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Old 07-01-2012, 04:37 AM   #1
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Return pump failing?

How can I know if my return pump is failing? For the past few weeks it's been flowing at different rates. I just woke up to the DT flooded because my pump decided to send a whole bunch of water to it and emptied my ATO as well. But, the ball valve controlling the flow hasn't been touched since last sunday. Nothing blocking the intake.

Is it failing?
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:15 AM   #2
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How can I know if my return pump is failing? For the past few weeks it's been flowing at different rates. I just woke up to the DT flooded because my pump decided to send a whole bunch of water to it and emptied my ATO as well. But, the ball valve controlling the flow hasn't been touched since last sunday. Nothing blocking the intake.

Is it failing?
When is the last time its been striped and cleaned? Also if after cleaning it still does this then i would say its done for. If its not reliable anymore then you really cant trust it to do its job in my opinion.
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When is the last time its been striped and cleaned? Also if after cleaning it still does this then i would say its done for. If its not reliable anymore then you really cant trust it to do its job in my opinion.
Never been stripped and cleaned. Been running for 12 months. How should I do this.. let it run in vinegar water? The return tubes, too?
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Most pumps can be taken apart so the internal parts can be cleaned. I don't think the return tube is that critical.
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Never been stripped and cleaned. Been running for 12 months. How should I do this.. let it run in vinegar water? The return tubes, too?
Yep taking it apart and scrubbing first to clear debris helps. Then soak and run in strong vinegar/water solutions, usually a good half hour is plenty to clean it up nice.
Try that and give in a go.
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how often do you guys clean your pumps
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how often do you guys clean your pumps
Usually atleast every 6 months. Keeps everything running more reliable.
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Well this is kind of funny. Somehow a strand of chaeto was wrapped around the impeller. Took that off, scrubbed it off with a toothbrush, took out the tubing, and scrubbed off the tee and blasted some high pressure water through it. Didn't feel the need for the vinegar water, so I didn't.

While I'm cleaning I might as well do my skimmer pump and reactor pump.
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Well this is kind of funny. Somehow a strand of chaeto was wrapped around the impeller. Took that off, scrubbed it off with a toothbrush, took out the tubing, and scrubbed off the tee and blasted some high pressure water through it. Didn't feel the need for the vinegar water, so I didn't.

While I'm cleaning I might as well do my skimmer pump and reactor pump.
Glad you found the problem. Often enough its something that simple.
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Thanks! Now I know they have to be cleaned regularly, even if 6 months between cleanings.

I'm still not going to feel 100% confident that's what it was.. but we'll see if it happens again! If it does, I'll get a mag drive or a sicce pump or something well reputed.

Thank you for your help!
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