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Old 04-22-2015, 08:53 PM   #1
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HOB Filter Problems

My filter has been slowly reducing in flow recently. I noticed that the flow out of the filter was beginning to get slow.

The filter is a Tetra Whisper EX 45. I took it apart and cleaned out the filter pad, the "Bio-Scrubber", and the intake tube. I even took out the impeller and cleaned it to make sure something wasn't inhibiting it. I then put it all back together and it's still giving me problems.

I've done this about 3 times now and it still doesn't work right. My tank is getting filthy and I don't know what else to do.

Anyone got a suggestion?
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Buy a new filter?😅


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Old 04-22-2015, 09:23 PM   #3
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Get a canister i love mine and you can get brands like sun sun for the same price as hobs

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Get a canister i love mine and you can get brands like sun sun for the same price as hobs

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Is your Canister a sun sun brand? If so, how long have you had and do you like it?
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I know I can just get a new filter. But what I'm asking is what's wrong with my filter and how to fix it. If I can fix it, no use in spending more money and getting a new one.
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My canister is a marineland and i love it ive had it for a few months. Lots of room for media

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you asked if we had suggestions, most of us just agreed a new one was your best option


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Just a question like this, you are saying your tank is getting filthy, is it because there are lot of detritus in your gravel/substrate?

How do you know for sure the flow has reduced? Is it because the flow has became a slow dripping?

And how long have been using that filter?
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Just a question like this, you are saying your tank is getting filthy, is it because there are lot of detritus in your gravel/substrate?

How do you know for sure the flow has reduced? Is it because the flow has became a slow dripping?

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Yes. A lot of detritus in the gravel.

The flow used to be like a waterfall, great flow would push around everything efficiently. It is now just dripping out of the outflow.

I've been using this filter for about a year now.
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Weird. But the way the media fit inside and water flow has to go up and down between the media doesn't seem to help, especially if something sits out of place. Have you tried to spin the impeller with your finger to see if it gets caught in something?

If all fail, I'd suggest getting an Aquaclear HOB instead of a cheap inexpensive filter.
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