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53 reviews | 3.9 out of 5
This filter came with the Wal-Mart 55gl. tank I bought when I upgraded from a 10gl. I have 2 Oscars and their messy eaters, so I bought a second Regant Aqua-Tech 30/60 to compensate. Their rated at 300gl. per hour, so in a 55gl. tank...I have NO problems at all. And like the other post, It's made by Marineland and the "C" cart. will fit. Bottom line is...for what they are, and how much they cost...you really can't go wrong.
I got this filter for a 29 gallon aquarium that I placed in my bedroom. I was concern about the noise the emperor 280 filter makes so I was looking for something a little bit more silent. The filter has been working for six months now and I have not had any problems with it. The biofiltration is good, since I never had an ammonia spike in my water. Overall I think is a good filter but a little bit pricier at $38 when compare to Marineland Emperor 280 at the same price on line. The big difference is the quiet operation and this was something needed for my bedroom. I was a little bit concern about Wal-mart been the only place that sells them but I discovered that Marineland Cartridge C is exactly the same replacement filter cartridge so now if my local Wal-mart store runs out of them, I always can find emergency supplies in other local fish stores.
This is a great buy. Upon further research after buying this filter I found that its a cheaper version of the Penguin 300 series bio-wheel filters. The only difference is you dont have the bio-wheel to maintain or replace when they go bad. Its a very easy filter to operate and clean. The filter media is really cheap as well. The only complaint I have about the filter is really the filter cartidges dont contain as much carbon as I would like to see in them, however you can cut open the filter and add more if you are ambitious enough to do so. Again you can purchase that extra carbon from Wally-world aslo!
Three years ago, I purchased one of these filters and a much more expensive one from a fish store for my 55 gallon aquarium. The more expensive one was noisier, hard to get filters for and harder to clean. After a year, the more expensive one broke and I replaced it with a second one of this model.
I have never had any problems with either filter in all of that time. All they need for maintenance is to clean them about once a month, change the filter, and fill them back up with water.
One filter was left running for about a week dry by accident when we left for vacation, and after cleaning it and filling it up with water, it still works like new.
I bought one for a back-up . It is a decent enough filter . I have used one for a few months when one of my Penquins went down . It done a good job keeping my tank clean , though I do not use their filters . I use refillable clam shell filters with a sponge and media bags in each filled with my media of choice . It's by far cheaper rinsing the sponge out in my fish bucket while doing a water change and refilling the media bags than buying new filters every month .They move a good amount of water and they are fairly quiet .
One of the first things I did was buy a Bio-Wheel kit for my Augua-tech 30 - 60 from my local pet store and I recommend that all that owns one do the same . The Bio- Wheels are a wet/dry filtration system that is a great place to grow added beneficial bacteria and great for polishing the water .
I really like this filter, the dual outlets are nice incase you let the filter media go too long, one side may get a lower flow but you never lose too much flow. I own an aqua clear 70 and magnum 350 canister as well. All good products, but this was the cheapest of the 3 and performs quite well. Also you can buy pillow batting to use as filter media with the mesh pot scourers to maintain beneficial bacteria. It keeps my tank mechanically clean and I havent seemed to have problems with biological filtration with it either, keep the filter foam and rinse the cartridges as long as you can but then just use filter fiber/ pillow batting, it works great.
this is so much better then what i had..the ones i had made a rippling sound that got on my nerves bad, but this on is so quiet and seems to do a good job on my 55 gallon tank
Don't buy expensive MarineLand biowheel products. They quit working. The wheels stop turning and your tank suffers. I have had aquariums for two decades. This product keeps my 40 gallon aquarium crystal clear! The fish have a great environment.
i bought one of these for my 55 gallon tank and it worked great. ive now upsized to a 120 gallon tank and i bought another of these filters and use 2 of them on my 120 gallon and they work great there too. they are quiet and get the job done and are alot less expensive than bigger filters that do the same job. i would recommend this product.
I just bought this today and it was VERY easy install. Basically ready to go right out of the box! My only gripe is that it doesn't really work unless you have a very high water level. Fine if you have fish, but I have a turtle tank and so I only fill my tank half way up. Until the water level gets within 3 inches of the base of the waterfall, all you'll get is a sad little trickle. Fill it above the see thru section of the uptake tube and you are in business! I moves A LOT of water so I am pleased with that, but I will have to be making other arrangements for my turtles to sunbathe... Just FYI!
I have been in the aquarium hobby for many years, and was diappointed how that the quality of this product is not as good as it once was. Now, it is very noisy, so noisy that I returned it and I do not recommend this product as is.
I own a aqua tech 20-40 in addition to the 30-60. No problem with the smaller unit but this 30-60 has been nothing but headaches. I have already replaced the impeller twice and now it rattles like it's choking on a rock, which it's not. Only had this one for three weeks. Waiting for a new impeller from marineland. If that doesn't fix it, I'm returning the product.
Product works great and the price is average for a filter this size.
First let me say I'm not a new to aquariums, so take what I say serious when considering purchasing this filter.
I bought three of these filters and every single one of them rattles and its extremely loud. Tried everything I could to fix them "Clean this do this do that" with no results. A waste of time and a waste $120. Not very happy with this company will not suggest the product in fact I speak against, Made an account to warn others. There are way better alternatives. I have other filters that do not make the slightest noise, these ones will drive you bananas. Don't buy It !
This is about the most inexpesive filtration unit you can buy! I have many tanks and use them in all because they are dependable and much cheaper to run than any product I have found at petco or petsmart. Filter cartridges is where you really save all the money on this filter. Buy in bulk for greater savings!
I am very impressed with this Filter system. I am using it on my 40 gallon tank.
this filter is the only one you will need for aquariums in the 30-60 gal. size. wish I could buy just bio-fiber filters only, but overall a pretty good buy.
works great with 55 gallon tank. the double filter prevents cycling the tank
I purchased one of these a few months back for my 50 gallon tank. It really didn't seem to move much water, so I thought that it was perhaps defective, and took it back to Wal-Mart for an exchange. But, with the second one, it was the same result. I ended up just taking it back for a refund.
Here's what I think that the problems are:
1. The motor with the impeller is just too small to move a large amount of water thru 2 filters, plus the black foam inserts. Within 2 days, even with relatively clean filters, the water slows to a trickle.
2. Once the water line drops below where the tube joints are, they must not have a tight enough fit, so air gets in there, making the water flow even worse, if that's even possible.
AquaTech needs to either beef up the motor to move the proper amount of water, or have 2 seperate motors, one for each side. In my opinion, do some research, and purchase something else that works MUCH better than this piece of junk.
I use this product for more than 10 years with no problems .