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Old 01-01-2014, 01:17 AM   #11
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Any recommendations for a good supplementary filter for a 29 gallon aquarium.

That's a pretty good idea. I see people have the same problem as I do with the filter. It looks like you have a 29 gallon am I correct. I think i might look into a tetra whisper internal filter or a different aquaclear hob filter. I'm not sure what I want so this might take along time but I'm leaning towards the aquaclear.
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That's a pretty good idea. I see people have the same problem as I do with the filter. It looks like you have a 29 gallon am I correct. I think i might look into a tetra whisper internal filter or a different aquaclear hob filter. I'm not sure what I want so this might take along time but I'm leaning towards the aquaclear.
Close. It is actually a 20 gallon long (same footprint as the 29g). There are posts about a filter baffle that can easily assembled from a plastic water bottle. It reduces the force of the filter's output for current sensitive species. It may reduce noise as well.
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Close. It is actually a 20 gallon long (same footprint as the 29g). There are posts about a filter baffle that can easily assembled from a plastic water bottle. It reduces the force of the filter's output for current sensitive species. It may reduce noise as well.

I know the older aquaclear hob filters have a deeper outflow because I own an aquaclear mini which is now called the aquaclear 20 and it has a deeper outflow than the 20. Btw what country do you live in because I think it's crazy that someone is chatting with me at 2:30 am but maybe you live in a different time zone.
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I know the older aquaclear hob filters have a deeper outflow because I own an aquaclear mini which is now called the aquaclear 20 and it has a deeper outflow than the 20. Btw what country do you live in because I think it's crazy that someone is chatting with me at 2:30 am but maybe you live in a different time zone.
I could not stand the splashing so I had to improvise. I have used the same "adapter" with other HOB filters: Tetra Whisper, Emperor 280, Penguin 200.

Located in the USA. Was up because of an adventure with a DIY CO2 bubble counter. I was adding the CO2 directly to the HOB intake and then added a ceramic diffuser. The DYI glass bubble counter cracked with the increased pressure so I replaced it with a DIY plastic bottle bubble counter until I could get a real one. Well, the plastic one had swollen to the point where I thought it would explode, so I had to remove the diffuser and slowly depressurize it. This all tool place between midnight and 5 AM EST.
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I know the older aquaclear hob filters have a deeper outflow because I own an aquaclear mini which is now called the aquaclear 20 and it has a deeper outflow than the 20. Btw what country do you live in because I think it's crazy that someone is chatting with me at 2:30 am but maybe you live in a different time zone.
I could not stand the splashing so I had to improvise. I have used the same "adapter" with other HOB filters: Tetra Whisper, Emperor 280, Penguin 200.

Located in the USA. Was up because of an adventure with a DIY CO2 bubble counter. I was adding the CO2 directly to the HOB intake and then added a ceramic diffuser. The DYI glass bubble counter cracked with the increased pressure so I replaced it with a DIY plastic bottle bubble counter until I could get a real one. Well, the plastic one had swollen to the point where I thought it would explode, so I had to remove the diffuser and slowly depressurize it. This all tool place between midnight and 5 AM EST.
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I could not stand the splashing so I had to improvise. I have used the same "adapter" with other HOB filters: Tetra Whisper, Emperor 280, Penguin 200.

Located in the USA. Was up because of an adventure with a DIY CO2 bubble counter. I was adding the CO2 directly to the HOB intake and then added a ceramic diffuser. The DYI glass bubble counter cracked with the increased pressure so I replaced it with a DIY plastic bottle bubble counter until I could get a real one. Well, the plastic one had swollen to the point where I thought it would explode, so I had to remove the diffuser and slowly depressurize it. This all tool place between midnight and 5 AM EST.

I'm located in Canada. That really sucks. I have never used co2 in my aquariums but I have heard many stories. My friend has one of those fluval nano tanks with the co2 and one night his tank started draining from the co2 system. Luckily he only had plants and cherry shrimp. The cherry shrimp survived in a couple centimetres of water.
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The addition of CO2 helped tremendously with plant growth. DIY is pretty simple despite my recent calamity.
One way valves are a must with any type of tubing (air pump, CO2) used in the aquarium. They will reduce the chances of reverse siphoning.
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The addition of CO2 helped tremendously with plant growth. DIY is pretty simple despite my recent calamity.
One way valves are a must with any type of tubing (air pump, CO2) used in the aquarium. They will reduce the chances of reverse siphoning.

Use said in one of you recent messages that you have used the tetra whisper. Which tetra whisper was it and what did you think about it
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I owned a few Whisper HOBs since the 80s. Nice, quiet, and reliable. Now if the water flowed through it vertically rather than horizontally (meaning, if it stacked media like the Fluval series and did not use the cartridges) then it would be a winner for me.
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I owned a few Whisper HOBs since the 80s. Nice, quiet, and reliable. Now if the water flowed through it vertically rather than horizontally (meaning, if it stacked media like the Fluval series and did not use the cartridges) then it would be a winner for me.

Tetra made whisperers in the 80s! When I bought a 20 gallon long aquarium off of kijiji the tank came with an old second nature whisper power filter 30. The box for the filter was never opened so it was brand new though it was from 1995. I was surprised by the name but the box said tetra on it so it said " why the heck not!". The filter turned out to be very good though I had to play around with the impeller a bit because it was noisy. Today I am still using it as a supplementary filter on my 29 gallon but I would like to replace it soon for something more modern. Click image for larger version

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