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This is a discussion on Our new 55 gallon within the Freshwater Journals forums, part of the Aquarium Photography category; --> Originally Posted by lilbabyvenus Is it ok for my spray bar to be submerged? Sent from Petguide.com Free App Yes it should be just ...

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Old 09-24-2013, 06:33 PM   #101
 
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Is it ok for my spray bar to be submerged?


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Yes it should be just under the surface.

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I'm getting extremely frustrated with this new filter. I don't feel like it's doing half as good of a job as the two Tetra Whispers. Not that my water is really dirty, it just is leaving a lot of crap in the top of the water. I tried using the surface skimmer that came with the SunSun, and that thing is a joke. If you have the tube spread open enough to use the skimmer, it doesn't suck through the bottom of the tube and filter the rest of the water. I'm just really disappointed. I saw so many good reviews for these, but I don't understand how anyone can think this is good. I tried finding "troubleshooting" tips online, but of course no one seems to have problems with these :-/
It's a shame that you are having trouble with your filter. It is possible that there may be a defect of some kind. I received one that leaked and they sent me a whole new filter that works perfectly.

I have not had any of the problems you seem to be having; my surface skimmers and intakes function as they should. The skimmer does take a little adjusting to get it right. I don't know what you mean by "the tube spread open enough". Could you elaborate?

I run 4 of these filters - I'm happy to help. While there's a chance that there is a defect of some sort, it is much more likely a result of user error. Before you get any more frustrated or disappointed, lets see if it's not something stupid that is causing a problem.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:49 PM   #102
 
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There are notches on the intake tube that allows you to adjust the height of the first tube that you connect the skimmer to. If you leave the tube in all the way the skimmer is cut off and will not suck in any water. If you lower the tube down a notch or two the skimmer will be opened up from the inside, but all the flow will come through the skimmer and not allow any suction up from the bottom of the intake tube. I basically have to choose between one or the other, so I took the whole skimmer portion off.

But I just took everything apart a little bit ago to try and shorten the tubing to increase flow, and when I rocked the filter to release bubbles when I started it back up, water leaks out of the left side when I tip it that way. Obviously it sits flat when operating, but I'm just getting overly annoyed with this filter. I sent an email a while ago but haven't heard anything back. I can't afford to ship it back for a replacement, so I'm going to have to try and make this one work somehow.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:04 PM   #103
 
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I didn't have to ship my replacement back. I told them it was leaking, did some trouble shooting with them by email, then they sent a new one out right away.

Where is your water level at? You don't have to use the skimmer, but like I said it takes some adjusting.

If water is leaking, then you have a bad seal. First thing that I would do is make sure that all the baskets have fit into one another, making them properly stacked. If the media is too deep in an area it can make it not sit properly. Next thing I would do is make sure that the O ring around the filter head is in it's spot. It should be greased as well - vaseline will do. It helps to create a water tight seal. You may have noticed it was "dirty" around the rim of the filter body - hopefully you didn't wipe all that off, since that helps maintain the water tight seal.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:43 PM   #104
 
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Thank you jaysee. I'm just over-emotional right now I think. The "terrible twos" are becoming a nightmare in my house and I think it's really just destroying my ability to think calmly. I took out the crayons for the monster and then took the filter apart again, and reedjusted everything. No, I didn't wipe anything off of the inside of the canister. There was nothing on it when it came, but there is now, and I didn't want to disrupt anything, so I let it be. But after readjusting everything I am getting a much better seal. I am getting a few drops of leaking, but nothing like before. Hopefully it's just residual water from before that dripped out, but I'll check again in the morning.

I'm wondering if my water looks so gross now because of the extra "current" from the spray bar? Maybe it's just kicking up stuff that was settled on the bottom of my tank. I'm just sad because even DF commented on Sunday how the water was so clear it was like it practically glistening. Now it's just... *sigh*

I'm going to leave it be for now and hope that it looks better tomorrow. I've put off my homework all day messing with this silly thing, I need to just take a break I think lol.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:53 PM   #105
 
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I'm so sorry you're having such a tough time, girl! These things can be confusing at first - hoping that you get everything sorted out and working perfectly! Jaysee is surely the guy to help you through (Thank you for your help, Jaysee!!!!) I think you're right to take a break and step back for a bit. Get that baby of yours to bed, homework done, and see how you're feeling in the morning. A new filter will sure kick up detritus, but it'll help filter it, too - a canister does wonders compared to even two HOB, give it a little bit of time. . . its going to be okay!!! *HUGS*
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:58 PM   #106
 
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I'm so sorry you're having such a tough time, girl! These things can be confusing at first - hoping that you get everything sorted out and working perfectly! Jaysee is surely the guy to help you through (Thank you for your help, Jaysee!!!!) I think you're right to take a break and step back for a bit. Get that baby of yours to bed, homework done, and see how you're feeling in the morning. A new filter will sure kick up detritus, but it'll help filter it, too - a canister does wonders compared to even two HOB, give it a little bit of time. . . its going to be okay!!! *HUGS*
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:22 PM   #107
 
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*morehugs* I've so been there!!! EVERYTHING is 10x a disaster with a tantruming two-year old on the loose! Thank goodness mine is finally into the (still-terrible) threes! Its going to work out - and a few months from now you're going to have a laugh at the hard time you had with the darn thing at setup - hopefully while helping someone else with their own tank! Hang in there, momma!
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:18 PM   #108
 
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It's been a busy day, but I wanted to post a quick update...

The water seemed much clearer today than it did last night. Still not as clear as it was, but it's looking well enough where it's not causing me paranoia anymore Everyone still seems happy and healthy and that's all that really matters :D

I was hoping to get a some info about frozen foods. I've been feeding a variety of foods including pellets, flakes, and freeze dried foods, but the more I've been thinking... I really splurge on feeding the best I can to my dogs, I want to do the same for my fish. Frozen seems like the way to go, but I'm a little confused as to how to feed it. I haven't bought any yet, I think it'll have to wait until next weekend. I'm just wondering if I defrost it before feeding, or if I just plop the frozen cube in the tank and let them eat as it thaws, or what. Sorry if it's silly, I just honestly am unsure how that all works.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:40 AM   #109
 
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hello there
i have in the past defrosted the frozen food in some tank water.
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:19 AM   #110
 
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A whole cube is a lot soo I don't know how many fish you have but if you don't have many right now. You might want to cut the cubes in half at first to see how much they will eat of it. As for thawing them you can get a cup of tank water and put the cube in there and let it thaw. Sometimes the frozen cubes have particles that can cloud your water so some ppl don't thaw them inside the tank but you can if you want. Btw frozen bloodworms are more of a treat then a meal so if you get those I would only feed them to your fish 1-2x a week.
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