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Old 10-01-2003, 08:08 PM   #1
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New Rio Powerhead

Has anyone used or seen a new Rio powerhead? I just came back from the LFS and he was showing me a picture of a new powerhead Rio has out it claims to be great on wavemakers etc. It is suppose to have a Stainless steel shaft instead of porcelain. The LFS said his supplier doesn't carry them yet so he was going to order them direct and try them in the store to see if they were any good before he puts them on the shelf. He's good like that....
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I have not. A google search did not turn up anything either.

If they can keep from having such bad problems with their power heads and maintain the price point it would be a good thing. Although its gonna take alot to debunk their bad rep.
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Old 10-01-2003, 09:16 PM   #3
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hmm, all stainless will rust, how long it takes is determined by the quality of the stainless steel.
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Old 10-01-2003, 09:53 PM   #4
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what are the problems with rio's....I have 2 of em...what can I expect with these guys?
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Most of them suck, occasionally you get one that slips through quality control and is actually decent. I've got a rio 400 that I've been using on a wavemaker for over a year, and had been in service for me several years ago for a couple or three years.
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I know the Rio's have always been terrible on wavemakers. The way the picture looked like the shaft was stainless and there were magnets glued to it. I guess I will let the LFS get them and test them in the store first. What would you recommend to put on a wave maker? I had 2 Aqua-Clear's that died after about 3 months. and I have 2 pro 4's that have been great but are not very powerful only about 400 Gph I am looking for something between 500-700 gph. Any Idea's.
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Old 10-01-2003, 10:53 PM   #7
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what are the problems with rio's....I have 2 of em...what can I expect with these guys?
Within the past year I have seen at least half a dozen occasions on forums other than here where Rio's have not only failed but had an apparent "meltdown". This includes wonderful aromas and leaking some sort of liquid. 8O
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Within the past year I have seen at least half a dozen occasions on forums other than here where Rio's have not only failed but had an apparent "meltdown". This includes wonderful aromas and leaking some sort of liquid. 8O
As have I. I think the impeller shaft is the least of your worries when using a RIO.
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Great...what are some good alternatives? maybe I will get a new one and throw that one in my qt tank and use it to cycle some new LR.
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I have had great performance from Maxi-jet powerheads.
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