Aquatech or tetra whisper

Fishlover83

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I'm currently running a aquatech 30-60 in my 46 gallon tank. It is starting to want to overflow and is kinda getting loud. It was a hand me down that came with my tank which was given to me. So no big deal that I am having to replace it. I am saving up for a nice canister filter but I need to replace this one cheaply till I get a nice canister. That's where I am want to put my money. Whats everyone's opinion on which is best from walmart. The aquatech or tetra whisper 30-60? All input is greatly appreciated
 

newbywho

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if you can wall mart sells the it is a good filter and fairly inexpensive
 

Islandvic

Member
Keep the filter.

Take it apart and clean the impeller and shaft.

The take out those red plastic deals and insert some foam sponge blocks into the reservoirs. You can get a 3-pack of Aquaclear 70 foam replacements for $5-$7. These work great for this. A little trimming may be required.

The foam sponge blocks will provide better mechanical and biological filtration compared to any cartridge based filtration.

Take a look at the very first thread in the Filtration section of the forum it is sticky'd. It will show you examples of using DIY media to replace cartridges.
 
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Fishlover83

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Islandvic said:
Keep the filter.

Take it apart and clean the impeller and shaft.

The take out those red plastic deals and insert some foam sponge blocks into the reservoirs. You can get a 3-pack of Aquaclear 70 foam replacements for $5-$7. These work great for this. A little trimming may be required.

The foam sponge blocks will provide better mechanical and biological filtration compared to any cartridge based filtration.

Take a look at the very first thread in the Filtration section of the forum it is sticky'd. It will show you examples of using DIY media to replace cartridges.
I take it apart monthly and do a good maintenance on the propeller and all. I have it apart and put back together several times the last week. It has started leaking out of the motor and all as well. Something I'm sure needed to be replaced. Just wasn't worth it to me to mess with it anymore. The person I got this all from had great intentions, but wasn't as on top of maintaining a tank as I am. It was very gunky when I got it. I think the damage had already been done a long time ago. I chose the tetra till I can get a canister to replace it. I also run a smaller hob filter from my other tank so I wasn't worried about losing my cycle. It was maintained 2 and a half weeks ago so I can give the new one time to grow the beneficial bacteria.
 
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Fishlover83

Member
Islandvic said:
Keep the filter.

Take it apart and clean the impeller and shaft.

The take out those red plastic deals and insert some foam sponge blocks into the reservoirs. You can get a 3-pack of Aquaclear 70 foam replacements for $5-$7. These work great for this. A little trimming may be required.

The foam sponge blocks will provide better mechanical and biological filtration compared to any cartridge based filtration.

Take a look at the very first thread in the Filtration section of the forum it is sticky'd. It will show you examples of using DIY media to replace cartridges.
I also did keep it. I might try to mess with it again. I start a new job Monday where I'll be gone 10 hours through the day compared to my 4 hours a day with my job I just left. My luck it would of flooded out the back just when I thought I had it fixed . My husband wasn't even about to take the chance after he seen the lid was getting as wet as it was.
 

Islandvic

Member
With the low cost of aquarium filters versus the cost of dealing with a flooded room, a new filter is always the best bet.
 
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Fishlover83

Member
Islandvic said:
With the low cost of aquarium filters versus the cost of dealing with a flooded room, a new filter is always the best bet.
Yes I agree 100%. I got the tetra whisper 30-60. It doesn't really whisper though lol. Good thing there is a 90 day return policy. I might just return it when I get a canister lol.
 

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