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Old 04-26-2005, 07:42 PM   #1
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cleaning powerheads?

How often should i clean my powerheads. When i do my water changes i take off the screen and rinse off all the gunk, but is this all i need to be doing?
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Old 04-26-2005, 07:44 PM   #2
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Take them apart appx every 4 to 6 months and clean the insides. Vinegar works well and make sure to rinse and dry well afterwards. It will lengthen the lifespan of the pumps . There's not much to them on the inside.
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Old 04-26-2005, 08:06 PM   #3
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so i should be good for a while, besides cleaning the screens every once in a while. Thanks Kat.
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Old 04-26-2005, 08:07 PM   #4
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what screens? I have the same power heads...and i dont see a screen?? i think im missing somthing in this picture.... lol
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Old 04-26-2005, 08:44 PM   #5
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It should have a plastic screen that acts as an adapter when you plug them into an undergravel uptake. Keeps things out of the pump.
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Old 04-26-2005, 08:44 PM   #6
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The plastic part that snaps on the bottom, they have a couple of different kinds, i use the smaller ones. They look like a plastic cylinder with slits in it.
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Old 04-26-2005, 08:53 PM   #7
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OHHH okay I know now... you recommend the smaller one? i have the longer one on now...

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30lbs. of base rock from hirocks.com
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Old 04-26-2005, 08:58 PM   #8
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i dont think it really matters, a buddy of mine uses the longer ones, i just like the smaller ones because its less plastic to look at.
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Swimmers: 2 O. Clowns, Yellow Watchman, Firefish, Yellow Tang, Dottyback.

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