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dprUsh83 01-02-2007 04:03 PM

Canister Filter Question
Okay, so my canister filter came in today and I can not get it up and going. I put the media in the 3 trays, hooked up the intake and the output, filled the canister with water, still not working. The filter isn't pulling water in. I have a prime button, but when I push it, it can't get over the hump from over the top of the filter downward to the canister. What do I need to do to make this work? :x

Daz 01-02-2007 04:09 PM

Pump like buggery my friend. You'll have arms like Arnie in no time. Try raising the cansister to start with, to get it going then lower it once running. :D

SKAustin 01-02-2007 04:20 PM

Dan, you will need to prime the filter before it will operate. there should be a way to open the intake hose, you will need to fill the intake hose completely to the top. after that, it should run fine.

dprUsh83 01-02-2007 04:25 PM

Whew....okay, I had the filter primed but couldn't get the intake tube primed. I took your advice daz, and now my back and arms are's running! It actually adds a very nice flow in the tank too, looking forward to getting back on a more regular water change schedule now that I have much better filtration. :)

crazie.eddie 01-02-2007 04:31 PM

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dprUsh83 01-02-2007 04:46 PM

Nope unfortunately it doesn't have, it's going smooth now and it looks great--I'm wondering how to dismantle it when I need to clean my media.

SKAustin 01-02-2007 04:48 PM

Dan, whats is the make/model of your canister?

dprUsh83 01-02-2007 04:51 PM

Catalina Aquarium Ultra-1000

crazie.eddie 01-02-2007 05:03 PM

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SKAustin 01-02-2007 06:09 PM

Eddie, are those something youve purchased seperate, or did they come with your canister? I have the RenaXP3, which comes with a similar set-up (removable cap atop the intake assembly). Ive never looked for an individual intake assembly sold seperatly, though one would assume they're out there

Originally Posted by crazie.eddie
I use these...

They have twist on/off caps. I usually prime my filter and then fill the intake hose with water.

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