Penn-plax 1000 problem

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IceH2O

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This morning when I got up I could hear the filter running but it wasn’t pushing any water. Like it lost its suction.
I took it apart and removed the impeller bc it was a bit loud and reset it.
another thing I hate is the way this thing primes. Such a pita.
finally got it primed and it’s working but anyone that has one know why it may have happened?
Luckily I keep a smaller hob on too so it was a total filter less situation but I’m planning on buying some expensive fish and would have been kissed if I lost them because of this.

guess you can’t edit titles. Stupid autocorrect
 
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FreshyFresh

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I've got a penn-plax 1500 model that I've had for a month or two. Sometimes the trickiest prime is the very first one, when the hoses don't have water in them. Other than that I never have an issue priming any of my canisters. I fill them with as much water as I can before I pop the tops on them. At best I'll have to pump the primer 1-2x or tilt and tip the unit a few times.

My Penn-plax 1500 is being used on a tank that's only a few inches off the floor as well, so the top of the canister is only about 6" lower than the water level in the tank it's hooked up to. It does shoot air bubbles every so often, but it moves a lot of water. Mine has nothing but 5 trays of coarse foam in it.

When she's running, try closing the inlet or outlet valve for a bit to see if that purges out any trapped air.
 

IceH2O

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Trapped air isn’t a problem. I’m not getting air bubbles.
problem was waking up walking out to the tank and not seeing any flow even though I could hear the filter working.
move researched and others have said after 2 weeks theirs also lost suction and mine was at 2 weeks. Just weird.
Will see if it happens again.
 

FreshyFresh

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You did mention having problems priming, which is indeed a trapped air problem and what I was getting at.

Let us know how you make out.
 
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