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11-07-2013 01:37 AM
pgaron
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Originally Posted by MChambers View Post
Can't you reduce the flow by lifting up on the black tab that is between the two tubing connections? That's the case with my SunSun.
I thought that was what kept the hoses connected
11-06-2013 08:37 PM
MChambers Can't you reduce the flow by lifting up on the black tab that is between the two tubing connections? That's the case with my SunSun.
11-06-2013 05:17 PM
pgaron
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Originally Posted by xmas_one View Post
Does anybody else find it ridiculous to try to throttle back a 260gpm filter on A SIX GALLON TANK?

I believe the OP's tank was 6g but mine is a 20 long, its still pretty ridiculous. I wanted the head room for expansion if I decide to go bigger if I do im set on 55g or 75g. Also in the reviews people reported its around 150gph with media
11-06-2013 04:21 PM
xmas_one Does anybody else find it ridiculous to try to throttle back a 260gpm filter on A SIX GALLON TANK?
11-06-2013 03:08 PM
PlantedRich I take the spraybar off and let it flow out with less velocity.
11-06-2013 02:54 PM
pgaron I will have to look around for something that will work. I have read and been told drilling the spraybar holes larger will reduce the current which is the issue.
11-06-2013 02:42 PM
PlantedRich A cheap way to restrict the flow is to add adapters and make the water go through a smaller section at some point in the output line. Think of it as the same as traffic might flow. If you have a four lane highway go into a two lane and back to four, traffic slows. Water works much the same. The disadvantage of this way is that it is not easy to adjust and may take some guesswork to get the correct size for the flow you want. But then you can normally return the extra parts you bought to experiment on flow.
11-06-2013 12:50 PM
pgaron
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Originally Posted by xmas_one View Post
Go with the 2211.
Unfortunately its to late for that someone else with a sunsun suggested getting a vale and/or increasing the size of the spraybar and drilling larger holes. apparently there is a flow control on the filter but I cant seem to find it. I don't mind slower filtration since people are reporting something like 125 gpm
11-06-2013 12:07 PM
xmas_one When your filter is bigger than your tank, it might mean that you need a smaller filter. Go with the 2211.
11-06-2013 11:48 AM
pgaron
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Originally Posted by Sandybottom View Post
i don't think they make gate valves small enough for my application. the search continues.....

I noticed it had been a while. Have you been able to find a valve, I'm in the same boat
02-27-2013 01:21 AM
Sandybottom i don't think they make gate valves small enough for my application. the search continues.....
02-21-2013 07:09 PM
CrypticLifeStyle What about this maybe
http://shop.gyostuff.com/5-8-Shutoff...?categoryId=-1
02-21-2013 05:24 PM
Sandybottom having trouble finding a gate valve to fit it. maybe i should just spend a little more and get an eheim 2211. that's bringing me up to $70-$90 for a filter then. then i want clear tubes. i will need a 12/16 to 9/12 reducer then to run 9mm lily pipes correct? my tank is 10wX10lX12h so only the 9mm or 10mm will work. the others are just too big.i really do appreciate the help. it's good to have fellow members to relieve my horrible stress headache over this.
02-21-2013 05:20 PM
ReluctantHippy Like most else have stated, either will work fine. I work at a fish store and the entire place is plumbed with ball valves - just like all of the other local fish stores as well as the three fish farms around here (aside from the big big pipes and weirs). Decreasing flow via either is just the same as adding head, extra components, or just having a longer pipe/tube.
02-21-2013 04:26 PM
Lurch98 Either ball or gate will work fine. Yes gate can allow more control, ball's are typically cheaper. It's a personal preference thing really.

Never heard anyone claiming that valving the output ruined their seals before. That is very interesting. I could potentially see too much backpressure doing that long term, but it's really not that different as Ach1Ll3sH33L mentioned from adding inline components or having additional head height on your return run. Mechanical work is mechanical work.
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