Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 12-17-2003, 08:49 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 152
How to silence my tank?

Ok - this may sound silly, but I have a big aquarium in the same room as a home recording studio. It's a Marineland JetStream system, using overflows and a sump (at Tidepool2). The sump sits under the tank in a stand that has doors on the front and is open on the back.

The tank itself is pretty silent, but the sump is not. I hear the pump and the water splashing down into it.

I'm looking for suggestions on how I can silence this. I was thinking like styrofoam panels or something.. maybe I could better enclose the sump or something.. I can't just stuff pillows inside and all around because they'd get pretty grose with the water and all


mound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2003, 10:03 AM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Franklin, TN
Posts: 3,968
Do you have a lid on your sump? This helped mine considerably and the evaporation decreased. Also, is your supply line under the water level of your sump, or does it splash down on a filter area?

Bearfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2003, 10:04 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 152
it splashes down through filter media (though there is probably less than an inch between the line and the top of the filter media).. then it trickles over a biowheel.

If I could figure out a good way to cover it, I can see that cutting some of the noise..
mound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2003, 12:43 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Tustin,Ca
Posts: 754
I am going to be building a sump soon too, and I thought about the same problem.
I am going to combine sump/fuge so I am going to have some lights. A lid sounds like the way to go, but wouldn't it hinder the lights for my macros? Would just a thin piece of plexi-glass stop enough light to hinder the macro growth?
Let's get a line wet!
got bait? is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2003, 01:46 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Earth
Posts: 1,227
go to your fav musician supply store and get some sound baffling foam... and line your sump cabinet (including the doors, the bottom and top as well) with it.

also if the back of your cabinet is open, close it off and foam it too.

if you can't find the sound absorbing foam, fiberglass insulation works too.

these suggestions will help some, but not going to eliminate the noise, even if you can't hear it with your ear, the equipment will still hear it, and it'll be more background noise in your recordings ... that may or may not be a problem and is probably easily removed digitally.

another solution which is rather expesnive would be to move the sump to your basement or another room, for this you'd need to upgrade your pump and put in some plumbing.
justDIY is offline   Reply With Quote


Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A moment of silence for all those lost... lyquidphyre Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 13 07-30-2005 03:37 AM
Silence that noisy air pump SoCal Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 5 01-30-2005 06:25 PM
a moment of silence lando Saltwater Reef Aquaria 7 03-31-2004 01:37 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:24 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.