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Yep, nice grab. Same price I grabbed mine at. Even took a pick of the price LOL, incase one store was out.

First they were on sale for $60. Then clearance down to $50. Now clearance down to $35. It is priced less than the Evolve 2 LOL.

I suspect either this is Spring Cleaning or there is a new Evolve on the way.
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Awesome tank, I hear the pumps are way too strong though
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Yep, nice grab. Same price I grabbed mine at. Even took a pick of the price LOL, incase one store was out.

First they were on sale for $60. Then clearance down to $50. Now clearance down to $35. It is priced less than the Evolve 2 LOL.

I suspect either this is Spring Cleaning or there is a new Evolve on the way.
Hopefully an evolve 6 or an evolve 12
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Hopefully an evolve 6 or an evolve 12
Personally I think the 2 is too small. IDK about a 12 though LOL.
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Awesome tank, I hear the pumps are way too strong though
The pump in the 4 is the same in the 8. Some people actually feel it is too weak for the 8, most find it just perfect, as it moves 100 GPH at max. 60 GPH at the lowest setting.

I cannot see how anyone would use the pump on a 4 at anything besides the lowest setting. See my build thread for an easy way to reduce the flow even further if needed. Others have posted some of their own tips and tricks for reducing flow. I just happen to like mine the best. Only cost about $5 and is much more adjustable.
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I have the 8 and the pump is perfect! The overflow is annoying with floating plants but other than that its amazing
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Congrats! I got mine for the same price recently as well. I think their doing away with the 4 gallon.

Also, everyone talks about how they turn the flow down to the lowest setting on their pump? How the heck do I do that? Haha.
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Congrats! I got mine for the same price recently as well. I think their doing away with the 4 gallon.

Also, everyone talks about how they turn the flow down to the lowest setting on their pump? How the heck do I do that? Haha.
On the pump, there is an adjustment. You have to take it out to adjust it. Pretty simple slider. I do not know if it literally slows down the pump like a potentiometer or closes a valve.

My addon is just an adjustable valve. I do not want to adjust it any more than 1/3 closed because I don't want to stress the pump.

But see how you feel it is with just the adjustment on the pump down.
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On the pump, there is an adjustment. You have to take it out to adjust it. Pretty simple slider. I do not know if it literally slows down the pump like a potentiometer or closes a valve.

My addon is just an adjustable valve. I do not want to adjust it any more than 1/3 closed because I don't want to stress the pump.

But see how you feel it is with just the adjustment on the pump down.
Agh of course I'd have to take it out >.< My bio max bags are on top of the pump so I'll have to take them out. The pump is way too strong. I've seen your add on, I like it a lot, I'm just really awful at DIY stuff.
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Re: Evolve 4


And here it is all done.

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i have a fair amount of that size tubing around, so i clipped the edge of the hose in several spots. the chamber sees good recirculation and all of the debris falls down to the bottom (i have the pump suction cupped to the wall instead of the floor, to help it from sucking up mulm, etc) and every other water change i just pull the pump and suck the garbage out. I used to have my bio bags over the pump, but i removed the mechanical filter in the first chamber and stuffed that full of them instead, with a purigen pad between the two chambers. seems to work better for cleaning it out and adjusting the pump and heater as needed.
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i have a fair amount of that size tubing around, so i clipped the edge of the hose in several spots. the chamber sees good recirculation and all of the debris falls down to the bottom (i have the pump suction cupped to the wall instead of the floor, to help it from sucking up mulm, etc) and every other water change i just pull the pump and suck the garbage out. I used to have my bio bags over the pump, but i removed the mechanical filter in the first chamber and stuffed that full of them instead, with a purigen pad between the two chambers. seems to work better for cleaning it out and adjusting the pump and heater as needed.
The stock filter works fine, I did add a Fluval sponge at the intake to help with the flow and it also does some filtration. I am not even sure how often to change the stock filter, but I am only doing 20% water changes once a week now, and my water has become crystal clear (not sure if the sponge helped speed that up) and my water params do not change at all (although I am using cheap test strips and cannot test for ammonia yet.

I would love to see a write up on some alternative filtration setups. It is a weak subject for me, so I am not confident in coming up with something on my own.
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Agh of course I'd have to take it out >.< My bio max bags are on top of the pump so I'll have to take them out. The pump is way too strong. I've seen your add on, I like it a lot, I'm just really awful at DIY stuff.
Start with adjusting the pump to it's lowest setting, see how you like that. If it is still too strong, look at some other methods for reducing the flow. Some have done stuff as simple as adding a sponge at the intake and stuffing the powerhead with sponge.

My alternative is actually really simple to setup, and allows you to make even further adjustments without removing the pump.

However, I m still in a testing mode of sorts. I wonder what sort of stress could be put on the pump by resticing the flow in this way. So far after about a month, I have seen no signs of damage. The minimum noise it makes has not increased or shown signs of stress. And the output at the powerhead is constant. I have seen no debris or build up in the tube or valve.

I am going to do a 50% water change in the next month and move my swords around. At that point I am going to remove the pump for inspection. Also look into setting up alternative filtration media.
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And here it is all done.

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