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Old 01-15-2004, 01:38 AM   #11
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I've had this problem and I found my solution, although it might not be the same as yours... I had a PH in my tank a few inches below the surface and it was blowing air out every once in a while... What was happening was the nitrogen bubbles from the sand bed were collecting under the pump and when they had collected to a large enough volume that the bottom surface of the PH couldn't hold them down anymore they would seep around the sides and get into the impeller and get burped out. Prolly not your problems, but just a thought.

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Old 01-15-2004, 09:19 AM   #12
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Yeah I still don't know I think that I will just go with the nitrogen bubbles, we see alot of these during atnic periods. I even pulled one magnum cleaned it and out of curiosity, ran it freshwater in a bucket for a few hours no bubbles. It must be something it the tank. Perhaps saltwater has such different propertys that the impellers spin so fast they are creating a pocket of air behind each blade, multiplying until it eventually spits into the tank.

I have also noticed the only pumps doing this are the originals from my ciclid tanks years ago?

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