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To all planted tank owners with power filters (and foreground carpet):

How do you prevent the waterfall output of the filter from disturbing your foreground carpet?

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This is not going to help you right now, but I grew my foreground in emersed, and the root system on my HC and HM is insane. My HM in particular has more roots than leaves and stems. So again, while it wont help now, it's something to consider for the future.

You might want to top off your foreground with a little more substrate, bury it a little deeper, around the filter output. Or, adjust the filter flow for a week or two until the substrate can root.
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x2 sprinkle a heavier substrate on top w/out burying the plants too deep and turn down the filter for a while





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x3 Most power filters can be adjusted to reduce the flow rate. Aqua Clears (my favorite) move over to the side to where half of the intake pipe is off the motor. Penguins and Emporers have a tab on the top of the intake.

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a sponge over the intake would also help slow down the flow.
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Fill the tank up past the lip of the filter output works as well.


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The flow rate on the AquaClear is all the way on low, but it still reaches the Marsilea in the foreground....

And I'll consider sprinkling more substrate on top of the plants; the only problem is that I have Flourite and it's a pain to rinse -_-

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The flow rate on the AquaClear is all the way on low, but it still reaches the Marsilea in the foreground....

And I'll consider sprinkling more substrate on top of the plants; the only problem is that I have Flourite and it's a pain to rinse -_-
If you fill the water level high enough, most the water flow should be dispersed at the top horizontally instead of going down hitting the floor.
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