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post #1 of 10 Old 04-10-2009, 04:20 AM Thread Starter
Rio powerhead problems?

I have always read and heard good things about Rio's. Recently I have read some concerning things. I read that the waterproofing on the larger models wears away over time and eventually lets water in and well....we all know what happens when water meets electricity.As well as oil from the motor leaking as the pump ages. This is very concerning to me as I have a large Rio in my 125 cichlid tank circulating water. Is this something to be concerned about?
When do powerheads need to be replaced?

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-10-2009, 11:27 AM
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RIO have issues far before any other powerhead. I know a few people that have the same pumps for years and yet have had a RIO for only a few months and already power leaked into it. I myself have had this issue. I was getting shocked and needed to find the source. Even off there was still power leaking into the tank. They are not very reliable and can cause you more issues then you want, Just get a MJ1200 or smaller and call it a day. They are cheaper and don't have a history of leaking power or anything else. MY MJ pumps i've had for a year and i got them used from a guy that had them for 2years.

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post #3 of 10 Old 05-06-2009, 10:07 AM
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Rio as in "riopoff"

I would advise anyone listening never to buy one of these pieces of garbage. I bought one only because I live in Japan and the mafia here does not allow the entry of real aquarium equipment. For this reason, my tank has filtration which craps out on me about every two or three days. All you need to do is look at the way one of these things is built to give any reasonably intelligent person an inkling of what is to come. If you live in a country less corrupt than Japan, buy a real pump and not from these thieves.
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-06-2009, 11:04 AM
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i personally like hydor Ks.
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-06-2009, 12:47 PM
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Whoa. I also have a Rio in my small outdoor pond. Given that my pond is just turning 2 months, I can't testify for its effectiveness myself. However, the people at the local fish forum I belong to even recommended it to me, saying they've had it for years and it doesn't give them problems. Another LFS I frequent uses them and said they were okay.

I guess its the area? I live in the Philippines so maybe by some strange reason, we get better batches? Kinda strange since we're the Third World country after all. LOL I really don't know.

So I guess I'll advise you to watch your powerhead closely and switch at the first sign of trouble. If you have some extra cash, you can buy your replacement powerhead so you can switch immediately.
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-06-2009, 04:32 PM
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I'd also say stay as far away from Rio's as possible. MaxiJet works fine as a substitute, buy I personally perfer Hydor's in my reef tanks. None the less, Rio's plain suck; and have a bad record to support that. Yea there may be some good cases of them working fine here and there, but error on the side of caution and say away from them.

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post #7 of 10 Old 05-08-2009, 01:42 PM
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The LFS will tell you what they can to get a sale and the pumps are marked way up. If you go to an online vendor they are half the price at the stores. In shrot term yes they will work, but i had one for less then a year and it leaked electricity into the water. That's 2 for 2 for me and i know many that are in the same boat. Get a Korelia or use Maxi Jets (i do) and they just work with no issues. MJ are also cheaper.

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post #8 of 10 Old 05-09-2009, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
What about Marineland Penguin? I have had one on one of my tanks for years with no problems (my first tank).

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post #9 of 10 Old 05-09-2009, 06:46 PM
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Rio would not be my first choice, but they work well in the correct application. It is the venturi that is not very effective on protein skimmer applications, but they do a good job of moving water from one place to the next, such as in a pond or small sump system.
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-12-2009, 01:39 PM
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I've had 2 RIO's shock me. One i had for a year and it was used (so i don't know how old it was) and i got rid of that one, but then the pump i've had for about 5-7mo started to leak power too. I'm only running Maxi Jets in my 55g and i have great polyp extention.

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