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    Tips & Tricks

    Hello Rob,
    I don't know if you have set up an area for this yet but I thought I would post this here. It is not anything complicated but is a simple solution to a annoying problem.

    Problem: Pumps that rest on the bottom of the sump usually put out a bunch of noise due to vibration

    Solution: I used extra flex tubing from the plumbing of my tank and cut two pieces the same length as my pumps. I then took two tie straps and secured them to the pumps using the holes provided on the pumps. The result was a least 50% less noise from vibration. This can be done outside the sump as well. I know this is simple but it might be helpful for a newbie like me.

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    Very neat trick! I've heard of people putting mousepads under their pump too.

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    Very good Cabbagehead... My Company, BBN Technologies, uses similar 'fixes' for noise issues with pumps and motors on various navy vessels. Maybe you have a career path with us

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    Cabbagehead...I like that idea! Do you actually have a photo of what you've done?
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    Great idea cabbagehead! and it just so happens that I am installing a new return pump Sat morning(mag 24).

    I will give this a try and post my results with pictures
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    great idea.
    we would love to see the photos.

    i think this made it to the first tips and tricks segment show last week.

    i will also get some pics of mine posted for ya all to see
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    That’s a good idea, I actually did one yesterday for my skimmer pump, and it actually reduced the noise considerably.

    Thanks
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    Thanks everyone! Well I just got home from a long day at work and have to go back in six hours so I will try to get some pictures up tommorow.

    Thanks
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    good idear..

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    Here is the picture that I promised. Forgive me for it is not the best angle but you can get the general idea.
    100_0067.jpg

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    Here's mine

    They are attached to a Mag-Drive 24 but I chose Super glue instead of wire ties. Thanks for the great idea!
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    great, thansk for sharing the image..
    i will surely be using this tip on a show
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob
    great, thansk for sharing the image..
    i will surely be using this tip on a show
    Sounds Cool
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    great idea!

    anything on or in a mouse pad that could cause harm?
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    I used a mousepad for a while, and it seemed to be plain old neoprene, but I eventually swapped it out for some tubing just to be safe.
    **KEEP ME AWAY FROM SUPER GLUE ... i tend to glue my lips shut !!**

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    I use Enkemat under my Eheim 1260 return

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    xtmreef...

    Nice idea. However, do you find that you need to clean the Enkemat from time to time? I found that it gets grungy fast and can become a breeding ground for Aerobic bacterium. This, in turn, made my nitrates sky-rocket.

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