Tank noise

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:43 am
Does anyone else obsess about their tank noise? :lol:

For example, I woke up today and I have this random noise (like plastic hitting glass) and I CANNOT find what it is coming from!!! HAHAHA

I'm sitting here messing with coding and it's all i hear :roll:


I guess I'll go see what in the world it could be BUT i'm sure I won't be able to locate it... :x
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:49 am
Ouch... that can not be good...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:12 am
nothing serious...just annoying :( it's like the sound of tapping a glass window????
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:36 pm
My tank is located in our family room and I worked hard to get the noise down. I'm at the point now where the loudest part of the tank is the hum/whine of my MP-10 and WP-40 when I have the speed kicker up over 80%. All things considered it is a very quiet tank. The only time the pumps really bother anyone is if it's dead silent in the house. The good thing is that doesn't seem to happen very often with a 5 year old and 9 year old :)

About the clicking. I get that too. Usually late at night after the lights go off. I found one of my turbo snails was whipping his shell around a lot and if he's close to the glass it makes that clicking sound. Just like someone tapping on the glass with a pen or the like. I also have a pair of snapping shrimp that I can hear at night "clicking" their pinchers. That is usually just a single click where the snail makes more of a tapping sound.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:00 am
It was consistent throughout the day but has resolved itself. Just odd. Lol. I also have a pistol shrimp but I'm used to his sound. Oh well. It's fixed and I'll not obsess on it anymore today. Hahaha
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:01 pm
What return pumps do you all use?
I have a "Danner Mfg" mag pump (mag 7 or 9, I can't recall...) and it seems pretty noisy to me, but others say they are quiet-- so I'm not sure if I'm just more sensitive than other people, or if mine is particularly noisy. (Some people say the noise of their overflow is worse than their pump-- definitely not the case with me). Even running the pump by itself in a bucket is pretty noisy as far as I'm concerned.

I once spent two full days agonizing over tweaking my overflow pipe so that it's as quiet as possible, so the pump really annoys me. Can't bring myself to spend $150 to try an Eheim pump or something because I'm worried I'm just expecting quieter performance than is reasonable :-(

Due to space constraints, only submersible or self-priming pumps are an option for me.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:08 pm
Mine is one I won in a raffle some years ago and I found it to be pretty quiet. Can't recall the name.. sorry :(
It's barely noticeable. My drain pipe makes more noise than the pump.
I'm due for cleaning and may do it this weekend... I'll check the mfg if I do so.
The skimmer makes more noise of them all.... lol
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:11 pm
yeah, so it sounds like my pump is just really loud. The skimmer is not nearly as loud as the return pump... it's so nice and quiet during feeding :-)

I'd be interested to know what yours is (and any other suggestions for quiet, submersible return pumps)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:41 pm
No clicking as depicted before. Lol. Just a random thing. Oh this fun hobby. I use a water blaster by reef octo. Super quiet!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:53 pm
Noise was a big issue for me when I setup my current tank.

For wavemaking I decided between vortechs and tunze streams. I ended up going with a pair of tunze 7095s. Great little pumps.

For my return I got a tunze silence recirc pump. It's a DC pump at a very affordable price. Extremely quiet and being DC you can adjust the output as well.

The noisiest parts of my system is my return drain and skimmer air intake. The cabinet seems to help with that though.
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