Topfin Silentstream Power Filter 40- Keep Or Replace?

KaitlynR

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I had a Topfin Silentstream 40 come with my 37 gallon tank that I got gifted today.

Is this filter going to be good enough? Or should I go ahead and buy my favorite brand of filters (AKA Fluval Aquaclear)?
 

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i mean they're a half decent filter in my experience. Don't use sand with them. Clogs up super quick. But, for the long run, an aquaclear is best
 

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Shoot.... I was planning on getting black sand...

Looks like ill need to replace it regardless. Thanks!
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yeah, the impellers in the top fin filters are super cheap material and there's no replacement parts for them. So if sand gets in there you'd be screwed
 

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I replaced mine almost instantly. I love my aqua clear 50 so much more.
Imo top fin stuff is overpriced for as cheap as it is.
I bought a top fin kit as my first tank and replaced everything but the actual tank! ****
(Ok I haven't replaced the lid/light yet but it's bc I have to custom make a clear top bc none fit it! But I want to asap.)
 
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I replaced mine almost instantly. I love my aqua clear 50 so much more.
Imo top fin stuff is overpriced for as cheap as it is.
I bought a top fin kit as my first tank and replaced everything but the actual tank! ****
(Ok I haven't replaced the lid/light yet but it's bc I have to custom make a clear top bc none fit it! But I want to asap.)
I was able to snag the 37 gallon kit for 75 bucks, which seemed like a steal to me because i actually like their heaters a lot, and it came with all the other goodies too! and the hood i don't mind at all, the light is actually beautiful on it! But yes, the filter is ok ish. ill have to get another Aquaclear for this new tank.
 

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I was able to snag the 37 gallon kit for 75 bucks, which seemed like a steal to me because i actually like their heaters a lot, and it came with all the other goodies too! and the hood i don't mind at all, the light is actually beautiful on it! But yes, the filter is ok ish. ill have to get another Aquaclear for this new tank.
I don't mind the light. It is gorgeous (I use a couple sheets of wax paper to dim the light) I just want an adjustable light and a lid that opens the length of the top also. I don't ever use the little door I lift the whole lid to feed and such.
I still use the filter but on my QT.
 
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I don't mind the light. It is gorgeous (I use a couple sheets of wax paper to dim the light) I just want an adjustable light and a lid that opens the length of the top also. I don't ever use the little door I lift the whole lid to feed and such.
I still use the filter but on my QT.
Yeah i find i usually move the entire lid back so i can feed.
 

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I have the Top Fin Silentstream 75 for my 65 Gallon (with black sand). It clogged after only 2 weeks to the point it was running over the side of the filter. I ended up getting a Fluval 406 and run them both at the same time, hasnt clogged since. Its not exactly quiet either. I'll probably replace it with an Aquaclear at some point.
 

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If you kept the filter I think you would have experienced more problems than just the clogging due to sand. The filter while rated for a 40g tank won't do much for your 37g , your going to experience minor spikes in ammonia since it's just not strong enough to convert to whatever the tank needs.

If you do buy a new filter you could get an Aquaclear 70 or a Marineland Penguin 350 as those are rated for 70 gallons and should be sufficient for your tank.
 
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