Can I turn the noisy filter off at night?

lilsoccakid
  • #1
hI everyone. I just setup my 55gal and its beginning to cycle! the problem is its in my room, and the filter is quite loud.

can I turn the filter off at night? or is their another solution?

thanks!!!
 
Dino
  • #2
What type and brand of filter is it?
 
lilsoccakid
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
Dino
  • #4
Is it new?
 
TheEssigs
  • #5
oh... urgh... I had a whisper 60 too, and by no means does it live up to its name... mine was so loud I heard it even from the other room. I changed filters because I couldnt stand the noise. I replaced it with a marineland penguin 350, much more quiet, better filter.
 
sgould
  • #6
I have a whisper 20 and a whisper 60, both of which are very quiet other than the occasional water splashing if the level in the tank drops too much. Same question as Dino...is it new?
 
lilsoccakid
  • Thread Starter
  • #7
yea its brand new. I don't know how much of this I can take, I might go buy a new filter
 
sgould
  • #8
If you haven't already, pull the intake tube completely off and re-seat it to be sure it is snugly in place. If that doesn't work...shoot it I guess. I've not experienced this with mine.
 
angelfish220
  • #9
Is your tank level up all the way? that might be it
 
COBettaCouple
  • #10
Might be a defective unit - ours is quiet.
 
Chief_waterchanger
  • #11
We get so used to the sounds of filters and air pumps in the fishhouse that I don't even notice them anymore, but if you can't fiddle with it to get it to be quieter and prefer quietness it wouldn't be hard to replace it, or contact the company for ideas about why it may not be quiet.
 
lilsoccakid
  • Thread Starter
  • #12
thanks for the advice, I think its running normal, its just a big filter so its gunna b louder then my whisper 20 was
 
Trpimp147
  • #13
I would suggest making sure the propeller is in proper in my emporer if the in take tube isn't in right its loud. I if I put it in right then its fine.
 
catersun
  • #14
if anyone is still reading this thread...

I just got my hands on a whisper 20, I think it is the noisiest thing in the house... WAY louder than even my dishwasher or the tooodler running around playing. Hubby and I took it apart wondering if there wasn't something wrong... nothing wrong.. just loud. I'll be replacing mine.
 
Trpimp147
  • #15
I suggest going with a marineland product bio wheel its kinda noisey but one of the best fitler you can buy most of the noise is from the bio wheels being sprayed by water.
 
TheEssigs
  • #16
If you get the Penguin version of the bio wheel (vs the Emperor), the wheels aren't sprayed, they are just fed by the filter output, and are less noisy.
 
Trpimp147
  • #17
yes that is true I didnt think about that.
 
jsalemi
  • #18
And even the Emperors aren't loud -- I have two 280s on my 56g, and you can barely hear them even when the room is otherwise completely quiet.
 
Trpimp147
  • #19
yea both of mine are vary quiet, and there is two of them and most of the time if there is noise from them its the water falling due to the water level low.
 
Z123Killer
  • #20
I decided to go with fishless cycling with using pure ammonia only but my ammonia is not arriving till monday or tuesday; however, I started my aquarium and added the substrate and water. Can I leave my filter off with a full tank and only have my air pump running till the ammonia arrives?
 
MaddieTaylah
  • #21
I decided to go with fishless cycling with using pure ammonia only but my ammonia is not arriving till monday or tuesday; however, I started my aquarium and added the substrate and water. Can I leave my filter off with a full tank and only have my air pump running till the ammonia arrives?
Yes you can leave your filter off until you begin your cycle once your ammonia arrives.
 
Z123Killer
  • #22
Yes you can leave your filter off until you begin your cycle once your ammonia arrives.
Would it be ok if I let water sit in it for a couple of days? Because I turned it on to see how it would work and now there is water inside.
 
MaddieTaylah
  • #23
Would it be ok if I let water sit in it for a couple of days? Because I turned it on to see how it would work and now there is water inside.
It will be fine.
 
Z123Killer
  • #24
BeanFish
  • #25
Oh dear, what are you doing!
Turn on the filter and add fish food, it will also help, once your ammonia arrives you can use that instead.
Fish food contains some phosphates and stuff the bacteria may enjoy.
You may develop some biofilm in the water if you let it stagnant for too much time.
 
Z123Killer
  • #26
Oh dear, what are you doing!
Turn on the filter and add fish food, it will also help, once your ammonia arrives you can use that instead.
Fish food contains some phosphates and stuff the bacteria may enjoy.
You may develop some biofilm in the water if you let it stagnant for too much time.
The fish food will arrive after the ammonia so that wouldn't be an option but I heard it is unpredictable and I should only rely on ammonia instead.
 
BeanFish
  • #27
Pee on the tank LOL. (joke it may mess up your tank lol)
Any piece of food should do it. And while you don't know for sure how many ammonia you are dosing with fish food you should not worry, it is common belief that bacteria will die if your ammonia is too high but I don't think it is true, there are guys out there growing BB at 20-80 ppm of ammonia.
I would just drop something in there to rot and start the cycling process but that is because patience is not my thing, if you can wait then Kudos to you!
 
Thunder_o_b
  • #28
Only use clear ammonia. Do not use fish food.

Using food is messy, smells, is imprecise and takes for ever. Ammonia if done right takes 7-12 days.

Do not forget to get a good quality bacteria like
 
Z123Killer
  • #29
Only use clear ammonia. Do not use fish food.

Using food is messy, smells, is imprecise and takes for ever. Ammonia if done right takes 7-12 days.

Do not forget to get a good quality bacteria like
Do I need bacteria, or would ammonia be enough?
 
BeanFish
  • #30
He can use food to speed up the cycle and then dose ammonia.
Depends, I would just wait until the bacteria grows cause there is no way I am paying for bottled bacteria lol.
But that is just me, Mr. Krabs
 
AllieSten
  • #31
I used Stability for my fish-in cycle and was cycled in 12 days. Most of us use some sort of bottled bacteria to jumpstart their cycle. Either Stability or Tetra Safe Start. It is totally up to you.
 
BottomDweller
  • #32
I used fish food instead of ammonia to cycle my tank but you could also use something like a dead shrimp. It would be better than nothing until the ammonia arrives.
 
Thunder_o_b
  • #33
Do I need bacteria, or would ammonia be enough?
Clear ammonia with a starter bacteria.

EDIT: sorry for all the edits.
 
MaddieTaylah
  • #34
PaulaMPi
  • #35
I left mine filled but off for a several days (before I had my filter set up completely), and it got slightly greasy looking swirls on the top (assume it was biofilm). I removed most of it just by filling and dumping a cup several times. Then I wanted to add some more water to top off the tank when it was finally time to cycle, and had to do Prime again, and made sure to wait at least 24-hours after Prime before starting TSS+ with the ammonia.
 
Z123Killer
  • #36
I left mine filled but off for a several days (before I had my filter set up completely), and it got slightly greasy looking swirls on the top (assume it was biofilm). I removed most of it just by filling and dumping a cup several times. Then I wanted to add some more water to top off the tank when it was finally time to cycle, and had to do Prime again, and made sure to wait at least 24-hours after Prime before starting TSS+ with the ammonia.
Thank you for the info. So it'll take about 4 more days for my ammonia to arrive, when the ammonia does arrive, would you recommend dosing the whole tank again with Stress coat or no?
 
PaulaMPi
  • #37
I'm still a newbie, so I'm not very familiar with all the different products. My understanding is if the water is dechlorinated already, you don't have to do it again. (I needed to add more water, which needed to be dechlorinated...) TSS+ specifically says you have to wait 24 hours after using Prime (dechlorinator), but if you're not adding water, you shouldn't have to re-dose it (assuming you already have done it). And also, if you're using different products, the directions will will probably be different
 
Z123Killer
  • #38
I'm still a newbie, so I'm not very familiar with all the different products. My understanding is if the water is dechlorinated already, you don't have to do it again. (I needed to add more water, which needed to be dechlorinated...) TSS+ specifically says you have to wait 24 hours after using Prime (dechlorinator), but if you're not adding water, you shouldn't have to re-dose it (assuming you already have done it). And also, if you're using different products, the directions will will probably be different
Well I added about 27 gallons of water and dosed for the whole tank (29 gallons) ad today in the morning I added these 2 extra gallons without dechlorinating them.
 
PaulaMPi
  • #39
If you added more water, you need to add more dechlorinator - no amount of chlorine/chloramines is good for the BB or fish
 
BeanFish
  • #40
Chlorine is essencial to life but in minuscule ammounts (an example of this is Flourish comprehensive, has Cl in it.), so yeah, you have to dechlorinate the water.
 

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