my stupid stupid stupid filters!
I cleaned out all three. The fluval one keeps cutting out, like it can't keep the water suctioned up the tube and it has to restart.
The aqua clear is dead, it sounded like it wasn't working when the power came back on, but it had, and was seized up. Needs a new motor.
The aqueon one worked briefly.... when I had it plugged in in the kitchen. Out here in the living room in the the tank, nope. When I stuck it on the edge of the bucket to try and show my friend why it wasn't working... no luck.