4 Stars By Johny Royal on 2012-10-12
Works great if you make your own filter inserts
I've used this filter for the last 18 months purely for mechanical/chemical filtration. I use a fluval 204 canister filter that has all three trays filled with biomax ceramic media to take care of all the biological filtration so I can't speak to that aspect of the Aqueon filter's function. As anyone with a decent amount of fish keeping experience will tell you counting on a HOB filter (with inserts of the type the Aqueon filter uses) for biological filtration is not ideal since when you change or clean inserts you lose most of your beneficial bacteria colony.
However in regards to it's mechanical and chemical filtration performance: this filter has a really powerful pump that moves a huge amount of water and thus it does a fantastic job of pulling floating particles in when they get within 2-3 inches of the intake. On the downside this means the filter inserts (it uses 2 at a time) clog very quickly and the thin cotton material used on the official Aqueon cotton/carbon inserts doesn't hold up well to attempts at cleaning it; therefore these inserts must constantly be replaced.
Thus I found using those official Aqueon inserts gets pretty costly, even ordering them with free shipping on BTA-MALL where they are half the price of a brick and mortar pet store. But as a previous reviewer mentioned using cut-to-fit filter media such as the cotton "Marineland PA0100 Filter Pad" and a seperate bag of carbon greatly reduces the cost of changing the filter media so frequently. I myself prefer to use the cut-to-fit "Deep Blue Professional - DB Activated Carbon Pad 18x10" which is made of a tougher, thicker and more densely woven material with carbon bonded directly to it. This material imparts three major advantages in it's use as a filter insert: A) the carbon bonding means every bit of water flowing through the filter insert is getting cleaned chemically as well as mechanically, B)because it's more densely woven the material works as a water polisher by trapping fine as well as course particles, and C) the toughness of the material means that when the inserts get caked with crud you can give them a thorough cleaning and re-use them multiple times without them falling apart.
Since I've begun using these cut-to-fit carbon covered pads as the media inserts in the Aqueon 55/75 it does an amazing, and much more affordable, job of working in conjunction with the canister filter and a 24 watt UV sterilizer to keep the water absolutely crystal clear in my 55 gallon tank which is stocked with 28 full grown Mbuna African Cichlids.
Other things to note about the Aqueon 55/75:
1) The pump is silent but the water itself makes quite a bit of noise as it flows into and through the filtration area. Imagine having the sound of a small but fast flowing stream in your room. Some may find it soothing, while others will find it overly loud and annoying.
2) As was also mentioned in another review; because the pump creates such good suction at the intake the filter really does wind up pulling in food faster than the fish can eat it if it's floating around. I combat this by using fast sinking pellet food dropped well away from the intake.
4 Stars By Sergey Evdokimov on 2016-06-23
Very good filtration but a couple of things to consider.
Good system but possibly some flaws. Longevity may be an issue with this based on my experience and feedback from others. However I still feel this is the best overall 'quiet' tank filter for most uses if you understand a few caveats.. They also recently revamped this product adding a riser to the lid, a filter change indicator and a 'pad' at the front. I think the pad is pretty useless and probably designed to sell you more things you don't need. Just leave the pad in as long as you can as a bio-filter and forget about it. The LED indicator is pointless, I threw mine out. I know when my filters need changing. Anyway...
I think the tank ratings are a bit over inflated. For example in my 50 Gallon Bow Tank I have two of the 50 gallon rated units as I felt there wasn't enough filtration for the tank.
This filter does move quite a lot of water regardless of the rating. Also the filters are probably the best replacement filter medium I have seen in the aquarium industry. Please note, the included 'sample' filter with each unit is a very poor quality, low grade filter that may only last you a week or two. The replacement ones are quite a bit better, have more charcoal and thicker filtration mesh.
Is it quiet? Yes. In my testing it was the quietest outside filter I could find. For this reason and the fact that it does move quite a lot of water I recommend this over the ones commonly sold locally.
4 Stars By Suzanne on 2017-05-09
Fine for certain fish....
Purchased this to replace an Aqua Clear 110 on my 90 gallon Oscar tank, (I liked that the intake tube was black vs the Aqua Clear was frosted clear) Also it blended better with the canister filter's intake, also black.
However, this filter lasted only one day, before my Oscar fish (16 inches) was easily able to knock off the intake tube, with the propeller falling out, which stopped the filter. Reason for minus 1 star.
After putting it back together, it still worked! Am using it in my other 90 gallon fancy goldfish tank as an addition to their canister filter. It really moves a lot of water, and filters out all the debris the canister didn't get to yet.
I do not use this the traditional way. The 75 is a large filter. I put poly filter pads, cut to fit, in the holsters, and fill the filter with bio media, and also stuff a bunch of pothos plants in it, which are thriving. Of course the lid does not fit on properly. I didn't bother with the LED part so cannot comment on that.
If you are looking for a filter to move/clean a lot of water this is it. If you own monster fishes, this is NOT what you want.
5 Stars By Elijah Durham on 2015-08-20
best filter for your 55gal by far
I run an over populated planted tropical tank. I've use bubble, canister, hob filters and this one cleans the fastest provides the best current and isn't sucking up snails or fry, I mean it looks like it can but it dosent as far as I've seen.
The closest rival to this is the Aquaclear 110 and as you know when that gets caked up it overflows slows current and all sorts of issues but none of that with this aqueon.
Cons... they don't make a bigger one lol.
Great filter quiet as a mouse solid materials and runs like a bull. No priming once you reach water level plug it in it starts asap fills up ans pours a 11 inch wide stream into your tank mixing from surface to bottom speeding out left and right.
Over night it cleared the white cloud from me adding a white sand cap layer.
5 Stars By Karen L. Burket on 2016-09-01
Beautifully clear water from an excellent filter
This filter is not completely quiet, I hear the sound of the water returning to the tank, but seems to me that's normal sounds. I previously used a Marineland Penquin which stopped running after about 8 years of use, so I'm accustomed to the sound the biowheel created. At first, the impeller was noisy, and the company replaced the motor for me, arriving two days after calling them. It is now very quiet. The water clears faster than ever after water changes and such and stays incredibly clear. Not sure I've seen the water this clear before when using an HOB. Excellent filter, excellent company. When it becomes necessary, I'll buy another one for my second aquarium. As for the expense of the filter pads, buy a dozen from BTA-MALL for about $20. I personally do not think that is expensive.
5 Stars By RanchMom on 2016-05-24
So Easy a Beginner can Use. :)
I got this to increase filtration in my 36 gl bowfront tank. I have read and have been told that by over-filtering you can have more fish. However, this created such a strong current that my fish were constantly fighting it.(The QuietFlow 50) It made me tired just watching them! I gave the 50 to my mom and bought the 30 which actually filters up to 45 gl according to the Aqueon website. My fish are much, much happier.
I love that these filters are so simple to set up and that they are self-priming. I live in a rural area and it's not unusual to have the electricity to go off during storms. I would hate to have a pump ruined every time the electricity went off at night and I didn't realize it. The price on these is wonderful and maintenance is easy. I do put a pre-filter sponge over the intake because I don't like baby fish getting sucked in. Before I learned about the sponges, I lost all my baby fish but one and I thought it was other fish eating them. The sponge has stopped that.
5 Stars By Dirty Pineapple on 2015-12-08
I love Aqueon.
I love this filter, however I did buy a second one for my 60 gallon tank. I found that just having one wasn't keeping the algae growth at bay, even when I centered it on the tank. But, having one on each side of the tank has made my little oasis crystal clear and keeps a nice flow of water in the tank as well. My water parameters have been near perfect since getting the second one as well. The filters can get a bit pricey, since I have to put in 4 a month, but it's worth it to me since my tank looks so good and my inhabitants are as happy as can be. I just buy a big 24-48 pack on BTA-MALL and they're half the price of the local store bought ones. This filter is nice and quiet and only gets loud if my water levels are low. However, even then it doesn't bother me, as I find the sound of flowing water soothing. This tank is so good that every now and again I like to treat my fish with ginger to keep them nice and healthy, I'll do this over the course of a couple of days and I do find that ginger will tint my water a bit orange-y/brown. But once I stop and let my filter do it's thing, my tank clears up and is a blue beauty again in no time. I love Aqueon in general, it's affordable and always does the job for me.
4 Stars By Caroline D. on 2016-04-28
Excellent for the price
I bought this filter refurbished (w/ ugly packaging) to use in my new 10 gallon divided betta tank. It arrived on time and in great condition for a refurbished product. It was stupidly easy to put together, and I had it in my tank a few minutes later. It's strong, meaning the current can be kind of uncomfortable for fish such as Bettas. To fix this problem, I merely stuck two sponges in front of the outtake/waterfall area and put the lid on to secure it. This slowed the water to a perfect gentle flow. Because my tank is decided, I tried putting the filter in between the two sides and it's working like a charm. The actual filter is very quiet, which is amazing, and it looks great on my tank. Hopefully it holds up. Good product for the price.
5 Stars By Adam on 2015-01-14
Great budget filter
Very quiet filter. It seems to do its' job and does it well. I can't complain about it at this time. I do suggest getting the size up from what is suggested for your tank.
5 Stars By BCS on 2015-04-10
- Price is just incredible = The value for this filter is so good, that I almost did not want to buy ...
- Price is just incredible = The value for this filter is so good, that I almost did not want to buy it afraid it was a poor quality product.
- Quality = It is decent and will not fall apart anytime soon
- Flow = 400Gph for $25 (after taxes), it just incredible.
- Noise = If the rubber band is not tight enough, you will get some vibration noise so be aware. Otherwise, you can only hear the water flowing into the tank
- Filters = To be honest, they are not that great. But the filter has a LOT of space left. So I got Purigen and Biomax stones into it, and up costing me another $19 (after taxes). You cant get a 400Gpl for less than $45 dollars anywhere, and again very quite.
- Maintenance = Very simple and easy, but it can occur often at beginning (see cons). Still it does not take more than 5min to take the pump apart, clean and put it back. (yes it is that fast)
- If you have very thin gravel like I do it floats around and ends up getting sucked into the propeller. This happens at initial set up, since I moved a lot of plants around. Thus, be prepared to find your filter simply off. The gravel will get into it, and the propeller will just stop working.
- If rubber sealing ring is not very well adjusted (not hard to do at all), it will vibrate and generate noise
- Filters could be better, but they do their job. The carbons little balls, stick to the bottom of the filter, and even if you spread them, they will eventually fall back down. You dont really have to buy them, you could use the space and place some other material there. But they are cheap, and priced right.
- They pump is inside of the filter, and this is a real pain. It is water proof, but its BLACK and the filter tube is also BLACK. So you have both things sticking out at the back of your aquarium. At least the tube should be transparent like the Aquaclear.
I highly recommend this filter.