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Old 07-01-2005, 03:13 PM   #1
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Update: Killer Maxi-Jet Powerheads!

Why does everything thats bad always happen while you are gone?

I left town for a day, when I came back I found, to my horror, that my Coral Beauty Angel was stuck on the grate of my Maxi-Jet 1200 powerhead! (an example of the grate is shown below)



Correct me if I am wrong, but this design should prevent the suction of the pump to grab a fish. But there it was, My Coral Beauty with half his poor body wrapped around the grate. I turned the Powerhead off and he immediatly swam away to "lick his wounds." Today he is hanging out in a little cave-like area. His coloration is a little dull and he has many tatered wounds in his tail and rear top and bottom fins.

Normally a healty fish wouldn't find themselves in this situation. If he were weak and couldn't swim, he could have gotten stuck, but he is swimming well and was swimming well after he was dislodged last night. I did not see any problems with him before I left town either.

Has anyone had experence with this before?
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Old 07-01-2005, 03:34 PM   #2
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what size maxi jet?
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Old 07-01-2005, 03:50 PM   #3
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Maxi-Jet 1200.

I placed my fingers against the grate and couldn't really feel much serious suction at all.

Like it should be.

My Coral Beauty has always picked at the algea growing on the powerhead, he kinda likes swimming through the output stream. never got stuck before though.
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Old 07-01-2005, 03:52 PM   #4
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My Coral beauty does fine with my 900, as well as my little O. Clown (maybe a 1/2" long)! The clown will actually swim circles around the intake grate and then fly off into the jet stream and surf the current!

I might have to say that he was weakened prior to getting sucked into the grate? But I can't be sure!
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Old 07-01-2005, 03:52 PM   #6
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Buy some sort of prefilter sponge material and cut a little hole in it to slip over the intake. It will need to be cleaned often but you will never have that problem ever again. I had 2 anemones get eaten by PH. one was a maxi 900 and one a rio 1700 very uncool. and stinky too.
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Old 07-01-2005, 03:54 PM   #7
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I do have a pre-filter for it. Perhaps its time to put that on. I didn't want to do that before because of concerns about nitrate farming.
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I had that same thing happen to a flame angel a couple of months ago. Two days later, he was stuck again and died the next day. In my case, however, I am quite sure that he was not feeling well, though, and that's why he got stuck. I hope your Beauty does better!
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I can't imagine a healthy fish getting stuck there. I have the exact same MJ1200 and filter screen and the fish aren't even phased by the suction. Even the output isn't too strong for them to swim against.
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Old 07-01-2005, 04:56 PM   #10
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That's odd, I also have a maxi-jet 1200 and a coral beauty and nothing bad has ever happened...
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