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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
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Toning down the FX5

What is the simplest way to tone down the flow on a fx5? My initial thoughts is to build a 4' spray bar that spans the back of the tank how ever i'm trying to keep the open top looking as clean/empty as possible.

It will be on an 84 gallon tank full of small tetras and rasboras.. i'm worried the river of an output might be to much for the little guys.

Any other suggestions for calming the waters?
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I have three angelfish in a 110 tall, they don't mind the current at all. Plus, moss and loose plants cover the intake, which helps. Actually, you should worry more about that than the output. That's why I don't clean my intake, had a fish get stuck to it after I cleaned it one day. It was a 5in fat healthy fish, it shouldn't of gotten stuck.
I have mine with one output director vertical slit against the short wall. The other is horizontal pointing in front of it, front wall. Hose is in the rear left corner, 5 inches below the surface of the water. Only about 1 foot around the output is the current a bit too much and the Angels avoid.

Oh, a sponge over the output may also buffer it some.
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The outflow (and intake, for that matter) is adjustable; simply turn the outflow down a bit.
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Do you just adjust the dial on the hose where it connects to the canister?

Wouldn't turning it down cause the motor to turn up and suck more?
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