- Extremely quiet filtration
- Very good durability
- Provides excellent filtration
- Highly customizable internal layout
- Smaller models can suffer from flow issues if they aren’t regularly cleaned
The Aquaclear series of filters easily ranks among the best aquarium filters on the market, and are a solid choice for nearly any aquarium. They are well known for both their excellent filtration and nearly legendary durability. It’s not that unusual to see these filters still operating reliably after a decade or more, and most will give years of trouble free operation.
One of the major selling points of an Aquaclear filter, is their whisper quiet operation. As long as they are reasonably well maintained and the water is regularly topped up in the aquarium, you would be hard pressed to hear the filter operating. Even when it is kept in smaller rooms like bedrooms and offices, sound is rarely an issue – something that anyone who has a home office with a fish tank will appreciate.
Now for the downside of Aquaclear filters, which is thankfully quite limited. The only problem that occasionally appears in Aquaclear filters is that the smaller models can suffer from flow problems. It can usually be remedied with a thorough cleaning, and is normally only found in the smallest model, but it can be frustrating experience for a new aquarist.
I personally use Aquaclear filters on most of my tanks and have had few problems with them in the past. Most have been functioning with no loss of filtration power for several years on my tanks, and a few of the larger ones recently have recently just passed five years of operation.
As I stated in the review, I do tend to stay away from them on my smaller tanks. This is mainly because I have encountered the flow issue in the past, but only on the 10 gallon model. I haven’t had similar problems on the 20 gallon model that they offer.
Out of personal preference, I also normally remove the carbon filter and replace it with more Aquaclear Power Filter inserts. While this isn’t necessary, carbon inserts are only useful for a very short time, and if you don’t have any water issues, you should be fine without it.
You can read more reviews on the AquaClear Power Filter at Amazon.com