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GOURAMIKEEPER83 09-26-2009 08:31 PM

My new powerhead
 
I bought me a new powerhead for my undergravel filter. Up until now I have used nothing but a air pump with air stone. I'm new to the hobby so not much experience in this department. Anyway the powerhead I bought did not come with instructions. I know that I need to fully submerge the pump but what about the air tube does it go under water or above it? I need some advice on how this powerpump works since I noticed all mostly look the same. My powerhead does come preset at 170 gph with no adjustments and it is made by marineland. Any information will be helpful thank you.

Twistersmom 09-27-2009 09:40 AM

I am guessing your UGF has a lift tube? Does the bottom of the powerhead fit down inside the lift tube?
Not sure if your powerhead is the same as mine. I have the air tube out side of the water. I have attached a valve at the end of the air hose so I can adjust the amount of air coming from the powerhead.

GOURAMIKEEPER83 09-27-2009 02:06 PM

Oh ok so there is a valve you can buy seperately to adjust the amount of air coming out of it. Yes it fit down into the lift tube. I also would like to learn where I can purchase a adjustment valve. Thank You so much for the help you have always came through for me.

Twistersmom 09-27-2009 02:36 PM

If the air line is regular size air tubing, you can pick up a valve at any fish store or Walmart. You don't need any thing fancy, just a plain plastic valve will do, one that allows you to turn the knob to let less air pass through.
You may want to wait till you have it all connected, to see if you really even need it. My powerheads just saturate the tank with air bubbles, without the valve.

GOURAMIKEEPER83 09-27-2009 08:21 PM

That is exactly what mine looks like a whole lot of bubbles. I want to tame the beast lol.

Tyyrlym 09-30-2009 08:09 AM

Then we need to know what make and model of powerhead it is.

GOURAMIKEEPER83 10-01-2009 07:46 PM

The make is a Aqua-Tech power hear made by Regent a sub-company of Marineland. The model number is 3PH and it is pre-set at 170 GPH with no adjustments. It circulates my water great the only problem that I have right now is that I have no way to regulate the amount of oxygen this pump is bringing into my tank.

Tyyrlym 10-02-2009 10:42 AM

A small valve on the air tube should help. If not you can always tie a knot in it.

GOURAMIKEEPER83 10-02-2009 03:05 PM

Ok than kyou for the help.

Twistersmom 10-02-2009 08:27 PM

Did you get it all put together and working ok for you?


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