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filter problem need help asap
Old 07-25-2008, 10:51 PM   #1
 
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filter problem need help asap

ok so i did a little work in my tank adding 20 lbs more sand for the loaches im getting soon. i put the gravel i had in stalkings and kept it in the tank. this isnt my problem though at some time during the process of stirring up all the junk in my gravel or adding the sand(was really careful but guess its still possible) i sucked some of it up into the filter. now every few minutes my filter stops running and it wont start up again until i pull the intake tube and impeller out and put them back in while there is water in the HOB then it will start sucking again. its weird its like its backflowing or something. with the water i took out today i rinsed my filter media thinking maybe it wasnt allowing good flow since it sucked up so much today and that didnt seem to help. is there someway im loosing the seal between the filter and impeller? because that seems to be the source of the problem. btw using a 2 month old penguin 300. hope someone sees this soon or i wont be sleeping tonight lol. oh well sleep is overrated. please help if you have ever had this problem.
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:18 AM   #2
 
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well after cleaning it like 5 times i finally got it working :)
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Old 07-26-2008, 08:09 AM   #3
 
By rinsing your filter media you probably killed your cycled tank bacteria.
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Old 07-26-2008, 09:46 AM   #4
 
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By rinsing your filter media you probably killed your cycled tank bacteria.
I do it all the time. Never have a problem.

Interesting you say you had to pull the intake tube out and the impeller. I have a really old regent filter, and sometimes when I turn it on, the water will be full but it just makes like wooshing noise like the filter is trying to suck the water in and out but it just can't do it? So I pull the intake tube and impeller out and shove it back in and its works like brand new. But cleaning mine doesn't help lol.
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:24 AM   #5
 
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i just swished it around in some leftover tank water not like furiously washed and bleached it. yeah it was funny i kept rinsing where the impeller goes and like the 5th time 3 little grains of sand fell out. after that it only stopped once and i found i hadnt pushed the impeller in as far as it would go. so pushed it in like 1 cm or so and blam working just fine now. i seriously didnt go to bed til like 5 am.
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:29 AM   #6
 
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thats one thing i hate about sand
just always turn off your filter when you do maintenance in the tank any little bit of sand can stop the filter or make it loud :D
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:40 AM   #7
 
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whats funny is the first time i did this i did 10 lbs of sand and was all the way away from the intake and i did turn it off. this time i was a little too excited i think. doesnt help that i was working right in front of the intake and it still never crossed my mind to turn it off. it was a silly mistake i know and i paid for it dearly with the loss of some much needed sleep. :(
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Old 07-26-2008, 05:20 PM   #8
 
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LOL :D
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