SunSun Pumps Reversing - Danger!!

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  1. danimal

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    Hey guys

    Bit of a sad story. I (like many other reefers on this forum) have noticed that occasionally my SunSun powerheads run in reverse, which is quite annoying but nothing major... or so I thought.

    Normally when feeding I pause the internal flow, which turns back on automatically after 10 mins. Now since noticing this pump reversal phenomenon, I ensure that I don't leave the flow to turn on by itself, I always put it back on manually.

    On saturday morning I was in a rush, and so fed as normal, but got distracted by something and then left the house. Now my foxface (who I have only had a week) loves to graze on the algae on the pumps, especially when they're off. Well you can imagine what happened... I got home later that afternoon and noticed the pump was running in reverse :nono: Sorted that out, and then noticed something stuck in the housing... :(

    The foxface was obviously having a nibble at the front of the pump when it turned back on, sucking him in... :( what a horrible way to die. I know this is due to my own stupidity which makes it even worse. I had gottednn quite attaced to the little guy, even in the one week.

    Anyway just thought I'd share my experience - we live and we learn hey! Needless to say there is now a grill on the front of the powerheads, and as soon as I've got some spare cash I'll be upgrading to something more reliable!
     
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  3. rakabos

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    That really sucks man, sorry to hear. I also have a FF but he is quite big and hopefully he could get away from my Sun Sun if that ever happened. But i guess it's a good idea to throw it out and get something better
     
  4. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    interesting, they did seem like a definate anwser to the solution where flow is needed in large volumes at a relitivley low cost.. pity.. condolences on the fox face boet..
     
  5. keyaam

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    Why do you switch the pumps off? I let my fish chase their food
     
  6. TheWaterboy

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    sorry to hear.....
    but that can happen with any pump.
    i have had a few fish over the years get sucked into the water intake of vortec and tunze pumps too......
    so if they running fine they can get sucked in the intake....and if like your sun sun pumps run in reverse....then they get sucked in the outlet....lol

    no win situation..........only anwser is........closed loop;)
     
  7. danimal

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    yeah was quite a bummer... been thinking about a closed loop, might be the wa forward. or just be more diligent! ;)

    keyaam i lt the food sink so that I can be certain everybody gets - that way I can monitor that the slower fish are also getting their fair share! sometimes I do just put the food directly into a stream and let them get some exercise though.
     
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    well when i put in food with the pumps off it doesnt even make it halfway down the tank and it kinda makes the fish lazy
     
  9. danimal

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    :lol::lol:
     
  10. brentv

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    Yeah Dan Leave them on!!! I'm sure your goldies don't chow all the food before it hits the bottom!
     
  11. danimal

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    haha bru you'd be surprised - those guys a flippen gluttons! and feeding them often has turned all my other fish into fatties as well!!!!! :whistling:
     
  12. AfricaOffroad

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    Too late to tell that to the foxface:nono:
     
  13. magman

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    I think the sun suns are value for money. Have you tried feeding pellets also that sink?
     
  14. magman

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    It's not only sun suns, I had those resun one's also, and they were worse, sometimes they would not start up, you would have to put your finger in there and give it a push start. I could always tell after a power cut, cause the midas blenny would be sitting in the pump, and I would have to restart it.
     
  15. viper357

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    I feel your pain bud, I had a similar experience, this was the cutest little fish I had ever owned, the poor thing was only about 2 cm's and looked too cute swimming in and out of the rocks, sadly I think the SEIO pump was just too strong for him to swim away from. :(

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  16. Trev

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    You should apply for the Bok head coach position K, you have the right angle

    ;)
     
  17. Trev

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    I sadly lost a 6 line wrasse is the same way on Sunday past and I was realy getting attached to that flipping fish :(
     
  18. mandarinman

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    lost one of my female mandarins that way last week!
     
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    aye sorry gents
     
  20. danimal

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    wow so this is actually a common problem!
     
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    :nono:
    Never had this happen with any pump or powerhead I've ever owned?????????????????
     
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