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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-08-2020, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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The Power head of death

So I have been running a 475 gal/hr power head in my 55 gallon. See my first ‘lounge’ post for tank details. I unfortunately have lost about four newly added (babies ~.5 inch) neon tetra and 2 glow light (same size) due to them being sucked into the impeller. Now I want the flowrate (primarily for CO2 distribution) but I obviously think I cant run it with the fish at their current size. So it’s off and everyone seems a bit more chilled out, including the Siamese algae eaters. What do you think, should I go out and get a new power head? Any one out there with experience with larger neons/glowlight and respective flowrate? What about the lower school of neons should I grab five more? Maybe should I try to slow or modify the flowrate? I’m still a little new, but I ain’t struggling too bad, Thanks!
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So itís off and everyone seems a bit more chilled out, including the Siamese algae eaters.

I think you have answered your own question.
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Well there are mesh covers for power heads as well as 3D printed one. They where developed for the salt water hobby due to Anemones.

https://aquarium.bulkreefsupply.com/...wer-Head-Cover
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So I have been running a 475 gal/hr power head in my 55 gallon. See my first Ďloungeí post for tank details. I unfortunately have lost about four newly added (babies ~.5 inch) neon tetra and 2 glow light (same size) due to them being sucked into the impeller. Now I want the flowrate (primarily for CO2 distribution) but I obviously think I cant run it with the fish at their current size. So itís off and everyone seems a bit more chilled out, including the Siamese algae eaters. What do you think, should I go out and get a new power head? Any one out there with experience with larger neons/glowlight and respective flowrate? What about the lower school of neons should I grab five more? Maybe should I try to slow or modify the flowrate? Iím still a little new, but I ainít struggling too bad, Thanks!

If you need flow in the tank, use a wave maker instead of a power head.

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Thanks y’all, I just ended up forming a foam filter around the power head, it has lowered the flow down and I’m still getting good CO2 indications
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