The Latest Info On Whisper Aquarium Heater

by whisperaquariumfilters on June 26, 2010

The unit functions well and is quiet but after about a month the tube joint cracked and won’t stay on. Not good for a new product! Unfortunately the cost and hassle of seeking a replacement makes it better to search out a new product.[keyword]Whisper Aquarium Heater[/keyword][yahooquestion]Whisper+Aquarium+Heater[/yahooquestion]

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Lowery June 26, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I had this for a few days, it worked great first few days, but it started to get “too” noisy (even though it still works). I opened it and i found a broken piece inside. It still pump air, but it too noisy. I would not recommend this air pump. It happened first few days after i bought, not worth for the $ to ship it back.

Neelands June 26, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I bought one of these for my 29 gallon tank to use with a bubble wand. It was easy to set up and worked fine for two days. On the third day, when I came home from work, the first thing I heard when I walked in the front door was a loud buzzing sound. I followed the buzz to find out that it was the air pump. It wasn’t the pump itself vibrating against the shelf it was on, but the motor of the pump. My aquarium is towards the back of the house, so for me to hear it as soon as I walked in tells you it was pretty loud. On top of that, there was only a small amount of air coming out of the bubble wand. I figured I’d just gotten a defective one, so I returned it and got a replacement. It worked great for about a month and a half until it woke me up this morning making the same exact loud buzz that the first one did. Low airflow to the bubble wand as well. Unfortunately, it broke after the store’s return period expired, so now I can either deal with the manufacturer (which is always fun) or just count my losses and move on.

Would not recommend to others.

Ahlberg June 27, 2010 at 1:20 am

I’ve owned this air pump for about 4 months now and tonight it died. It started making a really loud rattle, so I unscrewed its case and found that a cheap piece of plastic was holding the vibration mechanism and this piece had broken and so the vibrator was rattling all over. Basically it’s now trash. Pretty pathetic that this thing died so fast, it’s clearly built cheaply inside. It’s almost as if it’s designed to fail. The broken part is very obviously in need of reinforcement.

Emerson June 27, 2010 at 7:18 am

This pump was pretty weak to begin with, and slowly died after several months (completely stopped pumping any air at all).
Also, it moves a little due to vibration, and when it touches something by its side, it starts making a vibrating noise. A bit of a design flaw.

Overall a poorly designed product with little reliability. You should pay a couple of bucks more, but get something reliable.

Ingersoll June 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I’ve had this for a couple of months now and it’s still super quiet…which I need as my tank is in my bedroom. Product is as described. 😉

Glasco June 27, 2010 at 7:44 pm

I just got home with one of these from Wal-Mart. On the outside of the box, it says nothing about needing a shelf 12″ or higher behind your tank for the pump to sit. It needs this for proper airflow. It also doesn’t say anything about needing “air control valves” to get the best use from the pump. And, of course, it doesn’t mention that you’ll need your own rubber hose(s) to connect to this thing. I needed this tonight! Now, thanks to Whisper, I’m making another trip out. I look at the bright side of things, and will opt for a different brand, and try to do some studying at home next time (I didn’t have the time to this time, unfortunately) Frank

Faulk June 28, 2010 at 1:39 am

I feel this is the most quiet unit available, and I have tried a few. Excellent volume output and easy set up. This is my second unit as the cats got the best of the first–so not a product failure. Lasted over a year with no issues. Would highly recommend this pump for anyone with a fish tank located in a high traffic area.

Ibrahim June 28, 2010 at 7:17 am

…if you only use one of the two outputs(like I do), put a piece of hose onto the unused outlet – it will muffle the noise it makes[I don’t know why they don’t tell you this in the pump instructions!]. If both outlets have hoses on them, whether they are in the water or not, this will be a quiet air pump. Having two outputs is great, you could easily feed two 30 gal tanks with this, and it seems like this could handle a 100 gal tank.

Also!: Make sure to position your bubbles emitting from your stone/bubblewall NOT near(under) your filter intake. The intake will take in the air bubbles and cause significant noise as it spits them out up near the filter[gheez, why don’t they tell you this in the pump instructions!]. With a quiet pump and keeping your air bubbles away from the filter intake, you should have a system quiet enough to sleep next to. Therefore I don’t recommend using a full length back bubble wall with a top filter, as the filter will take in the bubbles and cause noise.

Whatever you do, don’t buy Top Fin pumps,…they’re cheap and cheaply made – too noisy. Both Tetra Whisper and Rena brands have superior quiet engineering.

Bogle June 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm

i bought a whisper ex 70, for a 40 gallon tank it works perfect and is not noisy, my opinion its a very good product.

Irwin June 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I was very excited about this product… simple design, low cost and low cost filters. That was until I plugged this baby in ….. Did I just have to increase the volume on the TV? Yeah… I did. Geez… this thing is a little loud. Let’s just say in less that 24 hours I returned it. Picked up a AquaClear and the difference in noise was huge (Ran them side by side for a few mins to be sure).

Bottom line if its in a room where you entertain or watch tv… be prepare to compensate for the noise.

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