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Does anyone know of a small internal filter that isn't real expensive? I want to set up a 16 gallon bowfront and I will have to put it in my room. The problem is, I can't stand the sound my HOB makes on my 25 in the living room. I don't mind humming, and actually have a hard time sleeping without a fan running, but I don't like the trickling sound of the water when I am trying to sleep. Any suggestions? I was looking at the little Fluval U2, but it cost almost twice as much as the Aquaclear 20 HOB. I was wondering if it was worth it.
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Canister filter my friend, those are the best (:
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fluval u2 is too small imo
try sera f700
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Does anyone know of a small internal filter that isn't real expensive? I want to set up a 16 gallon bowfront and I will have to put it in my room. The problem is, I can't stand the sound my HOB makes on my 25 in the living room. I don't mind humming, and actually have a hard time sleeping without a fan running, but I don't like the trickling sound of the water when I am trying to sleep. Any suggestions? I was looking at the little Fluval U2, but it cost almost twice as much as the Aquaclear 20 HOB. I was wondering if it was worth it.
Hagen mini elites are around $9 each. Small but surprisingly powerful motor with a small sponge for the filter part. Don't think its possible for a small sponge to surprise people with what it can do.
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I just got a cascade 400 for my 25 gallon riparium... It was about 20 bucks. I wanted something cheap and it fit the bill. If you get one make sure the impeller is in, when I plugged it in it was really loud and was leeching electricity (it shocked me when I touched the water!). All was fine after I took it apart and secured the impeller.

I wanted the fluval u2 as well but that's a lot of money for a setup that I might not keep forever.
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The Hagan Elites are only rated for about 3 gallons tho.
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I have a fluval U1 in a 10g and am not impressed by it at all. I wouldn't get another one. It is huge in the tank for what it does imo. No media space beyond a tiny sponge. I'd be happier with a maxijet and a prefilter sponge, and MUCH happier with a small canister. I bought the U1 because I loved the old style fluval internals. They were more compact AND had more media space.
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The tetra whisper sounds somewhat what you are looking for.
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I'm not a fan of Fluval's U series either. They take up so much space and end up being a distraction.

The Duettos are my favorite. Slim, quiet, and the media chambers are separated from the inlet, so when you stop/take out the filter, all the gunk doesn't end up falling out of the filter. The only negative I've found is that it clogs easier.

I use a Cascade 300 as well, but it does suffer from that "gunk falls out" problem. It also (strangely enough) doesn't force the water to go through the sponge, but I suppose that's only an issue if you need fine filtration.
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Two suggestions.

http://www.truaqua.com/aquarium-inte...r-290-gph.html

or a submersible power head on a decent size sponge filter.
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