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Discussion in 'ASAP' started by mdbostwick, Dec 18, 2014.

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  1. mdbostwick

    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

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    What do you do when your return pump stops working and you have no money to replace it? It just cut out this morning. I got it to run at what seemed half speed for a few minutes and then it just stopped all together.
     
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  3. tattoolew

    tattoolew Sea Dragon

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    take the equipment out of the sump and put it in the DT. A heated tank is better than one that looks good. You could go a day or two without a skimmer, just increase frequency of water change.
     
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  4. Servillius

    Servillius Montipora Digitata

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    If you have a maxijet lying around or some other cheapie old style powerhead they work as a temporary return. You don't need a lot of flow, just some turnover to keep the sump active.
     
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    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    Servillius nailed it. You can get a maxi jet 1200 for about 35 dollars and that will get you by
     
  6. oldfishkeeper

    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

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    I saw a similar post somewhere and someone recommended that you take the pump apart and clean it well - that may "fix" it if you haven't done that already. I know sometimes the impeller can get clogged up. Just a thought :)
     
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    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

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    It almost seems like it overheats within a few minutes. If it sits for a bit it will work for about 3 minutes then it stops.
     
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  9. AZDesertRat

    AZDesertRat Giant Squid

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    Soak the pump, impeller and shaft in straight distilled white vinegar for an hour or two. Rinse it off and use a brush on any stubborn calcium or algae and it should be good as new.
     
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  10. mdbostwick

    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

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    the impeller and shaft move freely. It runs perfect for the first 3 minutes and then the motor stops. It is fully immersed in increasingly cold water in my sump. I think it only has an 18 month warranty for good reason.
     
  11. AZDesertRat

    AZDesertRat Giant Squid

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    Did you check the magnet for hairline cracks? This happens a lot and they lose their magnetic strength and ability to rotate when they do. I also found some impellers magnets come un glued so they rotate on their own without the impeller turning, lots of my MJ powerheads did this and some old Rio's too.
     
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  12. GuitarMan89

    GuitarMan89 Giant Squid

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    Look for a used one, i.e Craigslist.
     
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