Help eheim 2213 down

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So recently, I've noticed a drastic increase in diatoms and cloudiness of water. So I checked all my filters and realized that my EHEIM 2213 has been running dry with water in the bucket but not flowing for at least 24 hours! I immediately unplugged it, took off the cap and basically rinsed everything then put it back together! It did not work!!! The intake will not even suck in any water! I added water to the bucket then plugged in, still did not work! HELP, MY TANK RELIES ON THIS! Just now have my fish started to show effects of the low filtration: laying sideways on bottom after large water change! I will be leaving for vacation tomorrow morning, so any quick fixes for tomorrow is appreciated but bigger projects will have to wait! PLEASE HELP THANKS!
 

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Pick up an inexpensive HOB filter that allows for media like an Aqua clear at the local fish store and transfer as much media from the canister as you can. It's less expensive...and you need the aeration quick. If you leave with nothing in the tank to filter and oxygenate the water,,,your fish are doomed.

Did you clean the impeller?? If so and it still doesn't work, the impeller needs to be replaced most likely. Sludge builds up on the magnets and they lose the suction power. Rods can be damaged,,,etc,

Looks like vacation is going to be on hold for a couple hours.
 
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How do I clean or replace the impeller?! The media is gone already...too late! I have an Aquaclear 110 that's been running along with the EHEIM but it is being overworked right now as far as I can tell!
 

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Eheims don't suck water, you've to start the siphoning yourself (it has to fill itself first). A big lurk on the outlet will do. If the canister is filled the impellor is in the water and will pump water out!!
 

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DoubleDutch said:
Eheims don't suck water, you've to start the siphoning yourself (it has to fill itself first). A big lurk on the outlet will do. If the canister is filled the impellor is in the water and will pump water out!!
He filled it with water. Still didnt work! Bad impeller or dirty at best!
 

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chrt396 said:
He filled it with water. Still didnt work! Bad impeller or dirty at best!
I know but if te impellor is just above waterlevel of the bucket it's turning in open air. Therefor he has to start the syphoning himself (the law of the communicating vessels wil fill the whole canister including the impellor-space) and only then it's able to pump water out.
 

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DoubleDutch said:
I know but if te impellor is just above waterlevel of the bucket it's turning in open air. Therefor he has to start the syphoning himself (the law of the communicating vessels wil fill the whole canister including the impellor-space) and only then it's able to pump water out.
Well..you are correct in your statement..but I was under the impression...that the OP's canister just started running dry. I would assume...although we know what assumptions can get you at times...that the OP knew how to start up his canister and to prime it. I may be wrong in my assumption.

It could also be, that there is a bad seal or hose and the unit is starting to suck air..which would lose any prime..or prevent it from doing so. I have had an impeller fail, and it starts sounding like its running dry and stops the flow of water.

Now.let's assume that the power went out..and the canister sat for a few minutes. If there was an air leak in the system..such as a bad hose or seal on the canister, the unit could lose the seal and the prime and start sucking air. What is your take on that theory??
 

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Could defo be !!! The inlet(hose) often is the problem with Eheimpumps (using 4 other types)
 
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If the inlet hose is the problem, then what exactly is wrong with it?!
 

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There could be a build up of debri in the hose (this one doesn't have very wide hoses !)or the hoses are bent. You could try and let it run a bucket, so you can see how much water flows to your pump.
Regards Aad
 
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