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Old 02-14-2013, 08:26 AM   #1 
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Air pump current

Hi! I bought a sponge filter a couple of days ago and I noticed that the current is quite strong. What do you think? And how can I prevent it? As of now, I have a rubber band on the line connecting the pump and the filter. Here is a video of the current:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-pPg...ature=youtu.be

I need answers as soon as possible, because in the meantime I turned thef filter off! Thanks!!
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:41 AM   #2 
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You can get an air control valve or a gang valve at the LFS or even Walmart very cheap. In a pinch, put a binder clip on the air hose.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:45 AM   #3 
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You can get an air control valve or a gang valve at the LFS or even Walmart very cheap. In a pinch, put a binder clip on the air hose.
But is it strong the way it is now?
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:47 AM   #4 
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Sorry, I'm on a tablet and can't watch the video just now. If he has trouble swimming, it's too strong. Otherwise it is probably fine.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:31 AM   #5 
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You can get a control valve, gang valve and check valve all in one unit from PETCO to adjust the flow. I turn it way down so it would not bother my plants and compete with the currents of the filter.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:44 AM   #6 
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Along with the adjustable valve (or instead of), you can float some filter foam above the riser tube to catch the bubbles and reduce the current. Java moss also works great for this.
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