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Enzo 05-12-2007 03:56 PM

water turbulence problem
the water turbulence from the air stone in my new tank is to strong and the water is splashing up onto the glass top through a 5 inch opening along the back this morning i woke up to fine a puddle under my strip light which i cant have because it could start fire in my room or electricute the future occupants of the tank does anyone have any ideas how i can stop the bubbles and stilll keep the bubble rock at the back of my tank?

Lupin 05-12-2007 05:21 PM

Does your airpump have the power level mode? If you can switch it to low, it'll help. I doubt fish get electrocuted. The human gets the shock but not the fish. I was zapped before when my filter malfunctioned but the fish remained unfazed. Evidently, the shock waves do not seem to travel to them or they would have struggled and even jumped.

Enzo 05-12-2007 07:49 PM

no its an old pump i cant control it at all

Lupin 05-12-2007 07:53 PM

Your only other option is to get another pump which has high and low modes for you to control the bubbles.:)

herefishy 05-12-2007 08:28 PM

An air control valve is in order. They are available at most lfs's.

Andyandsue 05-12-2007 08:44 PM

Yes, I agree with Herefishy, get an airline valve. I had a similar problem and the only thing I was able to find was a splitter, which does the job perfectly. I keep the one side of the split valve closed, and one with the tubing on it open only partially. It cost me all of $1.00 at PetSmart.

saint 05-13-2007 04:49 AM

or do what i did when i was little and couldnt afford a valve. just get a clothes peg, fold the line over onto itself and peg it down, depending on how slow you want it you will have to put the peg at different spots on the tubing, but just go and get a valve... neither of which are good for your pump anyway

Andyandsue 05-13-2007 08:17 AM


Originally Posted by saint
... neither of which are good for your pump anyway

I've had one on my tank for 6 months and it's still works fine, so you might eventually have to buy a new pump... still less expensive to get a valve now and a smaller pump in the future if necessary. I guess it all depends on the pump. Mine is a "cheapie" to begin with so no big deal.

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