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Old 12-27-2004, 03:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I bought a Rena Filstar XP3 canister filter to help polish the water in my heavily planted 75-gallon tank. I set it up this morning expecting the tank to become nice and clear by evening but all day long the filter has been filling the tank with micro bubbles. I can’t figure out where they’re coming from since all of my connections have clamps on them and the filter isn’t pulling in any air from the tank. I’m just using the spraybar without the Venturi Valve so it has no way of taking in air. Is there anything I can do to try and stop the flow of micro bubbles? The tank is so filled with bubbles that it looks almost cloudy and it’s hard to enjoy the plants and fish. Thanks so much.
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I bought a Rena Filstar XP3 canister filter to help polish the water in my heavily planted 75-gallon tank. I set it up this morning expecting the tank to become nice and clear by evening but all day long the filter has been filling the tank with micro bubbles. I can’t figure out where they’re coming from since all of my connections have clamps on them and the filter isn’t pulling in any air from the tank. I’m just using the spraybar without the Venturi Valve so it has no way of taking in air. Is there anything I can do to try and stop the flow of micro bubbles? The tank is so filled with bubbles that it looks almost cloudy and it’s hard to enjoy the plants and fish. Thanks so much.
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Old 12-27-2004, 04:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Odd, never had that problem with mine. Mine does spit out a little CO2 once in a while, but nothing to the extent that you describe.
If it's new and all the media is new that is typical, espacially if you just did a big waterchange. Should clear up in a day I would think. You could have air stuck in some of the elbow joints...
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It is just air trapped in the tubing and or filter
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What you describe is sounds like an air leak somwhere. Typically it's at a hose connection, but could even be a bad seal between the top and bottom of the cannister.

My advice would be to check/retighten the hose clamps first. If that doesn't solve the problem you may need to break the filter down and set it back up again.
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Old 12-29-2004, 04:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Well, I cleaned the rubber seal on the Filstar and then restarted it by first filling the filter all the way up with water leaving no air in the filter. This seemed to take care of the problem even though the directions say not to do this. Thanks again.
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