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Old 01-09-2013, 08:33 PM   #1
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Quieting a sump...

Ok I just my tank all set up and we can here the pump vibration through the cabinet. Now, the person I got it from screwed three small pieces of wood within the cabinet and placed the sump on those. I know it's the pump because when I shut it down the vibration noise dissipates. Does anyone know how we might quiet the pump while its in the sump? Some sort of dampener perhaps between the bottom of the sump and the wood slats he glued to the inside of the cabinet? My wife loves the new tank but the "buzz" or "hum" is driving her insane!!! Any help would be great.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:38 PM   #2
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Ok I just my tank all set up and we can here the pump vibration through the cabinet. Now, the person I got it from screwed three small pieces of wood within the cabinet and placed the sump on those. I know it's the pump because when I shut it down the vibration noise dissipates. Does anyone know how we might quiet the pump while its in the sump? Some sort of dampener perhaps between the bottom of the sump and the wood slats he glued to the inside of the cabinet? My wife loves the new tank but the "buzz" or "hum" is driving her insane!!! Any help would be great.
Depending on how much room u have to work with, I bought a "sound dampening" pad off BRS(bulkreefsupply.com) for $4.99 I believe.. quiets my return pump for sure but they are small pads. If interested, go to the website and type in sound dampening pad in the search.
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Have you try cleaning it ?
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I've seen people put scotch brite pads under them to isolate the vibration
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I've seen people put scotch brite pads under them to isolate the vibration
Under the actual suction cups of the pump within the sump correct?
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Have you try cleaning it ?
No, I had all I could do moving the 120 and it's livestock as well, so I really couldn't clean it or afford the time at the time
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Under the actual suction cups of the pump within the sump correct?
between any part of the pump that might make direct contact with the sump tank, if the pump has suction cup feet I wouldn't expect them to transfer that much vibration but my only expierience is with quiet-one brand pumps, on my 150 I took a leftover piece of 1 1/8 tubing and cut it down the side uncurled it and stuck it under the pump, turned the plastic on plastic buzz to a light hum
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I found the problem with my Pump it wasn't actually my pump it was the plumbing that they had screwed to the support bracket for the tank stand itself it was causing massive vibration so I took a piece of rubber stuck it in between the braces to pull the plumbing off of the support for the stand and it's about 70% quieter. However I did clean the pump since I had it out of the sump
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good to hear, having a nice tank doesn't do you any good if you can't stand the sound of it
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I put a piece of styrofoam under mine. It quieted it a good bit. Plus I got a piece from my LFS so it was free. Can't beat that!
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