Friday, 20 February 2015

Life and Death

Life goes on. 

Death is the only possible conclusion. 

What do I do in the meantime?

Monday, 9 February 2015

How to Quickly Prime Your Fluval Canister Filter in 5 Steps

I've heard and read that many people, having completed the maintenance of their Fluval Canister Filter (105 through 405) spending hours, and sometimes multiple days using the inbuilt priming pump trying to establish the water flow. I was faced with that today, and thought there must be a better way.
Fluval Canister Filter

The filter was all plumbed in, and yet the canister was dry as a bone. Even with the AquaStop valve open, nothing was happening.

This fix is simple and quick. I'll demonstrate on a spare AquaStop valve and a bit of hose pipe I had lying around.

Step 1
The Steps.

1. Remove the AquaStop valve from the Filter, and whilst still connected to the vertical flow and return pipes, insert into the left-hand side of the AquaStop valve (the "In" side) the spare pipe.  

Step 1

2. Open both the AquaStop valve and the capture lever as shown in the photo. 

Step 2
3. Suck on the connected pipe, and syphon the water. Some spillage is inevitable. Quickly remove your mouth to prevent "tasting" the water.

4. Close the AquaStop valve to prevent excessive water loss, and return the AquaStop valve to the filter and reconnect in the normal way.

5. Prime the filter 2 or 3 times, and connect the filter to the wall socket.

The water should flow without hesitation.

Try this the next time should you have problems establishing water flow with your Fluval Canister. Good luck and let me know how you go.

Here is a video of the filter running just after starting up.