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I am trying to heavily plant my tank which means I need to put plants directly in front of the filter. When water evaporates the AC tends to create a strong downward current.

These are the 3 plants that are most directly hit by the current and I'm wondering if this will hurt or help them. They are: hygrophila corymbosa, Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica', and Echinodorus quadricostatus ''magdalenensis''.

Will they mind strong current on them? Will it hurt their growth in any way?
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You might want to try and fit a coarse sponge below the overflow, not blocking the outflow, but bridging the gap to the water surface and consequentially reducing the direct hit by the AC waterfall.


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Interesting idea. I don't see how I could attach a sponge there without slowing outflow though. There is a lip under the AC but I don't see any way of attaching a sponge under there, although that would slow current without restricting the flow.
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Interesting idea. I don't see how I could attach a sponge there without slowing outflow though. There is a lip under the AC but I don't see any way of attaching a sponge under there, although that would slow current without restricting the flow.
Not blocking the flow but catching it and smoothing it out as it enters the tank. It won't be pretty but it would stop the obvious flow of water onto your plants. This is a DIY fix and you'd have to think of something creative....

BTW, I don't think you need to worry about your plants being bothered by the flow. You have more to worry about with CO2 outgassing, that is if you are adding CO2.

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