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fishieperson321

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  1. Carbon does not release what it has caught in the water. If it did, you could soak it in water to recharge it. Activated carbon must be heated to around 1200 to 1600 degrees to be recharged. I am not sure where you heard that rumor, and regardless that it is on the net here and there, it is simply a rumor and is not true. I am running carbon just because it makes my grandma feel safe. I cant seem to get it in her brain that it is useless, but since she is paying i dont mind so much. Anyways since the carbon talk is off topic a bit, lets get back to see what everyone is running in their aquaclears.
  2. I was just wondering what you guys put in your AquaClear filters? Mine is foam on bottom, then carbon in the middle even though I dont need it, then biomax on top.
  3. If it isnt bothering your betta, then there is no reason to baffle it. I would still look into exchanging it and asking if they can order an aquaclear 20 as a replacement. From personal experience with both filters, you will be much happier with an aquaclear.
  4. Please make sure that before you replace the motor that you lubricate the o-ring with water or ky jelly to prevent leakage. Same goes for the flow control. But i just about promise you that even though that intake tube looks clean, there is still some slight build up in that upper area. Also, make sure there is nothing wrapped around the impeller shaft. You can remove the rubber end caps from the impeller shaft and slide the impeller off to clean it. I recommend pulling it apart and soaking it in white vinegar while cleaning the other parts, then rinse it well and reassemble it. I used to only use whisper, i know these filters better than most tetra representatives. Daniel
  5. I just adjusted my Whisper 20 to see how low I could get the flow. Mine will go down to a trickle. I can also turn the flow completely off. I wonder if they have changed them since I bought mine. The reason for that is the fact that your intake tube and flow control need to be cleaned. If you are turnung it down and getting no flow or maybe a trickle, you are probably only pumping 50 gph. Make sure you remove the impeller assembly and clean it under running water and remove the motor unit from the bottom and clean the energizer well with a cotton swab. No worries as this will not cause a mini cycle as long as you do not change any media at the same time. And no, they have not changed anything about this filter since the 1980's other than the color. Daniel
  6. You can also try using an AquaClear 50 foam and rubber band it or zip tie it to the filter. Just make sure whatever you do that it will be removable for cleaning and replacement as it wears out. Also, if the intake of the filter seems to be strong, get an AquaClear 30 foam and cut a slit in the top with a knife. Slide this over the strainer of the filter or remove the strainer assembly and slide it on the intake tube. Daniel
  7. My 5 gallon aquarium uses a 15w light, an AquaClear 20 filter, and a 50 watt heater and I only use $11.36 a year for my area. Different areas have different rates, but I can almost promise you that it isn't any more than $15 a year.
  8. Like I said in the other post, you should have gotten an AquaClear 20. The Whisper 20 pumps 52.5 gallons per hour on the lowest flow and doesn't have a soft output. The AquaClear 20 power filter pumps 33 gallons per hour on the lowest setting and has a much softer outflow. You can try baffling it, but still that filter is a little too big for a 5 gallon aquarium. If baffling doesn't work, you may want to consider returning it and getting an AquaClear 20. Here is baffling instructions: http://www.petfish.net/kb/entry/347/
  9. Alright guys thanks a ton. I am so glad to hear that it can be an inch lower. There is not really any way to modify this heater at all. I cannot wait until I can find a good deal on an AquaClear heater to match my filter, but until then, this will have to do. I must say that this heater seems to be a very good heater and I have not had even one degree of fluctuation in water temperature. Thanks again guys!
  10. It has a water line but with the water at the line it is almost pouring out of my tank. Can the water be below the water line at all? It doesnt say whether that line is maximum or minimum.
  11. I just bought a hang on the back heater for my aquarium. I am on a budget, or else i would have just bought submersible. The water line on my heater is almost at the very top but with my tank that full it almost is pouring over the back. How low is too low for this heater? It is a spot 50w 8" slim tech heater. It really makes me nervous having water this close to electricity. Any help will greatly be appreciated. Many thanks ahead of time. Daniel
  12. Keep us updated. I would love to know which filter you chose and your expierence with it.
  13. Oh and i forgot to mention, all aqua clear power filters are on sale at www.petsolutions.com. That is where i ordered mine for 20 bucks
  14. Aqua clears almost never die. The fact that they sell custom fit media bags is a plus also. This will allow you to add catappa leaves to the filter, which are great for betta health.
  15. Aqua clears are more durable than whispers. The whisper 10 does have a flow control and does 90 gph. The top fin 10 is a whisper 10 and also does 90 gph. You will be much happier with an aqua clear. I just ordered the aqua clear 20 for my 5 gallon as my 3 day old aqua tech 5-15 just kicked the bucket. When the aqua clear is at the minimum flow it pumps 33 gph. When the top fin and whisper 10 are at minimum flow, they pump 45. You will be much happier with aqua clear. I used to be a whisper guy but once i used an aqua clear, i will never go back. Did i mention that aqua clear has a very hand lifetime warranty as compared to the crappy two year one with the whisper? The aqua clear allows you to add whatever media you want and however much you can fit. The aqua clear has on average 7 times more media factory than other power filters. Just use three sponges instead of the carbon and biomax and rinse it atleast once a month and you wont have to buy media for years upon years. Aqua clear ftw! Just a note: my betta loves the 100 gph flow from a filter on a 5 gallon. Yours probably will, too.
  16. I say use 2 aquaclear 110s. Pack them both with three sponges. You practically never have to replace the sponges, just rinse them in old tank water. This is the best filtration i have found and is the cheapest in the long run. I am not a fan of canisters as they have issues with water leakage sometimes. They can also be a bit tricky with maintenance. Bio wheels are okay but can get expensive to maintain and you have to keep a really close eye on the wheels because you dont want them to stop and dry out your bacteria. Ac sponges only cost about 6 bucks each and will last till they fall apart, which is usually years upon years.
  17. Your water will usually foam if you use a water conditioner with a slime coat enhancer in it such as AquaSafe or StressCoat. Also the filter will create excess bubbles if the water level is lower than one inch from the top of the tank and if there are bubble decorations underneath the intake tube of the filter. Daniel
  18. An AquaClear 110 would work wonderfully. They are very quiet and you can put whatever you want in them. They are kinda like a hob canister filter. I think it pumps somewhere near 500 gallons per hour and has a flow control. Lots of space for biological media too. Also, since I have started using AquaClear I have never seen such clear and clean water. My aquarium water is clearer than my tap water. They truely are wonderful filters. Daniel
  19. Whispers seem to last longer than most. I have one that my grandma had bought back when she had her tank in 1984. It is still going strong on my SW tank. Daniel
  20. If I am not mistaken it is Daryl. I am just afraid that it will happen again. Trust me cleaning up all of that water off carpet is NOT fun. Daniel
  21. IT WAS OVER A MONTH OLD. SO I LAID IT IN THE FLOOR AND JUMPED UP AND DOWN ON IT A FEW TIMES.....NOT...I FELT LIKE IT THOUGH. IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN I KEPT THE CARBON AND SPONGES AND THREW THE UNIT IN THE TRASH. ILL STICK TO MY PENGUIN AND EMPERORS FOR NOW. IF I NEED A NEW FILTER EVER AGAIN, I MAY TRY ONE IF IT IS ON SALE AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE. BUT IF IT IS ABOUT THE SAME AS AN EMPEROR OR PENGUIN, YOU BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR I WILL GO WITH THAT.
  22. IT WAS OVER A MONTH OLD. SO I LAID IT IN THE FLOOR AND JUMPED UP AND DOWN ON IT A FEW TIMES.....NOT...I FELT LIKE IT THOUGH. IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN I KEPT THE CARBON AND SPONGES AND THREW THE UNIT IN THE TRASH. ILL STICK TO MY PENGUIN AND EMPERORS FOR NOW. IF I NEED A NEW FILTER EVER AGAIN, I MAY TRY ONE IF IT IS ON SALE AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE. BUT IF IT IS ABOUT THE SAME AS AN EMPEROR OR PENGUIN, YOU BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR I WILL GO WITH THAT.
  23. Mine were tilted, but it just wasn't enough. The water still overflowed. It wasn't just a drip, either. It was a constant flow of water. I don't understand how I could have gotten a faulty filter. I may try one again, eventually, if my Emperor and Penguin ever die. I do like the design, don't get me wrong, but the major bypass and the fact that it overflowed has pushed me away for now. If you love them, great, I don't and will not recommend them under those circumstances. Daniel
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