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Old 10-12-2012, 08:30 AM   #1
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Filter help????

I was just recently given a Via Aqua VA-680 18 gallon tank. It's a beautiful oak tank with matching hood and stand. I will have to replace the fluorescent tubes, which should be no problem. It was apparently used previously for a terrarium because it's full of gravel, rocks and has cork bark glued to the back glass. I want to clean it up and use it as an aquarium but I don't understand the filter, it's built into the hood. It has a power head built in with a tube that attaches with an elbow to what looks like a rain bar, and then 2 chambers with sponge sheets and ceramic tube things and then a last chamber that is just a hole that looks like it empties back into the tank.
Can anyone help me to understand what I need to do to get this filter up and running? I'd appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:10 AM   #2
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OK after a bit more research and studying the hood/filter and I can see that the tube with the elbow that looked like a rain bar is the intake and the ceramic things are bio rings which will have to be replaced. Under the sponge sheet is a fiber pad but I have searched the internet and don't see replacements offered by anyone.
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:50 AM   #3
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the last chamber looks as if something at one time fit in there. There is a cut out that appears to have been holding something. Any thoughts?
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:10 AM   #4
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That last chamber is supposed to house a discharge adapter but I will be darned if I can find any info on it or a replacement part.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:53 PM   #5
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Any idea what a discharge adapter is or what it looks like....or does??
It looks like there is a slot in the back of the housing for a power cord to go through, is it some type of pump?
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:27 PM   #6
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This must be a really obscure filtration system. Over 50 people have read this thread and nobody has any idea how this works. I'm stumped. I can find nothing on line about in-hood filters.
I was really hoping that I could get this up and running to start cycling, It's such a nice little tank it seems a waste not to use it as it's designed.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:32 PM   #7
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Hi mate,

The discharge section should have a little elbow that puts the water back into tank to give it a bit more circulation. It isn't essential.

I have a aqua one 620t which is very similar setup. Personally the hood filter wasn't great so I now am running a canister filter externally.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:46 PM   #8
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Thanks so much for the reply Syriix. I have sent e-mails to the Via Aqua company to see if it is a part I can order, if not or I don't get a reply maybe I can rig something with PVC. I was only planning to use it for a self cloning crayfish or perhaps a small colony of shrimp. It's only 18 gallons, but it's a nice looking tank and for free I couldn't pass it up.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:22 PM   #9
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No worries at all. Glad to help

Here is a diagram if it sheds any extra light.

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Old 10-14-2012, 07:57 PM   #10
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Once again, my thanks. That diagram was a big help in understanding the workings of this filter. I had no idea where the spray bar went. I will have to get an intake tube and cover the strainer with foam if I decide to go with shrimp.
I think I will be able to rig a PVC elbow for the discharge in the last chamber and just seal the other adjacent openings. Thanks again for your help, I truly appreciate you taking the time to scan that diagram.
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