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    Hello all, I have finished building my filter intake and return. This is hooked up to a eheim 2224 and seems to work beautifully.
    But of course, now I have questions... With my tank being 48 inches long, should I have the spray bar shooting out from the side? So the current runs the length of the tank? I just set it up this way because this is how I think I remember seeing most aquariums regardless if using external filter or HOB"s
    The other question I have is if someone can educate me on the difference between having the spray bar out above the water, or under the surface, the amount of surface rippling? etc.
    I read something about oxygen absorption? What are the pro's and con's using these different methods? What do you use and why? Thanks for any help, Gene
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    Your spray bar looks much better than Eheims standard edition ones. I think the way you have it now will work perfectly, most of us like to have our intake on one end and return on the other which provides good total water circulation. I personally like to keep the return under the water surface...maybe an inch or so down mainly for the reason it keeps things quiet. I have also never had a problem with oxygen levels, of course if you were to have it slightly above the water you would probably get more surface disturbance but in a properly kept aquarium that isnt an issue.
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    That looks great! Nice job.
    What size holes did end up using for the spray bar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northernguy
    That looks great! Nice job.
    What size holes did end up using for the spray bar?
    Northernguy... I went to my drill bits and thought 1/16 seemed a bit small, so I started out by drilling 3/32, and stayed with that. Seems to be the right size.

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    It looks wonderful! After joining this site, I changed my spray bars from angling down to angling upwards (surface agitation). It's great that you were able to make your own... Coodos!
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    Looks great! I had the same spraybar question. I have an eheim 2215, and there is really only one option for the spraybar in my corner tank. The intake and the spraybar are fairly close to each other, by necessity. The only way I have ever been able to arrange it is where the bar is about an inch under the surface. I can just see a bit of current on the surface of the water, but very little surface agitation. I always wondered if this is a good or bad thing. But, my fish seem very healthy and in full color, so I guess it does not really matter too much. Hopefully, I've got it set up O.K.

    Yours looks just great in the pics!
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    Wow you are really "Handy"!! Looks awesome. I only have a spray bar on my 55 G. I have it set to run the length of the tank and positioned to agitate the surface. I find this config. to be best for me it makes the flow go across the top then the bottom in a circular motion. Since I have set it this way I have noticed the bottom of the tank stays a lot cleaner. Since it keeps the sediment moving and it eventually gets picked up by the filter. I moved it this way because when I had it the other way I noticed just one section was cleaner than the other side.
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    I think your setup is just fine and looks good!
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