When my husband and I got married 5 years ago I had a small fish tank with the small filter that went with it. my husband called it a fishbowl and decided that we needed to upgrade our tank and filter. So we got the Fluval 404 filter. This thing has lasted us 5 years and still going strong. We have a 55 gallon tank and it filters it all pretty quickly. It is not a noisy filter the only thing that we hear is the water coming out of the filter back into the tank. It is quick and easy to set up and get started. It does a great job filtering the water and keeping the water clean and all the chemicals where they need to be.