Tetra® Whisper EX30 Filter System
Works well, but louder than expected
I bought the Whisper EX 70 for my 55 gallon freshwater tank. It was very easy to set up, though I'm surprised that the impeller is in the tube, and a little dismayed that the cord gets so close to the water - the engineering doesn't seem well thought out. It's also quite a bit louder, mechanically, than my old MarineLand filter. The indicator strips are a farce - I've had the filter in place for about 2 weeks and it's already telling me to change the cartridge, which is unreasonable considering the cost of the odd-shaped replacement cartridges. But, the water in the tank is very clear. I like the special insert for facilitating healthy bacterial growth. The large filter and long tube ensure that the water circulates well through my tank. All in all, I give this a "good" rating, but it's not a perfect product.
November 5, 2014
This product had cheap features
The part of the filtration system that sticks into the tank water that sucks the contents into the filter keeps falling off after 6 months of purchase of the product. I now have to keep reaching into the tank at least 2x a day to place the piece back onto the base of the filter.
July 12, 2014
i have the ex20 filter. i bought it about 1month ago.....about 1 week ago it started to make noise. the noise is a humming/vibration. it is anoying
What is the warranty on the ex 20? This noise is bothersome
June 20, 2014
I have this filter for my 20 gallon tank. Every time I go through the cleaning process it literally is a horrible process. Whenever I clean the filter and try to start it up again it stalls like an old car that has no gas! I've tried leaving it to fix itself, adding water to help get it going, shakng, bumping and only after I scare my fish to death rattling and beating the side of it the filter, itdecides to begin running. Its not quiet what so ever! Whisper is hardly the term. It competes with the TV sound! Today while doing a routine water change the filter would not start for the life of me. Before the filter bag is even dirty, gunk builds up along the fall line and makes the water splash and fall unevenly.
March 31, 2014