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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Never used Ehiem 2026 from 2001-Still Good?

My name is Stephanie. This is my first post here. I was into planted tanks in the late 90s and was planning for an awesome 75 gallon tank in 2001. I had all my equipment purchased. Life events happened and I never set the tank up. Now in 2013 I want to get back into the hobby. I have a never used Ehiem 2026 bought in August of 2001 from an online retailer. Should I trust the internal parts of this after all these years? This thing is still not put together. Perfectly clean in the box. I don't want the thing ruining my carpet and floors though.

Also, can I trust old heaters and powerheads bought around the same time? Or should I just buy all new?


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 03:47 PM
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Yea, I would think its fine, just make sure you lube up the o rings. Maybe while you test the can fit it in a Tupperware bin just to be safe.
I would think the other equipment should be ok also, just test them out before you fully set up your tank.
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Can't think of any reason why it shouldn't be good. Ditto with the lubing of the seals though.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses. Any particular lubricant that is best?
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Regular petroleum jelly would be fine. If the o-ring has been in the open and not in sealed packaging, it may have dried out and could need replacing. I had a canister that was put away for a while and leaked until the o-ring was replaced.
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I actually think it could be very dangerous. If you'll ship it to me, I'll make sure that it is disposed of properly.

Seriously, I agree that it should be fine.

I'd be a little nervous about the heaters, just because heaters are funny things and can cause an awful lot of problems if they malfunction.
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