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Old 04-20-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Just got into the hobby, so I'm a newbie.

Got a 125 gallon in my living room with a tank, pump, and skimmer down below. Now it sounds like I have a dishwasher in my living room. :/

Any suggestions out there for how to quiet it down??

Most of the noise is in either the pump or the skimmer. It's a motor noise, not so much a water noise.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!



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Old 04-20-2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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If you can put some foam or filter floss under your skimmer and pump.
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Take both pumps apart and rinse them out. Sometimes they can get gunked up. You'd be able to see if there was damage to the impellers.
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Determine first where the noise is coming from by turning them off one at a time. Mostly return pump would make noise if its suction base is not mounted properly. A good set up is by using a flexible pipe for the return to DT or just a portion of it to dump the noise that may be transmitted from the PVC pipe to your tank cabinet. Air pump would also make noise if not isolated properly from other stuff.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:18 PM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Both pumps have thin rubber already under them to cut down on the vibration noise. I did put some filter material under both of them and it did help. The pumps were very recently cleaned out from moving them from one house to another so I know it's not from debris in the pumps. I've attached a picture of what the underside looks like in the tank if you have any other suggestions. I think if I were to put some pieces of wood on the back of the stand it would help trap the noise as well.
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Looks like the pump is just vibrating against the glass. Im a fan if styrofoam in those cases. Wood would break down and make a mess.
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It does look like it touches the side of the tank, but it doesn't actually.
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But it might as it vibrates. I had a similar issue, wasn't touching directly but as it worked was rubbing against the glass.
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Good point. I'll try that too
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