I bought the old school sponge filter setup by pennplax (I think) and the pump which comes with it is nearly SILENT o-o http://www.petsathome.com/wcsstore/C...large/7299.jpg
This one, despite someone here telling me it was garbage. And, it's still perfect. I've been using it since January when I got my RCS.
I called the local aquarium store here about nerites. I NEED one for Osha's tank. Desperately. Last time I had the same tank in the same window with Ludendorff I never seen a speck of algae (and that was without live plants) now I can't get rid of it!(AND I have live plants!) So I slept on the idea and I think I'll just need another nerite.
Still refusing to go to large chain stores. At least aq 101 is a local business and after their initial imported stock they now breed their own stock and work with breeders (that's where I picked up Osha from).