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Old 01-06-2005, 09:14 PM   #1
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Anenome Suicide

I came home tonight and immediately noticed that the tank was making a funny noise. Upon inspection I immediately noticed one of my two Condy anenome imbedded in the rio pump of my CPR BAK PAK 2 .

Unfortunately there was not much left. I removed and rinsed the pump and cleared what was left of the anenome. When I restarted the filter a white cloud appeared.

I am heating my pre-mixed water now to do a water change. I have no idea how long the filter was down. Of course my family who where all home for a snow day did not notice anything.

There are no visible signs of distress from the fish of other inverts. I will check the water before going to bed.

Anything I should watch out for? Is anyone familiar with a way to prevent this from happening again without diminishing the performance of the pump?

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Old 01-06-2005, 09:29 PM   #2
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Some people use the sponge on the intake. I've had that happen twice and I just put the blob from the pump into the fuge and it wasn't dead. Came right back after a couple weeks. If it just happened today it probably won't cause any problems with your water after the water change.
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Old 01-06-2005, 09:37 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear about your lose. Now is the time to be procactive with damage control. Do a 20% water change and be ready to do another. Start running a good amount of GAC and change it every tow or three days until things are back to normal. Do NOT wait until you see a change in water parameters before you start to treat this. Start now and stay ahead in the game.
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Thanks guys,

The water change is complete and all seems OK for now, but I do have more water being prepped if needed tomorrow. I always run GAC anyway, but I changed it tonight.

Water parameters are all normal and all inhabitants are acting normal.

Unfortunately there was not much left of the anenome and I did not want to chance further contaminating my system so I disposed of the remnants. Not sure how I would fit a sponge over the intake on the rio unless there is one specially made for it that I am not aware of.

Plan to get up early and check things one more time before I leave for work.

I will keep you posted.

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Old 01-07-2005, 06:41 AM   #5
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I bought a sponge filter designed as filter media for a smaller unit and sliced a cross slit on the end and slid it over the intak to the power head. Worked like a charm.

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I think I may have fixed the problem. I added the pre-skimmer box to my CPR BAK PAK 2. In addition to helping the skimming process it should keep the anenome away from the intake.
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