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Old 04-12-2011, 06:31 PM   #1 
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I hate my filter...

My new filter is really testing my patience. I've had it for less than 2 weeks and I can't get it started again. What happened was I changed my tank and did a 3/4 water change (no I didn't take any water out of the filter), and then when I filled the tank back up I plugged the filter in and it runs but I can't get the water to flow out. I've tried so many things it's ridiculous. I know there's nothing wrong with the filter because it's in like, perfect condition. I've tried the following things -

*Tried turning it on them putting water in.
*Tried putting water in then turning it on.
*Tried taking it apart and then putting it back together.
*Tried plugging both sides of the tube to try and block air pockets - kinda failed and some water got out.

The filter pretty much looks like this except it's for 5-15 gals:

http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/04...35_180X180.jpg

It stinks because like I said I know for sure I don't need to get another one. This just happened right after I cleaned my tank out. My tank has been filter-less for about three days. At the moment I have an air pump in there just to keep my fish sane.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:35 PM   #2 
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Yeah, my seventh grade teacher had the same problem with the same filter I think... Maybe the tube is blocked...
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:36 PM   #3 
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Someone told me that there could be an air pocket in the tube I just can't get out, but I'm not sure.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:39 PM   #4 
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I have to shake my filter up and down to get the water flowing again. Sometimes it takes a couple of minutes to get it working.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:40 PM   #5 
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What's an air pocket? If there is something in the tube, just run water through it. Sometimes filters just break down...
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:10 PM   #6 
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There's nothing in the tube, it's as clear as can be put when I put it back on the filter it appears there might be air blocking the water from being sucked in.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:20 PM   #7 
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Hold the tube and run your hand through the tank water, any air should rise out.
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