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View Poll Results: If I had a 220 Gallon Aquarium, I would stock....
Cichlids. Duh. 34 30.36%
It would be Saltwater. That's how I roll. 11 9.82%
Bala Sharks 14 12.50%
Tinfoil Barbs 6 5.36%
1 Male Betta 6 5.36%
100 Neon Tetras 23 20.54%
Rainbowfish 13 11.61%
Goldfish 4 3.57%
Other - Please elaborate in a comment in the thread. 22 19.64%
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post #181 of 1118 Old 10-04-2012, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
The crappy thing is, The tank is very slightly raised because I shimmed it to level it, so there is water underneath. I have a heater pointed at it now, hopefully that will dry it out a bit.

So frustrating.

I push down on the bottom and it squishes water out, and I soak it up with the towel.

The outside is all solid oak, but the bottom is just a thin **** of crappy wood, I'm scared it's going to rot. Hopefully the rest of the water will evaporate quickly.

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post #182 of 1118 Old 10-04-2012, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
I'm pretty fed up. Before I fooled with it today, the filter was running ok.

Now, when I move the filter, (I moved it out of the stand to clean up the water) it leaks water out of the motor assembly. Not where the seal is between the lid and the canister, but out the actual assembly, here:

Weird, because it wasn't doing it before.

I guess I'll have to return it. A pain because I got it mail order. I have to pay for shipping.

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post #183 of 1118 Old 10-04-2012, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
What I'd really like to do is just replace it with two more Aquaclear 110s, for a total of 3 of them on the tank. This will give me 1500 GPH turnover. Someone told me 8 times the tank volume is recommended for a canister filter. This will give me 7 times. Close enough for me. If necessary I will under stock my tank.

I am so disillusioned right now. :(

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post #184 of 1118 Old 10-04-2012, 06:42 PM
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Awwww!! How the heck did you get water coming out of the top?? That is weird. I could see it if it fell over... but not from what you described.
Bet you are totally frustrated right now!! Canister filters are so amazing too when they work. Just a little intimidating for sure!
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post #185 of 1118 Old 10-04-2012, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
Ok, so I went to the Rena site and people complained about getting water out from where the power cord is. This happens if the quick disconnect valve isn't in all the way, and water gets where it isn't supposed to.

When the filter was flooding out, it was flooding into that part. So in theory I should be able to drain the water out of the top part, hook the quick disconnect properly, and no more water should get in that top part.

So I put the hoses back (I had taken them off the tank in disgust, but I didn't disconnect from the outlets, thank goodness) put the media back, primed it and it is running. So far so good. I set a timer for 15 minutes and I am going to check it every 15 minutes for a few hours. Pain in the butt, but I am hopeful.

Fingers crossed! What a night.

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post #186 of 1118 Old 10-04-2012, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
So I checked on the filter every 15 minutes, then every half hour, then every 45 minutes, now I'm starting every hour.

So far, dry as a bone!!

What a relief.

Some good news tonight, my marina aquavac that I used to fill the big tank fits the sink downstairs in the laundry room, but not the sinks upstairs in the kitchen and bathroom, which is the floor my other 4 tanks are on.

We're going to the fish store tomorrow, so I ran the hose up the stairs, to see how long an extension I would need to fill all the tanks from the basement, and the 50 footer I have can reach all 5 of my tanks, without being so tight it puts strain on the faucet adapter! Woo hoo! No extension needed.

I'll take a small victory tonight!
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post #187 of 1118 Old 10-05-2012, 12:01 AM
Your lucky it only took you one day I have 2 different cannisters on my tank with a inline uv sterilizer it was a lot of putting together and taking apart I put the washers in the ub ate ruler in the wrong place so it leaked the tubes in the rock wall came apart we had airleaks too it was a big learning curve
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post #188 of 1118 Old 10-05-2012, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
It was only one day, but I totally could have done without the flood.

Is yours running smooth now?

Tomorrow morning we're going to the fish store and tomorrow evening we're getting the driftwood. Then we should have everything we need to decorate the tank, other than live plants. Once we have some more money I'm going to try some java fern on our driftwood.

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post #189 of 1118 Old 10-05-2012, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
All dry this morning! Problem seems to be fixed.

Used the vacuum hose for the first time this morning. Changed the water in my tanks in half an hour, usually takes over an hour, and so much drier and less mess than with buckets! Awesome.

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post #190 of 1118 Old 10-05-2012, 09:31 AM
my tank is running smooth other then some diatoms from it still being new I have java fern on my driftwood one is tied on with brown thread the other had a hole in it and the java fern which was a larger one is stuck in there. Going to Big Als today I have a 4 day weekend this week Whitby has all their plants on for 20 % off
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