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Too much flow??

My aquaclear 50 hob makes alot of current in my 20 high. All my plants are constantly swaying. I just trimmed my tank and replanted all the new tops. The plants keep uprooting from the flow because there are no rhizomes to hold on to the gravel but understandable. They need to grow in like they always do but the new tops are also grown very crooked and bent from growing in the flow. The plants don't go up straight. Some plant tops that I replanted suck as some hygro are straight and then all of a sudden have a vicious 90 degree curve in it and are going left or right. It makes my plants look stupid.

Is this too much flow and is there a way to control it? And when replanting tops of plants should i use lead weights until they root?


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I have never used an Aquaclear before, but I thought they had an adjustable flow rate (controlled via a knob of some sort).

If not, you can always decrease the flow of the filter (or diffuse it) by placing a piece of foam in front of the filter output.

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One trick someone suggested a few months ago, and which works great, is to take a clear plastic water bottle, cut off both ends, and split it down the middle, so you have a cylinder, with a cut from end to end. Then slip this onto the outlet of the Aquaclear so the water falls into the inside of the cylinder and out both ends. That greatly reduces the effect of all of that water dropping down into the tank. I did this on a 10 gallon tank very successfully.

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Aquaclears do have an adjustable flow rate... I use an AC30 on my 10g, one minor tip to cut back on flow, make sure you're keeping an eye on your water level and topping off your tank every day, particularly if you don't use a cover. Having the water drop a distance from the outflow to your water will create significant flow in your tank.


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One trick someone suggested a few months ago, and which works great, is to take a clear plastic water bottle, cut off both ends, and split it down the middle, so you have a cylinder, with a cut from end to end. Then slip this onto the outlet of the Aquaclear so the water falls into the inside of the cylinder and out both ends. That greatly reduces the effect of all of that water dropping down into the tank. I did this on a 10 gallon tank very successfully.
I did this in my 6-gallon shrimp tank as well...


I also did the sponge thing on my betta tank...


Both work well. The bottle method allows some current, but the pad method kills current to almost zero, while maintaining a high GPM flow rate.

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