Originally Posted by Disco Duke
I currently own an Aqua Clear 110 HOB
Power Filter. Last week I looked into my fish tank prior to going to sleep and noticed some fish at top when they're usually at bottom and the lights were out. I saw no water moving and turned on light and noticed the motor wasn't working. Luckily, I had a spare filter in my garage because all of the pet stores were closed and my fish would've died during the night. I owned my filter for at least one year but never cleaned the motor because I can't disconnect it. My question is how to disconnect the motor from my filter?
The filter motor can be removed by turning it clockwise, to the left. Remove the impeller, the small propeller piece by pulling it straight up. Use a toothbrush or small bottle brush and scrub it well. You'll need the bottle brush to clean inside the motor and around the small silver pin that holds the impeller in place. The motor likely got clogged with plant debris and stopped.
Replace the impeller and screw the motor back into place. It wouldn't hurt to rinse the plastic filter housing too and the "J" shaped water tube. Put the filter back onto the tank and fill it with some of the water you use to perform a water change. Plug the filter back in and it should work. It needs to be cleaned a couple of times a month at least.