04-02-2013, 06:06 PM
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Well, as much as I didn't want to, I took apart the whole filter and rinsed everything but my cycled media(sponges and ceramics. I saw SOME sand in the pockets where the medias go into. Didn't do any scrubbing, just rinsing. After all that, it made LOUDER grinding! I had to blare my TV to hear my shows.
Frustrated, I did some googling, I found most people saying the rubber inserts wear out and the impeller will move deeper into the motor, creating that grinding noise. Some people have luck lifting the intake up a bit. But on the bigger filters, the magnetic component is too strong and pulls the intake right back down.
It worked for me, but like I read; the magnet pulled it right back down. I hope I didn't kill the cycle I had! And turns out I maybe making a bigger canister filter than I thought I would be. If the grinding keeps up, I'll be chucking that darned thing.