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04-03-2014 01:23 AM
Charlest Ohh. Yea sowNreap I measured the gph empty nothing.in the filter.

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04-03-2014 12:56 AM
sowNreap I bought my 304a from an ebay seller with no problems. Been running it for about 1 year. Never measured the actual GPH (which would depend on how you stuff the canister). I did notice if I used all the pieces to make the longest spraybar possible the flow seemed to decrease quite a bit. I took off just 1 section & it made a big difference.
04-02-2014 05:33 PM
green18 I actually think the uv was a good option for me. I run it maybe once a month for half a day and feel I gain a little water clarity. I actually wanted low gph as I am filtering a 27 cube. I plan on purchasing another for supplemental filtering on my big tank.
04-02-2014 05:28 PM
Charlest 261210520153 lks I would shoot for one or two of these depending on your needs. I'm assuming if my math is correct that you will get actually 210 gph.

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04-02-2014 05:25 PM
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But I tell you what it took me over a month of shipments from her every week to get it right. I'm so ticked off I'm not even gonna leave feedback. And I can tell you without a doubt I get 120gph on the 303b with nothing in it. Recieve the filter completely broken. Impeller, Impeller shaft, uv bulb, uv bulb tube, missing parts for the intake, missing the surface skimmer. She shipped me out the uv tube again got broken and ignored the replacement of the bulb. Reshipped the tube and bulb got it. Shipped me out the wrong impeller shaft twice and the right one once but broken. Finally got the right one last week unbroken.

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Sounds like a pretty bad seller. I have three hw 302's in service and they all work perfectly. Never had to return anything. Maybe I'm lucky?

All 3 are perfectly quiet once air pockets are released.

I have an AquaClear 50 and its the only thing that's audible on my tanks mostly because of the water return splashing and my tank water level. I can't hear my sunsun filters, but they don't sit on top of my tank either.

One of my 302's came with this skimmer


Two came with this


Media trays and overall construction seems better on the newer version (second pic) and gph seems better also. May be a placebo effect though.
04-02-2014 05:22 PM
Charlest $66.24 If I was you and was looking to get one I would get the biggest "gph" one they make. And I would not waste my money on one with uv. One because a 9 watt bulb does hardly anything. and two it probably reduces the flow resulting in the slower gph.

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04-02-2014 05:17 PM
lksdrinker Fair enough. Appreciate the warning. I wouldnt let a bad seller sour me on the product though. Mind if I ask what you paid? The prices on amazon seem decent enough that I might go that route if I decide this is what I want to buy.
04-02-2014 05:03 PM
Charlest But I tell you what it took me over a month of shipments from her every week to get it right. I'm so ticked off I'm not even gonna leave feedback. And I can tell you without a doubt I get 120gph on the 303b with nothing in it. Recieve the filter completely broken. Impeller, Impeller shaft, uv bulb, uv bulb tube, missing parts for the intake, missing the surface skimmer. She shipped me out the uv tube again got broken and ignored the replacement of the bulb. Reshipped the tube and bulb got it. Shipped me out the wrong impeller shaft twice and the right one once but broken. Finally got the right one last week unbroken.

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04-02-2014 04:33 PM
lksdrinker If it works without leaking its already an improvement on the Fluval I am currently using. It seems that leaking is not an issue with these things where as some of the more "major" brands seem to leak like a sieve.

I'm really not too concerned about the actual number of gallons per hour it flows compared with how well it filters the tank. I tend to over-filter my tanks. So two canisters and an AQ110 on my 72gallon tank should do the trick; even if the advertised GPH is not accurate.
04-02-2014 04:13 PM
Charlest The hoses are 5/8 . The filters though are the biggest piles of s#@% on the planet though.

I challenge all of you to do a gph test and come back and tell me what you get. If it's over 100 you may have hit the lottery. They are nothing near advertised.

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04-02-2014 03:57 PM
lksdrinker I honestly only skimmed through the 48 pages of this thread. But it seems the general consensus is that these sunsun filters are a great deal when comparing the price to their performance.

I currently have 2 fluval 404s and one of the has the infamous drip from the handles. Thinking of replacing one (or both) with a sunsun.

Can anyone confirm for me the hose size used by the sun sun? Would I be able to use the same 5/8" (or at least I think thats what it is) hose that I'm using on my Fluval? For clarification I do not mean the fluval corrugated hose as I added length with some 5/8" vinyl tubing. I assume that vinyl tubing should connect to the sunsun with no issues?
02-16-2014 09:29 PM
Crob5965 Hi

just wanted to throw in my 2cents, I have used the 264gph Canister for over a year on both freshwater and a small reef tank, they are super quiet and work great. I would not however trust my 255 gal reef tan with one but, for the price you wont find a better canister filter
01-29-2014 01:52 AM
Kareen I have a AquaTop the same as a sunsun It's been runing a year now and is dead silent love the deep trys and if you need any parts or media you can go to TruAqua.com or AmericanAquariumProducts.com
01-28-2014 11:09 PM
sowNreap I have an AquaClear 70 on my 29 gal tank & a SunSun 304a on my 75 gal tank. The AquaClear came with my used 75 gal tank so not sure how old it is. Mine is not always silent especially when I first restart it after cleaning it. It will usually calm down & get quieter after several hours. Previous owner used it on the 75 gal tank but it really doesn't fit so the input tube is wobbly .. kind of like it was "stretched" out. Pretty sloppy fit on my 29 gal. I have to use string to tighten the intake tube so it fits & stays over the impeller right. But it was "free" so to speak so not complaining. And it will usually eventually get pretty quiet.

My SunSun will make also make some noise after cleaning/restarting ... sounds a little like a dishwasher (but nowhere that loud) until it gets the air out. Usually takes a couple hours. After that it's almost dead silent. I have to put my ear within 12" to ear a soft hum to know it's running.

Not sure mine is a good comparison for you but my SunSun is definitely quieter than my AquaClear. BUT my SunSun is less than a year old while the Aquaclear is more than 2 yrs old & probably a lot older (I've had it running 2 yrs). Not sure how long it was used before I got it.
01-28-2014 08:43 AM
pwu_1 Can anybody compare the sound level of the sunsun 302b/402bto an Aquaclear HOB filter? I just set up a 20L and I have an Aquaclear 30 hanging on one side and a Rena Smartfilter that I got for really cheap hanging on the other side. The aquaclear is pretty much silent. The Rena Smartfilter on the other hand makes this annoying hum. The problem is the tank sits on my office desk and I work from home so I'm sitting less than 3 feet away from it 8+ hours a day and this hum is driving me nuts.
So I was going to get another aquaclear but then I was thinking if I got a canister filter then I can run a CO2 reactor and get better CO2 saturation without the soda water effect.
The only requirement is that the filter has to be quiet since I'm sitting right next to all day long.
I just read through all 48 pages of this thread and while most people say the SunSun is practically silent there are a few people saying that it is somewhat noisy.
Appreciate it if anyone that has both an aquaclear and SunSun can make a comparison on the sound that(or lack of) the SunSun makes compared to the aquaclear.
TIA
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