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post #1 of 7 Old 12-16-2013, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Filter quit!

OK, the sand is in, the tank (29g) is full, my new Fluval 50 is all set up, and I plug it in. Whisper quiet, water is flowing nicely.

For about 1 minute. Then the filter stopped and I can't get it started again. Took it all apart, but it's brand new, there's nothing to clean, the one moving part moves.

Just bad luck or did I do something stupid? I am new at this. The store has a 100% return policy, but if I did something stupid, it'll probably happen again.

Any thoughts or advice?

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-17-2013, 01:07 AM
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mine does that when i turn it off to clean the tank. i take the bottom of my toothbush i use to clean my tank and stick it down in to touch the impeller and it always gets it going again.
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-17-2013, 07:10 AM
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Take it apart, pull the impeller out and rinse the inside well then put it back together. Do this til it runs again. Mine does that after water changes.
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-17-2013, 07:15 AM
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Rinse it, maybe you got some sand stuck in it.


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post #5 of 7 Old 12-17-2013, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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THANKS! A tiny nudge to the impeller and off it goes. I was ready to bring it back...

I really appreciate the help, you have no idea.
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-17-2013, 02:25 PM
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Take it apart, pull the impeller out and rinse the inside well then put it back together. Do this til it runs again. Mine does that after water changes.
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MY Aqua Clear 50 needed to be primed after every WC. That's the main reason I got a Fluval 206 canister. The impeller couldn't create enough negative pressure w/o water around it so the water would not come up the intake tube until the impeller chamber was full.

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post #7 of 7 Old 12-17-2013, 02:30 PM
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Mines a Tetra 5-15 gallon
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