03-05-2007, 09:02 PM
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Ooh Ooh! I'm raising my hand in the air!! I know the answer! I have eclipse tanks and have had similar problems and through much research, help from members here, and good ol' trial and error I have fixed the issue-at-hand. Here is what I did: First, make sure the bio-wheel is running smoothly. If it seems to stall in between "pumps", clean the brackets that hold it, and try unplugging it for a while to loosen whatever has caused the impellor to run more like a pulsation. If that does not work, take the intake apart and thoroughly clean everything that you possibly can with water, and a towel and bottle brush (you probably know this, but never clean the bio-wheel itself).
Also, if you have high phosphates in your water (THANK YOU usmc121581!) algae can attack the tank, and the carbon in the eclipse filter can actually encourage algae. I took a cartridge and cut off the floss, removed the carbon, and replaced it back into the filter with filter floss specific for removal of phosphates. It took a few days but everything cleared up!
As of now I still use the carbon filter with some phosphate removing media on top of it, but I don't know how that will work out yet. I'm not sure if the carbon will negate my efforts of the phosphate removal. Someone suggested I find a phosphate testing kit. I never did find one, but I admit I didn't look very hard since my water cleared up quickly, but it wasn't too "mountain dewy" yet.
I hope I was able to help.