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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-10-2002, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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OK, I decided to remove the lip of my Emperor 400 since I need to limit the surface agitation and increase the Co2 for my plants. So, how exactly do I go about doing this?? Is there any way to do this without removing the filter from the tank. The plastic is pretty tough, so how do I do it??

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I would remove it just to be sure not to get any plastic into the tank. Do you have a Dremel tool ? You could use that to cut the lip off.
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A Dremel, a sharp X-Acto knife or even a bench grinder are your best bets. Definitely take the filter off, but leave the pad in tank water to preserve the bacteria.

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ok, thanks for the replies!! I'll let everyone know how it goes!!

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Wouldn't it be easier to just raise the water level up over the lip so that the outflow doesn't splash so much? That's what I do for my tanks that have Penguins or AquaClears.
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Actually, I was keeping the water level in my tank as high as it could go. The lip still created surface agitation and bubbles. Since I changed the filter, there have been greater levels of CO2.

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I have this same problem!

Does it really work to cut odd the lip?
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-14-2008, 03:33 AM
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Does it really work to cut odd the lip?
Yes... the odder the better.

Sorry couldn't resist.

But seriously I have no idea. I clicked into this thread by mistake. So now I shall take my leave. I hope you get more helpful responses than my own!
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Don't do it!! I tried this when I first set up my tank and it basically creates a waterfall that pulverizes the plants. Makes a real mess and it doesn't go back on so easy. I ended up rubber banding some filter pad around the "waterfall" and then switched to a canister. YMMV but I'd recommend against it.
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Fasten a sponge into the lip instead of removing it; otherwise you aren't altering the water pressure going into the tank at all.





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