Small quiet filters

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I got a 10g aquarium near my bed and I need something that's real quiet. Submersible would be a plus, don't need a very powerful one or one with lots of water movement. Any recommendations?
 
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I got a 10g aquarium near my bed and I need something that's real quiet. Submersible would be a plus, don't need a very powerful one or one with lots of water movement. Any recommendations?
This is what I have in my flowerhorn grow out and it has no sound other than a slight humming that is incredibly hard to hear and can only hear if it’s completely quiet in the room. Hard to find filter media for so I suggest eventually adding foam, carbon and other stuff and more foam ontop to work as filter media that’s what I currently do in my 40g and it’s better than any of the slide in cotton media’s I’ve ever used. Also if you can manage to hear the humming I personally find it soothing and helps me fall asleephttps://www.amazon.com/Whisper-Tank...filter&qid=1623476088&sprefix=tetra+wh&sr=8-2
 

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I don't know if these are available in the Us but these powerhead filters are very popular in asia.If you want more biological/mechanical media you can add more compartments.Most of these also have a venturi system you also get extra aeration +circulation.Almost all my tanks have atleast one of these ,they run pretty quit unless you manage to clog the powerhead some how.
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I don't know if these are available in the Us but these powerhead filters are very popular in asia.If you want more biological/mechanical media you can add more compartments.Most of these also have a venturi system you also get extra aeration +circulation.Almost all my tanks have atleast one of these ,they run pretty quit unless you manage to clog the powerhead some how.
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Not too popular around here I only ever see them in big fish tanks at stores but never in home aquariums around my area
 

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I don't know if these are available in the Us but these powerhead filters are very popular in asia.If you want more biological/mechanical media you can add more compartments.Most of these also have a venturi system you also get extra aeration +circulation.Almost all my tanks have atleast one of these ,they run pretty quit unless you manage to clog the powerhead some how.
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yep one of the most common in southern Asian region.
it's so quiet you'll have to look at the water movement to see if its on.
I too have atleast one of these in the tank and generally switch these on when i leave the house for work or school as a preventive that the surface agitates even if the air pumps fail or the airline disconnects.
 

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Maybe a sponge filter powerhead combination.
It's good but the pores are very small and tend to clog easily. If using as the primary filter that remains on 24*7 , it needs to be cleaned twice a week. If not they flow reduces. I've tried this too. Better use it with aquarium co op coarse filter ( not used it as it's not available in India) but would still be a wood filtration.
 
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This is what I have in my flowerhorn grow out and it has no sound other than a slight humming that is incredibly hard to hear and can only hear if it’s completely quiet in the room. Hard to find filter media for so I suggest eventually adding foam, carbon and other stuff and more foam ontop to work as filter media that’s what I currently do in my 40g and it’s better than any of the slide in cotton media’s I’ve ever used. Also if you can manage to hear the humming I personally find it soothing and helps me fall asleephttps://www.amazon.com/Whisper-Tank...filter&qid=1623476088&sprefix=tetra+wh&sr=8-2
I got one and it has a pretty loud annoying sound from the impeller. Maybe bad luck?

Any other suggestions? Dead quiet preferred.
 

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A powerhead+cartridge filter is only as loud as the powerhead itself...which to my half-deaf ears is pretty quiet.

You could also use an air-powered sponge filter and put the pump in a remote location. As long as the air quality is good, an air pump can be in a different room, a remote corner, etc. And the only noise at the tank will be bubbles. Using an airstone deadens that noise further. I have two tanks on the main floor of my house that are fed from my central air pump in the basement fishroom.

If the airline is extremely long there us a slight loss of power and a larger pump may be required. For up to at least 10 or 15 feet you will have no problem.
 
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