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Avrumeleh
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Joined: 22 Apr 2003
Location: Westchester County, NY

PostPosted: 2004.05.11(Tue)22:47    Post subject: Noise that hurts my ears Reply with quote

I just filled my new 120 gallon tank and I could use some help. I have two overflows that are connected to a Rio HF26. Two things are irking me...The first is that the pump is just so noisy that I don't think I can deal with it....it's in the den where the tv is. The other thing is that while one of the overflows is dead silent, the other makes a very annoying "gurgling" kind of noise...seems to be the water making noise on the way down to the sump. I did put a bit of additional foam into the overflow box that the siphon goes into to try to lower the noise but that didn't do it, so,

(1) are those Rio pumps noisy and warrant me replacing it with a Mag Drive which I've used in other applications and are very quiet, and

(2) can anyone tell me what I can do to make that noisy overflow silent???

THANKS
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wormo3188
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Joined: 15 Mar 2003
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PostPosted: 2004.05.12(Wed)16:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hm...I've had no problems with my rio. Are you sure that the tubes leading from the pump to back to the tank arent hitting anything? I often have them touching the top of my sump and that will cause an awful rattling noise.
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Avrumeleh
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PostPosted: 2004.05.12(Wed)18:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

The return tubes from the overflows are mounted securely to the glass top to the sump which has bulkhead-type fitting for them so they are set well (it's an Oceanic Wet/dry that I'll be using as a sump/refugium). The sound that the return tube is making is like the water flow doesn't fill the return tube completely with water but there is no air going back into the sump so I can't figure out why it would be making that noise. Consequently, I don't know how to correct the problem.
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karlas
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PostPosted: 2004.07.23(Fri)4:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not to sure about rios but did you try to email the company or see if they have a web site for trouble shooting problems? just an idea to check out
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Avrumeleh
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PostPosted: 2004.07.23(Fri)6:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well...I didn't bother with the Rio, other than to replace it with a Mag Drive, which is totally silent. I'm tempted to rag on Rio pumps, except for the fact that I do have a different Rio (HP series) inside the tank for circulation and that one's both powerful and silent (so far) so maybe they're just inconsistent. The configuration of the rios, not needing a strainer, makes them attractive, but for any application that requires "head room" like circulating the water from the sump, I'm gonna stay away from them.

By the way, I was able to completely silence the overflow that was making that nasty noise, by making Stockman standpipes for the overflows. Those things worked like a charm. This 120 gallon tank, with a big sump, powerful protein skimmer, etc. is just as close to totally silent as it can be.
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