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Old 06-27-2003, 10:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got free AC 500 and added to my 55G filtration system. Right below the filter i have Mayaca which can't even "grow" straight b/c of the above AC flow. Plant is almost laying on the ground b/c of the above water flow.

How did you DIY the filter. I was thinking about mounting extension to filter lip.

Any ideas ?

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I just got free AC 500 and added to my 55G filtration system. Right below the filter i have Mayaca which can't even "grow" straight b/c of the above AC flow. Plant is almost laying on the ground b/c of the above water flow.

How did you DIY the filter. I was thinking about mounting extension to filter lip.

Any ideas ?

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Old 06-27-2003, 11:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I had the same dillema in my 10g with a power filter. Here is a link to my DIY post on another form with pictures.

http://www.myfishtank.net/forum/show...&threadid=7119

EDIT : I posted it on the DIY Section on this site now so you could just check it there also.

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You did turn the volume down right? The peg on the top has a high/low feature. Low is something like 128 gph. I think you can replace the impeller with a smaller model too, to slow it down more, but I'm not 100% certain.

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I jammed a bit of filter sponge to provide more "friction" on the intake tube where it it attached to the filter, and pulled it a little higher. By slightly pulling it higher above the impeller, you can reduce the flow even more.

Alternatively, you could get the same effect on a permanent basis by just cutting off a small amount of the intake above the impeller. You could file it off in small increments until you get the flow you want.
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I had the same difficulty with my AC. I ended up putting a 90 degree angle bracket on the intake and fitting one of those round sponge filters on the end of it. That slowed it way down right away and continued to slow it down as the the sponge absorbed fishy goodness. I found that between turning the filter down and putting the sponge on it, I had a manageable flow rate.

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Jay,
If you have an old glass top laying around, you might be able to use a piece of the plastic that you cut openings into for filter and wires. Since it already has that channel to clip onto the glass, you could bend a piece 90° at the channel and clip it onto the output of the AC. That way the filter output would be more horizontal at the water surface.
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