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Air locking in my external filter

Post by Guest on 27/6/2012, 08:51

I am getting concerned about my aqua one external filter it seems to be constantly air locking
So far the only sure fire way I have found to counteract this is to lay the filter on its side as this way the impeller is constantly running in water
Does any one have any better ideas as to how to combat this problem?

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Post by k3vinjam3s on 27/6/2012, 09:46

Is they an airline pumping near the intake of the filter. My fx5 was pulling in air this way till I moved the line.
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Post by Guest on 27/6/2012, 09:59

i fill mine right up before i prime it n then give it a wobble while its running to get the bubbles out...it seems to it when the top skimmers workin 2 well n sucks in air

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Post by Ian on 27/6/2012, 16:59

have you tried opening the vent tap on the top that should let the air & water when theres just water shut it

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Post by timmy74 on 28/6/2012, 20:15

Make sure skimmers in water thus water constantly feeding into the pipes. Also make sure pipes are only as long as needed therefore not too many bends etc.

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Post by fint the newbie on 28/6/2012, 20:49

I read somewhere that pipes had to be the same length,is this incorrect
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Post by D13H4RD on 29/6/2012, 08:08

Yer that's right for the eheim one, I got from you mate, but not always required for every type of filter Very Happy
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Re: Air locking in my external filter

Post by timmy74 on 29/6/2012, 16:59

i left my pipes the same length as they came but i did have a problem with it airlocking once. i just primed it and made sure the skimmer was into the water and its been fine since.

i think it would work better with the shorter pipes only thing is if you wanna sell it on or use it again you may need new pipes.

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Post by blooper on 29/6/2012, 17:18

make sure were the pipes fit to the taps are tight as they can suck in air from there also use a bit of vaseline or silicone grease for the seal were the motorhead fastens to the bottom of the filter as this can also suck in air

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Post by blooper on 29/6/2012, 17:19

otherwise just bin it and buy an fx5 for the true washing machine effect lol

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