Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 22
Rated 3 out of 5 by NeonBettaTetra Its an okay filter for a back-up
I had originally gone into the store to purchase a different filter, but they were out. So I bought the Whisper 3i thinking it could run my 5.5gal until my other filter came in the mail then I would move the 3i to my 2.5gal tank. I already have issues with this filter and I've only been running it for a few hours.
1. The clip needs to go and the suction cups need to come back. The clip is not big enough to fit over the sides of either of my tanks because of the lip for my hoods.
2. There is almost too much aeration. I have tried it with the filter facing both ways and yet air is still bubbling up loudly before flowing through the filter.
3. The air pump. Yes I know air pumps are suppose to hum...well this one is humming loud enough for me to here it when I walk in my front door which is on the other side of my apartment and down a flight of steps. So this filter will be unplugged at night if my music doesn't drown it out.
September 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by JustLikeWasabi Decent filter for my 3-gallon betta tank
My 10-year old son received the AquaFarm fish kit for Christmas. It was a simple acrylic tank, and at the top were some spaces for plants to grow--supposedly the fish's waste would help the plants grow and the roots of the plants would clean the water for the fish. Nice idea, but it didn't work, and I felt really bad for the betta. So basically, we scrapped the little air filter the AquaFarm came with, scrapped the plants, and decided to just convert it into a straight-up betta tank. Since the tank is approxiimately 3-gallons, I needed a micro-filter. I've had bettas before, I know they like still water and so the filter I need couldn't be too powerful. The one I ended up getting was the Tetra Whisper 3i filter. It was easy to set-up, and the filter seems to be keeping the water clear and clean. I do weekly water changes of 25%, and I've just changed the filter cartridge. That was a snap, by the way! I did put a little cylindrical filter sponge on the exterior of the shaft because I was worried about the delicate betta fins getting caught there. The air pump isn't totally silent, but it's not unbearable. Occasionally, the filtered water seems to be only a trickle. I don't know if that's a sign of the filter/pump failing, but it's still alive and kicking right now. I feel it was a good price, and if it fails, if I can find it on sale, I'd probably procure a replacement of the same type.
March 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by TJackson 2 great features!
QUIET! able to situate aquarium closer to the wall
March 1, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Onlyturtles Parts not as good as the whole
Although it is a quiet model, easy to clean and user friendly, the suction cup on the back as well as the over-the-tank arm are constantly needing to be replaced. I'm sure this works great for just a fish enthusiast, but for anyone with turtles--do not get!! The turtle will easily use it's body to pop the suction cup right off the unit and any turtle larger than a softball can climb up the side and cause stress on the arm, which will bend until broken.
February 13, 2015