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Old 11-26-2013, 12:47 AM   #1 
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Sponge filter setup

My sponge filter arrived! The bells and whistles - the pump, tubing, different kinds of valves - come tomorrow. Only problem is, I have no idea how to put it all together.

In what order do all of these things connect in? Does it go pump-check valve-adjustment valve-(I feel like I'm forgetting one)-filter? Or does it go in a different order?

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Old 11-26-2013, 12:53 AM   #2 
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You should have gotten instructions. We can't help you without seeing the filter, there are many different types out there.
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:02 AM   #3 
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Oh my. They didn't come with any! Its the Aquatop CAF-10 filter from TruAqua. Pictures to come I guess...
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:32 AM   #4 
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Air pump, line, check valve, more line, adjustment t-valve, more line, sponge filter
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:38 AM   #5 
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Thank you!
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:58 PM   #6 
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Should there be air bubbles coming out of the sponge filter? I've attached everything in that order but nothing seems to happen filter-side.
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Old 11-27-2013, 03:49 AM   #7 
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Air bubbles should be rising out of the large vertical "riser" tube. Those bubbles are dragging water along with them out the top. More water is flowing into the filter to replace it. Sounds like you have a working filter. Congratulations. Tell us how it works for you.
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:57 AM   #8 
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It isn't working... nothing is coming out! I just thought that the air had to go out somewhere.

As there is nothing coming out of the filter, I dumped all of the airline and valves into water to see if I have a leak. I don't. Any idea what's happening? I have a 10 gallon tank and the pump is for 10 gallons, but the pump is about 4.5 feet below the tank. Is that a problem? I tried lifting the pump above the tank to see if that helped, but it didn't.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:08 PM   #9 
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Make such the check valve in not backwards
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Old 11-28-2013, 06:59 AM   #10 
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Sorry, sparketta, I misunderstood your question in post #6.

Follow Rickey's advice about the check valve. Also hold the exit of the airline near the bottom of the tank. Make sure air is getting all the way down there.

It really doesn't matter where the pump itself is located.
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