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Silence the bubbles

It doesn't bother me a massive amount but it can be noisy at night. Any one found any good ways to make the bubbles from the sponge filter quieter?
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I guess you could lower the water level so the tube is flush with the waters surface. you could also extend the tube to meet the water level. Maybe you could find an air stone that makes smaller bubbles, if your using ATI sponge filters with the air stone attachment? personally I like the white noise of the bubbles after getting used to it. it really kind of helps me sleep. Maybe give it another week and see if the bubbles grow on you. Good luck.

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Thanks I will look at getting the tube to the top. It was one of the double sponge filters from eBay the 2.99 ones no airstone just a airline straight to the filter then air out the top tube making bubbles I don't mind it at all but it would be nice if it was quieter. Is the filter i use any good?
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As long as the filter media does not degrade I'm sure its a fine sponge filter. Not a lot that you can do wrong in picking sponge filters other then size, they are very basic filters.

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Yeah it seems to keep the water pretty clear and the shrimp like it the tank is only 15 ltr so I guess the double one is big enough? I used to have the fluval 7ltr shrimp tank the one with the filter system in the back but it was terrible the water had an oil slick
On the top so thick sometimes like a skin I think this was down to poor circulation despite the current being strong but I much prefer the rimless cube I bought now and it was only 20 with an internal filter and gravel that I put in the goldfish tank
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Put a small power head right above the outlet
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I have an air filter that's adjustable. You can turn down the air output to a level where it bubbles fine, but not so strong that they blast out the top and get noisy. You'll still get filtration and surface breakage, just not as loud.


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i have a valve on my airline to limit the amount of air

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It doesn't bother me a massive amount but it can be noisy at night. Any one found any good ways to make the bubbles from the sponge filter quieter?
Go on Amazon and purchase some Aquaclear filters that hang on the back. I have them running on my two tanks and they are whisper quiet. I hated when I had sponge filters since it made my apt sound like a pet store.

20 gallon has two aquaclears on it (50 and 20)
15 gallon has one aquaclear on it (30)

They are very cheap so it makes no sense to have sponge filters in my opinion. Just make sure to get the prefilter screens or sponges so your babies don't get sucked in.
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Adding an airstone will help quiet it down. Smaller bubbles will make it quieter.
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I actually just popped some filter floss in the opening of the tube, in essence acting the same as an airstone would I believe. Only catch is you may need to replace it every so often to maintain good flow as it gets clogged up slightly. Just my 2 cents. Cheerz!
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You can just use a powerhead instead of a airpump

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i like the sponge filter cos it doesnt make too much of a current would a powerhead cause much of a current as the tank is only 15ltrs. maybe if i get one of the single ones with the tube on the top rather than an outlet? they have an airstone in them don't they?
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You can put the outlet above water and the sponge filter will still work. I find it's much quieter that way on mine.

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You can put the outlet above water and the sponge filter will still work. I find it's much quieter that way on mine.
If the outlet is above the water shouldn't it not work? I thought sponge filters worked because as the air bubbles rise the pull water with them, but if they can just go right into the air wouldn't there be no water movement? Not doubting you, just wondering why.
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