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Old 01-13-2012, 12:45 PM   #1
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Fluval FX5 - Dirt pushed into tank after cleaning!

I just cleaned my FX5 and when I started it backup, all of this crap got pushed into my tank. Really grossed me out!

The impeller is supposed to have a self cleaning feature but I don't want it to dump the dirt into my freshly cleaned tank!

Is there an easy way to purge this dirt out without taking the whole Pump apart?

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Old 01-13-2012, 01:34 PM   #2
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I noticed that too when I turned on my new-to-me Magnum 350. After doing maintenance I always put a pitcher under the output to catch the dirt. Usually it is only a few seconds and it runs clear.
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:36 PM   #3
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The easiest way is to cover the output with a net or piece of nylon to catch the gunk from when it starts back up. It clears up within a few seconds.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:02 PM   #4
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Meegosh hit the head-on the nail. I do the same but with a bucket.
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:49 PM   #5
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+1 on the responses. That seems to be crap that builds up in the hoses. The initial burst of water breaks it loose and sends it into your tank.
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:01 PM   #6
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It's most likely dirty water left over from when you cleaned it. When you clean out your tank and filter set aside a bucket of "clean" water from the tank. After you cleaned out the filter dump out the water left inside the filter and pour the water from bucket into the filter. Shouldn't have any debris come out of it when you start it up.
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Hi i have a similar problem with my Fluval 405 and believe its muck built up in the pipes,so annoying to see all that muck dumped into your tank after cleaning the filter Any idea's on how to clean the pipes - the crinkly ones fitted to Fluvals - is the FX5 fitted with the same type of pipes?
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I'm telling you guys unless you are cleaning out the dirty water from your filters after cleaning it, that's where the gunk in coming from not your pipes.
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Thanks for the responses!

I was thinking along the lines of what Mogurako is saying. Was under the impression that the gunk is coming from the filter.

I did rinse the filter with clean tank water and even opened the lower valve and let it drain thru. That's why I was thinking it must have been trapped in the impeller.
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Thanks for the responses!

I was thinking along the lines of what Mogurako is saying. Was under the impression that the gunk is coming from the filter.

I did rinse the filter with clean tank water and even opened the lower valve and let it drain thru. That's why I was thinking it must have been trapped in the impeller.
I rinse the sponges, all the media and the inside of the filter with water from the tank and I haven't had a problem with gunk coming out.
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