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Old 01-26-2011, 10:17 AM   #11
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I turned the topfin in for a aquaclear and its doing the same thing maybe is be better off blowing bubbles through tubing, at least it would. E quieter
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:35 PM   #12
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Probably grit in the impeller, again. What substrate do you have? I had fine sand for quite some time and went through many filters... Some small rocks can get in there sometimes if you have had a digging fish.
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I do have fine sand as substrate should I make some sort of filter by stuffing the intake tube with some sponge to keep the sand out?
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You could, or see if you LFS has any sponge that you could put over the filter intake
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:36 PM   #15
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I tried many things and ended up switching substrate. Try looking for something you can cover the intake with which doesn't impede water flow, but I never found one...

Before the switch I tried many types of filters and spent soooo much money replacing them. It simply didn't seem worth it anymore.

If you decide to change like I did, remember to transfer the good bacteria by keeping some old substrate inside your tank (in a bucket which is fully submerged or something) and leave it there for a full week so the bacteria can begin to grow in your new substrate. I actually use a blend of gravel and rocks now and haven't had any problems. I kept the old sand in a circle and planted the plants in it, I then surrounded it by stones so that the fish couldn't get into the sandy area, this allowed me to keep a little bit of the substrate from the old in-place.
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Could I just hang a old slide in filter from a good tank to seed the bacteria?
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:16 PM   #17
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Could do, yeah. But try to maximise the chances by transferring as much as you can. I've personally only ever cycled one tank, all others I seeded.
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