trio in my current 10g.

What I do is use a substrate with peat moss/ and play sand, set it up with lotsa plants both fast growing (anacharis, vals) and slower growers (swords, crypts, anubia). Then let it set for a week to root and establish the plants. then add fish slowly.

In a bedroom environment you can't beat that unless you want the waterfall noise.

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Cloudy water could be due to overfeeding? The fishes could have been digging around for food which stirs up "dust"

There are some liquid solutions that can make your water crystal clear... no need to buy a new filter.

Lowering the temperature of the water will also clear the water up. The sendiments will settle down faster.
 

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I have a Fluval canister, swear by it. Takes me 10-15min to do maintenance on it. We also get many power outs here and it restarts itself everytime, from short power cuts (1-10min)to long power cuts (1-8hours) I can't fault it.

I will eventually be replacing all my filters with Fluvals
 

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Right now I'm runnin a fluval cannister filter with a seaclone protein skimmer. Between the two of those my tank is virtually silent. the only thing I seem to notice is the smell of seawater on everything and a layer of salt starting to form on my wall. Mine is in my room as well, and I've had tremendous trouble. So far i've lost close to $1400 due to my own ignorance and unwillingness to inform myself on what i'm doing. But when all that started to happen it made me realize that I was just dooming myself by making spur of the moment purchases and not checking my water parameters. All I really have to say is that you're gonna screw up at first, everyone I've talked to has told me the same thing. I just screwed up a lot worse than a lot of other people I know. Just take it slow and hopefully things will go better than you for me!!!! Good luck
 

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Right now I'm runnin a fluval cannister filter with a seaclone protein skimmer. Between the two of those my tank is virtually silent. the only thing I seem to notice is the smell of seawater on everything and a layer of salt starting to form on my wall. Mine is in my room as well, and I've had tremendous trouble. So far i've lost close to $1400 due to my own ignorance and unwillingness to inform myself on what i'm doing. But when all that started to happen it made me realize that I was just dooming myself by making spur of the moment purchases and not checking my water parameters. All I really have to say is that you're gonna screw up at first, everyone I've talked to has told me the same thing. I just screwed up a lot worse than a lot of other people I know. Just take it slow and hopefully things will go better than you for me!!!! Good luck
I had many many problems until I added macro algaes to my setup.

What made me really really upset is I discovered that $5 worth of macros algaes protected in some kind of refugium did more for my tank than anything else.

my .02
 

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Well, everyone thought you were crazy and to fill your tank to make your HOB filter quiet. Well, I understand what you were talking about now. I put together my 30G and the bio-wheel filter makes noise. Even though the tank is filled to the top. When water runs under the bio-wheel, some of it get lifted "out of the water" and then splashes back down. So I constantly hear water trickling. Everything is put together on the filter (shielding, bio-wheel, filter screen) so I know it is working properly. Luckily, it doesn't bother me.
 
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