What were you using before for filtration? I only use sponge filters and additional airstones in my shrimp tank. The noise does not bother me as they are in a fish room downstairs from my bedroom.
The sponge filter is providing bacterial filtration as well as aeration, and the bacterial colony needs flowing water to stay oxygenated; turning off the air could damage the filter bacteria. You might want to try replacing your air pump. That one might be damage, old or just noisy. Another brand might be quieter.The bubbles are actually soothing to hear as I have found out but the darn buzzing from the air pump is what really ruins my sleep.
I have it on a nice thick yellow sponge - 3" thick - yet the buzz is merely reduced by about 10%. I am thinking about putting it on a timer.
Only have it on 6AM - 12AM. 18 hours per day should be more than enough aeration?
I see. That's no good then. Second night, I can hear it but somehow wasn't as loud as it was the night before. Maybe I could be getting used to it? We'll see, if by the end of the week I can't even hear it then it would be super cool!The sponge filter is providing bacterial filtration as well as aeration, and the bacterial colony needs flowing water to stay oxygenated; turning off the air could damage the filter bacteria. You might want to try replacing your air pump. That one might be damage, old or just noisy. Another brand might be quieter.
Definitely a good idea, but then if it is a REALLY long tubing, it might be really hard on the pump right? But we'll see if we have to even go through that extent by this weekend. Hopefully notIf it is the pump.. How about a long line of tubing and relocate the pump out of the room?
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I couldn't tell it's on anymore. Guess I just got used to itI didn't mind the noise, but I hated the mess the bubbles popping made on my drywall. To solve that, I used a piece of packaging that a CFL light bulb came in. I basically cut the molded piece that goes around the bulb out, making a half shell. Then I zip tied the part of the packaging that goes around the base of the bulb to the output of my sponge filter. It fits perfectly, and the only additional thing you need to do is cut a small hole in the top, so that the air can escape the shell. I know that probably isnt too clear, but hopefully I can take a picture of it tonight.