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The powerhead doesn't "take and airline tube". You need to find a way to poke it into the inlet area of the powerhead, so the bubbles get immediately sucked into the rotor and chopped up. I have used the smallest powerhead I could find at the LFS, a "mini jet" as I recall, and I have also used a Maxijet 600. Both worked fine in that job.

If you do a needlewheel type mod to the powerhead rotor it works best. I just used a hot needle to poke holes in the rotor paddles, but there are more sophisticated mods that probably work better. I think all of the powerheads I still have have the holes in the paddles. One type that I don't think will work well is the Koralia type.
 
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