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Old 04-26-2007, 08:03 PM   #11
 
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Yeppers, ditch the carbon. Not familiar with this brand of filter, but I just toss the carbon packets that come with whisper filter pads and run with either peat or nothing in the bag. With Duettos, I take out the carbon cartridge and add a second bio sponge. With Penguins, I cut the filter wool off the cartridge, wash out the cartridge frame, stick it back in, cut some open cell sponge to fit the water inlet, and fill the rest of the filter with bio-balls. (I'd love to hear a better way to deal with that in a penguin.)

The only things you can do about the noise, though are 1) Make sure that the outlet is under water - won't splash as much that way, 2) Give up and get a cannister filter, or 3) Console yourself that at least it doesn't make as much noise as an air driven filter.

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**VIOLA** perfect water.
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Do you know Jacques Cousteau when they said on the radio
That he hears bells in random order, deep beneath the perfect water?
Love! That is frightening, but still so inviting.
To drown inside a sound that lay so far underground.
And to think... And to think:
This is perfect water, passing over me.
One of my very favorite songs.

/ off topic, so sorry. :P
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:13 PM   #12
 
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nothing to do with that brand but i found a pump i had was making a noise like a german panzer because the little rubber cap was missing from the impeller its very easy when cleaning pumps to lose bits down the drain
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:26 AM   #13
 
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I replaced the carbon unit with filter floss - I SLEPT LAST NGHT! :D
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Old 04-27-2007, 08:42 AM   #14
 
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[quote="Rue"]

...a 'viola' is a musical instrument, looking like, but larger, and an octave lower than the violin... [quote]

Hi Rue- Forgot to mention that I also took High School French so I totally screwed that one up!! LOL

Another difference between a violin and a viola is the strings. They are tuned to different "notes". The violin is E-A-D-G, I think the viola has one string different, but I can't remember which. I could be wrong here, but I don't think it's a full octave lower, but it's close. My grandfather had a viola when I was a kid, I remember it being so hard to hold for me!

I digress...
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Old 04-27-2007, 08:43 AM   #15
 
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I replaced the carbon unit with filter floss - I SLEPT LAST NGHT! :D
HOORAY!! Sleep is good! I will admit that I still use the carbon filter once in a while when it's needed, but that isn't very often.
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Old 04-27-2007, 09:52 AM   #16
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[quote="Andyandsue"][quote="Rue"]

...a 'viola' is a musical instrument, looking like, but larger, and an octave lower than the violin...
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Hi Rue- Forgot to mention that I also took High School French so I totally screwed that one up!! LOL

Another difference between a violin and a viola is the strings. They are tuned to different "notes". The violin is E-A-D-G, I think the viola has one string different, but I can't remember which. I could be wrong here, but I don't think it's a full octave lower, but it's close. My grandfather had a viola when I was a kid, I remember it being so hard to hold for me!

I digress...
I play both! I play 2nd violin in our community orchestra...and I play the viola for myself...still haven't mastered the C cleff...can't read to speed yet...but I'm playing reasonably well...I was hoping to play viola in the orchestra, since violas are generally needed...but go figure...we have 6! ...and NOT enough violins! The viola strings are C-G-D-A (low to high). I have a 16" viola...and big hands...so all I have to do is stretch my fingers out a bit more and I'm good...

...it was actually the bowing that I found the most different...
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Old 04-27-2007, 11:05 AM   #17
 
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What makes the bowing difficult, the size or the strings?
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Old 04-27-2007, 01:14 PM   #18
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...no...neither of those...you just have to bow differently...not sure how to explain it...but I need to bow flatter (more hair on the strings) -which shifts my right hand as I hold the bow from the position I'm used to on the violin... and I also need to press a little harder to draw out a proper tone...both of which slow me down...so then I need to incorporate more speed...

...it's actually quite different...thankfully I spent a little extra and got a rather nice bow...that's helped I think...
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Old 04-27-2007, 05:26 PM   #19
 
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...no...neither of those...you just have to bow differently...not sure how to explain it...but I need to bow flatter (more hair on the strings) -which shifts my right hand as I hold the bow from the position I'm used to on the violin... and I also need to press a little harder to draw out a proper tone...both of which slow me down...so then I need to incorporate more speed...

...it's actually quite different...thankfully I spent a little extra and got a rather nice bow...that's helped I think...
Sounds exhausting! LOL We should probably stop talking about our beloved instruments... We have digressed a bit from our fish. :D
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:33 PM   #20
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...you do have a point...
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