Tetra® Whisper 3i In Tank Filter
Requires maintenance EVERY day.
I bought this type of filter maybe less than a year ago, and have two 2.5 gallon tanks with Bettas in them. The first month of having them, it worked great, and my Bettas became more lively now that the water was beig oxygenated. However, both of them started to either loose air flow or make a horrid noise from the actually filter, not the air pump. I cleaned it good, and it worked for only a day before they stopped circulating the water like before. Normally, the water would come out of the top of the filter as it ran through, but it stopped doing that. I called customer service, and they told me that the filter needed cleaning. So I cleaned it once more, and the same thing happened the very next day. Also, bubbles started to flow out of the bottom of the filter if I didn't reattach everything perfectly, which made it not work almost at all.
As long as I'm doing maintenance on it every day, it works fine, but I work full time AND take care of a little one at home so I don't always have time to think about my poor fishies in their tanks. Overall, if you're willing to put the time into it, you can have it if you have a tiny tank. I'm currently doing research to finding something else appropriate to my tank size that I would rather use.
June 15, 2014
Awesome for a really small nano tank
I have a 43 gallon african cichlid tank and decided to build a tiny half gallon neon tetra tank for fun. This filter works great for up to 3 gallons.
May 24, 2014
Works for my purpose, but could use some improvement.
The filter itself is great. It provides just the right amount of circulation for my divided 10 gallon tank with bettas (If you don't have bettas or other fish that prefers low-currents, you should probably step up to the 10i or 20i for a 10 gallon tank). However, my problem is that the air pump is rather noisy. It's louder than my other tank that uses a much larger filter and an airpump. This problem is compounded by the fact that the air pump is unbalanced -- the side with the cord is heavier than the other, so it tips over unless I have it positioned just right, and it vibrates against whatever it's on creating a lot of noise.
I might keep the filter itself, but am considering the option of replacing the air pump in the near future with something that is more quiet.
March 24, 2013
Three Failures in 5 months!!
I got my original 3i when I purchased a Tetra 1.5 gallon aquarium kit. The pump and filter ran great......for 2 months. In order to get a new pump, I had to purchase another set with filter and pump. Today...the second pump conks out! Off I go to purchase a third pump. And the ONLY reason I ended up with another Tetra product is because I need the smaller pump and Tetra is the only brand the pet store carries. I've now spent more on replacing the Whisper In-Tank 3i than I have on the original tank set up with my Bettafish!
No, I would definitely not recommend this product to anyone.
January 27, 2013