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foureyed_dragon 03-25-2008 10:32 AM

too much current
I currently have a ten gallon tank with the top fin ten gallon filter in it. I'm not sure how much gph it produces, but I do know that it creates a lot of current. Is there anyway to reduce the amount of current that it produces? Ever once in a while my fish get stuck in the current (and while kinda amusing to watch) it can't be too good for them.

marinebiologist21 03-25-2008 10:48 AM

There is usually a knob to reduce the flow..
if not I use saran wrap, tape it on and poke holes in it.

foureyed_dragon 03-26-2008 07:06 PM

There is no nob on my filter, even though it says there should be in the directions.

herefishy 03-26-2008 07:53 PM

That filter should be filtering around 50gph. Shouldn't be that much current. Raise your water level to about 1/2"" from the top of your aquarium.

fish_4_all 03-27-2008 01:11 PM

Live and fake plants can also be used to break up the current so that youhave slower moving water in parts of the tank.

foureyed_dragon 03-27-2008 04:10 PM

I have quiet a few plants, I'll look into rearranging them to try and keep the water current down.

iam_koi 03-27-2008 05:15 PM

hello foureyed_dragon,

usually, filters have attachments on their output tubes, i would suggest to look for the attachement that looks like a fan.. and direct the output to the wall (slightly upward) to decrease the power of the water.

hope this one helps..

herefishy 03-27-2008 05:30 PM

i_k, power filters do not have that type of adjustment. They are like a waterfall.

iam_koi 03-27-2008 05:45 PM


Originally Posted by herefishy
i_k, power filters do not have that type of adjustment. They are like a waterfall.

actually, i was not referring to adjustments.. i was referring to an attachment, whether came with the power filter or not, that would "thin" out the water from a fan like attachement for the output. :D

sorry, don't have any pic or examples, it would be better if someone has one or somebody understands of what im saying.hehehe :)

fish_4_all 03-27-2008 06:02 PM

I would love to see a picture of it. I could use them on my tanks as well. I could make one but it would butt ugly.

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