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Old 05-02-2013, 11:54 AM   #1
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Fluval FX5 Canister Filter Question!

I have a fluval fx5 canister filter and this is the first time using it. Actually it's been running for about 4 months now. It's spewing out a ton of tiny bubbles. Is this normal? It wasn't doing it in the beginning when I first started running it.
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No there is a fix for that. Fluval has a updated lid that doesn't have the downspout which causes cavitation in the filter, they will ship a new one to you at no cost after you contact customer service(which is fantasic I will add). The other alternative is to simply use a hacksaw and cut it off yourself. I have three FX5's running and they all have the either the downspout cut or the updated lid installed to fix the microbubble issue.
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No there is a fix for that. Fluval has a updated lid that doesn't have the downspout which causes cavitation in the filter, they will ship a new one to you at no cost after you contact customer service(which is fantasic I will add). The other alternative is to simply use a hacksaw and cut it off yourself. I have three FX5's running and they all have the either the downspout cut or the updated lid installed to fix the microbubble issue.
Thank you so much for the info. I thought I was loosing my mind. 😱 I will give them a call today.
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I called customer service and they want me to try and change my carbon out. They said they have to exhaust all other solutions before replacing the lid. I will be going to get some more carbon today.
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I have all three trays stuffed with Biomax and a blue medium pad on the bottom tray. Carbon really isn't needed unless your trying to remove tannins or medications, I'd save you money on the stuff.
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I have all three trays stuffed with Biomax and a blue medium pad on the bottom tray. Carbon really isn't needed unless your trying to remove tannins or medications, I'd save you money on the stuff.
Ok I will just take the carbon out and replace it with blue medium pad and see what happens.
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Ok I will just take the carbon out and replace it with blue medium pad and see what happens.
If you like carbon get purigen, lasts up to a couple months to a year depending on bioload. The best part, you can keep recharging it with bleach once it discolors.
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If you like carbon get purigen, lasts up to a couple months to a year depending on bioload. The best part, you can keep recharging it with bleach once it discolors.
Ok thanks a lot. I will look into getting some.
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Ok called Hagen customer service and they wanted me to try taking out the carbon first to see if the flow through the canister is being blocked. I asked her if they could just send me a new lid for it and she said they have to exhaust all other possibilities first. UGH. So I unplug the canister open the lid after I drain some of the water out and I took the carbon out put the lid back on plugged it in and a couple hours later I still have micro bubbles.

Needless to say I am calling them back this morning to see if they will send me the replacement lid now or find out if I have to jump through some more hoops.
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