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Old 04-20-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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My filter is keeping me awake, so time to get a new one


So, I'm going to start researching for a new one. What are your suggestions for a 100 gallon? I'd rather keep the cost around $100.00 (plus/minus).

I'm currently using what is probably a decade+ old marineland magnum 350 that was given to me along with the rest of my tank set up, and it's never been quiet. It works really well, but the noise has gotten progressively worse to the point where my first waking thought is how noisy it is, as is my last waking thought.

Also, the tank is not in my bedroom.

I've replaced the impeller assembly and magnet once, which helped, but it's only taken another 1.5 years or so for it to start sounding like I'm grinding rocks in there. There's no air (although the sound is worse when there is), and there is nothing stuck in the shaft where the impeller fits, currently.

These canister filters -are- supposed to be quiet, right? This isn't an ungrounded expectation? I've never had a new set up.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:25 PM   #2
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keeping it around $100 in that price range is a little steep.

I can say for that size tank your best bet is a fluval fx5. However it's around 260 new, but maybe you can keep checking craigslist and one could pop up there on the cheap

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Old 04-20-2013, 09:23 PM   #3
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Yeah, that's way out of my price range. I -could- always get another magnum, as I would then have many spare parts. But it seems that most people don't use them here.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:49 PM   #4
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Have you thought about getting a canister to run in conjunction with your current filter and have the HOB on a timer that turns it off at night?
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:54 PM   #5
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do you have the room / interest of doing a sump instead of a cannister? depending on what you already have laying around, you might be able to put one together for under $100...
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:31 PM   #6
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do you have the room / interest of doing a sump instead of a cannister? depending on what you already have laying around, you might be able to put one together for under $100...
I honestly don't know enough about those to say either way. Thanks for pointing that out, though. I will definitely read more about that as an option.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:39 PM   #7
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do you have the room / interest of doing a sump instead of a cannister? depending on what you already have laying around, you might be able to put one together for under $100...
Finding a decent pump will eat up much of that $100 budget.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:46 PM   #8
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Just get 2 AC110s. A bit more than $100 but your only other option is a sunsun and they don't last

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Old 04-20-2013, 11:16 PM   #9
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Anything wrong with an eheim 2215? $120 dollars.

I calculated my tank volume by measurement and found that it is around 94. 1 gallon over the filter's rating, which I'm not going to sweat.

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Old 04-20-2013, 11:27 PM   #10
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I'd get a 2217 they are $138 from kensfish and pretty sure free shipping. Check kensfish his prices are always lower.
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You can get a 2317 from big al's, a forum sponsor, for 126 shipped with the plant10 coupon code. Otherwise, check out the sunsun on flea bay.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:58 AM   #12
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You can get a 2317 from big al's, a forum sponsor, for 126 shipped with the plant10 coupon code. Otherwise, check out the sunsun on flea bay.
Hey thanks! I'm new here so I didn't know about codes.
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:11 AM   #13
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Eheim Classic are very quiet.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:30 PM   #14
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Eheim Classics are definitely quiet if not nearly silent.

But you should be using a 2215 or even a 2217 on a tank that's 100 gallons. You'll definitely be spending several hundred dollars to get an Eheim or Fluval that can handle your tank.

If you can't find a used Eheim on the various sites where people sell them, I second the AquaClear/Fluval HOB suggestion. Nowhere near as quiet as a canister, though.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:06 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the help. I will deifnitely keep the Eheim classic 2217 in mind, but in the meantime I just draped the canister with some towels.
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