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Old 01-25-2004, 01:58 AM   #1
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Using the Spray bar on my xp3 filstar, i get a really bad Whistle type sound, it appears to be caused by the water pressure, if I use the power head jet it goes away. Anyway to fix this?
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Old 01-25-2004, 02:12 AM   #2
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Did you put the plug in the flow adjustment valve. The butterfly valve that comes with the fittings has a hole in the center of the handle to allow for air intake if so desired. They send a little black plug that inserts into that hole to stop it from sucking air. Or it could be something else.
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i went with the option not to use that flow adjustment valve
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Old 01-25-2004, 02:29 AM   #4
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Are all the holes in the spray bar completely submerged? Where is the sound coming from, the pipes or the canister?
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The spray bar is where it the sounds come from, I covered up one of the holes and it got worse, so I know for sure it the spray bar. I have the Spray bar in the tank about 3inches in the water, using the hardware provided. I did not use the other tube that would have made it down in the tank about 7 inches. I have the bar located on the back of the tank.
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Ok.... now I got a better picture. You're trying to force too much water thru those tiny holes. You need more holes, or bigger holes. You can add more spray bar sections. You can drill bigger holes in the existing spray bar. The bottom line is its not good to put all that back pressure on the filter pump.

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I had the same problem with the spraybar on my 2215. It sounded like a flute in the aquarium! I did as Marcel has suggested, I made the holes in the spraybay larger. I just used a Phillip's head screwdriver to make them larger. That ended the whistle!

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Hi guys, thanks for the quick advise, it worked great. took care of the problem, I made all the holes larger and seems much better. Do you guys know if I should be using the adjustment valve and haev the air plug out?

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The only reason you'd want to use the valve would be to temper the flow. If you don't see a need for that feature, leave it off. The air hole is to bring air bubbles into the tank, no need for that on a planted tank.

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Yep, I had the same issue, I pulled out the drill, added on hole and opened up the others about 1/16 and works like a charm...


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