BEWARE: Pump / heater suckers

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  1. neo

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    Was cleaning my heaters and return chamber this weekend, this included cleaning the return pump.
    While cleaning the return pump i noticed the suction feet were a bit slimy, started cleaning these and then realised that the plastic/rubber it was made of was actually breaking up and this is the cause of the sliminess, checked the return chamber and there were a fine deposit of black 'stuff' which I assume was coming from the rubber suckers busy breaking down.

    I then checked the suckers on my heaters and they are not there yet but i think they will also end up like the those on the return pump.

    Has anyone had similar experience ?
     
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  3. jacquesb

    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    No Neo - I have not seen this happen before.
     
  4. lIghty

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    Nope
     
  5. Alan

    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    They do go slimy, but mine dont break down. They usually made of a plastic or silicone material.
     
  6. Drk

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    I did have it before they start to get brittle and if you wipe it it start to give black poweder off.
     
  7. christiaan

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    Me too - I just dont use them once they seem to be of bad quality
     
  8. llewellyn

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    I have also had this with the suckers on the heater in my Fresh water tank. Slimy and brittle. It also does'nt stick to the glass once it becomes brittle. They also become hard and not rubbery anymore.
     
  9. Pistolshrimp

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    Has happened to me became brittle and seemed like they where disolving
     
  10. deadmeat2016

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    O dear :y13:, check your suckers people!!

    Is the black stuff givin off dangerous to inhabitants?
     
  11. boetie

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    no and mine are in the sump for 3 years
     
  12. Trev

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    I have had this aswell
     
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