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Old 07-30-2002, 08:24 PM   #1
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So, does this thing work or is it like most and jam up if you look at it sideways?

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Old 07-30-2002, 09:21 PM   #2
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Hi Bill! I have a brand new one that has not even been out of the box! I find out from these reef boards that they will end of clogging up with corraline algae and stop working!
Maybe someone with experience in using these will reply. Good luck! Johnny
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Old 07-30-2002, 09:30 PM   #3
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I have one, I dont recall the model numer though.

Though cheaply made, like everything else, as long as you keep it clean it wont jam up. Mine recently stopped moving and I took it out, took it apart, and gave it a good solid cleaning. You are supposed to take out your powerheads and return pumps and clean the impellers every couple of months anyway. Providing you took it apart carefully the first time - so you can see how it works -it should continue to work just fine with regular cleaning!! Mine does.

I hear people complaining that they stop running but to me, it all boils down to maint. IMO. The Powersweep is run by a pretty simple mechanism so....... heh.... I dont know why they just seem to 'stop'. You have to do something pretty drastic to get that simple mechanism to bust or - just not clean your powerheads.

One thing I do notice that irritates me is that they do not push out the gph that they claim on the boxes. A powersweep is nice if you particularly want to put it over some yellow polyps or green star polyps (etc) but thats really about it. I'd rather a wave maker.
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Old 07-30-2002, 09:31 PM   #4
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I can asure you that it will stop working with in a couple of months if you are lucky, you maybe able to prolong it if you thoroughly clean it every week.

I found it to be a waste of money for me...hope that you have better luck!

Just my exp.
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Old 07-30-2002, 10:02 PM   #5
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We have had 4 of them before we knew better. They did not last long enough to "not maintain them".

Good luck!
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Old 07-30-2002, 11:14 PM   #6
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I have had one for over a year without incident, other than the suction cups coming off and it blowing my sand bed all over, no clogs though, i dont see how the rotating mechanism could clog bacause of coralline algae as it recieves no light. I would probably only use it on a small tank though since they arnt real powerful.
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Old 07-30-2002, 11:53 PM   #7
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Mine is going on 2 years old. Still running. Of course its not encrusted with Corraline or anything. I scrub it clean since it has alot of moving parts that need to keep moving.

I'm not saying use it as your ONLY means of circulation and of course not a return pump or in place of a wavemaker. But if taken care of like youre 'sposed to do, they keep going.
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Old 07-31-2002, 12:27 AM   #8
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Y'all thanks for the feedback. Looks like I won't bother with this one!

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