My filters do not self prime, what can i do to fix this?
I have two tanks, each tank has 2 penguin 350s. Both tanks are properly filled to the top, we have multiple power outages per year, and i am frequently out of town for 1-3 days at a time. When the power comes back on all but 1 one of the filters will just make a chugging/grinding sound as they try to restart, but they never do. I am afraid if i am gone for a day they will destroy themselves trying to start again, and obviously i don't want my peacock tanks without properly running filters. Am i doing something incorrectly?
Aquarium Type: Freshwater
Aquarium Size: Mid-Size (20-60g)
asked 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Make sure the water level is always to the top of the tank in each one. Also, approximately every two months, remove the entire filter system and clean it. Pay close attention to the impeller, intake tube and area of the filter box where the impeller resides. If these areas are dirty, slimy, etc, it can impede the self-priming process. If you have hard water, soak the impeller in distilled vinegar, and swab out the area of the box it sits in with vinegar as well. Same if this is a saltwater tank.
Another possible issue, although I don't think this is the case here, is if you have any bubblers near the filtering system. They can cause a vacuum instead of a siphon.
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