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Old 04-09-2016, 03:16 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:20 AM
 
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Bit of a plumbing problem.
I had planned to use my hang off the back filter to filter the water and in the process create a waterfall with the out flowing water,problem is the thing wont pump, got water in the filter, got the pickup tube in the water and the pump is running it just wont pump the water.
I'm wondering if the water level in the Paludarium is now too low and the motor doesnt have the power to pump the water from the new water level up to the pump hanging off the back of the Aquarium.looks like this one=http://www.petsolutions.com/images/P...s/47464002.jpg
When i was into the Aquarium the pump only had to pump the water an inch to reach the pump now it has to pump the water a good 8-12 inches to reach the pump.
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...pshgyxm0pc.jpg
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:24 AM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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Bit of a plumbing problem.
I had planned to use my hang off the back filter to filter the water and in the process create a waterfall with the out flowing water,problem is the thing wont pump, got water in the filter, got the pickup tube in the water and the pump is running it just wont pump the water.
I'm wondering if the water level in the Paludarium is now too low and the motor doesnt have the power to pump the water from the new water level up to the pump hanging off the back of the Aquarium.
When i was into the Aquarium the pump only had to pump the water an inch now it has to pump the water a good8-12 inches.
Thoughts?


You're probably right, it can't get a siphon going. You might be able to get it started by priming the lift tube but it will likely operate on the edge of stopping if the water level drops by just a little bit.


Years and years ago when the first motorized filters came out, you always had to dip the tube and fill it up even with a full tank, it just wouldn't start a siphon on its own.
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:39 AM
 
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Makes sense but i dont know how to fill that pickup tube with water as any attempt will just have the water running out the bottom of the tube. Perhaps i need a different kind of filter.
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:51 AM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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Makes sense but i dont know how to fill that pickup tube with water as any attempt will just have the water running out the bottom of the tube. Perhaps i need a different kind of filter.

How I did it was to completely submerge the tube, block the upper end and then lift that end out of the water, keeping the bottom in water (although it might stay in any way like when you block the end of a straw and lift it out of the drink) and then put it in the filter box. Make sure the filter box is full of water.
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Old 04-15-2016, 09:46 AM
 
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Thanks . however i went to the pet store and asked the guy what he was using to filter the water in his paludariums.
Evidently this is what i need=
https://undergroundreptiles.com/shop...rarium-filter/
And it just happened to be on sale at$37.99 from $47.99
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Old 04-16-2016, 09:07 AM
 
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That didnt work as it too easily gets jammed up with sand and its size is rather hard to hide.
Not sure what other options i have With the very few tiny fish i'll have in this paludarium i could probably get by with no filter at all but to prevent stagnation i would like the water moving to some degree.
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Old 04-16-2016, 12:23 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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a small tabletop/desktop fountain pump would see you by if your not putting a lot of fish in...you can even make a small filter system for it by getting a small black basket (Black is eaiest to hide) some fishtank carbon, a ladies stocking and some filter media (most live fish stores carry the media and carbon (and carbon bags but a stocking will work jus as well) line the basket with the media filter put the desktop fountain pump in (make sure it has enough lift to get you the needed height) then pack carbon into the stocking and wrap around the fountain pump...you can put another piece of filter media ontop to secure then lay something a little heavier (rock/slate) ontop of the basket to hold everything down
the filter media and carbon will keep anything from getting sucked in and clogging the pump while also acting like the media in your HOB filter and a bed for beneficial bacteria too. essentially turning the little fountain pump into a submersed mini pond filter.
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:36 AM
 
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Still working on that plumbing problem, i have a small canister filter that i'm going to try and fit to the tank before trying other options.
.Now have sand and water in the tank however its obvious the tank now needs some color=
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...psdr8v1sai.jpg
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:04 AM
 
Location: In The South
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Still working on that plumbing problem, i have a small canister filter that i'm going to try and fit to the tank before trying other options.
.Now have sand and water in the tank however its obvious the tank now needs some color=
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...psdr8v1sai.jpg
I love it! Can't wait til you get that filter up and running! Plants will bring you some color.

Looking forward to your next pics, Jambo!
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