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Help! I set up my 16-gallon Biocube yesterday and something is wrong with the pump that came with it. I currently have live rock, sand, a fluval fan, and saltwater in the tank. In the back I have media, a heater, and the pump the tank came with. I was expecting a hum noise from the pump but it is very loud. To the point we have to raise our voices to talk if we’re in the same room as the tank. It sounds like a very loud buzzing noise coming from the pump. I’ve tried moving it in the chamber and playing with the suction cups on the bottom of it and the noise still persists. Any advice on what to do or other pumps to try?
This is my second reef tank in four years (or so), and new to this site as well (but not new in terms of using it for information). The previous tank was a 20 long that started out as a reef and then turned FOWLR when I didn't have the time to keep up with the proper maintenance. After some time in my new house I finally got the chance to start this tank up and shut down the old one. All I kept from the previous tank was the rock and the fish. Tank: Topless Coralife Biocube 32 gallon with an Octo Aquatics Lid. This was started on November 26, 2017 with water and sand, rock and fish added a week after Lighting: Orphek Atlantik V4 Compact Gen 2 (modified LPS/Soft coral program) Heater: Eheim Jager 125W Filtration: stock return pump, blue bonded filter floss, GFO/Rox 0.8 mix, and Seachem Purigen in an InTank media basket Biological Filtration: ~30 lbs live rock, 40 lbs CaribSea reef sand Other Equipment: IM Spin Stream, Tunze 9001 skimmer, IceCap ATO, and IceCap 1K gyre (ramps up and down from 0-300 GPH on 20 second ramp up/down) Livestock: Dwarf angelfish, orchid dottyback, pincushion urchin, 11 rock flower anemones, 1 trochus snails, 5 hermit crabs, 5 turbo snails, 1 astrea snail, and other various hitchhikers As much as I would love to have a larger tank, it just isn't feasible. This tank is meant as a slight upgrade over the previous (as well as make the livestock and rock move much easier). I have plans for this that will be added I can. The previous tank that was shut down wasn't in the greatest of shape, so that made this one a little harder to work with from the start. - Tank placement and water mixing Biocube 32 Tank and Stand by Adam B., on Flickr - First full tank shot 12/17/2017 FTS by Adam B., on Flickr - Most recent full tank shot with a new rock (the layout makes more sense when it is viewed from the normal angle in the room) 1/6/2018 FTS by Adam B., on Flickr Yellow assessor basslet (Assessor flavissimus) by Adam B., on Flickr Clownfish by Adam B., on Flickr Hector's goby (Koumansetta hectori) by Adam B., on Flickr - This photo was taken with only the color enhancing and moonlight channels on Rock flower anemone (Phymanthus crucifer) by Adam B., on Flickr Rock flower anemone (Phymanthus crucifer) by Adam B., on Flickr - I have yet to get a good photo that shows the green color of this coral well. The odd placement of the rock to the left was because this snapped at the base when it was put in the bag at the store. It has since attached to the rock below and the other piece. DSC_1455 by Adam B., on Flickr