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post #1 of 5 Old 04-23-2007, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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UGH I'm going to give up and put this tank in the driveway

I've been trying to get this canister filter going for almost 24 hrs now... I'm so frustrated I might cry. Please help. I don't want his fish to die

It is a marineland magnum 350. It sits under the tank in a homemade cabinet.

the input draws water from the tank using a pvc pipe that elbows down to a short hose connect it to the canister/

the output returns in a similar manner with a very short hose and pvc that runs up to the tank. the water "rains" over the length of the tank through the pvc.

Right now the majority of the input hose is almost completely filled with air with a slight trickle of water. The out hose is filled with water with no visible air pockets (however I can't see in the pvc). There is a slight trickle to the top of the tank.

This morning however both hoses appeared to be filled but there was no returning water... yes the filter was on.

How do I "prime" as someone has suggested... or just overall increase suction. Please... I know this is simple to you all but I'm in over my head and so frustrated. I've spent so much time already trying to reinvent the wheel with this.

This experience is not fostering any love for my boyfriend's fish tank that's for sure.
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-23-2007, 02:38 PM
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If you know how to, all i can suggest is to completely tear it down and clean it. It sounds like it is clogged. I wish I could tell you how to but i haven't used one in years.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-23-2007, 02:38 PM
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this is the link the the manual for the filter. IT may help you.

55 G 4x1.7x1.7
Emperor 400, Fluval 404, undergravel, Resun Cl300 Chiller
1 Blue damsel, 1 yellow tail damsel
1 Koran Angle
1 Long Noise Hawk
6 month old tank

55G 4x2x1
Self-built wetdry, undergravel, Seaclone 100, Turbo Twist 9w
1 Queen Angle juvenile about 6 inch long,, 1 maroon clown fish,
1 hawaiian turkey fish (lion). 1 blue damsel
3 year old tank
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-23-2007, 06:01 PM
If the water is drained out, just take a cup and scoop treated water into the filter. When it's nearly full, it should run. Don't run it dry or you could burn out the motor.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-23-2007, 06:38 PM
I use mMagnum 300's and 350's in my larger tanks. I can understand your frustration. I fill my canisters, after cleaning, before "charging" them. This helps to make the priming of the filter alot easier. If I notice alot of air, either in the tubes or canister, I shake it vigorously until all of the "bubbles" are gone. Just make sure the top is on tight. I learned this for experience.
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