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post #1 of 8 Old 12-12-2006, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
Stupid Filter

One of the filters I have in my aquarium stopped working, just want to see if there is anything I can do to get it up and going again.

I turned off power to put in a new air-wall (which looks awesome), and when I turned power back on it wouldn't work....I didn't think to pour in a glass of tank water in the filter because I didn't do a water change / take any water out. Is it fried?

It's doubly painful because my light burnt out on the left side I have all my new plants and decor in there, and I can't enjoy it fully!
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-12-2006, 12:21 PM
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what type is it?

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post #3 of 8 Old 12-12-2006, 12:22 PM
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I don't know what filter it is you have but they all mostly work the same way... If you can get the impellor out of the pump and give it a good clean and also clean the well the impellor sits in with a cotton bud you may find that it will work again.
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-12-2006, 12:28 PM
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cleaning the rotar part as derek says

then holding lower in the tank used to start mine (give it a shake get all air out?!)

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post #5 of 8 Old 12-12-2006, 01:26 PM
Clean out the impeller as suggested, but if it's like my Marineland Emperor HOB filters, they shut-off for a short period when run dry. I found that out accidently 2 times before by whole aquarium hobby lifetime I had them. I guess it's an overheat failure they put in that whey you run them dry, they shut off so they don't overheat. Give it 5 minutes or so to allow it to cool down and run it again, but make sure it's primed.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-12-2006, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
Okay cool guys, I'll try all of the above
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-13-2006, 01:25 AM
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Marineland's Penguin Filters don't do anything special for emergency shut off. If the motor is cutting out until it cools, this means that you're stressing the motor and likely doing damage. When they run too hot they "burn out". One way to find out if your motor is still working is to hold the motor part in your hand when you plug it in, feel for vibration and listen for any hum it would normally make.
As suggest by many, clean impellars, make sure magnets and shafts are in good condition. Those will usually need to be replaced at some point over a long period of use, and to make them last longer they should be cleaned at least once every few months.
HOB filters also need to be filled with water before plugging them in. Make sure the intake tube is submerged enough, your water topped off at top of tank, and give it a chance to work any air bubbles out. You may find that pouring more water into the top slowly will help to work the air bubbles out faster.

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post #8 of 8 Old 01-09-2007, 10:57 AM
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Any outcome on the filter problem
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