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I would like to divert an Aquaclear 30 water output

I have an Aquaclear 30 that drops the output straight down the tank and pushes my plants out and they get all bent and twisted looking.

I would like to divert the output so the water goes across the top of the tank so I can hide the input pipe with stems.

I have tried several different stems and they all get bent and twisted from the water falling on them.

Looking at the photo all the plants from the middle to the front of the tank are unaffected.

Any smart inventors out there with a solution? I'm handy, but I'm having trouble with this one because I want to keep it simple. I was thinking of gluing a plexiglas piece on the outflow, but just can't seem to picture it in my head.

Moving the filter over behind the tree would work, but I would have that input tube totally in view. My goal is to hide the tube with plants.

Input tube I want to hide



Shows stems being pushed out towards center of tank

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I just kept my tank fuller so the water level was just touching the bottom of the filter output. Never had an issue
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I just kept my tank fuller so the water level was just touching the bottom of the filter output. Never had an issue

Good to think about. I do actually have the filter shimmed up so it stays above the water. Creates a waterfall effect.

I'm going to remove the shim and see what the flow looks like with the filter output in the tank water.

Thanks.

EDIT: If I can iron this out I want to plant a bunch of Anachris

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Another option might be to make up something like this (Home Depot plastic bent with a heat gun):
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Another option might be to make up something like this (Home Depot plastic bent with a heat gun):

Does this divert the water against the tank wall?

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You can also consider a baffle to divert the flow. http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=30139
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Another option might be to make up something like this (Home Depot plastic bent with a heat gun):
That's pretty neat!

In my head I was going to suggest the reverse; an acrylic "extension" of the output to carry the water to the font of the tank.

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You can also consider a baffle to divert the flow. http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=30139
A Glacieau (I think I spelled that right?) Smartwater bottle may give that a neater look. Those bottles are cylinders. Also, the ripples in the bottle used in the video may cause some splashing in the bigger Aquaclear. Just a thought.

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You can also consider a baffle to divert the flow. http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=30139
A Glacieau (I think I spelled that right?) Smartwater bottle may give that a neater look. Those bottles cylinders. Also, the ripples in the bottle used in the video may cause some splashing in the bigger Aquaclear. Just a thought.

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Lots of great ideas. Keep em' coming.

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Does this divert the water against the tank wall?
Yep, out and to the side, generally.
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I have a basket of moss right under the outflow in my AC 70. Flow is decreased tremendously.
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I removed the aquaclear 30 and replaced it with a sponge filter. AC30 was a backup in case the canister dies. Big sponge filter will do for a backup.

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Funny, I use the fact that the AquaClear output is straight down to aid in co2 distribution. I feed the co2 into the filter intake and it pushes any undissolved microbubbles down to the bottom where they flow around for awhile. Almost total absorption. And if you plant much more heavily then there is far less current to push the plants around.
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