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netpox 05-14-2009 12:51 AM

My filter dirty in only one spot..help!
 
I have a wet/dry filter setup for my 125gal tank. I've never had this kind of filtering system before so i'm kind of new to this. After setting it all up and having it run for 2 weeks i discovered that the water flow through my filter always goes through the same spot in the actual filter pad. See pictures:

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...e/DSC09907.jpg


http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...e/DSC09908.jpg

As you see in this picture the water always hits just the same spot making the rest of the filter useless. The two spots that the water is hitting are already pretty dirty after only 2 weeks. Is this how this should work? or is there something i should do to actually get the use of the whole filtering pad?

1077 05-14-2009 03:53 AM

I have even less expierience with this type of filtration than yourself but I prolly wouldn't be too concerned unless water began making a hole through the pad at that spot. I might consider cutting a small piece of plexiglass to deflect the water if it became an issue.:dunno:

netpox 05-14-2009 02:22 PM

when you say cutting piece of plexiglass do you mean putting it right above the filter with couple wholes in them so when water comes through it distributes it through different spots?

1077 05-15-2009 03:02 AM

No, Just a flat piece of plexiglass placed over the area that water is hitting.
Hold your hand palms up under the sink while water is running. Would be same effect.

Tyyrlym 05-17-2009 05:01 PM

You might also modify the filter. Add a diffuser under the supply tube. A piece of plexi or other plastic with a lot of holes drilled in it. It'll diffuse the waterflow out over the pad a lot better.


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