Top Fin Aquarium Power Filter
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
quiet, but hard to assemble
Okay first the directions are horrible! so this probably won't make sense until you've bought the filter and taken it out of the box. But where the directions say to put in the filter cartridge and the put in the little plastic grid thingy in front of it, it doesn't say that you have to put the filter cartridge in the little slots on the black grid as one piece and then slide it down into the filter as one piece. The directions also say that their should be knob on top of the little water intake tube and their isn't(P.S. I had to take this back to Petsmart and let the lady assemble it for me which is why I know this). Make sure that your water is no more than 1 1/2 inches lower than where the water comes out to decrease your noise level, because the farther your water has to fall the louder the filter will be. Also, one more thing, when you hang your filter on your aquarium, make sure you fill it with water before plugging it in or it will be really loud. The current is fine and I've had the filter for about 2 weeks now and my water isn't crystal clear, but it's good enough, and I figured that for the price it's an okay filter:) I hope this could help you and I know it sounds a little confusing, but you will understand one the filter is bought, GOOD LUCK!!!!
November 25, 2014
Good Filter But Not For a Tank in a Bedroom
This is a decent filter and does a decent job at cleaning the water and such, the only problem is it is definitely not a filter to be used in a tank in a room that you sleep in. At first it was quiet but after one night it got family noisy and irritating to try and sleep with it on. I tried modifying it and added padding to where it rested on the tank. I eventually gave up and got the AquaClear 20 (definitely recommend that filter quiet and does a great job filtering).
November 23, 2014