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oh no! my filter is BUSTED!

Well, last night I was doing a water change and while priming my Eheim 2236 I managed to break the plastic fitting where the handle attaches which caused a little crack right where the seal is. And yep, water started gushing out.

I like the Eheim 2236 and I'm all setup with the quick connectors, etc. so I think I just want a replacement unit for it. But, it won't be here until Friday!

I am hoping to keep the media alive so I took the entire 4-tray stack of the little balls out and dropped into the tank with a powerhead aimed at the top. I am hoping that a bit of current will move through the stack from top to bottom and keep the media alive.

Any comments on this technique? I'm not sure how much flow will actually get through there, but it seems better than nothing! What to do??



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you could put air bubbler under the stack maybe it would help water flow up and through the stack

If there is room to unstack them you could do that too


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That's actually a good idea, although I wonder if the powerhead would actually deliver more current. I'll try it out! I assume the air bubbles wouldn't interfere with the bacteria growth



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That's actually a good idea, although I wonder if the powerhead would actually deliver more current. I'll try it out! I assume the air bubbles wouldn't interfere with the bacteria growth
what about raising the stack off the substrate enough to place the power head underneath and then aim the out flow up to the bottom of the stack?


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It's really tricky to get the stack into the tank in a way where the bottom is off of the gravel - there is a lot of wood/plants, etc. in the tank, so I got it in there but not many options and I could never get the powerhead under there. I am thinking of how I could test the flow of water through the stack (i.e. some blue dye would be great) - if there is just a little bit of flow through the stack it should be enough. A bunch of bacteria can't need all that much !



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Oh man, I have a 2236 that's not working I could have sold you the whole body, if ya don't mind how much did they charge you?


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Aww man. It was about $150 for the new Eheim. I guess I'll have spare parts now, at least.



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