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post #1 of 7 Old 10-01-2009, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Adding a ball valve to a cannister filter

I currently have a Marineland C360 on a divided 56g Betta tank http://www.ultimateb...showtopic=43312 and the return is to strong.

I was thinking of adding an inline ball valve to reduce the return volume. Would this be OK? Or, would it damage the filter.

I figure the impeller is driven by a magnet, so I think it would be ok.

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-01-2009, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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What about a bypass...... Hooking a line between the intake and return with a valve to control how much water gets recirculated..... No strain on the motor and I should be able to control the flow
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-02-2009, 04:43 AM
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Is the return from the filter above the water level or below? have you tried aiming the return towards the side or front of the tank? How many bettas are housed in the 56 gal? I have a betta in a 56 gal with one adult angel fish,six bleeding heart tetras,and eight julii cory's. Tank is filtered with a Emperor 280 and a large hydro sponge filter. Betta has no problems with current and often plays in the current.
I believe people underestimate these little fishes and their needs. A healthy Betta can simply swim to an area of the tank where current is less.
Now if they are being plastered to the glass from the return flow ,well,, that's another story.

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Is the return from the filter above the water level or below? have you tried aiming the return towards the side or front of the tank? How many bettas are housed in the 56 gal? I have a betta in a 56 gal with one adult angel fish,six bleeding heart tetras,and eight julii cory's. Tank is filtered with a Emperor 280 and a large hydro sponge filter. Betta has no problems with current and often plays in the current.
I believe people underestimate these little fishes and their needs. A healthy Betta can simply swim to an area of the tank where current is less.
Now if they are being plastered to the glass from the return flow ,well,, that's another story.

The return is below the water level, however; the tank is divided into three sections to house several Bettas. The section the return is in is the only one with to much flow.

Take a look at the link above.... the return is in the right side of the tank.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-02-2009, 09:15 AM
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My computer wouldn't let me view the attachment.
Mmm, maybe construct a spraybar that you could attach the return to and place it so that return flow was dispersed through all three sections? Then again,plumbing in a ball valve might be easier. Personally, I would opt for the spray bar.

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Mmm, maybe construct a spraybar that you could attach the return to and place it so that return flow was dispersed through all three sections? Then again,plumbing in a ball valve might be easier. Personally, I would opt for the spray bar.

I am heading out to Home Depot now to get the parts. I am going to try the spray bar first (making my own) to disperse the flow. I think that is a great idea.... Thanks.
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A spray bar is your best bet. A valve to throttle the flow without a recirc line will only cause problems in the long run.

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