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Inlet + outlet

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by GillesF, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. GillesF

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    Hi guys

    At this moment I'm using a knock-off ADA glass lily pipe. I love the shiny glass and the spiral effect and I do not mind cleaning them regularly.

    Unfortunately, I've noticed that the holes in the inlet are too small resulting in lower water current, especially when small leaves block the inlet. This also reduces the co2 distribution. The lily pipe works great and adds oxygen when necessary but the spiral it forms goes downwards, pushing back some plants.

    Does anyone know a solution that A) works great and B) doesn't disturb the aquascape? My background is completely black so I was thinking about a black JBL inlet and spray bar. The spray bar will be mounted on the glass of the background, the water going towards the front. This might distribute the CO2 more evenly when connected to an atomizer?

    What do you think?

    GillesF
     
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    Has no one ever tried this method?
     
  3. Gerryd

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    Hi,

    I know folks have used a spraybar, but not sure in conjunction with an atomizer.

    Try it and see is all I can suggest.....
     
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    If I can find the JBL set. I went to the local aquarium shop today (quite large) and they only had the Eheim's but those are twice the price ...

    I've also looked up the combination of the atomizer + spray bar and have read different opinions. Some say it is great, others say the lily pipe works better. I'll see when I have it and report back :)
     
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    Today I received the JBL spray bar and installed it. It works MUCH better than the lily pipe. There's a lot more flow (I don't need an extra powerhead anymore), all the plants are gently waving and the plants in the back aren't pushed away by the current. Unfortunately, the spray bar is made of several separate pieces that can easily pop out, I'm looking for a solution to that ...
     
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    should work, i am planning on doing something similar in my new tank
     
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    I'll probably just buy the Eheim spray bar + inlet. The JBL spray bar is difficult to get in Belgium and I had to import it in Belgium. Difference is only 5€, the Eheim spray bar is a better option then ... :) It's only a shame that it's grey instead of black but security comes first imo

    *edit* Got the Eheim spray bar: MUCH better quality, made of sturdy plastic that does not bend easily. Moreover, the spray bar is made of 3 different pieces, allowing you to adjust the flow direction for every 5cm of your tank ... :)
     
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    I have now installed the Atomizer, works great! I can see very very small CO2 bubbles throughout the entire tank, some plants are gently pearling too (the HC not though :(). Looking good ...
     
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