Filter Gimmick ?

  1. Reema

    Reema Valued Member Member

    I'm running a 10 gl tank with a Aqueon Quiet Flow filter. It comes with a red light which supposedly flashes red when it's time to change the filter. Problem is that the light started flashing after about 3 weeks of the cartridge being inserted. I rinsed the cartridge and put it back. Still flashing. So I gave in and changed it, but not before I let the new cartridge being seeded by the old one. That was 3 days ago. I might have even crashed my cycle by changing the cartridge but what's done is done.
    Now 3 days later, with the new cartridge the light starts flashing again. I mean come on...what is going on ? Is that a legit warning or a gimmick to make people buy cartridges often?

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  2. kayla.s

    kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    Sounds a little gimmicky to me. I have heard of this filter before, but can't think why it would be needing a cartridge change when other filters go for months (if not longer) without their filters being changed. Maybe someone else who uses this type of filter would be able to shed more light on this...
  3. NavyChief20

    NavyChief20 Well Known Member Member

    As always I will be completely straightforward on these cartridge filters. They are a gimmick to sell cartridges. It's just like with a mach3 razor. What you need to do is put diffrent media in the media bay of your filter and get away from the cartridge. This does two things
    1. You have better filtration because carbon doesn't do what the aquarium industry wants you to think.
    2. You will save alot of money over time

  4. mattgirl

    mattgirl Well Known Member Member

    Personally I would break the light or put black electrical tape over it. I think it is a gimmick. You aren't the only one this has happened to.

    I suspect the bean counters thought this would be a brilliant idea to help sell more filter cartridges. They don't care that ones tank might crash as long as their bottom line goes up. :(

    edited to add: or do like @NavyChief20 suggested and replace those cartridges with reusable media and stop buying cartridges all together. That is what I did. (but I would still break or cover that blasted blinking light) :D
  5. Chillin

    Chillin Valued Member Member

    i have the same filter but after a month or so it still has not come on lol
  6. mattgirl

    mattgirl Well Known Member Member

    maybe yours was broken from the factory and will save you the effort of eventually having to do it yourself :D
  7. NavyChief20

    NavyChief20 Well Known Member Member

    Clearly your light is defective. What ever you do dont inform the company, they will send you a new one that has a light that comes on within a week. Lol
  8. HORNET1

    HORNET1 Well Known Member Member

  9. OP

    Reema Valued Member Member

    Any suggestions as to what to use instead of the cartridges ? Someone here mentioned quilt batting.
  10. C

    Cardeater Valued Member Member

    Like others said, hotrod the filter. I always post this video when these types of topics come up. I would've saved a lot of money over the years and kept my beneficial bacteria more stable had I seen this earlier:

  11. NYFishGuy

    NYFishGuy Valued Member Member

    I recently bought a sponge replacement 3 pack for a AC70 filter with the intentions of cutting and using as intake prefilters.
    Worked way better than expected. cut a X shape in top after cutting to size and inserted tip of intake into it. Holds tight as well.
    Bought a 5 gallon kit today that came with a topfin 10 filter that has those cartridges and the left over half of the first sponge i used fits pretty good.
    I also bought some of the ceramic rings to add to bags on top of the sponge filters as i have extra room not using the carbon.
  12. DuaneV

    DuaneV Well Known Member Member

    100% gimmick. Its the industries way of getting new and inexperienced fish keepers to spend money on not only filters but also medications for sick fish, water treatments for when your ammonia is high after you change the cartridge, etc. Its a HUGE gimmick all the way around.

    Buy a decent filter and keep good media in it and youll never have an issue.
  13. wodesorel

    wodesorel Well Known Member Member

    The light comes on when the flow gets too slow through the media and the water level gets backed up too high in the filter.

    I never put my light in, it came bagged separately. I also use my own media. The filter is the same design as the one I'd been using the past few years, they did not change anything.

    IF you are concerned about advertised GPH flowrate through the media, that little light will let you know when you are running too slow or if the water is just bypassing the media altogether!
  14. Ms rose

    Ms rose Well Known Member Member

    i disconnectd and threw away the light in mine. lol no more worries. but just watch the water floww and that will be like your light as to when it needs a tank water rinse
  15. NavyChief20

    NavyChief20 Well Known Member Member

    Use lava rock or ceramic media in bags and an aquarium sponge. For sump media use lava rock ceramic media legs polyfil batting and bioballs or potscrubbies
  16. Jmccartney

    Jmccartney New Member Member

    I ditched the carbon cartridges right away and stuffed a bunch of API brand 30PPI sponges into the media space. I’m planning to ditch this filter all together in the near future and purchase one a little more powerful. When I finally do, I’ll have all kinds of sponge loaded with B.B. to put in my new filter!
  17. NavyChief20

    NavyChief20 Well Known Member Member

    Good move. Before you shift over get a cycle on some lava rock. Its 10 bucks at home depot or lowes or a real hardware store. Trust me you will look back and laugh all the way to the bank after cutting the cord from those stupid cartridges