...and we're only talking about a fish tank filter here. Seriously. We have one tank that is quieter than a whisper. Of course that tank is in the room where I don't work. The tank where I work sounds like a jet engine revving up. Apparently, and I didn't find this out until it was too late to return this filtration system, the monster-chewing-up-trees sound is the biggest complaint about this otherwise sturdy and excellent filter. Superb. I can hardly hear myself think while sitting next to this "peaceful" room decoration. If the darn things weren't so incredibly expensive, I'd burn this one in a vivid ceremony of Good Riddance and buy a different kind. Alas, all I can do is grumble.
And even that doesn't drown out the sound.