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136 reviews | 3.4 out of 5
Bought this power filter to go with our kids 5 gallon fish tank and it has worked perfectly for almost 4 months now. Easy to clean and keeps the tank perfectly oxygenized. We change the filter once every two weeks, and have maintained a very clean tank. Tip: Buy the filters in a multi-pack and you will save more money. Very happy with this aquarium filter and recommend it to others!
i have had my filter for 6 years and it still works great. i buy the same brand filter cartridge and it works great. all my friends have commented on how nice my tank looks and how sanatized it looked
This is the 1st filter I ever bought. I used it on a cooler to keep bait fish in ;) It's been in an aquarium now for 6 months and still works well. It will slow down after a month or two but just take it outside and spray the internals with a hose to restore the flow. I've tested the flow rate myself and seems to be very accurate. Great filter for a 10 gallon tank.
I have been using mine for well over year, and is still running strong. It keeps my 10 gallon tank very clean and every one always coments on how clean my tank is. They also always ask how often i have to clean it, and I always tell them hardly ever (like once a year). I do a water exchange once a month, but only a gallon.I also vaccume about every 3 months, also my tank is very over stocked (20+ fish). So for the price and quality I highly recomend this product oh dont forget to change the filters. hope you love it as much as I do.
Key word in the summary was fry tanks. I've been using this filter for fry (baby fish) tanks for months now, and I absolutely love it!
What many people fail to remember when buying a filter is that there are two, yes two, major factors. GPH rating, and water volume. This filter has 100GPH rating and that is almost perfect for a 20 gallon tank that will be holding fry (mine are Mbuna Cichlids). The fry have very little bio-load (aquarist's term for how much the fish poo) so the small water volume in this filter doesn't matter and it handles it quite well. Overall, I'd use this in a tank no larger than 20 gallons but no less than 10 gallons. It's small, fairly quiet, and is pretty darn inconspicuous.
My one gripe? The intake. The intake tube (at least in mine) seems not to fit quite right. You can't just put it in and plug it in. You have to plug it in and kind of move the intake tube around a little bit before the water flow really starts - and it's some good water flow for a filter that size.
NOTE: IF YOUR FILTER IS NOT WORKING WHEN YOU PLUG IT IN, THERE IS A 90% CHANCE YOU DIDN'T PUT THE TUBE THAT GOES INTO THE TANK IN ALL THE WAY. After playing around with this thing for 30minutes, I pushed the tube in harder and it made a different, bubbly noise and next thing I know the water is flowing like it's supposed too. Make sure you prime the filter first by filling it with water!! And your tube is pushed in all the way before you complain!! Note I also have the old version of the filter, so it looks a little different but works the same.
I bought a GloFish aquarium kit that came with a Tetra Whisper 2-10i Power Filter and my tank was really gross after a few weeks. After cleaning, it would go right back to being disgusting within a couple of days. I bought the Aquatech 5-15 for $11 and it has done wonders! It has a 3-stage filtering process and works 100% better for my 5 gallon tank. My fish and I are much happier now and I highly recommend AquaTech products over Tetra any day. Just remember to take care of the filter and clean it inside and out every 3-4 weeks to get the best results and life expectancy out of the product, I use a simple bottle brush and warm running water. Replacement filters are $7 for a 3-pack, which will last 2-3 months.
Product quit working only after four months! It should have lasted a lot longer! The quality of the product is poor! :(
I bought a tetra aquarium that came with this filter. This because my wife won 4 beautiful common goldfish in a festival. I really didn't know the adventure and sacrifices I was about to face. Well first I bought a five gallons aquarium but a week later I had to invest in this 10 gallons aquarium. Still, it doesn't keep up with my sudden conditions. This filter moves only 90 gallons per hours (gph) while I'm needing at least 100 gph to keep a safe water quality for my goldfishes. I've read a couple of reviews and I'm not saying this is a bad filter at all, its good, I know because it keeps the water in neutral conditions for my fishes but right in the limits of neutrality. If you're buying this filter or came with your aquarium and you have more than two goldfishes I recommend to buy the 10-20 gallons one. That one moves at least 110 gph, perfect for your goldfishes. In general, the 5 to 10 gallons proved to be a good filter to even maintain my fishes alive. :) That's good!
ive had this filter in my five gallon tank for about 3-4 months and it worked great. well all of the sudden it doesnt work anymore. it did and amazing job keeping the tank clean but this product should have lasted a lot longer!
I have had this filter for just over one month and it is doing an adequate job in my 10 gallon tank. I would not recommend this filter for a tank with a lot of fish, but is fine with the 5 medium sized African cichlids in the tank. You must be patient when starting the filter because it takes a long time for the initial flow of water to start. Cost of filter was $10.49, you can't beat the price.
I got this for my 10 gallon and have had it running with about 15 fish for about two months and my water has looked clear the whole time as if i have changed it every day. It stopped working so i took it apart and found the impeller to be filled with algae. So now, I clean it every week and it has worked fine. The lid is cheap though and the filters do not fit well. However, i love it.
I bought this filter today, and as soon as I put water in the back of it it started leaking! The water was coming out where the part with the electrical cord was put in and held with an "O" ring. Really?? Leaking out onto where the power cord is? That's just stupid. But I let it slide and went back and returned it and got the same filter...got it home and it too leaks in the same spot!! I was frustrated and gave up and decided not to waste another trip to Wal Mart so I used silicone sealant to help stop the water from leaking out the bottom. Well this problem was solved, but then as soon as I put the filter in water and turned it on (and YES I did everything correctly, I have had a fish tank for a long time and understand how the filter is set up), IT DIDN'T WORK! It made a noise like it was on but no water was circulating. I am really disappointed in this filter considering the other reviews weren't all that bad.
Great Filter !
You can use the filter cartridges for several months by taking them outside and spraying them off with a garden hose every month.
I use a 5-15 filter in our 20 gallon tank. Follow the instructions for periodic cleaning of the black housing and components and this filter will serve you long and well.
Best of all??
It's Made in the U.S.A out of U.S.A components !
I recently purchased a small Tetra aquarium and it works great. The water is always crystal clear until after a month. The bio fibers really work well and keep debris out of the water. It is very easy to clean and take apart if you no what you are doing. Always buy a filter intake cleaner because some algae may form. It's quite and it's easy to maintain. It can also fit custom homemade bio bags that you can fill with carbon yourself. I have had my goldfish a little over a year so this product really removes the toxins out of the water.
The water cleared up within 1 day !! It's not as quiet as the Whisper filter but much more efficient.
This filter is decent, but it's way too small for above 10 gallons. Other than that, it seems to work well, and I like the bio-cartridge it comes with. Changing the filter cartridges is easy-peazy.
This filter came in the 4 gallon aquarium kit I bought from a Walmart store (physically, not online). The tank holds one fish, my three year old betta, and the current produced by this filter was way too much for the size of the aquarium, as well as my fish, who struggled to swim and mainly rested in the corner farthest away from the filter.
I suppose the product would probably work better in a larger aquarium, but I wanted to warn all those consumers who are looking at the Aqua Culture Size 5 aquarium kit that it might be better to just buy a tank and a smaller filter, such as the Tetra Whisper filters.
The old design was much better, the part on the bottom where the motor is was all contained as part of the case, now the new design looks as though it is a separate piece and this has some flex to it which causes the case to crack and leak.
I bought one, installed it and noticed a leak immediately. I took it back and exchanged it and the exact same thing was wrong. I almost just wanted to buy the whole aquarium kit again to just get the old design, then I'd have an extra aquarium on hand.
I'm not buying an AquaTech filter in the future, going with an Aqueon instead.
When I first got the product, I thought it didn't come with everything. I couldn't find the piece called the "impeller" (turns out it was already in place inside my unit, so I didn't have to install it) and I spent a lot of time trying to call the company and complain that I didn't have it all. Then I tried to start the thing up without water in it. So, maybe I should have read the directions which CLEARLY STATE that you should fill it with water BEFORE starting it up or risk damaging the unit... but it still works, and well! SO - Be sure to read all the directions CAREFULLY and follow them. OH, and the Tetra-care service that comes with the tanks is nice, too. I'm buying another one of these for another tank I have. I do hope they last - I've only been using it for about a week, but it is doing the trick nicely with a really messy frog in the tank. I'm going to try it on a turtle tank.