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Old 11-24-2014, 03:32 PM   #1
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The importance of routine maintenance.


So this morning I got a vary rude wake up. My roommate came in and told me there was a tank emergency and she didn't know what to do. At night we put a sheet or light blanket on 2 of our 6 tanks. She was taking them off and was shocked to find the one over the 38g was soaked. It was wet, the filter was wet, everything on that side of the tank to the power strip was wet. I haven't used a drip loop in years and could have really paid for it today, there are 2 tanks on that strip. Now the whole reason everything was wet and I lost 3" of water in the tank. I have been slipping on maintenance, the Fluval 50 filter was overflowing on the pump side. The water was not getting into the filter side as fast as it was being pumped. What was the problem? Clogged foam....

Lessons here. Always use a drip loop, and remember to clean your filters monthly. Set a alarm on your phone if you need to.

I got really lucky today and didn't lose anything but some water and sleep.
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Old 11-24-2014, 05:30 PM   #2
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I really agree with your basic idea but have some thoughts/questions about the filter.
Does it not have some design to let it bypass the water when the filter is clogged? I've not used that brand but the HOB I have used all had some way for the water to continue flowing without running over.
Bad design or maybe the HOB is missing something to keep it tipped right so it will bypass? On Aquaclear there is a small plastic part that can get knocked off and let the water run out the back. Nothing like that happening?
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I really agree with your basic idea but have some thoughts/questions about the filter.
Does it not have some design to let it bypass the water when the filter is clogged? I've not used that brand but the HOB I have used all had some way for the water to continue flowing without running over.
Bad design or maybe the HOB is missing something to keep it tipped right so it will bypass? On Aquaclear there is a small plastic part that can get knocked off and let the water run out the back. Nothing like that happening?
Fluval 50 is the aquaclear,.Aquaclear brand will no longer exist.
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Old 11-24-2014, 05:39 PM   #4
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Okay, I fully admit that I follow current HOB very little. I guess my question would be if the design has changed or if there is a part missing on the OP filter? Meanwhile is anybody else missing most of the their postings this morning?
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[QUOTE=charlie 1;7018266]Fluval 50 is the aquaclear,.Aquaclear brand will no longer exist.[/QUOT

Since when is the aquaclear brand to be discontinued?
Tried google search without success on the topic.
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Fluval 50 is the aquaclear,.Aquaclear brand will no longer exist.[/QUOT

Since when is the aquaclear brand to be discontinued?
Tried google search without success on the topic.
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The switch is in process, Hagen is rebranding & streamlining it`s products, all aquarium products will now have the Fluval name, it`s the exact same Hagen product.

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The switch is in process, Hagen is rebranding & streamlining it`s products, all aquarium products will now have the Fluval name, it`s the exact same Hagen product.
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Old 11-24-2014, 07:06 PM   #7
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It's called capillary action.

When you put a blanket near water, condensation, water vapour, moisture in the air/high humidity, etc., it becomes a sponge and it will begin to siphon water from your tank. I wouldn't put a blanket over a tank.

I am not an electrician and I have no official qualifications: you should speak to an expert.

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Old 11-24-2014, 09:51 PM   #8
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Most of the AC filters have a cam on the bottom of the filter reservoir allowing you to adjust the angle it hangs at. If the filter is somewhat plugged, and the top is not tipped in towards the tank a bit, it can/will overflow, Ask me how I know... ☺
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When you put a blanket near water, condensation, water vapour, moisture in the air/high humidity, etc., it becomes a sponge and it will begin to siphon water from your tank. I wouldn't put a blanket over a tank.
that was not even close to the problem and I have been covering my 40g breeder for over a year without problems. I have DIY glass tops. The filter was overflowing. I watched it do it. The foam pad was black with gunk. Rinsed it out and problem was solved. Looking at the filter and yes it dose have a "run off" but I guess it wasn't working. I originally blew off Mark Allred's comment about the angle of the filter, thinking derrr I'm not that dumb. Sence I was looking that the filter anyway I checked and sure enough I was one notch to far back, but it looked level, tell I saw level. Really still shouldn't have overflowed out the back between the lid. I'll just remember to clean it now lol.
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That little cam is a spot that has failed me several times with my daughter's tank. Someway in cleaning it gets out of position and it does run over the back. Glad to hear it was that simple to fix. Lots of things cost more time and money.
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but it looked level, tell I saw level. Really still shouldn't have overflowed out the back between the lid.
You wouldn't want it level, but tilted slightly tipped towards the tank. At level water can flow over the outsides of the tank.
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