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Re: [APD] Leaking Eheim

This is the model with a plunger for starting the siphon, right?  Trying apply the grease to the gasket that seals around the lunger. Trycky to get at it but a Qtip will work. Just generally get it worked in there and that should solve teh most common leak on this design of filter.

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----- Original Message ----
From: John T. Fitch <JTFitch at FitchFamily_com>
To: Aquatic Plant Digest <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2006 4:46:30 PM
Subject: [APD] Leaking Eheim

About a month ago, I noticed that when I shut off my Eheim 2126 filter to do a water change, water started leaking out from under the top plate.  As soon as I turned it back on, everything was fine. 

Then, yesterday, after I cleaned the filter itself, it started leaking, even when running.  I removed the top again, took out the O-ring, cleaned out its channel, put the O-ring back in, and covered it with silicone grease.  It still leaked.  More silicone didn't help.  All I could do was shut off the filter and remove the adapter that connects the hoses to the Eheim.

>From reading the archives, it seems likely that I need a new O-ring.  I've ordered one, but the problem is that I'm going to be away for a week, starting the day after tomorrow, before I could possibly receive the replacement. Here's what I've done so far:

Shut off the CO2.
Removed the cover glass to (hopefully) provide some oxygenation, even without circulation.
Turned off one of the two lights and raised the fixture about a foot above the tank.

Is this going to work?  In particular, will the fish and shrimp survive?  If not, is there anything else I ought to do?  Thanks.

John T. Fitch
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