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Old 10-08-2009, 08:05 AM   #1
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HELP! What have I done?

Iíve made huge mistake and donít know what to do. I finally bought my new aquarium and set it up last night. I didnít sleep a wink last night because the water pouring back into the aquarium from the filter sounded like a trickling faucet or pouring water into a glass all night! The pump on this filter is not the problem it is very quiet. The problem is the water pouring back into the aquarium from the filter. This is a filter hanging on the back of the outside of the tank. Does ANYONE have any ideas on what I can do to silence this? If not Iím going to have to disassemble everything and take it back. *sad*H2 Thank you.
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:27 AM   #2
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Fill it up!!!!!!! Haha, actually if you raise the water level the water won't splash as much. I usually fill mine up until I can't hear the trickling sound. The water level usually ends up being about 1/4" below the outflow of the filter (start of waterfall). Hope it helps!
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:45 AM   #3
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I was wonderin the same thing - if the tank was filled all the way up.
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:49 AM   #4
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I have it filled to the brim. Any more water and it will overflow. Woud it be ok if I turned the filter off at night when I was sleeping? It would be off for eight hours and on for 16 hours a day.
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:29 AM   #5
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You can try an internal filter. Some sit in the corners, under the water level so you don't have the surface splashing. Just remember that oxygenation happens at the surface of the water so you will want movement there.
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:37 AM   #6
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What kinda filter is it anyway? Most HOBs I've seen do have a waterfall thing going on.

Be careful with turning it off overnite if there is no other water movement or powerheads in the tank. You'll be cutting off the oxygen supply if all was still.
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:09 AM   #7
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Thanks for the great replies. I think the water I'm hearing is actually inside the unit which is outside the tank. I'd have to check what kind it is when I get home but it came in a 29 gallon aquarium kit from Petco. It is so loud I can't sleep. The canister idea sounds good. I'll stop by the pet store after work and see if they have one. Any recommendations on a specific one?

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Most HOB's have a knob/adjustment screw to control how much water is in the HOB. Tuning that to raise the water level in the HOB may help. Take some tank water and pour it in the HOB to see if the sound subsides.
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:51 AM   #9
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Any information on the size of the tank and the size/type of filter? I've only had the waterfall noise with HOB filters when the water level in the tank is too low. Look at the inside of the tank when you fill it. If I only fill my tank to the lower edge of the top frame, I still have another 3/4" or so that I can fill.
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