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post #1 of 4 Old 07-17-2011, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Help with reducing flow

Im using a red sea max 130 for my new planted tank and it has 2 circulation pumps that are basically intended for a reef tank (which this tank used to be). I have been using just 1 of the pumps but I'm getting ready to add some glowlight tetra and Im afraid that the flow might still be too much for them.

I thought I might put ziptie a sponge on the circulation pump and see if that reduces flow.. will this work or is there a better idea for reducing it? My other idea was just to not use the filter that came with the tank and grab a sponge filter since my tank is heavily planted. Any ideas?

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-21-2011, 08:49 PM
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I don't think folks here are ignoring you. I can't come up with any better idea(s) that what you listed! Give the zip-tied sponge a shot. It it doesn't work, pull the pumps.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-22-2011, 10:42 AM
Don't use them at all! You don't need to simulate a wave - just leave them off.

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-22-2011, 01:02 PM
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True, they don't add anything to the filtration as is. However, if you attach a sponge to the outflow, then you'll have a reverse-flow sponge filter! Actually, that's probably a bad idea since the makeshift "filter" would clog from the inside where you can't clean it as easily!

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