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Post Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:48 pm   Re: Fluval 406 - Slow Leak

Lol. Maybe she is. Though her early present is going to be a shell scrub. She's still not shedding her scutes properly.
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Post Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:21 pm   Re: Fluval 406 - Slow Leak

Replacing seemed to do the trick. No leaks since about 6 am this morning.
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:48 am   Re: Fluval 406 - Slow Leak

Good to hear :)
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:00 am   Re: Fluval 406 - Slow Leak

Good news ! Leaks can be a ______ !


I would keep the leaking canister and one day run some ultra fine 2000 grit wet dry sand paper on where the o rings sits. It will show high low spots by where it marks the plastic. They use such cheap plastic now a days to save them money and things are not machined / molded as well today. If its is uneven try an o ring "one" size thicker and you may be able to have a backup if the other ever breaks. To me worth a try or maybe I just have too much free time ? 8)
Some companies will custom make one. I used http://www.applerubber.com/
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:49 am   Re: Fluval 406 - Slow Leak

Thanks Steve and litefoot. Leaks are definitely a big pain in the you know what.

litefoot - my dad does business with Apple Rubber so I may give your idea a shot. Or I might just buy a new bottom at Big Al's since it's only $20.

Either way thanks to both for your assistance! :msgreen:
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:13 am   Re: Fluval 406 - Slow Leak

Decades ago when much younger I made my own using the cold vulcanizing technique . Made them sturdy and pliable. Now a days most everything is a throw away society ...

How's Sheldon's shell been doing ? Any photo's , Piggley want to say Hi !
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:32 pm   Re: Fluval 406 - Slow Leak

That is pretty sweet. I must admit though, you are right. Today's society is mostly pitch it out and get a new one.

Sheldon's shell is a source of frustration. Even the vet can't figure out why she won't shed like a normal turtle. So I scrub (much to her chagrin) and make sure that she isn't getting another fungus. Hi to Piggley! I'll try and post pics later. :)
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:36 pm   Re: Fluval 406 - Slow Leak

This one is one of the most recent pics I took. It's one of my favorites.
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Post Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:24 am   Re: Fluval 406 - Slow Leak

My Fluval 306 had a leak that sounds the same as what you are talking about. I replaced the oring and lubricated it (don't use vaseline though). That didn't do it. What did do it was replacing the Aqua stop valve. If you still get the leak you could try that?
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Post Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:47 am   Re: Fluval 406 - Slow Leak

Kingbird44 - It is my suspicion that the Aqua Stop valve was in fact the culprit. The valve broke in my hands when I attempted to put the filter back together. Since then, no leaks and the filter is purring like a kitten. I have ordered a new canister and o-ring from Big Al's because I threw out the old ones.

Thanks and I hope your leak stays away. :)
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