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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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Is there a way to shorten the AQ70 intake tube?

The tube with a Fluval pre-filter sponge on goes pretty much all the way down to the gravel of my 10g tank. I can't think of a way to shorten it though since it has a larger opening on the end that fits with the upper portion. Is there a way to shorten it?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 04:01 AM
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cut it and use electirical tape? lol glue it together and run silicone over it? cut it, then find some heat shrink electrical wrap and heat it in place?
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 05:12 AM
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You could try cutting and crazy gluing it back together, or if you are running a sponge anyway, why not chop off the tapered strainer section of the tube, from what I can remember of the AC70 that should buy you at least 1.5"
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 09:07 PM
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what I did on my AC30:

Hacksaw to the length you want
Hacksaw slots halfway through the tube along the bottom inch (for water flow along the side, not just the bottom of the tube)
Fluval edge sponge over the tube, covering the slots
Tiny zip tie the top of sponge (not real tight, just snug)
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hack it and get a metal prefilter

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-08-2012, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
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I don't... know what a metal prefilter is...

I'm gonna go with jbrady's idea it sounds like something i could do easily.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-08-2012, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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Well I went to my father and told him exactly what to do but he started arguing about "physics" do I said JUST DO IT and left. Now I have this monstrosity.

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