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Old 07-17-2014, 08:55 PM   #1
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Unhappy Penguin 100 filter stopped working :/

So this is my first time owning a fish, so I bought a 10 gallon marineland fishtank. its freshwater and I had it set up and running yesterday. Today, I bought the fish, rocks and fake plant, but after I put everything into the tank, the filter stopped working entirely. I tried to unplug it and plug it back in, but no luck. any advice??

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Old 07-17-2014, 09:01 PM   #2
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Pull the intake tube up and down a few times

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Old 07-18-2014, 07:28 AM   #3
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I don't know how to troubleshoot, but if it doesn't start working, then return it and get an aquaclear filter. Mine has been going for a year atleast.
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When you say "stopped working", what do you mean? Is the motor running but not sucking water? Is it completely dead when you plug it in? Have you pulled the impeller out to make sure nothing is jammed in there?


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Ohh, i forgot to mention before, you need to prime these filters with water to start the siphon.. that's probably all it is..

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Well, I ended up unplugging it and shaking it. It works now, just don't know for how long lol and radmax8, it was completely dead when I'd plug it in.

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Grrrr.....those penguins! Mine does the same thing :/ Nice quiet filters otherwise though.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:03 AM   #8
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Hmm sounds like either a wonky electrical connection or maybe the impeller wasn't in right. I used a Penguin 150 for two and a half years and never really had any mechanical/electrical issues with it.

On another note, can you fit two filters in there? I recommend doing this, as the bacteria grows in the filter media, and so when you replace the filter you lose a ton of your bacteria. Just a heads up.


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