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Old 12-04-2011, 12:49 PM   #1
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Aquaclear 30

It's making a really wierd noise. I dissasembled and cleaned it. Twice. Like it's priming, yet way quieter. It's almost like a shaking noise.

Anyone had this happen? I will make a youtube vid.



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Old 12-04-2011, 01:32 PM   #2
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www.youtube.com/user/mickeymedia28



The video is "aquaclear 150 rattle".
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I've got 3 brand new, just out of the boxes, making rattling noise. One is really bad similar to your video. I tried calling the company today only to get dead ended with an error message. So, I went on their website to submit a question. I'll let you know what I hear back.
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My penguin 100 was loud like that when I first got it. Unless the impeller was in the "perfect spot" it made a grinding sound, and it rarely stayed in that spot. Eventually I put some pure, unscented vaseline on the impeller. It didn't have much effect to begin with but a day or so later it went silent and hasn't made a sound since.

I'm not aware of anything you can do to make it quiet other than lubricate it, but lubricating seems to work. I haven't seen any evidence of an oil slick or anything from it. Vaseline doesn't seem to be able to mix with the water in any way.
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My penguin 100 was loud like that when I first got it. Unless the impeller was in the "perfect spot" it made a grinding sound, and it rarely stayed in that spot. Eventually I put some pure, unscented vaseline on the impeller. It didn't have much effect to begin with but a day or so later it went silent and hasn't made a sound since.

I'm not aware of anything you can do to make it quiet other than lubricate it, but lubricating seems to work. I haven't seen any evidence of an oil slick or anything from it. Vaseline doesn't seem to be able to mix with the water in any way.
I'll give that a try! Thanks.
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Ah. Vaseline is safe for limited aquatic use, yes. I will try this after I get home today! Meanwhile, did it work for you?
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:26 PM   #7
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I had gravel in my aquaclear 110 before, making a loose rattling sound, but not really a grinding noise. Took it apart and cleaned it twice, helped a little but the noise was still there. Few days later, the sound vanished and all was good.
Sound doesn't work on this computer, so can't view your video.
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I just put the Vaseline on my noisiest one and.......WOW! That got rid of the rattling. It is almost silent now!! Thanks Miles! Hope this works for QP as well!!
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Sounds messy
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Several of my HOB filters made a rattling noise when they were new, after they built up a little film on the impeller magnet and shaft they quieted down. They make the noise after cleaning for a few days also. I just don't clean the magnet or impeller sump when I maintenance them and they stay quiet. the vaseline is doing the same thing as a little bio film.
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