If your tank is in a common living area you've probably wondered how to keep the noise down on your pumps before.
There are two types of sound that may come from a pump; operational and vibration. For the most part, the only way to have reduced operational noise starts at purchase. A lot of the cheaper pumps come with a trade off for the dollar savings and noisy operation is often one of them. Some of the quietest pumps operationally we have found are the Eheim Compacts and the Sicce Syncra Silent line.
Vibration noise is simple to mitigate; we really just want to reduce the transfer of vibration from the pump to any surface. Some pumps come with options to assist with this such as rubber feet or suction cups. However, not all pumps come with these options. Here's where the silicone mats from OXO come in! Just set one below the pump and the silicone material does an awesome job of absorbing the vibration and isolating the pump with drastically reduces overall noise.
For heavy, external pumps you can also use a sound dampening pad which are a combination of foam and rubber and go under your pump. You could use this in addition to the silicone mats to even further silence the vibration.
If you have any tips on how you keep your pumps silent, a type of pump you have found to be really quiet or questions for the community; check out the comments area down below. If you haven't already hit that subscribe button because we release two helpful reefing videos like this every week. See you next week with another episode of BRStv.
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