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Old 02-01-2020, 09:32 AM   #1
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All filters keep stopping?

Hello all! I'm brand new here and kinda new to the hobby and have a filter question!

I had to buy a new filter because my 20 gallon Aqueon filter gave up the ghost, and it would often stop and I would have to move the propeller to get it started again.

I replaced it with the same kind of filter, which within the hour stopped working and required that I move the propeller again. It kept getting harder and harder to get it to restart and frustrated, I got a different brand of filter - a top fin 20 gallon filter.

Now it's doing the same thing! I have to take the pump out and put it back in to start it again, and it does this around every two hours.

Am I doing something wrong? What is going on? Thank you for reading!
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Old 02-01-2020, 10:21 AM   #2
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Hello Moof...

Honestly, motorized, mechanical filters are a waste of money and don't do much to keep the water clean. I suggest investing in a dual sponge filter. It works as well as anything and other than requiring a small air pump to run the sponge, you won't have any other expenses. You just need to remove and replace half the tank water every few days.

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Hello all! I'm brand new here and kinda new to the hobby and have a filter question!

I had to buy a new filter because my 20 gallon Aqueon filter gave up the ghost, and it would often stop and I would have to move the propeller to get it started again.

I replaced it with the same kind of filter, which within the hour stopped working and required that I move the propeller again. It kept getting harder and harder to get it to restart and frustrated, I got a different brand of filter - a top fin 20 gallon filter.

Now it's doing the same thing! I have to take the pump out and put it back in to start it again, and it does this around every two hours.

Am I doing something wrong? What is going on? Thank you for reading!
Hello, is something else getting into filter besides food & muck? I've had filters stop due to bits of leaves, hair, floss from filter pad & sand. Impeller can be pulled, checked & cleaned. Maybe even try a prefilter sponge that goes over intake. Hope this helps!!!!!
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Old 02-01-2020, 07:44 PM   #4
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As above.

Mostly these are designed (or hopefully so) to be really reliable and a real shame to have them doing that.

Only add was is your tank water level up decently high. My father always thought pumps will push water a long way but have trouble pulling water up.

And a real stretch but Iím assuming no power fluctuations / issues.
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I see what you mean! I finally got the filter to work but it stops periodically still. I think I'm going to invest in a sponge filter. Would that work okay for a goldfish?
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I WOULDN'T *think* so as Goldfish are VERY heavy waste producers from what wverybody says
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