I have been using this filter on my 29 gallon freshwater aquarium for 7+ years at this point, and compared to my old fluval-style filter, I can honestly say I adore this machine. It is relatively quiet, especially compared to many air-pumps on the market, which would easily mask out the sound of this filter. In the entire time that I have used this filter, I have never had any mechanical problems, and has constantly provided excellent filtration for my setup. Some reviews said that the pump is too powerful, but I tend to disagree. If you leave your water level a bit lower, the water runs down a ramp and gently hits the water. The cartidges you can purchase are great, but rather pricy. You can easily cut yourself some filter-mesh and fill the included plastic media container with whatever you like for much less. From an experienced aquarium keeper, my rating says it all, 5 stars!
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