Aqueon® Quietflow Internal Aquarium Power Filter
I purchased this filter because it was recommended by one of the clerks at PetSmart. It's a great filter and works better then I expected. I definitely think it's worth buying BUT Petsmart doesn't carry the filter replacement cartridges for it....something that they recently stopped doing, not even online. So now I have to buy them online elsewhere and pay for shipping. Why would you sell a product that you can't provide parts for later?
May 10, 2014
Good for a specific purpose.
This review is a little bit tricky. This thing is dead silent, and very gentle on intake though being a powerhouse on output. But the design is where the issues lie. And for the love of all that is holy, do NOT believe this is adequate for a turtle; please get an external canister type filter for that.
First of all, these types of filters are NOT meant to handle even a medium load by nature of design. That being stated, let me continue onto the construction of this filter. The cartridge is triangular, carbon inside a fine-grade sponge with a plastic vented backing and caging to house the sponge assembly. This sponge apex is exposed to the vents along the bottom canister. There is a fingered grid for the bio stage back-to-back with the cartridge. The thing I like is that the sponge is very fine; it can trap very small particles. This strength is also its weakness; it needs rinsed every day or every other day, and again, not really suitable for medium load. If under light load, such as a pair of pea puffers or a few neons or the like, then this cartridge will suffice for the job, being what it is. The intake strength is very gentle for the throughput it has, and the output is very strong - I strongly suggest putting a few plants in the tank to break up the current strength (which would only give the fish more places to hide and feel secure). However, if the outlet is placed just above the water line, it is great for oxygenating the water and causing surface movement, eliminating the need for an airstone (at least in my case).
The "bio grid" is actually pretty neat, and I can tell that thought went into it, unlike Aqueon's HOB QuietFlow line; the fingers on the grid point away from the cartridge though the grid itself rests against the back of the cartridge, so you don't destroy your bio colony by rubbing the cartridge against the grid's fingers as you would in the HOB line. This is one "bandaid" that I actually have come to think is pretty neat in design, as well as functional.
So far as the construction is concerned, I see this lasting maybe a year or so at best. The pump is pretty solid, and I think that would be the part that lasts. The issue already stated by another reviewer with the canister being held on by just a small indentation will be a problem because of how often the sponge will need rinsed between changes. I don't see there being any possibility of using custom media either because of the bio-grid; to be honest, with all 3 stages considered, the cartridge setup is probably best left as-is.
Overall, I think this is a pretty good design for what I stated above. Definitely NOT for a turtle, by all means get an external canister type for those. But for a small, LIGHTLY stocked tank, this would be great.
November 18, 2013
Over-rated and not built to last
I bought the Aqueon Quiet Flow AT15 internal filter.
I give it a poor rating because:
1. At 66 gph, it is over-rated for a 15 gallon tank. It wasn't enough for my 10 gallon. If anything, would be good for a 2-5 gallon.
2. Media chamber doesn't attach securely enough to pump. It's held on by a tiny rib on either side. It doesn't really clip or latch on, so when the plastic gets worn, it won't hold together.
3.The box states " The perfect companion for your aquatic reptile or amphibious terrarium." A water turtle is pictured. No way is this filter strong enough or has enough media for a turtle tank.
I would not recommend this filter, as even if you had a 2-5 gallon tank, the media chamber won't stay attached to the pump housing secure enough.
October 20, 2013
Silent filter for bedroom aquarium.
This filter is the most dead silent filter I ever have. I had Quiet Flow and Aqua Clear but those two filters were not silent enough.
The filtration is not so great but the filtration stages it came with can be removed and replaced with better filtration stages. It's flow rate is impressive and can be adjusted but it could be too strong for small fish unless if there is something in front of the nozzle to slow down the flow.
September 22, 2013