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Old 09-26-2005, 04:22 PM   #1
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Anyone Fluval 304? How to open it best?

This question might sound a little strange, but how do you open up your Fluval 304/404, whatever?

I always pull on the blue clips, which could brake them pretty quick one day! But the top sits so tightly on the canister! Any tricks, ideas?
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To be honest, I pull directly from the area of the seal since like you, I don't want to break the clips.

I have to use "brute" force to do this so it may not work for you.
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I use Flat screw driver to lift the cover slowly. IHTH.
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@Jchillin: I won't get far with that, since I'm not really that strong . Ever heard of a bag of bones, that would be me .

@cinciboy: Don't you ruin the seal after a while?
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fluval needs to address the problem soon...it's really a hassle opening them up. i keep on stalling filter maintenance for the same reason.
anyway, i use the brute force method too. but in conjunction with that, i use the flat back of a kitchen knife to pry the lid off slowly - first a little on one side, then a little on the other side.
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i unplug first, then close hose valve leaving it still attached to top then stand over the fluval and pushdown on the top with my palms and with my fingures gently pull the clips out the same time, and when closing push down and the clips nearly fall into place
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Old 09-27-2005, 12:41 PM   #7
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Since I have not seen a "correct" response yet, here is the proper way to open your Fluval canister:

Release the blue retaining clips on the sides by popping out the release handles and leave them sticking out. Then, push down on the release handles. You'll feel resistance, then the top of the canister will counter-push itself from the bottom. Pop! Voila!
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I have never had a problem opening the Fluvals--closing them is another matter
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Old 09-27-2005, 04:34 PM   #9
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@ Technics: That's sounds like a very good way, if it works. I will try it right awya, next time I have to open that thing! Thank you!
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Technics: :| i don't quite get how you do it , as my release handles can be soo tight that i'm scared i'm going to break them so i think you mean you pull them out a little bit and then push down on the top and they just pop out?? right ? then how do you close it after your done cleaning it??
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