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  1. Aqua sobriquet

    Neo Flow Premium - goodbye standalone surface skimmer?

    Thanks for the input Psfor. I’m wondering now if I could make one of those for my stainless steel output pipe?
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    Britta filtered water good for plants?

    As a point of interest, I use rainwater in my 60L and 37L most of the time but for quick top ups I sometimes use tap and Zero filtered water. The water in my area is quite hard so I don’t like to use tap on its own or I’ll get unwanted deposits on the glass and hardware. Fish and Shrimps seem...
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    A warning to anyone thinking of using frozen food bags to cool your aquarium

    Yes, I’m sitting here typing away with a nice cool breeze from the AC.
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    I wonder?

    What happened to that stainless steel canister filter build? Did it fill up with CO2? 😆
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    To sump or not to sump

    The only problem with using one filter for several tanks is that if you have any kind of problem it will affect all the tanks. Personally I think I’d go with a sponge filter in each tank
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    Neo Flow Premium - goodbye standalone surface skimmer?

    I think perhaps the idea is that if it’s taken from the surface and moved into the main water column it can be processed by the filter?
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    Aquatic Mosses

    The mosses in both of my tanks have gone mad. Fairly standard LED lighting and external filters.
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    Fish Hiding

    I’ve had Corydoras eggs stuck to the glass again today. This has happened at least 5 or 6 times that I’m aware of.
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    Moving home with a fish tank...

    Is it just plants or are there livestock as well?
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    Fish Hiding

    This is the tank at the moment, I have 4 Sterbai and 1 Panda plus some shrimps.
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    Fish Hiding

    I have six Corydoras in my 60L and I very rarely see them, they constantly hide. I’ve been thinking of scrapping this tank and getting a larger tank that is landscaped in such a way that they cannot hide. Would this be a bad idea? At the moment it’s pointless having them in my current tank as I...
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    Which External Filter is best?

    You may be right. I’d like to visit the factory where the Eheim Classic’s are made to see exactly how the pump heads are assembled. It may give an insight into why some of them are so noisy?
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    Which External Filter is best?

    Yes, that’s how I bought mine. It came with everything in the box. I’ve stopped using the filter basket with mine though as I found once the media started to get clogged I was getting bypass.
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    Which External Filter is best?

    Some of the Eheim Classic models were available as “Thermo Filters”. As a result there is a space at the top of the filter to contain the controls. This open space (arrowed in the picture) on standard filters acts like a amplifier to increase any noise coming from the impeller. On my filter I...
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    Which External Filter is best?

    I’ve got a Tetra EX400 and an Eheim 2213 on a couple of Nano’s at the moment. The Tetra EX400 is virtually silent whilst I’ve had to do some stuff to the Eheim to reduce the noise from it. Both work well enough.
  16. Aqua sobriquet

    Hydrogen Peroxide for oxydator

    Yes that should be fine. I buy 5 litre bottles of 12% H2O2 from a chemical supplier on eBay and dilute it with distilled water.
  17. Aqua sobriquet

    3D printing

    I made a media basket from some oven mesh for my 2213 and I haven’t had any problems with the foams compressing.
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    Help designing Plywood cabinet.

    The last cabinet I made just had a centre support at the front against which the doors closed. If memory serves it was a square section of hardwood probably around 40 or 50mm. 900mm is not that long so you could probably do away with this though if the cabinet is well braced at the top to...
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    Help designing Plywood cabinet.

    I’ve not run a sump, does much water evaporate from it? Just thinking what surface finish you may need on the ply to stop it going mouldy.
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    Help designing Plywood cabinet.

    That cabinet looks quite nice. What filtration are you planning on using?
  21. Aqua sobriquet

    Amano Shrimp Berried - Can the young survive?

    Got to be worth a try. Just a simple sponge filter set up in a bucket when you first see an adult berried might work?
  22. Aqua sobriquet

    Fluval 306 Modification

    I downloaded a clearer version of that diagram a while back but it’s still not absolutely clear how the water flows through the foams that go against the baskets. This video though explains where the water is supposed to flow. It seems like a strange design compared to some others out there...
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    Fluval 306 Modification

    Thanks for posting. I watched that video after the other one but it’s still not clear to me how the water flows around the filter. There are some diagrams that show the passage of water through the Fluvals but the quality of the images isn’t great.
  24. Aqua sobriquet

    Fluval 306 Modification

    Not having a filter like this I did wonder how the water is supposed to flow through the foams. This modification seems to make sense unless I’m missing something? What do you think?
  25. Aqua sobriquet

    Ehiem 2213 to fluval 107

    I removed the media container from my 2213 as well. I have some coarse, medium and a fine foam in the bottom and then a home made basket containing Sera Siporax on top. Unlike the original setup, bypass is much less likely. What I have found though is that detritus seems to be forced through the...
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    Ehiem 2213 to fluval 107

    I’ve just seen this for the earlier 105 model. I’m not sure how different the 106/107 are inside.[
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    Ehiem 2213 to fluval 107

    The only thing that concerned me with the 106/7 when I was looking for a new filter was the risk of bypass. A guy on YouTube says they’re not known for it though?
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    Ehiem 2213 to fluval 107

    I can’t see anything there that should effect the flow from the Eheim too badly. The Fluval has a completely different arrangement inside so it will be interesting to see how you get on. I’ve got a Tetratec EX400 on a 37L which works ok but the flow does suffer as the sponge pre-filter I fitted...
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    Ehiem 2213 to fluval 107

    I can’t help but if you do change it would be very interesting to hear your thoughts after running the 107 for a while. As a point of interest what type of inlet/outlet and media are you using in the 2213?
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    Surface Skimmer for inflow pipe

    I’ve tried a few different skimmers over the years and none of them worked consistently well. Some have worked ok for a while and then stopped skimming for one reason or another. They also seem to need to be kept clean but even this doesn’t guarantee success. I’ve even seen tanks in shops with...
  31. Aqua sobriquet

    Eheim filter flow ratings?

    That’s what I said earlier. ;) Canister filters like the Eheim Classic have been around for decades and the information provided by the manufacturers doesn’t seem to have put people off buying them over the past 30 or 40 years! The classic must be the longest selling canister out there and...
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    Eheim filter flow ratings?

    I disagree. If you check the manual, EHeim and most other manufacturers state the pump output, the maximum head and recommended aquarium size. If you find this information useless I suggest you’re in the minority. It’s almost certainly a helpful starting point for most buyers. What is pointless...
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    Tank in front of radiator

    The valve nearest the thermostat as you say doesn’t have a TRV. It should though have a normal valve for balancing the system so you should be able to turn it down. The adjuster is normally under a small plastic cap.
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    Eheim filter flow ratings?

    As I understand it the quoted throughput is under ideal test conditions with no media in the filter. Obviously manufacturers can’t predict what media you’re going to use or the location of the filter and hose lengths etc. If you actually run a clean filter without media you’ll find the figures...
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    Making steel inlet/outlet baby shrimp safe

    I used this: https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/intake-strainer.60463/#post-593610 And this: https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/skimmer-modification.63049/
  36. Aqua sobriquet

    Media Basket

    Actually my mistake, thinking about it some more I’m not sure there is any bypass. The coarse foams at the bottom are doing virtually nothing whilst the fine foam is absorbing as much detritus as it can then letting the excess through into the bio media. My first experiment next time I do a...
  37. Aqua sobriquet

    Media Basket

    Update: I’ve just carried out a routine filter clean and I’m still getting bypass! I’m really not sure what’s happing here. As noted earlier the bottom of the canister contains several snug fitting filter foams and then the biological media in a basket. The coarse foams at the very bottom were...
  38. Aqua sobriquet

    Aquascape stores in and around London

    Get some Shrimps, they’ll get rid of it for you.
  39. Aqua sobriquet

    Surface skimming

    Most skimmers seem to suck up small critters. Skimming can be a real problem for those of us that have shrimp.
  40. Aqua sobriquet

    Switching off my canister filter for feeding. Will I have to prime again?

    What happens with the heater on these filters, is there a separate switch for it?
  41. Aqua sobriquet

    Why are filters not more user-friendly?

    Aesthetics are another issue. I was after a small external to sit next to a Nano and there were a couple that would do the job but so ugly. In some ways, for me at least, the more simple the design the more attractive. Trying to “stylise” some of these products have been a failure in my view:
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    Why are filters not more user-friendly?

    Judging by what I’ve seen on the net plenty of folks have made their own external filters. Maybe you could too?
  43. Aqua sobriquet

    Why are filters not more user-friendly?

    Yes, media bags are useful. I actually bought some Sera Siporax and it came in a mesh bag ready to be dropped into a filter. I’ve not actually used it yet so I’ll take a picture. Edit: here it is, 500 ml Siporax. As you can see it’s a very open mesh so won’t interrupt water flow like perhaps...
  44. Aqua sobriquet

    Why are filters not more user-friendly?

    From my experience media baskets can cause bypass so a disadvantage from a performance standpoint. The quick release manifold fitted to many modern external filters is helpful for filter maintenance but not hose cleaning. I’ve fitted Eheim double taps to my Tetratec filter which already has a...
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    Can i run a rattling canister ?

    Selling Silicon Grease labelled as Vaseline would surely be illegal under the trades description act. At least here in the UK. Vaseline is regularly recommended as a skin treatment. Silicon Grease on the other hand is most definitely not. http://www.farnell.com/datasheets/1770443.pdf Eheim...
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    Can i run a rattling canister ?

    I think Eheim must know what they’re supplying.
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    Can i run a rattling canister ?

    This one does. Eheim VASELINE Here’s a better picture of Eheim Vaseline.
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    Can i run a rattling canister ?

    Eheim actually sell small packets of Vaseline for use on their filters. Not sure what parts it’s meant to be used on though. Eheim Vaseline I and many others use Silicon Grease and it doesn’t seem to present any problems. I made a tiny PTFE washer to go on the shaft under the impeller and it has...
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    Why are filters not more user-friendly?

    Yes agreed. Some time ago I bought a 2213 that comes with a media basket for convenient media removal. Sadly it caused bypass so I’ve removed the basket and it seems to be working fine now. Eheim Classics never used to have these baskets years ago so I don’t know why they added them, and only to...
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    Why are filters not more user-friendly?

    It seems that early external canister filters by the likes of Eheim and Fluval were designed to be practical units. Practical doesn’t always sell though. Although having said that Eheim still sell their Classic range. Bypass is either done on purpose - it helps maintain a high flow level in...
  51. Aqua sobriquet

    Steel Lily Pipes Advice

    One thing I’ve noticed with stainless steel pipes is that as they block the light completely you don’t seem to get algae or other stuff growing in them like the plastic ones. Mine just get a quick wipe outside now and again.
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    Household water softener water usability

    We used to use them where I worked many years ago to protect the water heaters. Given the huge amount of salt we got through in a year I always thought they had to be a bad idea. Why Salt-Based Softeners are Being Banned | Pelican Water
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    Media Basket

    So far so good. I was a little concerned the flow might drop noticeably quicker but 2 weeks in it’s ok so far. Early days though.
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    Modern External filter design

    I’ve been running an Eheim 2213 which is the only size in the Classic range that has a media basket. It seems like a good idea and I used it to start with. It became apparent though that some of the water bypasses the bottom of the basket and goes up the outside, depositing detritus onto the top...
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    Glassware (or Stainless steel) for lidded aquarium?

    This is the 12mm set on my 60L Nano with cover glass.
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    Are these torx heads

    There are several of the 6 lobe type. Torx, Torx Plus and T Star. The T Star seem to be peculiar to Spax Wood screws whilst the others appear with all kinds of fasteners. I try to buy only Torx or Robertson when buying wood screws if I can.
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    Media Basket

    Yes if you can find one the right size.
  58. Aqua sobriquet

    Media Basket

    The Foams arrived today so I’ve just cut them up into rounds on the bandsaw. Once I’ve worked out how many foams I’m going to use I’ll trim the top of the basket to suit.
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    DIY ADA style on a budget

    This popped into my YouTube home page.
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    Media Basket

    They are “BBQ Grill Mesh” I got on Amazon for £7.99 for three. Held together with 2.5mm cable ties.
  61. Aqua sobriquet

    Media Basket

    With the existing basket, water flows not only up through the bottom of the basket but also around the outside bypassing all the media. I’m planning on fitting filter foams in the bottom which will be a snug fit. On top of this will be the new basket. I’m expecting all the large debris to be...
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    Media Basket

    Due to bypass issues with my Eheim 2213 I want to remove the media basket that is supplied with the filter. I’ve bought two of the Lattice screens that used to be supplied with the 2213 and I’ve ordered some filter foam. I thought though it might be more convenient to have some kind of basket...
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    What's your favorite canister filter and why?

    Eheim hose is a bit thicker than most so doesn’t kink as easily. I’m not keen on the colour but can’t fault the quality.
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    Matten filters

    Although the video took account of the airstone versus no airstone setup, and it’s corresponding results, it was in no means meant to be a scientific test. As is obvious from the video, It was in fact primarily done to test the optimum shape of the outflow tube and adequately proved the point...
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    Matten filters

    If you watched the video the guy did mention the air stone taking up space in the tube, which is why he tested both with and without it. ;) His conclusion though was that bigger bubbles shift more water than small ones. It’s not difficult though to test this type of thing yourself.
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    Vaccination

    You might get lucky then.
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    Matten filters

    These have got a nice gentle bend for good flow. https://www.cdaquatics.co.uk/pvc-metric-pressure-pipe-swept-bend-p-3593
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    Vaccination

    I think it depends on age. I had mine a few weeks after my wife. She did ask if I could have it when she got the call but they said no.
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    Rainwater confussion

    I use about 90% Rainwater mixed with hot tap. Virtually gone are the calcium deposits I used to get on the glass and equipment.
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    Matten filters

    You may find this interesting.
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    Matten filters

    I saw this filter on a YouTube video last year. They look very easy to make, in fact I’m surprised anyone actually sells kits for them. Plenty of white and grey PVC pipe around but without having a look I’ve no idea where you’d get the black stuff. Keep us posted how you get on. Not something...
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    Vaccination

    I had mine the other week. Nasty headache and I was very feverish for a few hours.
  73. Aqua sobriquet

    Outside filter for a dennerle 20l cube

    I’ve got the next model up on a 60L and the flow isn’t excessive. You can reduce it a bit as well if you’ve got taps fitted. It’s got a capacity of just 1.3L so it’s not a big filter. Have a look on YouTube, there’s bound to be a video of one in action. If you do, bear in mind the outlet pipe is...
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    Outside filter for a dennerle 20l cube

    There’s also the little Eheim Classic 150?
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    Oxygen Extinction

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    Sound proof cabinet

    Does your filter have a stainless steel impeller shaft? If so these can wear quite badly sometimes and the impeller will rattle around. Many manufacturers use Ceramic shafts that seem to wear a bit better. Luckily you can buy these on eBay - provided they have your size...
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    Sound proof cabinet

    Any old foam won’t help, it needs to be closed cell. You first need to isolate the vibrations from the filter going into the cabinet. Mines on a foam and cork mat. Gaps around the cabinet door let out sound as well. Any gaps where the hoses exit the cabinet need to be covered somehow as well. My...
  78. Aqua sobriquet

    Substrate heating

    I’ve not used one but I have used under tank heaters. I used one on a 50 gallon community tank in the 1980’s. I’m currently running a couple of Nano’s with them at the moment.
  79. Aqua sobriquet

    Custom Nano Filter Design / Material Question

    Gosh, lots of swarf making that! I thought you said earlier the canister would be made from thick wall stainless tube.
  80. Aqua sobriquet

    Filter Outflow Pipe

    Of all the ones I’ve used the best suckers though seem to be Eheim ones. There are alternatives though.
  81. Aqua sobriquet

    Custom Nano Filter Design / Material Question

    Looking good! I was wondering how you’re going to balance the CO2 injection? If it’s set too high, even slightly, won’t it eventually fill up most of the canister with CO2?
  82. Aqua sobriquet

    Quest to find a 30L antra/dennerle

    Eheim on the right. 60L Dennerle on the left. 🙂
  83. Aqua sobriquet

    Quest to find a 30L antra/dennerle

    I’ve got one myself, it’s a nice tank. No idea where you’d get one though.
  84. Aqua sobriquet

    Increasing Outflow Hose Diameter

    I had one like that and it never leaked.
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    Quest to find a 30L antra/dennerle

    What about the slightly larger Eheim? https://www.exoticaquatics.co.uk/eheim-aqua-style-35
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    My java moss is not growing.. plz help me. It's dying

    It’s strange how these things go. I’ve got basic LED lighting on my tanks, no CO2 and I just squirt a bit of Tropica in the tanks every few weeks and my Moss is growing really well. Both tanks have Shrimps and one has half a dozen Corydora’s.
  87. Aqua sobriquet

    Re-using filter media!

    I suppose boiling it in a pan would work but might be a bit smelly! Could be painful as well if the other half catches you ...
  88. Aqua sobriquet

    Re-using filter media!

    Will there be dead bacteria inside the media? Just wondering what effect this may have.
  89. Aqua sobriquet

    Increasing Outflow Hose Diameter

    Do let us know how you get on as it may help someone else.
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    Increasing Outflow Hose Diameter

    I’ve used adapters to switch from 12 to 16 and not had any problems. Your filter will make more noise if it’s unhappy with any reduction in the flow. You can also get 14mm hose, my Sera came with it.
  91. Aqua sobriquet

    RO or not to RO?

    Following Darrel’s advice I’ve been using mostly rainwater with a bit of tap and it seems to be working very well. Ok, I’m only using easy to grow plants and moss but they’re growing like mad and the shrimps have increased in numbers a lot. I think I had a couple of Cory eggs the other day as well.
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    Salad Leaves

    Yes, we get little flies on the herbs on our kitchen windowsill. Mostly on the Basil for some reason.
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    BEST ALL IN ONE

    Thanks for that.
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    Salad Leaves

    Anyone on here growing salad leaves or herbs indoors? Apparently any old fluorescent tube will do the job.
  95. Aqua sobriquet

    BEST ALL IN ONE

    I’ve been using genuine TPN or a clone from TNC salts but do you have a link for the recipes for TNC and TSN?
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    Eheim Skim 350 Modifications review

    I’ve had a variety of different skimmers over the years and I haven’t found anything that works particularly well long term. I’ve also seen a display tank that had a weir at one end and that still had surface film!
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    Clear tubing

    The problem with some tubing is that the wall thickness is not enough to keep it from kinking easily. I don’t really like the green Eheim tubing but use it because it’s thicker than most.
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    Noisy Eheim 2213

    Quick update. It’s been running for a few weeks now and it’s very much quieter than it was. Inside a decent cabinet I doubt you’d hear it at all. It’s an easy fix once you know. If I had any to hand I would have poured RTV rubber into that chamber to set but the high density foam has done the...
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    What's your favorite canister filter and why?

    I’ve found the solution to my noisy Eheim 2213 here: https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/noisy-eheim-2213.58299/page-2#post-627438 Ask if you want more details.
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