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post #1 of 7 Old 08-27-2011, 04:08 AM Thread Starter
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How is it going everyone this is my first post thanks in advance for any help. I just upgraded from a 10 gallon to a 65 gal the tank has a gravity fed filter and pump built into the back of the tank with some dividers and bio balls and a powerhead pumping water back into the tank. The water is pumped in through a bunch of holes so
E about halfway up and alot more along the bottom in the center. I used play sand for the bottom I washed it really well and it doesn't seem to have a bunch of debris floating around. There is only about a inch thick layer of sand and the pump is blowing the sand around and digging holes to the bottom of the tank. When I originally cleaned the tank it had alot of sand in it so I know it had sand in it at one time. I'm just wondering if there is a way to prevent it or am I just doing something wrong. And another quick question is it possible to have to much filtration
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-27-2011, 06:20 AM
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pictures will help
but i think ur pump might be a little bit too strong
and i am still a novice myself but
i don't think too much filtration is bad since is seems like ur using a bio filter
but i know that too much water agitation can cause the fishes much stress and cause death
if u down grade to a weaker pump it could help the problem but i cant rele be too sure with out seeing whats happening
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-27-2011, 06:47 AM
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Hi Chuckwood - welcome to TFK

Is there any way to rotate the powerhead bar so that you can point the holes toward the surface of the water?

It sounds like you have a canister filter but if you could post the make and model here, chances are that someone will have the same type and can help.

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-27-2011, 09:56 AM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

Sounds like the filter is much too powerful; as it is built in, maybe it can't be removed (?) so can it be somehow disconnected? If it can, a canister filter could be used. The substrate must be settled.

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post #5 of 7 Old 08-27-2011, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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k.jpgi tried moving the power bar its solidly built into the back of the actual aquarium i can unplug the pump am i just worried about stagnate water in the back of the tank here are some pics of the tank before i cleaned it and a pic of what is happening to the sand right now
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-27-2011, 01:55 PM
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The flow is far too intense, that must be stopped. If you just disconnect the filter/pump, drain out any water if you can, and leave it.

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-27-2011, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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I'm pretty sure I can take the pump out is there a way to turn down the flow or would replacing it with a less powerful one be the best option Because when I disconnect the pump it just fills the back with water
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