I asked for a 36G bowfront for Christmas - I wanted to work on this sorority idea, plus have room for a few other types of fish.
I did indeed get it! Yesterday we got it assembled in the computer/office room and I got the filter going. And...problem.
I got the Marineland C-160 canister filter, which at a lower flow rate+30G ideal capacity seemed about right for my intentions. Only, the instructions indicated that one should give the priming button a few pushes to get the water moving, then turn it on. I pushed once and now it's stuck
HARD stuck, it doesn't even feel like a moving part anymore. And the water did not want to flow. After a long bout of sucking on the output to help things along, it finally kicked in and is running...with a nasty rattle.
All the reviews say this filter is the next best thing to dead quiet. It is super easy to detatch from the hoses for filter maintenence. I really like it in theory. The noise is a bit eh to me, drives my husband batty though. I'm worried about the priming button...does it sound like I got a bum one? I'm disappointed, but I'm thinking it needs to go back. My main question is: Give the same type a second chance, or go with something else? Quiet is my key factor. Hubby can handle white noise, but a rattle drives him up the wall.
It's rattling along today. It's got gravel, water, and a handful of live plants I purchased last night. Oh, and occupants. Two tiny snails that came with the plants. I didn't QT the plants since there's nothing but water and rocks in the tank so far. Oh well, guess they volunteered to be my establishment of a cycle victims.