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Old 01-18-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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Vaseline so lubricate pump impeller shaft

My aqua clear 50 powerfilter has gotten really loud lately. Would it be bad to lubricate the impeller shaft with a little Vaseline?
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:19 PM   #2
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I would try cleaning it out before you do anything. I've been running an AC50 for years and it is quiet as can be. I just clean everything out real good with a pipe cleaner.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:21 PM   #3
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We use a pipe cleaner, as well. Works like a dream.
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I've cleaned it out really good a few times with a q tip but it won't shut up! I saw an article about using Vaseline but I'm not sure if it's harmful to the tank.
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:07 PM   #5
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I don't have any pipe cleaners
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:48 PM   #6
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I think the q-tips would just jam more stuff into the motor housing. I would recommend picking up a pack of pipe cleaners from the dollar store the next time you are out. I found a bag at my local dollar store that had all different sizes (and colors) of pipe cleaners in it.
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Okay Im gonna get some
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:28 AM   #8
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There are actually pipe cleaner brushes that work really well. Do you completely take the impeller housing apart to clean it?

This is what we use, I guess technically they are test tube brushes: Google Image Result for http://testtubebrush.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/brushes-for-test-tubes.png
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Yea I do, once or more a month.
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