I have six (omg I have a problem) tanks in my bedroom currently as our home is being remodeled and anywhere else would risk deadly dust and grime getting into the tanks, not to mention all the vibration and commotion would stress the fish. I am hoping to eventually get the tanks sort of spread out in the house again, but it'll be a while, so for the time being I have to plan on them being in my bedroom for at least several more months.
Three of my six tanks are filtered, and while the filters for two of them are all-but silent, the third... not so much. It's not an issue with the motor, it's an issue with the water return. The output make a loud water trickling/splashing sound, and I can't figure out why. The filter is an Aqueon Quietflow20, and it's in my ten gallon sorority. I have another Aqueon Quietflow10 in my five gallon and it doesn't have the issue of a noisy water return, so I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to fix this. Baffling won't help because the trickling water sound seems to be coming from inside the filter, not from where the water is actually returning to the tank. Plus, I need the current in my sorority to keep the girls from chasing each other too much.
The noise is driving me nuts! To the point that I want to unplug the filter at night just to get some rest, although I know I can't do that. What is a mild annoyance during the day turns into an intolerable irritation at night.
Help? Before I lose my mind?