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Old 08-25-2015, 08:51 PM   #1
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Help me hide my filter

I tried to use a plant to hide my input and output valves (I don't care so much about hiding the heater), but the input valve is still very visible. I can hide it by putting the plant directly in front of it but then the leaves wrap around the bottom piece and I wasn't sure if this would obstruct it? Would it?

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Old 08-26-2015, 06:08 AM   #2
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Get a black background or paint the back black if it really bothers you
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Old 08-26-2015, 07:08 AM   #3
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You can barely see the filter intake. You could add another rock in from of it if you want.
One thing I did not care for with the Fluval plumbing was the bright white connectors. You might be able to find black versions on eBay.


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It's in the tank so how would a background hide it?

And the pictures don't do a good job or illustrating it but at any angle other than straight on, it's pretty visible. Would it be an issue if the intake sat in the middle of the plant? Would that prevent it from working properly?
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It's in the tank so how would a background hide it?

And the pictures don't do a good job or illustrating it but at any angle other than straight on, it's pretty visible. Would it be an issue if the intake sat in the middle of the plant? Would that prevent it from working properly?
The tubes will blend with the background making them harder to see

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Kinda pointless to have a mechanical hang on back filter if your going to obstruct it from cleaning floating debris like that.. Just saying. I hear ya on wanting to hide it though.
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Kinda pointless to have a mechanical hang on back filter if your going to obstruct it from cleaning floating debris like that.. Just saying. I hear ya on wanting to hide it though.

I believe the filter in this tank is a Fluval canister.


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Correct, it's a fluval canister. Any advice on how clear the plant needs to stay of the intake valve? I can't feel any suction coming from it regardless of what's around it.
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A painted black background will hide the cords and help mask the intake outtake tubes. I just put some tall plants around my intake tube and it blends in pretty well.


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