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Old 03-04-2004, 01:53 AM   #1
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powerheads in sandstorm?

Is it ok to run a powerhead in a sandstorm? I'm not real sure how powerheads pump but it seems like the sand would cause them problems?
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FIrst what is causing the sandstorm?

If it's just cloudy water, put a couple quick filters on the PHs then remvoe them when the cloud is gone.
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If you're just setting up your tank and used sand for a DSB, YES! Run the powerheads or at least the pump till the tank has cycled. After the tank has cycled and the sand has settled take the pumps out and give them a good cleaning.

You should take them apart and clean the impeller and housing too.
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Pumps run with fairly basic principles. The builk of the powerhead is an elecrtromagnet. The impeller is attached to a magnetic shaft that fits in around the larger magnet. Via electrical current the internal magnet spins. So there are no real gears or mechanical devices to get clogged up.
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