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Old 08-06-2010, 01:08 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Filter Issue?

My filter is a carbon filter that came with my Aqueon Minibow 5.0 and it looks like its drowning with water. The water isn't coming out of the water fall thing...instead its coimng through the like ramp? thing on the side...is this normal?
I've tried seeing if i lower the water if it stops but it's not. I personally like it better this way because the filter had a wide strong current that my betta couldn't even swim through the middle of the tank (if that makes sense). Now the current is only on a small area. Just wondering if this is bad for my filter or if theres something wrong.
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Old 08-06-2010, 03:39 PM   #2 
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I would give the filter media a rinse/swish in some tank water or some dechlorinated water and see if that will fix the problem, it may just be dirty. When was the last time you rinsed it?
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Old 08-06-2010, 04:24 PM   #3 
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Well i rinsed the filter cartridge on wednesday during my PWC. But I guess I have to rinse the filter itself?
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Old 08-06-2010, 04:57 PM   #4 
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Since you just did a rinse of the filter media, I would tear it down and do a complete clean and check the propeller and any moving part.
Or-cut a slit in the filter media and dump all the carbon out if the carbon is old and see if that will fix the flow
How old is the filter media?
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Old 08-06-2010, 05:01 PM   #5 
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I just got the filter and the tank like a month ago. I guess its time to chnage the filter cartridge...lol
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Old 08-06-2010, 05:11 PM   #6 
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That depends....if you want to use carbon or not, personally I don't use carbon when a water change will do the same thing for most issues that carbon will take care of.
This is a 5g tank...right?
If you change out the filter media, I would cut the sponge part off the old filter and keep it with the new filter media so not to cause any spikes, especially since it is still new and cycling or just bump up the water changes and add a 50% water only change during the week for a couple of weeks or monitor the levels.
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Old 08-06-2010, 05:31 PM   #7 
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Usually thats what I do with the carbon filter. 50% water change each week.
and yes it is a 5G.
I'm gonna try first taking the filter apart and rinsing it through. Maybe its clogged or something... If that fails I'll do everything else you recommended.
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:01 PM   #8 
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Btw thanks for your advice OFL :) You always know what to do ^_^
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