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Blowin' Bubbles

I use a QuietOne 1200 (296 gph) to power an AM 1000 reactor in-line (not powerful enough IMO but that's another thread ). When the thing runs in the morning all is calm, but as the day goes on and the plants pearl, all heck breaks loose.

The bubbles from the pearling go into the intake and get caught in the pump impeller; by 8pm its so loud that its hard to watch TV. You can hear them being chewed up and then spit out over and over and over again...my girlfriend gets so mad.

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stop treating your plants so well,then they wont pearl :P

If you give them fertilisers, perhaps cut down on a few.

Also, perhaps try putting a bit of mesh on the intake that will suck in the water, but not any larger things like bubbles.
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put a filter on the intake maybe?
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There is already a piece of foam filter on the intake.
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Try to relocate the inlet into an area with less bubbles. Like a dark corner, if there are any.

Another thing is if the inlet is blocked (you mentioned a sponge... maybe need to remove it and replace with a big strainer) a "vacuum" is created which makes the oxygen pearl out, you know like shaking a soda. So the less restrictions you have before the pump impeller, the less bubbles are shot into the tank.


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Thanks Wasserpest.
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I would think that the lower the intake is drawing from, the less bubbles will get in there. Can you DIY a plumbed intake to the bottom of the tank? I"m not real familiar with the AM reactors, sorry
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Tape your girlfriend's mouth shut.

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Why not ditch the QuietOne and connect the reactor to the return(outflow) of the Fluval 404?

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I'm not too fond of attaching anything to the 404 -though it has strong flow, the hosing isn't the best for in-line stuff (still don't know how I managed with that Hydor in-line heater). What Esarkipato mentioned seems to be a the most logical solution...should of thought of that myself...

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