So I bought an elite 802 air pump yesterday (I was looking for a smaller one but of course, they had a zillion 802s and nothing more. Thank you walmart.) I am only using one of the ports, and have the other port plugged off with a piece of tube with a valve on it.
It works great but the thing is so loud that it drowns out the sound of all the other equiptment put together. I know I will not be able to sleep with this thing on. Any ideas on how to buffer the sound? I tried putting it in a showbox wrapped in a large towel, and it makes it bearable, but I'm worried it might get hot and either overheat or cause a fire. Would insulation work better as a sound buffer?
In my dorm room last year I used to turn the pumps off at night so I could sleep and turn them back on in the morning. The tank I have now is a 5 gallon and I just added a home-made sponge filter to it. It already has a HOB
but I want to switch them eventually (after the tank finishes cycling)