It is a little loud. Not the best piece of design out there and it looks like it was meant to be more than it ended up as.
Its a good tank and has a nice pace length. There's another thread someplace in here...
Well, thought there was.
Since that tank has an odd shape you'll want to watch where you put any ornaments in it for flow reasons. Wouldn't be good to make the water only circulate at the short end.
Generally what you do to make the filters work is you pour the filling water in through the filter.
To re-start filters I actually keep a $3.00 plastic siphon pump from Ace Hardware on hand. Just pump water up from the tank (be careful not to pump fishy up from the tank) into the filter and then lift and drop the intake tube a few times over the impeller (spinning bit) and it will slowly begin pulling water up over through the pipe.
Found this at another site: http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums...quarium-Review