Top Fin Aquarium Power Filter
Definitely does its job and is very cheap in a good way. (worth your money)...Overall a really good filter thats very quiet and am still happy with this purchase...
But i wish it could handle more, Top Fin should really start putting stronger filters with each tank for example: 10 gallon tank gets a Top Fin Power 20 Filter, that way it can handle more fish and clean just as good...
January 2, 2015
Takes a bit of fiddling
I have this filter in two sizes- the 10 and the 20. The 10 was an absolute breeze to set up, I had very little trouble. Everything fit where it was supposed to, and there were no headaches or drama.
The 20 is the one I had problems with. I bought the first one as part of a starter kit, and it was monstrously loud. My aquarium is in my bedroom, and at first I was like, oh, it only sounds loud because I'm not used to it. I fell asleep that night after several hours lying in bed listening to the motor run. It was the next day that I rage quit. I unplugged the filter, sick of the sound of it. After that, we took the filter back to the store. The salesperson let me exchange it evenly for another filter of the same brand. So I set up filter #2, praying I wouldn't have the same problem. So I get the filter all set up, plug it in, and nothing happens. Absolutely nothing. It wouldn't run. My mom helped me mess with it (she's been fish keeping her entire life) and she could sort of get it to work, but she had to hold the intake tube at a crazy angle. So, we take filter #2 back to the store, and we get a saleslady who knows what she's doing, and she shows us the design flaw in the filter: The intake tube has a tendency not to quite click into place. You have to sort of force it into the little notch where it clicks into place, or the motor won't quite rest in the right place- if you have problems with it being loud, look at the little notch where it clicks into place- not the big hole, what I'm talking about is a tiny little slot. If you have the filter, you know what I mean. Just make sure the intake tube rests all the way down where it's supposed to be.
After the saleslady showed us what we were doing wrong, the 20 gallon actually runs more quietly than the 10. The 20 is so quiet, I can only hear it if I really, really concentrate and put my ear up to the filter. The 10 is a bit louder, but once you're used to it you don't really notice anymore. Overall, I would say this is a good product.
December 26, 2014
I have the Top Fin 20. It works well and is easy to clean. I have had as many as 19 fish in my 20gal tank with no adverse effects on water quality. I do weekly, sometimes bi-weekly partial water changes of about 10-15%.
Noise...many people cite noise. It's very quiet when your tank is full. If the water level drops, the noise goes up. Keep it full!
Even with water levels down, it's much quieter than my air stone and pump.
Flow rate is more than enough.
Water quality is always good on my weekly tests, so I say it works fine.
Fish supporting: 3 Denison Barbs (getting too big, re-homing this week), 2 Bristlenose Plecos(juvenile), 2 Cory Cats(adult), 2 Zebra Danios(adult, re-homing), and 7 Tiger Barbs(4 adult, 3 juvenile).
Soon to add 2 more cories, 2 more tiger barbs.
December 14, 2014
70 version defect, smaller ones ok
I have owned the smaller version of this, namely the 30. and those work great. However, the largest one, the 70 gallon one with dual filters is poorly designed near where the motor connects to the assembly. I bought one and it was cracked in this area so I exchanged it for another. To my dismay the second one had the exact same issue. After examining carefully either the design and/or the assembly causes this area to be a weak point for small hairline cracks that causes water to leak out of the unit and out of the aquarium. Luckily I check for leaks when ever I add a new filter, otherwise this defect would have cause the unit to pump all the water out of my aquarium and killing my gilled little pets. Again smaller version are awesome and don't have this defect, just the largest, 70 version!
December 9, 2014