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Thread: AC70 Owners

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    To those of you with AquaClear 70 HOB filters, I have a quick question: how much room does it take in order for the filter waterfall to clear the tank lid?

    In other words, what is the minimum depth of the gap in the tank lid needed to accomodate an AC70, as it hangs on the tank wall? I know about 4" is needed behind the tank wall, but what about in front of it? I can't find any useful info on the internet, just dimensions of the actual unit itself.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    My 110 is probably around 1.5 inches or so. So the fact the 70 has a smaller intake I'd guess around 1 inch
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    Ps. I can measure the 70 I have sitting at home later today
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    1 1/4" the lid would touch the filter....I've allowed 1 1/2" for my tank lid. Hope that helps!

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    Thanks guys...so Deb, your actual gap in the lid is 1 1/2" from front to back, correct?...and this allows the water to flow normally, without hitting the lid?
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    The lip on my 70 is 1.25 inches...but I'm not sure why you are worried about the water hitting the lid?
    I have my glass butting right up against the lip and there is no water contacting the lid. My filter is at full "tilt", the black adjustment at the base of the the filters is flush with the unit, not twisted out so that the filter is level. Tho I can't see that water would contact the tank lid even if the filter was level.

    Having said that, the lip of the overflow is 3/4" below the glass...so if your tank size doesn't allow the lip of the overflow to be below the glass I can see where you'd have issues.

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    THAT'S the info I am looking for, sorry I could not explain it well enough, guys...sheamurai, how full do you keep that tanK?...is the top water level below or above the borrom of the trim?



    Quote Originally Posted by sheamurai View Post
    The lip on my 70 is 1.25 inches...but I'm not sure why you are worried about the water hitting the lid?
    I have my glass butting right up against the lip and there is no water contacting the lid. My filter is at full "tilt", the black adjustment at the base of the the filters is flush with the unit, not twisted out so that the filter is level. Tho I can't see that water would contact the tank lid even if the filter was level.

    Having said that, the lip of the overflow is 3/4" below the glass...so if your tank size doesn't allow the lip of the overflow to be below the glass I can see where you'd have issues.

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    Here's a pic of my tank lid, with the plastic strip on the back...I am thinking that an AC70 would indeed fit

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    You probably will have to cut a slot out of the plastic to get the AC filter to slide into place. I think the slot I cut in my plastic is about an 1 1/2". No worries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Here's a pic of my tank lid, with the plastic strip on the back...I am thinking that an AC70 would indeed fit

    Looks like sheamurai has a full 1-1/4 inch width - you have about 1-1/8 in. Are you thinking of adding an AC70 to the 40B?
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