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Aqua One Mini Reef 160 Noise

Postby maddclimb » Tue 10 Jul, 2018 9:54 am

Hi all,
After a 6 year hiatus from the hobby i am back. I just picked up my new aqua one mini reef 160 on the weekend and am having issues with noise from the overflow pipe. It makes a gurgling noise and produces so much bubbles it actually splashes on the back of the cabinet and starts dripping down.
I went to bunnings hoping to add a ball valve to the pipe to conrol the flow but the pipe size is wierd and doesnt fit.
Should i just remove all the supplied plumbing and build my own? (I know pretty much nothing on plumbing though!).
Or maybe get a new adjustable return pump to control the flow that way?
Not sure what to do but the noise is sooo loud and not a fan of a wet cabinet!
Cheers!
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Re: Aqua One Mini Reef 160 Noise

Postby maddclimb » Fri 20 Jul, 2018 2:49 pm

I'm back with some pictures... hopefully I can get someones help.
I got a new Jebao 3000 return pump hoping to dial the volume of water down by using the lowest setting @ 1800L but the problem is still there.
The noise isnt the gurgling from the water level in the overflow rising and falling. Its from all the bubbles coming out of the drain into the sump.
I tried putting a T at the end of the drain pipe and that didn't work either.
I've noticed on forums that people recommend only having the drain line a couple of cm's into the sump waterline? would this help? I don't want to cut the pipe making it shorter and then the problem worsening as the pipe sizes are messed up!
PLEASE HELP! All the bubble splash is actually making my carpet wet!

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Re: Aqua One Mini Reef 160 Noise

Postby saltydog » Fri 20 Jul, 2018 5:47 pm

maddclimb wrote:The noise isnt the gurgling from the water level in the overflow rising and falling.

You have what looks like a Durso stand pipe design. The rise and fall is called Flushing. I know the flushing is not your concern, but it relates to your problem.
This should help:
https://www.dursostandpipes.com/frequently-asked-questions/78-flushing-effect-why-does-the-water-level-go-up-and-down

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