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29Kilo29 04-25-2011 04:34 PM

Marineland 400 - Extension tube cutting?
 
Hi,
I started up a new 75 gal a few days ago. Everything was working fine except the filter - a Marineland 400. The water was coming out of the spray bars fine, but it was just dribbling out the actual box. I did some research and discovered the problem to be the water in the aquarium was not high enough. I added more water and the filter is running better - but it is definitely not running at 400 GPH. I'm sure putting the extension tube on the filter would help, but if I did it would basically be sucking up gravel as my tank is not too high.

Could I somehow cut the extension tube, so that it can go lower in the tank, but still fit?

LOTO Dave 04-25-2011 05:13 PM

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Originally Posted by 29Kilo29 (Post 658278)
Hi,
I started up a new 75 gal a few days ago. Everything was working fine except the filter - a Marineland 400. The water was coming out of the spray bars fine, but it was just dribbling out the actual box. I did some research and discovered the problem to be the water in the aquarium was not high enough. I added more water and the filter is running better - but it is definitely not running at 400 GPH. I'm sure putting the extension tube on the filter would help, but if I did it would basically be sucking up gravel as my tank is not too high.

Could I somehow cut the extension tube, so that it can go lower in the tank, but still fit?

I cut mine down a bit with a hacksaw. Burrs can be lightly landed to smooth them down. However if you have low water in the tank I'm not sure adding additional tubing will help your issue much. I'm sure others will chime in on that.
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29Kilo29 04-25-2011 05:45 PM

The water level is about 1 inch from the top, as high as it will go.

I was going through the Marineland website and help guides, and every suggestion was "make sure the water level is high enough for the filter" - So I was just thinking might as well try and bring the filter tube down to the water level.


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