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Old 01-20-2018, 07:35 PM   #1
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Powerhead Electrical Problem

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I have not been on this site for a long time. I moved to the country, got a couple of horses, had grandkids (well, I didn't have them) but I still have my saltwater tank (125G) and a couple of old fish that are hanging in there. I have also been absorbed in moderating on a reptile forum, as I have an awesome 50" long male iguana, and I can tell you I've learned a lot with this guy.

Anyway, I have a need to reconnect with this forum because I used to get a lot of good advice here.

I have two Seio Pro 1000 powerheads in my tank. One morning a few days ago I woke up, well the dog woke me up, and I smelled what I thought was an electrical fire. After a lot of searching and stress I figured out it was coming from my aquarium. The fish were lying on the bottom, gasping and it was obvious the water was electrified. I got them out quickly and into a hospital tank. Two days later they seem to be doing just fine, so I didn't lose my fish that I've had for years.

I found that one of my heaters had what looked like a burn inside the glass, and thought that was the problem, but it turns out that heater is functioning properly. The culprit was one of my Seio powerheads. I need to replace this one, and I'm thinking I will just replace both as they are at least 10 years old. I have two Rio 2500 powerheads in my sump that run the filtration system. I did some reading online and people are saying the Rio powerheads can fail, they are not thermally protected? Not sure what that means.

So I need to replace two powerheads, maybe four depending on what you all think of the Rios. Can I get suggestions on what brand of powerheads are good to replace the Seio powerheads? It's too bad, because I really love the way these hang on with magnets.

Thanks for any assistance.
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Old 01-20-2018, 07:38 PM   #2
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One more thing, I'm going to run the tank with a bunch of carbon to see if that will remove the smell from the tank. It was almost completely gone once I turned off everything, but I started some of the pumps and a heater after I found my problem because I don't want to lose my live rock and water. Advice on that would be good too. The electrical smell is still there, coming from the water, but it's minimal now.
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The Seio are still available from places like Aquacave..
My reading says they are thermally protected...
Thermally protected motors are supposed to stop before failing from overheating?
I believe a safety 'resistor' or the like blows that shuts off the pump?

I might try Seachems Purigen to remove anything the carbon does not get..
Use a large amount of carbon IMO and be willing to swap it out a coupe times to make sure it removes all it can..
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Thanks for the advice. I bought carbon today and planned to run a bunch, I will change it out a couple of times. I will looking into the Seachem product.
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