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Filter not flowing...HELP!
Old 10-28-2009, 05:30 PM   #21
 
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On my 75 gallon I use 2 filters Emperor 400 and the 350 both use the same size cartridges one provides more of a steady stream of water coming out than the other does.. The emperor moves less water top side than the 350 but they work for me.. I do like the idea of one inlet pipe being shorter than the other
I will be utilizing that idea myself.. next tank maintenance I already have it on my schedule...
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:59 PM   #22
 
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The powerheads on my tanks are used in conjunction with an undergravel filter. Rather than an "air" powered filter suction for drawing the water through the bottom filter, you can increase the flow rate by using the powerheads as a "pump." You can put a great deal more water through the undergravel filtration system, thereby increasing the bio filter's effectiveness. Works great for me! BTW, the undergravel filter is used in tandem with an HOB powerfilter.
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:11 PM   #23
 
Speaking of underground filters...
If they work GREAT...... ( and NO DISRESPECT..)
why is there more people NOT USING them?
I dont even see ads for them any more !!!

So is there a any pros or cons on underground filtration systems?
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:00 AM   #24
 
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well it mostly depends on experience.. personally i don't use them at all the last time i did not only was it a pain to clean out, but when my fish got sick or had a parasite after treatment the under gravel would harbor the nasty little buggers until you went to clean and then release it all back into the tank.. very frustrating and expensive... after a few months frustration i learned my lesson and now my fish are very very healthy and the tank gets much cleaner with out it... others have had good experiences with them and i will let them speak for themselves...it really is a matter of preference...
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:47 PM   #25
 
Question.... I have an Aqua Clear 20 on my fish tank and lately it has totally been stopping. Sometimes it stops while Im asleep and I dont know until morning or while Im at work and it stops pumping for like 7 hours. When ever I find that it has stopped working I have to totally take it off my tank, empty it out, put it back on, reprimp it and then kind of lift it a bit off my tank and then finally it starts running again... anybody have this problem or should I just go out and buy a new one?
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:27 PM   #26
 
i had an old filter that came used with an entire tank set up that started doing that on me. the motor would be blazing hot and sound like it was running but wasnt working. i would clean it out, take out the propeller and clean out the motor of gunk and nothing would change so i just went out and bought a new filter. maybe u just need a new motor but i didnt try that i just went and got a new one...sorry if i dont help lol
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:36 PM   #27
 
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i had an old filter that came used with an entire tank set up that started doing that on me. the motor would be blazing hot and sound like it was running but wasnt working. i would clean it out, take out the propeller and clean out the motor of gunk and nothing would change so i just went out and bought a new filter. maybe u just need a new motor but i didnt try that i just went and got a new one...sorry if i dont help lol

No it helps me.... my filter came with my entire tank set up as well and it was doing the same thing, the heating up, not running. I would clean it out and everything put it on, it would work for a day or so.... and then continue to not work.... so I did go out and buy a new filter but I put the old filter on my fry tank as a second filter and it has not stopped working.... it works amazing like it's brand new... so I have no idea what the heck is wrong with it lmao
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Old 11-09-2009, 04:59 PM   #28
 
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The undergravel filtering systems used in my tanks is primarily for bio-filtration, water movement, and aeration. They have kept my water clear, now along with the HOB filter, for 40 years. Yeah...old school...can't help it. I've never had the "waste" under the filter give me any grief. Clean it out every third gravel vacuuming and I've been ok. Have heard that when the gravel is over a couple inches deep it's easier for the harmful bacteria to "hide" and create trouble. So in recent years I've "thinned" out the gravel a little, and have cruised without incident. Oh, too, I use powerheads to increase through put.
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