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Old 03-26-2006, 07:41 PM   #1
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controlling filter flow

how can i control my filters flow. it is already on the lowest setting but is still a bit to strong?it is an aquaclear 20 on a 10 g tank.
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You can put the end of a pant hoe on it, ive heard thats what others do...
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will that effect filteration?
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Other thread, same question:
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Of course it will affect filtration. Any method of flow reduction other than the one built into the aquaclear will reduce filtration.

The pantyhose trick is usually used to protect small critters from getting sucked into the filter, I had not heard it was useful for reducing flow rate.

You could either block flow into the filter somehow, that could prematurely wear on your motor though; or you could order a spare impeller and cut the fins a bit short, reducing flow without hurting the motor.

Why do you need lower flow?
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You could also rig up a sponge to the outflow of the filter.The water will flow through the sponge diffusing the current a bit but not hurt filtration.
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Raising the water level in the tank will also cause less surface turbulance if that's the problem.
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thanks i will try these ideas.
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Or buy the aqualcear mini for about $15 or less online. Perfect for a 10 gal tank.
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