My water return blows my agarmax sand around
yes, this is definentally a noob question. I have the mag 9.5 bringing the water back into my tank from the sump. I'm having problems keeping it from blowing sand up on the floor and making huge piles with the sand at one end of the tank. I was told that as bacteria grows more, the sand will settle better and not move. Well, i'm 3 weeks into the cycle, 1.5 weeks after adding sand, and it's still getting blown around. I hope i'm just being impatient and that it'll settle eventually.
I've slowed the flow down from my mag 9 with the ball valve i installed in the return piping. Question is, will this damage my mag pump at all, that is slowing down the flow and causeing more back pressure on the pump's motor?
I've also tried angleing the return nozzle so that it aimed closer to the opposite top corner of the tank so that the water jetting out of the nozzle has a ways to travel and slow down before hitting the side wall. Still, after both closing the ball valve a bit, and angleing the nozzle, the sand still moves around.